by Andrew Zimmerman
Published March 3, 2020
by Radius Book Group
About the book:
What happens when a male version of Eat Pray Love meets The Alchemist?
Paul is a top business executive hoping to be the next CEO of Ascendant―a New York-based tech giant. He neglects everything―his family and himself―in the race to the top. His fast-paced life is interrupted when he travels to Glastonbury, England, to visit friends in a village rich in history and mysticism.
Glastonbury represents a complete counterpoint to Paul’s elite corporate day job. It compares to an amusement park, with shops and venues catering to spiritual seekers ranging from would-be witches, goddesses and druids, and burned-out hippies. Like many seekers before him, he is attracted to the energy of a nearby hill―Tor―said to be the mythical Isle of Avalon. Paul meets a beautiful soul reader, Christine, who reads his soul and plants the seeds that turn his life upside down.
When he returns to New York, his wife, Mary, is skeptical. Is Paul having a spiritual awakening or is he falling in love with an attractive charlatan? His journey both scares and intrigues her as she watches him struggle to navigate between the business and spiritual worlds. A series of synchronistic events draws Paul closer to Glastonbury and Christine, compelling him and a reluctant Mary to return, unaware that their lives will never be the same.
Coronavirus quarantine Day #8,672,421
Good Lord, is this almost over yet? Thing is, we are just getting started. I never even know what day of the week it is anymore. To be honest, I don’t really know about much lately, including this book. See, this is one of those books that for the longest time, I just really don’t know what it is I want to say. Or maybe it’s just that I don’t know how. But I’m going to try.
Paul’s story is not a new one. A CEO wrapped up in his job, and totally disengaged from his family. When Paul has a reading done by a “soul reader” in Glastonbury, his life changes. Although the changes are for he better, his wife is extremely suspicious and skeptical, causing an awkward rift between them when the topic arises. Christine enlightens Paul on what his soul wants and needs, the reading makes him become more aware of himself, his surroundings, and the needs of others. He notices odd things around him that cannot just be coincidence, and learns about synchronicity. The story concludes with both Paul and his wife needing to make some major decisions, and the journey they take to find the answers they need.
I was so intrigued by the premise of this book. Then when I read that although it is fictional, it is based on real experiences of the author, it made me bonkers. Ok, WHAT parts are real and WHAT is fiction? Andy Zimmerman, I NEED to know! This story is crazy good and I want so badly to know what really happened. What WAS your experience? That is what makes writing this review so hard for me, its like critiquing a memoir. Who am I to critique someone’s experiences? Because now all I am trying to do is figure out what could possibly have really happened as opposed to what is fiction. So the only way I can do this is to pretend the entire story is fiction, and go from there.
There is a supernatural, mystic, fantasy type theme to this book, but the author’s writing makes it all so believable, that I truly did not know what was true and real, and what was not. I became so captivated by this entire story that I found myself researching soul readers and their skills. If you are a strong believer in the spiritual world, like myself, you will find this book to be very powerful and enlightening. If you are not a believer, then I guarantee that you will find the mystical, fantasy, and mythical aspects so interesting, that you will end up researching some of it yourself (again, just like me), if not just for curiosity sake. This is a wonderful tale of rediscovery, growth, and is an extremely inspirational read. I appreciate the main characters journey and the truths about needing guidance in life at any age.
No matter what you believe in, this was certainly an illuminating tale that is extremely uplifting. This is one I would certainly recommend, and even now I still don’t feel like I’ve fully explained what I read or how it made me feel. I CAN tell you that I loved it, it changed me, and it was something I really needed to read. Frankly, I think it’s something we all need to read right now.
I just would like to thank Andrew Zimmerman, Suzanne Leopold of Suzy Approved Book Tours and (#partner) and Radius Book Group for the copy of this book for my unbiased and honest opinion for review.
**On a side note, the author has some beautiful photos of Glastonbury and some of the unique places mentioned in the book on his instagram page. Take a look, the link is below in author contacts.
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About the Author
Andrew Zimmerman is the CEO of frog, a global leader in design and strategy. There, he’s responsible for driving the firm’s global strategy, business development and operations. The first in a trilogy, Journey is Zimmerman’s first novel.
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