Beyond Coincidence

Beyond Coincidence❰Reading❯ ➽ Beyond Coincidence Author Jacquie Underdown – Bluevapours.co.uk Mixing romance, history, and a touch of the unexplained in a new novel from Jacquie Underdown about love that needs to cross oceans and time before finding a place to come trueIn , Australian and Bri Mixing romance, history, and a touch of the unexplained in a new novel from Jacquie Underdown about love that needs to cross oceans and time before finding a place to come trueIn ,Australian and British soldiers are uncovered in a mass grave in Fromelles, France, lost since the Great War One soldier, bearing wounds of war so deep it scarred his soul, cannot be laid to rest just yet When Lucy bumps into the achingly sad soldier during a trip to France, she doesn t, at first glance, realise what he is a ghost who desperately needs her help Lucy can t turn away from someone who needs her, even someone non corporeal, and they travel back together to Australia in search of answers and, hopefully, some peace This chance meeting and unexplainable relationship sets into motion a chain reaction of delicate coincidences that affect the intertwined lives of family, friends, and lovers in unexpected, beautiful ways.

Jacquie lives in Central Queensland, Australia, where it s always hot and humidity constantly coats the skin, summer or winter After her profession as an accountant almost killed her with mind numbing boredom , she is on permanent hiatus She now spends her time wrapped up in her imagination, creating characters, exploring alternative realities, and falling in love with a host of mouth watering heroes who occupy her mind at first, then eventually her booksJacquie has a business degree, has studied post graduate writing, editing and publishing at The University of Queensland and earned a Master of Letters from Central Queensland University But all that means is that she s super dedicated to writing the best books she can for readers to enjoy So far, she has over a million words published, and the word count is climbing Check out her many published novels, novellas and short stories that will hit you in the heart with deep emotion, love, and no ordinary storylines.

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    Ebook ¾ Beyond Coincidence PDF ✓ grave in Fromelles, France, lost since the Great War One soldier, bearing wounds of war so deep it scarred his soul, cannot be laid to rest just yet When Lucy bumps into the achingly sad soldier during a trip to France, she doesn t, at first glance, realise what he is a ghost who desperately needs her help Lucy can t turn away from someone who needs her, even someone non corporeal, and they travel back together to Australia in search of answers and, hopefully, some peace This chance meeting and unexplainable relationship sets into motion a chain reaction of delicate coincidences that affect the intertwined lives of family, friends, and lovers in unexpected, beautiful ways."/>
  • ebook
  • 220 pages
  • Beyond Coincidence
  • Jacquie Underdown
  • 14 May 2017
  • 0857991841

10 thoughts on “Beyond Coincidence

  1. Len Klumpp says:

    Great bookAww, what a great book The only disappointment I had was that it ended This story will stay with me for a long time

  2. Andrea Guy says:

    Beyond Coincidence combines two things that I love reading about, WWI and ghosts It is hard to imagine being in France and being approached by a long dead soldier looking for closure The story put me in mind of the beautiful song No Man s Land, about another battle in France in the same year The Battle of Fromelles was one of the worst for the Allies, and definitely one of the worst for Australia 5500 lives were lost in 24 hours Jacquie brings one of them to life in Freddy.I loved how eager Beyond Coincidence combines two things that I love reading about, WWI and ghosts It is hard to imagine being in France and being approached by a long dead soldier looking for closure The story put me in mind of the beautiful song No Man s Land, about another battle in France in the same year The Battle of Fromelles was one of the worst for the Allies, and definitely one of the worst for Australia 5500 lives were lost in 24 hours Jacquie brings one of them to life in Freddy.I loved how eager Lucy was to help Freddy in his quest to rest, at last, in peace There s so much heartbreak that he has to go through, including learning of the death of his wife, though she lived 88 years, and his son, who lived 75.In the course of their journey together, Lucy finds love of her own, in the ghost s grandson, Nate Their courtship relationship is quite turbulent, add in a few reappearances by Lucy s ex and you get a novel that s full of drama.What I love the most though, is learning about Freddy and his family and what happened during and after the Great War.This is a book that will hit every emotion you have by the time it ends In fact, I would say this is a keeper shelf book, and I ll go even further to say that this is a book you ll probably read over again

