Free spirit Pandora is shaken by the sudden death of her mother and the presence of a mysterious stranger at the funeral. When her mother’s grave is disturbed, she turns detective and finds herself drawn into a world of intrigue, centring round a devious couple’s plot to exploit a healing circle for their own ends. Her partner Jay’s collaboration with an attractive singer and her own encounter with an old flame add to the confusion. Will she succeed in her quest to restore equilibrium to her life, and the lives of those she loves, or will the decisions she and Jay make set them up for more heartache?
Carolyn’s writing is elegantly stylish: fluid and easy-flowing with a good helping of wit and beautiful, unforced dialogue which adds to the richness and depth of its characters. The narrator Pandora is a born storyteller, whose perceptive observations on the actions, reactions and idiosyncrasies of human nature will have the reader pondering the complexities and complications of life along with her. A thoroughly entertaining read.
Ella Medler – author of ‘Martin Little, Resurrected’
“Squaring Circles” is a rich and delicious slice of modern British life, topped off with an intriguing dollop of paranormal whipped cream. This brilliant novel captivated me from the black-humor filled opening scene until the last sizzling paragraph. The writing is masterful throughout, each sentence thumping with energy and flowing with great momentum, with sparkles of humor sprinkled generously throughout. This is a sequel to Carolyn Mathews’ “Transforming Pandora” and like the first installment, this is a novel of many characters and almost non-stop conversation, delightfully narrated by the protagonist, Pandora, an author dabbling in sound healing. Most interestingly, she has a supernatural friend, Enoch, with whom she occasionally communicates via automatic writing. Pandora’s beautifully complicated modern family is depicted with such realism that the plethora of characters comes fully to life, and we feel happily included in the family.
At her mother’s funeral, Pandora meets her dreadlocked half-brother – whom she never previously knew existed. Her mother’s grave is mysteriously vandalized soon after the funeral, and the only witness to the crime was a donkey! The new girlfriend of Pandora’s stepson has an uncanny skill for communicating with animals, and with her help Pandora is able to access what the donkey had seen. So now we know who done it, but still have no idea why! As the mysterious drama progresses, high spirituality is woven in like golden thread in a homespun tapestry. We learn of secret methods with ancient roots for healing the body, mind and spirit that give us “a heightened experience of unity with nature, the inner self, and God.” Enoch teaches Pandora about the potency of the Violet Flame of St Germaine as a transformational tool, and shows her ways to increase the vibratory level of the atoms within the human body. Pandora believes that “our spirits are part of a great Divine Body…So in that sense, we’re all God.”
“Squaring Circles” walks us so gently into the core of the spiritual labyrinth that we hardly realize what kind of journey we’re on until suddenly it’s clear that we’ve been initiated into a new level of divine knowledge. Carolyn Mathews’ rare literary artistry will leave readers blessed and uplifted, not to mention highly entertained. This is a delightful book!
Ram Das Batchelder – author of “Rising in Love: My Wild and Crazy Ride to Here and Now, with Amma, the Hugging Saint”
This story has it all: family secrets, family crises, intrigue, duplicity, legend, magic, mystery…I love the way the author has cleverly blended the many and varied forms of spirituality into the everyday lives of the characters, skilfully demonstrating how thin are the veils between this world and the dimensions beyond. Carolyn Mathews’ writing is fast-paced and beautifully readable, with a great sense of place and a cast of truly believable characters. I won’t go into details about the story itself as I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but suffice it to say that I was hooked from the first page and was genuinely sorry when I reached the end. By that time, I felt as though the characters had become firm friends, and they will stay with me for a long time. Highly recommended.
Sue Barnard, Broad Thoughts From A Home
This novel is like a delectable piece of pastry. There are so many layers in the themes, characters and the plot that it becomes compelling as you read and expose more layers.
The book begins with a funeral. Pandora, the main character, has just lost her mother unexpectedly. A sombre start; but as the coffin is being lowered, one of the men lets the strap slip and the coffin falls sideways into hole. Comedy! Surely not…. This is where you begin to expect the unusual and realize that this is not a predictable story. Pandora is a healer. She has been chosen and trained to heal and comfort people, and uses musical instruments to help her in her work. Known as “Andy”, she has many roles to play. She is partner to Jay, to whom she was previously married and then divorced. When Jay’s second wife died and he and Pandora fell in love again and now live together with his five children and his mother in a large house.
Her peace has been disturbed by an attractive and seductive woman that Jay is working with at the moment. She has also discovered that someone has tampered with her mother’s grave. A man claiming to be her brother has appeared on the scene, causing a great shock and revelations of her mother’s life that she had never known. As if this isn’t enough, she has been writing a column for a newspaper and has been invited to go on a television panel.
The flow of the story is smooth, and the spiritual occurrences wonderfully interlinked. A friend of one of her “saplings” (her name for Jay’s children) can speak to animals and informs her that the rabbits would like a larger run. The donkey has sighted the person who dug up her mother’s grave and names him. And the conclusion involves an elixir being placed on the tongue of members of the Isis Circle at a full moon ceremony.
The combination of romance, spirituality, drama and humour has been wonderfully written by Carolyn Mathews.
Blue Wolf Reviews
With that intriguing British flare, Carolyn Mathews has created a crazy maze of twists and turns in a mystery steeped in spirituality, the power of healing and a belief in things beyond the outside world. Squaring Circles follows a “free spirit”, Pandora, as she deals with the death of her mother and the sudden appearance of a half-brother she never knew. Was his appearance planned? Coincidence? Part of an evil plot to steal a priceless relic, possibly linked to Christ himself? Can this relic destroy a powerful spiritual healing circle? If this isn’t enough to deal with, is it possible that her husband is repeating a pattern he has fallen into before? Will Pandora be able to achieve the necessary balance to stay her course during these difficult times?
Carolyn Mathews writes in a bold and straightforward manner while shedding light on the practice of spirituality, of which, I admit to knowing little about. The touches of humor and quirkiness were priceless and Pandora is a force to be reckoned with, for sure! I do regret not having known there was a previous book with background on Pandora, but I did enjoy the quirky characters, the deceitful ones, the villains and the good guys, even when the lines blurred at times!
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