Monday, September 5, 2011

Abithica Review

Quote of the week:  Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Confucius

Today I'd like to introduce you to Susan Goldsmith and her debut book, Abithica. Susan earned her Bachelors Degree in Journalism from the University of Arizona. She was selected to serve as Rep. Morris K. Udall's Assistant Press Secretary and was honored by handing his resignation to the Senate Press. Later she became an Undercover Private Investigator at Pinkerton, worked as an outside Sales Rep at Dun and Bradstreet and spent five years in pharmaceutical sales.
She met husband, Bryan, in Mr. Ledezma's biology class, at age 13, setting off fireworks that still light the sky over Madera Canyon, AZ, to this day! Those presently enjoying the show include her daughters Riley and Reagan, 3 1/2 dogs, 3 cats and a parrot who she's trying to teach Shakespeare and failing. Note: Her 210 pound English Mastiff, Teddy Bear, counts as 1 1/2 dogs.

Presently a stay-at-home mom, she stumbled across a pondering personal question after reading Thomas Moore's Care of the Soul, that being her own worst fear. Losing her husband and children was the answer, arriving while she vacuumed the living room. What if she were to be taken from them without their knowledge? What if another soul was inserted in her place? She'd look the same, but oh, what would happen then?

The question soon became an obsession, the idea of 'soul switching' was born, and the result was her first novel, Abithica

Published: June 2011
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Paperback 225 pages
ISBN: 13-9781606192351
Also available on the Nook and Kindle

Silver medal finalist in the 2011 Reader's Favorite Awards, Supernatural Fiction Category.

My Review:

Imagine finding yourself in one host body after another, not even knowing what you are, much less who you are. Is she some sort of parasite that lives in others’ bodies and feeds off of their lives, their loves, their hurts? This is the dilemma facing our heroine in Susan Goldsmith’s debut novel Abithica.

Ms. Goldsmith’s story begins with our character finding herself in a woman named Sydney’s body. What is her purpose for being there? What does God have in mind for her? In her previous host, she helped patch up a man and his wife’s relationship. Boy, could he kiss. You see, one of the problems our girl encounters in these bodies is feeling the emotions her host body feels yet knowing the kiss or whatever is not meant for her. What is she supposed to do for her present host, Sydney, who seems to be at odds with her mother and also is on the run from something or someone? Sound intriguing? You bet. I predict you’ll not be able to put the book down as you follow the character who has no identity of her own, just the name that is her host body. You’ll be pulled along with her as she feels the joy and sadness of a man she could love but who loves the body she’s in. She also seems to attract children. Can they see something in her that adults cannot see.

Yes, I’m asking a lot of questions because our heroine has a lot of questions. I think you’ll enjoy discovering the answers along with her. The author has written a winner. I’m looking forward to more stories from Ms. Goldsmith.


  1. I loved this book! Great review, Bev and congrats, Susan. You two rock!

  2. It was an exciting read, well deserving of the award.

    Rock? Like in a rocking chair? :)

    Showing my age here.

  3. Fantastic review! You certainly have piqued my interest in this book!

  4. Thanks, Ruthi. The book does have an interesting premise.

  5. Thanks for the amazing review Beverly!

  6. Thanks for the great review. I totally loved the cover! Gorgeous.

  7. It is a lovely cover. Thanks for stopping by C Lee.