  3. Sara Strand says:

    I ll tell you upfront the reason I picked this book to review is I absolutely believe in reincarnation I don t think we just die and go off into the ether of Heaven, I think we come back as something else, in some other time and basically, we re always being recycled to an extent So when I read the description I knew I would be all in because it sounded interesting And it was It starts with Lucy, fresh off a traumatic breakup easing her woes in France, literally running in a ghost of a soldi I ll tell you upfront the reason I picked this book to review is I absolutely believe in reincarnation I don t think we just die and go off into the ether of Heaven, I think we come back as something else, in some other time and basically, we re always being recycled to an extent So when I read the description I knew I would be all in because it sounded interesting And it was It starts with Lucy, fresh off a traumatic breakup easing her woes in France, literally running in a ghost of a soldier from the Great War Freaked out, she obviously hauls ass out of the cemetery Later on, she sees him again in a coffee shop and then in her CAR, which I would have peed my pants I m just going to throw that in here But turns out, she s the only person who is able to see him and he is desperate for help He needs to be identified so he can have a proper burial and go onto whatever is his next stop in the afterlife A sentimental at heart, she agrees because what else would you do The dead soldier looks pitiful So Lucy sets to work trying to find figure outabout him Fortunately, through the wonders of the Internet, she is able to track down his family tree and finds he only has a living grandson A grandson who would need to willingly submit DNA to be tested against the remains in the grave Of course, at first sight he s not really agreeable since he s completely drunk But given time, not only does he agree to the bizarre request, but Nate the grandson and Lucy end up kind of an item But enter dun dun dun Lucy s loser ex boyfriend who is hyped up meth and being a total asshole Oh yes, he does something really quite awful in the book and it not only lays the groundwork for Lucy and Nate, but the twist at the end which brings about the details of a weird almost riddle like clue Freddy the ghost gives Lucy before he leaves It s a short book, it kept me going, and though a little unrefined in some areas, I did enjoy it Loved the ending with Lucy and Nate, loved the ending with Freddy, and loved the very ending Like the very last thing Loved it

  4. Tia Bach says:

    Lucy has run to France to try and heal a broken heart There she meets a man Freddy looking for his, but there s one problem he s been dead over a hundred years Together, they go on a journey to put his soul to rest To help Freddy, they must find his next of kin Nate isn t interested at first, but Lucy convinces him to give it a go Along the journey, they fall for each other Will they find happiness and can they lay Freddy to rest I loved this charming love story Lucy is tender hearte Lucy has run to France to try and heal a broken heart There she meets a man Freddy looking for his, but there s one problem he s been dead over a hundred years Together, they go on a journey to put his soul to rest To help Freddy, they must find his next of kin Nate isn t interested at first, but Lucy convinces him to give it a go Along the journey, they fall for each other Will they find happiness and can they lay Freddy to rest I loved this charming love story Lucy is tender hearted, yet strong Seeing her connect to Freddy made her ultimate love for Nate even sweeter For a quick read, it s packed with emotional depth and interesting story In addition to finding out Freddy s background, the couple has their own interesting path to discover big life changes for both of them.TheI thought about this book I added this paragraph after posting my original review , theI loved the idea that life is a lot about simply being open to the possibilities Lucy doesn t walk away when a ghost asks for help or when her first encounter with Nate is a huge turnoff She doesn t make rash judgments, and her heart is ready to accept love even when pain is a short term consequence She s a character that will stay with me, and I look forward to readingbooks by this author.If you love to emotionally connect to a story and fall in love with the characters, definitely pick this one up A real winner Note I received a complimentary copy for review purposes A positive review was not requested or guaranteed the opinions expressed are my own.

  5. Kim says:

    This book is also reviewed here absolutely loved this book I laughed, I cried, I got disgusted, mad, hopeful, all sorts of feelings and emotions while reading it, and it was really hard to put down.The book was a mixture of romance, and paranormal, with a touch of history in it Beautifully written, I ve never been overseas around the places that were written about, or heard of the battles that were discussed, but I can almost imagine being there, and s This book is also reviewed here absolutely loved this book I laughed, I cried, I got disgusted, mad, hopeful, all sorts of feelings and emotions while reading it, and it was really hard to put down.The book was a mixture of romance, and paranormal, with a touch of history in it Beautifully written, I ve never been overseas around the places that were written about, or heard of the battles that were discussed, but I can almost imagine being there, and seeing the things, and the idea of the restaurant that was talked about in this book is absolutely amazing You walk with the main character as she meets Freddy, a ghost from the past, as she tracks down relatives and tries to help him find an ending to his story I loved the ending, how everything wraps up and together, and even the title matches the ending, how nothing in life is a coincidence, and all things happen for a reason, a philosophy that I do believe This one, was a great book

