Mar 03, Heidi rated it liked it Three and a half stars: A love story that defies time and physics! Our story opens with the unexpected death of Mandy, the magician, at age fifty nine. Mandy and her husband, Dane, are leaving Las Vegas, after years of performing as a successful magic act. Unfortunately, Mandy will not make it back to her hometown. Tragedy strikes when their BMW collides in an intersection with another car and bursts into flames.
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Mar 03, Heidi rated it liked it Three and a half stars: A love story that defies time and physics! Our story opens with the unexpected death of Mandy, the magician, at age fifty nine. Mandy and her husband, Dane, are leaving Las Vegas, after years of performing as a successful magic act.
Unfortunately, Mandy will not make it back to her hometown. Tragedy strikes when their BMW collides in an intersection with another car and bursts into flames.
Dane is unable to drag Mandy out quickly enough to avoid the burning licks of the hot flames. Mandy perishes at the local hospital. The grieving Dane returns to Idaho, alone. The clock rolls back to September, Back in time, we encounter a nineteen year old Mandy, at the local state fair. She is busy taking in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the fair with her two friends.
She grabs a quick bite to eat before the magic show starts on the main stage. As she is leaning against a tree, eating her chicken basket, something strange occurs. One minute she is chewing chicken, watching people passing by, the next something is thrown over her head, like a large sheet.
No, it is a hospital gown. Mandy tugs it down over her head to encounter a whole new world. Everything has changed and she finds herself sitting by the tree dressed only in a hospital gown. Mandy calmly tries to keep her wits about her, as she frantically searches for her father.
Her efforts are to no avail. Eventually she is taken to the hospital. Things only get worse as she discovers that for whatever reason, she is now in the year , but she is still the same nineteen year old girl. Mandy struggles to cope with the changes and understand what happened to her.
Is she crazy? The grieving widower wonders if he is losing his mind when he meets this girl, who looks like his deceased wife. Can love survive the convoluted twists of the fabric of time and defy all the odds as well as physics? As a couple they lived almost forty years together, as they worked alongside each other, sharing the good times and bad. Their love is true, pure and a bit magic. It was nice to encounter a love story that manages to defy all the odds.
My heart went out to her when she finds herself somehow transported forty years into the future. She does her best to make lemonade out of her lemons, as her daddy advised her. Mandy, is one of those characters that you cheer for. Mandy is a well written female protagonist by a male author. You face the mountain of information dumped in front of you, and then you start trying to piece it all together.
As you read, you find yourself scratching your head, wondering what on earth happened to Mandy. You struggle for the entire first half of the book trying to make sense of it all. Thankfully, midway the author throws you the instructions and then you can begin to make heads and tails of the strange events.
All I can say is be prepared, the explanation defies time and physics as you know them. It has a very complicated plot, so heads up when you read this one. If you like a good sci-fi book then you should check this one out. So, do not delve into this one unless you have time to stick with it. There are so many story lines and things to keep track of, that if you put it down for awhile and then return, you may be lost.
This book has some religious undertones and references. They by no means are over the top, but I felt sometimes the religious interjections were a bit jarring. However, I can see why the author probably chose to incorporate them, because the root of the story is that man has no business playing God. I found this shifting horribly distracting and confusing. I wish the author had just maintained the two main view points of Mandy and Dane.
Especially, since most of the secondary characters were underdeveloped. He just drops in, and Mandy all of a sudden completely trusts him. A more thorough explanation is needed on his background and involvement with Mandy. Illusion is a book that will get inside your head and make you believe in the unbelievable. This novel blends science fiction with a great romance, that manages to survive insurmountable odds. Peretti carefully crafts two characters, Mandy and Dane, who will make you believe in true love.
If you are looking for a complex book with a big mystery and lots of twists and turns then I recommend you check out Illusion. It makes better. It was just another lie anyway, another act on top of the one that got her here. The house was just a frame around the picture. The lawn crunched under his feet.
Illusion: A Novel
Biography[ edit ] Frank E. Peretti was born in southern Alberta, Canada, but raised in Seattle , Washington for most of his life. Peretti was a natural storyteller who, as a child in Seattle, regularly told stories to neighborhood children. After graduating from high school, he began playing banjo with a local bluegrass group. In , he gave up his pastoring position and began taking construction jobs to make ends meet.
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