"A very emotionally powerful love story with a sensitive and intriguing hero!"
Reviewed by Miranda Owen
Posted June 23, 2015
Romance Contemporary | Romance Paranormal
WANDERING SOUL is Book one in Cassandra Chandler's
Park Psychics series. Cassandra Chandler puts a unique
spin on the phantom character from the classic novel THE
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA by Gaston Leroux. In this
incarnation, Dante Lucerne is a scarred artist that Elsa
Sinclair brings from the 1800s to modern day Florida. In
Dante, Elsa sees a possible kindred spirit and wants to
set him free -- both from the unpleasant circumstances of
his everyday life as well as the tragic end he meets with
in the past. This is a story that will appeal to
romantics and fans of stories about time travel.
I was originally intrigued by WANDERING SOUL because of
the phantom reference. However, WANDERING SOUL is more of
a time travel romance with an exciting element of danger
rather than a traditional gothic. Although Dante has
physical scars, it seems as though Elsa's emotional and
psychological scars from her childhood prove to be more
of an obstacle than anything else. I like that eventually
Dante is able to realize that and it shows his level of
maturity and ability to feel empathy. I like that the
romance that develops between Dante and Elsa is a slow
build. There are little sparks of intense attraction at
first and then as they get to know each other more, the
feelings get stronger and more complex.
In addition to the sometimes erotic and sometimes sweet
romance between Dante and Elsa, WANDERING SOUL is also
very much a story about friendship and connecting with
others. Cassandra Chandler does a great job exploring
Elsa's motivations and how her past strongly influences
her current relationships. Her friends are interesting
characters and give WANDERING SOUL added depth. Her
friend Jazz is a particularly fun and quirky character
and Rachel turns out to be a more sympathetic character
than I had first thought.
WANDERING SOUL is a very emotionally powerful love story
with a sensitive and intriguing hero. I hope to find out
more about Elsa's friends in future books. The pacing in
WANDERING SOUL is great without seeming to lag in places
or sound awkward. I look forward to the next installment
in this Summer Park Psychics series.
A leap across time is easy...if you throw your heart
A woman with a secret…
Elsa Sinclair’s ability to bring stunning realism to her
historical novels is a secret she must never reveal. She
does her research first-hand—by traveling back in time.
When she stumbles across the man behind the legendary
Phantom of the Opera, she is moved by his strength, his
kindness…and the moments when his solitary existence seems
unbearable. She can’t simply sit by and leave him to his
A man out of time…
Dante Lucerne is shocked to find himself pulled from
death and carried to another time and continent. The new
world is full of wonders, not the least of which is the
woman who saved him.
A darkness threatens…
As Elsa helps Dante adjust to his new world, she makes a
terrifying discovery—she is falling in love. And it is
who must find a way to help her let go of secrets that run
deeper than her power. Into the very heart of what they
could lose if he fails…
Warning: Contains a fiery heroine, a brilliant hero, and a
love passionate enough to span a century.
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