Weathering Old Souls

Weathering Old Souls by James J. Cudney, Didi Oviatt

Published May 15th 2021 by Next Chapter

About the Book: Abigail has always struggled with strange voices appearing inside her head. But she never realized that her past lives were struggling to tell her something important.

From the relentless tyranny a woman faces on an antebellum plantation to the unknown prison camps in America during World War II, our heroine discovers the past in a way that forever changes her future. There are moments from previous periods that serve as guiding posts for the country’s growth, but they also mark the transitions for Abigail’s own personal history.

After a life-changing accident, Abigail partners with her best friend to discover the identity of these voices while Margaret pursues her passion and quest to become a United States senator. Through it all, a serial killer torments the country, romance blossoms between some of the people they encounter on the journey, and secrets long thought buried come to light in devastating ways.

With the twisting of elements, numerical alignments, unusual weather phenomena, and the trauma of spiritual entanglements, no one will be the same… and just a few might not be around anymore when the truth of Abigail’s past finally comes out.

Weathering Old Souls

5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Weathering Old Souls is definitely different from anything I’ve read before. It has a twisting of elements, numerical alignments, unusual weather phenomena, and the trauma of spiritual entanglements, along with a serial killer and family relationship issues. The story begins with a murder. The serial killer, The Fashionista strikes and young Margaret is in danger. He thinks she has seen him, so Margaret and her family move. Meanwhile in Concepcion, South Carolina, Oliver as met and married his soulmate, Nadia. She is expecting when Margaret’s family moves in to the other side of the duplex. It is a stormy night when Nadia goes into labour and Abigail is born. Unfortunately, Nadia does not survive. As Abigail grows she exhibits strange behaviour as well as knowledge of things a child her age should not have. She also has an imaginary friend, May. She eventually learns to pretend to “be normal” so she doesn’t have to keep seeing doctors and psychologists. It is Margaret and her parents that come to her rescue, basically raising Abigail, while her father gladly gives up his single father duties.

I really liked the relationship that develops between Abigail and Margaret. They are like sisters and become best friends as they get older. Her mother tries to help Abigail and convince Oliver to get her help using regression hypnotism, but he refuses. They are more like her parents than Oliver. I had mixed feelings about Oliver. He seemed very selfish to me, yet still wanted to be the one to make decisions for Abigail. When they finally begin to develop a parent/child relationship, I give Abigail credit, as it would have been too late for me. I don’t really believe in reincarnation, so had to suspend belief for this story, but reading about previous lives and how the spirit moves into a new body was very interesting. As Abigail and those helping her research find more answers, the interwoven families was wonderful. This story is unique, well-written and very intriguing. I really enjoyed it, even though it is completely out of my comfort zone. There are so many twists and turns you have to pay attention while reading this story, or you might miss something that is important later. There were a lot of storylines throughout as Abigail finds out about her previous lives, but the authors neatly tied them all up into a wonderful ending. I am shocked at how well James Cudney and Didi Oviatt came together to write this novel. You would never know that this book was a collaborative effort. Bravo!

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