How do you choose between your soul mate and the love of your life? Liz faces this very dilemma in Until Next Time, the first book in Amy Lignor’s The Angel Chronicles series.
Best friends and soul mates, Matt and Emily are sent to live in human shells after years of training in Heaven, but are utterly unprepared to deal with emotions and its effect on one’s actions. Matt’s shell, Daniel, is an angry loner with major Mommy issues, while Emily takes on the life of Liz, an orphan who practically raised herself. Even though Liz and Daniel live in the same small town, they cannot remember anything about Heaven outside of Heaven and have a hard time establishing their relationship even though there is a strong connection and Daniel is clearly her protector. Without a clear idea of why they have such a strong pull toward each other, Liz meets a handsome stranger on a stormy night and recognizes an attraction to him, as well. When a murder is committed, Daniel and Liz are separated while she helps her handsome new friend come to terms with his past.
And the journey back into his past is where this story heats up. I enjoyed the beginning and having a bond form between Liz, her friend Faith, and the two strangers enter their lives, but once they attempt closure on past issues, the novel became difficult for me to put down. What the past was for Liz and her group is not revealed for quite some time, so there is a lot of suspense and intrigue as you attempt to figure out what will happen to them.
Faith, the loyal friend who is with Liz from the beginning, has a relationship with Liz that is more familial than friendly. It is one of the strongest relationships in Until Next Time. The girls describe each other as sisters and their bond is evident.
Even though I felt the strong connection between Matt and Emily in Heaven, I just did not feel the intensity of their connection while in their human shells. Daniel seemed obsessed with Liz, but while she clearly cared for him, it did not appear to have his level of intensity. Not knowing who Daniel really was couldn’t have helped the situation, but the playful, caring bond was clear even when Emily and Matt argued. While Liz seemed willing to do anything for Daniel, it seemed to come from an apathetic sense of obligation. Also, since we see Daniel less than the other characters, it is harder to relate to him. Why his feelings come off as different than Liz’s are explained at the end, but at that point I was much less interested in him.
The concept behind Until Next Time is intriguing and I really enjoyed the suspense of figuring out what was going to happen. Stronger evidence of the intense feelings between Daniel and Liz, however, would have helped me get into the story a little more. That being said, I enjoyed the novel thoroughly and am looking forward to seeing which lives are given to Daniel and Liz in the second book of the series.
How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?
Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the ‘life’ they’ve been assigned. What they don’t realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.
When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz’s establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel’s path and a warrior’s plans.
From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that’s ripping them apart.
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Amy Lignor began her career at Grey House Publishing in northwest Connecticut where she was the Editor-in-Chief of numerous educational and business directories.
Now she is a published author of several works of fiction. The Billy the Kid historical The Heart of a Legend; the thriller, Mind Made; and the adventure novel, Tallent & Lowery 13.
She is also the owner of The Write Companion, a company that offers help and support to writers through a full range of editorial services from proofreading and copyediting to ghostwriting and research. As the daughter of a research librarian, she is also an active book reviewer.
Currently, she lives with her daughter, mother and a rambunctious German Shepherd named Reuben, in the beautiful state of New Mexico.