General Christian Fiction
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About the book:
Dane and Mandy, a popular magic act for forty years, are tragically separated by a car wreck that claims Mandy’s life—or so everyone thinks. Even as Dane mourns and tries to rebuild his life without her. Mandy, supposedly dead, awakes in the present as the nineteen-year-old she was in 1970. Distraught and disoriented in what to her is the future, she is confined to a mental ward until she discovers a magical ability to pass invisibly through time and space to escape. Alone in a strange world, she uses her mysterious powers to eke out a living, performing magic on the streets and in a quaint coffee shop.
Hoping to discover an exciting new talent, Dane ventures into the coffee shop and is transfixed by the magic he sees, illusions that even he, a seasoned professional, cannot explain. But more than anything he is emotionally devastated by this teenager who has never met him, doesn’t know him, is certainly not in love with him, but is in every respect identical to the young beauty he first met and married some forty years earlier.
They begin a furtive relationship as mentor and protégée, but even as Dane tries to sort out who she really is and she tries to understand why she is drawn to him, they are watched by secretive interests who not only possess the answers to Mandy’s powers and misplacement in time but also the roguish ability to decide what will become of her.
About the author:
Frank E. Peretti is one of American Christianity's best-known authors. His novels have sold over 10 million copies, and he is widely credited with reinventing Christian fiction. He and his wife, Barbara, live in the Pacific Northwest.
When I first received my copy of Illusion and read the book’s description, I thought oh no…I just don’t like time travel or science fiction types of books. With great trepidation I began the book and was promptly hooked. I should have known better than to doubt that this story would have the ability to draw me in. It is written by Frank Peretti for heaven’s sake!
The storyline does involve time travel and other science fiction type of elements, but Mr. Peretti is such an amazing storyteller that you can’t help but devour it. The explanations that were used for the illusions were fascinating. I can’t even begin to imagine how much research must have gone into this work.
My favorite part of the book actually came after the story was over. In the back of the book there is a section with a note from the author. In this section Mr. Peretti explains what this book is about. This part brought me to tears. I wish that I had read this portion before I read the rest of the book. I highly encourage others to do that.
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