  6. Ros Schmidt says:

    I loved this book, it took my mind to another place, I loved Freddy the soldier I found it hard to put down I kept wanting to know what happened next The setting was amazing because I have not been to any of the places Just want to say I loved it.

  7. Marlene says:

    Originally published at Reading RealityBeyond Coincidence is a romance that requires that the reader throw their willing suspension of disbelief out the window, but the history behind the love story is based on actual events.Let s just say that the author has taken an extremely romantic perspective on a project that is both sad and moving, and uses the romance to personalize something important.The genesis of everything lies in the Battle of Fromelles, which took place in France in World War I Originally published at Reading RealityBeyond Coincidence is a romance that requires that the reader throw their willing suspension of disbelief out the window, but the history behind the love story is based on actual events.Let s just say that the author has taken an extremely romantic perspective on a project that is both sad and moving, and uses the romance to personalize something important.The genesis of everything lies in the Battle of Fromelles, which took place in France in World War I Fromelles wasn t merely a disaster for the Allies, it was also one of the most costly battles in history for the Australian Army Over 5,500 men were killed in 24 hours of fighting.In 2008, a mass grave was found near Fromelles, containing the unidentified bodies of 250 of those Australian losses In the intervening years, a project has been mounted to identify those remains and create closure for the families.Beyond Coincidence is a romanticized, in some ways paranormally romanticized, story about the identification of the remains of one particular soldier.Lucy sees the ghost of a man, in a WWI Australian Army uniform, visiting the gravesite in Fromelles At first, she thinks he s a reenactor When he keeps turning up, she decides he s a stalker It s only when he materializes in her car that she finally starts accepting that he s a ghost.Freddy Ormon is one of the unidentified soldiers from the battle He convinces Lucy that he won t be able to rest until his grave is properly marked and his remains are identified He has no idea how this is supposed to happen, just that it has to happen and that there is a greater plan that has chosen Lucy as the one to bring it about.So Lucy sets out on a quest to find Freddy s possible descendants He knows that his wife was pregnant when he left Australia, so it is possible that there is a great grandson or granddaughter back home Lucy just has to find him, or her.Lucy heads back home, and hunts down Nate Ormon, Freddy s great grandson Both Lucy and Nate are at career and romantic loose ends, so when Freddy serves as unintentional matchmaker, they click Nate even looks like Freddy, which is not a hardship for Lucy She s quite fond of her friendly ghost.In spite of some ham fisted interference from Lucy s suddenly violent ex, Nate and Lucy discover that they have a lot in common beyond Nate s interfering ancestor But they have some deep seated fears that almost drive them apart.The story ends with the promise of one of the sweetest but most surprising second chances at love that I ve read in quite a while.Escape Rating B Although this is Lucy and Nate s love story, Freddy feels like the most memorable character in the book He is so confused by what has happened to him, and so frustrated at his inability to act for himself.His grief over the death of his wife is fresh and new She lived decades without him, but he s just now confronted with both her death and that of the child he never got to see The world is so different from what he knew.At the same time, his interactions with Lucy are quite funny Not because he doesn t know the 21st century, but the way he adapts surprises and dellights her You can see them becoming friends, no matter how unusual that friendship might be.There s a sense that Freddy is Lucy s guardian angel in some way He looks out for her, and he s also pushing her life into a different but better track than she would have found on her own Lucy and Nate do not meet cute and without a push, she probably would never have seen him again.Freddy, or someone above him, are also manipulating events for their own ends This has all happened before and it will all happen again as they say And the set up between Lucy and Nate does feel contrived As much as I liked Freddy as a character, I had to swallow my logic in order to enjoy the story.But I certainly did enjoy it quite a bit It s sweet and romantic, and I loved the history angle

