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I absolutely love historical fiction and read a lot of it; I love to learn history this way.  I also enjoy reading science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller and non-fiction science.

Years and an Ocean

Years & an Ocean - Jo Noelle

In Victorian England, seventeen year old Delia Spencer attends a séance with her friends.  At the séance, something strange happens and her soul is split in two.  Delia is now connected to her future spirit in present day New York City where she is Elle Thomas.  Delia and Elle can now see and feel into each other’s lives.  However, when one falls into the other’s life, fainting, dizzy spells and seizure like moments occur.  This creates issues for Delia’s callous parents who are trying to marry her off to the wealthiest bachelor before her little problem comes to light.  Delia’s father will see her married to Andrew Jenkins, an unfortunate and hateful match for Delia, but a wonderful business partner for her father, even when Delia finds an equal match with love and kindness in Matthew.  Meanwhile, Delia’s is increasingly seeing into Elle’s life where Elle has more freedoms and is struggling with the decision to stay with her boyfriend, Luke, who is leaving for college soon.

I loved the plot of this story where two people are connected by their soul through time.  Each of the young women were in such contrasting circumstances, it was interesting to the effects of the other in their own time periods.  Delia, with insight into Elle’s life, is able to see that freedom of choice and intellect for girls is possible, and becomes more outspoken and takes a stand in her life.  Elle, with insight into Delia’s constrained life, is able to appreciate the freedom she has and a man who truly loves her.  The ending threw me for a loop, but did tie everything up.  One thing that bothered me a little were the transitions from Delia to Elle, they just seemed sloppy and sometimes it took me a minute to realize who had control.  Also, at first it wasn’t evident to me if Delia and Elle could both see into each other’s lives, or if Delia could just see into Elle’s since the story really did focus on Delia.  Overall, a different kind of young adult paranormal read.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review.