#BookReview: A Torch in His Heart by Anna Belfrage

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Reincarnation Fiction

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DESCRIPTION: 
In the long lost ancient past, two men fought over the girl with eyes like the Bosporus under a summer sky. It ended badly. She died. They died.

Since then, they have all tumbled through time, reborn over and over again. Now they are all here, in the same place, the same time and what began so long ago must finally come to an end.

Ask Helle Madsen what she thinks about reincarnation and she’ll laugh in your face. Besides, Helle has other stuff to handle, what with her new, exciting job in London and her drop-dead but seriously sinister boss, Sam Woolf. And then one day Jason Morris walks into her life and despite never having clapped eyes on him before, she recognises him immediately. Very weird. Even more weird is the fact that Sam and Jason clearly hate each other’s guts. Helle’s life is about to become extremely complicated and far too exciting.


REVIEW: 
Romance is not my usual stomping ground, but A Torch in His Heart was difficult to ignore. I’ve read nearly all of Anna Belfrage’s books and couldn’t help being curious about the project, so I took my chances and jumped in with an open mind.

In terms of content, A Torch in His Heart is a hot and steamy read. Belfrage has never shied from love scenes, but she explored new territory here and I liked how the action complemented the tone of the narrative. That said, I’m drawn to themes and have to say that while I felt both elements strong, I preferred the ideas at the heart of the story.

Love is a tangible theme in Belfrage’s historical and time-slip novels, but her earlier works focus on the effects of love, how it influences both those who have it and those who don’t and what people will endure for the sake of it. The fact that Jason and Helle are not limited to single lifetime allowed Belfrage to treat their connection differently and I enjoyed the implied undertones of that gave the story. There is something raw and ethereal in how Belfrage treats the emotional relationship and it struck a chord in me.

I will note that the story reminded me of Gwendolyn Womack’s The Memory Painter, but the mechanics of A Torch in His Heart felt stronger and more defined. Belfrage put a lot of thought into the process of reincarnation and I think her ideas translated quite beautifully to the page. I liked the characters a great deal and was hooked by the cliffhanger. Helle comes into her own in the final chapters of the book and I am eager to see where Belfrage will take that strength as the story moves forward.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Obtained from: Kindle Unlimited
Read: September 10, 2018

And just like that, this unknown girl walked straight into Jason’s heart.

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