My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Blurb: Joe wakes up in a barley field with no clothes, no memories, and no idea how he got there. Before he knows it, he’s off on the last great journey of his life. With his soul guide Baker and a charge to have courage from a mysterious, alluring, and somehow familiar Stranger, Joe sets off through a fantastical changing landscape to confront his past.
The quest is not without challenges. Joe’s past is not always an easy thing to relive, but if he wants to find peace—and reunite with the Stranger he is so strongly drawn to—he must continue on until the end, no matter how tempted he is to stop along the way.
I am often asked “Why do you re-read books when you have so many more to read?”. Well Woke Up in a Strange Place is a perfect example of why. The first time I read this book (about 6 months ago), I knew it was a beautiful world, but I didn’t connect with it. I knew it was more a function of what was going on at the time than the quality of the book. So I decided to give it another try. I am so thankful I did.
I don’t know how I missed the richness of the world Arvin created. Woke Up in a Strange Place is a unique and beautiful view of a journey to soul mates and their HEA. Instead of just taking the standard boy meets boy with time jumps, Arvin takes the reader on a fantastical journey in the afterlife. Each being he meets along the way is symbolic of an important event in his life, eventually culminating in the purpose of his journey. It is a world of reunions and miracles. It is a world of magic and magical creatures. It is a world that is made based on each individual’s desires. It is a world that shows us the issues present in our world. It is a world that shows us the good as well. It is a world where your choices in life have consequences. It is a world where the end is merely the beginning.
I was listening to this book when I got the call that there was a death in my family. I wasn’t sure, at that point, if I wanted to continue the book. However, I think maybe the universe was telling me this morning to pick up this book again for a reason. It was just what I needed today.
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