  8. LuAnn says:

    Lucy traveled from Australia to France, solo, to recover from the demise of a relationship She visit the new cemetery at Fromelles, where a cemetery is under construction to re inter the remains of the British and Australian soldiers buried there in WWI She goes early in the morning, and as she absorbs the atmosphere of the sacred place, she nearly runs into a man He is wearing a period soldier s uniform, and compliments him on its authenticity Lucy gets a little nervous, though, as the man Lucy traveled from Australia to France, solo, to recover from the demise of a relationship She visit the new cemetery at Fromelles, where a cemetery is under construction to re inter the remains of the British and Australian soldiers buried there in WWI She goes early in the morning, and as she absorbs the atmosphere of the sacred place, she nearly runs into a man He is wearing a period soldier s uniform, and compliments him on its authenticity Lucy gets a little nervous, though, as the man talks as if he had fought and died in that battle She leaves quickly and, upon reaching her car, turns for a last look and the man is gone.So begins Beyond Coincidence Lucy is like most of us, a little skeptical, and figures the soldier has followed her to Paris She runs to her car, gets in and locks the door When she turns on the ignition, the soldier is in her passenger seat He knows her name She is the first person that has been able to see him since he was dug up five months previously, and he asks for her help in getting his remains identified so he can have his name, Frederick Ormon, on the headstone.I really liked the character of Lucy A woman traveling alone across oceans and continents, even in our day, really is an adventurer If a ghost showed up in my locked car and asked for help in getting his remains identified and finding out what happened to his wife and baby, I wouldn t be heading for the nearest wifi to trace his family tree, I d probably be heading for the nearest bar.Now, some people don t believe in coincidence at all Some believe there is such a thing of too many coincidences Lucy lives in Brisbane, Freddy was from Ipswich and his great grandson, Nate lives in Ashgrove All these are in the same area of Australia Why did Lucy go to Fromelles in the first place The initial coincidence is joined by many others in this novel, but never into the realm of fantasy which is a plus for me.And what about Freddy Most literature and media paint a picture of ghosts as being almost exclusively evil Freddy is quite the gentleman I can picture him in a Jane Austen book Of course, people wereformal 100 years ago OK, so he does have this habit of popping in on Lucy unannounced, which makes her jump but he s not doing it as a prank.Lucy goes to ask Nate if he would provide some DNA so the cemetery authorities could use it to match with that pulled from Freddy s remains Nate comes home in a taxi, barely sober enough to get to his own door He is boorish, and Lucy is sure his particular apple fell very far indeed from the family tree.I also appreciated the glossary of terms at the back, that gives the meaning of the Australian terms sprinkled throughout the text Some, like ANZAC, are intuitive some definitions can be approximated from the context and yet others, like bonzer and come a gutser well, the non Aussies amongst us just need a little help with those terms.I don t want to give too much away, but I love talking about Beyond Coincidence It is a thoroughly engaging story I will probably read it again someday, and that is unusual for me I very nearly did reread it while preparing this review You have the courage and sacrifice of the soldiers from long ago, the ups and downs of Lucy and Nate s romance, some tense moments from the ex that was Lucy s reason for going to France in the first place, and a best hoped for resolution This is a feel good book that anyone with a dash of romance and a sense of adventure will enjoy Disclosure I received an e copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review

  9. Heather says:

    Fresh out of a three year relationship, Lucy quits her job and takes a vacation alone to France to find herself and forget her ex boyfriend Jason While visiting an historic WWI battlefield where Australian soldiers lost their lives and were buried in a mass grave, Lucy unknowingly meets the ghost of one of the deceased soldiers named Freddy He wants Lucy to help him get his bones identified, but he has no idea how to do this Freddy travels back to Australia with Lucy, and she tracks down his Fresh out of a three year relationship, Lucy quits her job and takes a vacation alone to France to find herself and forget her ex boyfriend Jason While visiting an historic WWI battlefield where Australian soldiers lost their lives and were buried in a mass grave, Lucy unknowingly meets the ghost of one of the deceased soldiers named Freddy He wants Lucy to help him get his bones identified, but he has no idea how to do this Freddy travels back to Australia with Lucy, and she tracks down his only remaining relative his great grandson Nate with the hopes of getting him to contact the Army to submit a DNA sample for comparison to the remains in France When Lucy meets Nate for the first time, the proverbial sparks fly, and their story begins.This was such a lovely romance between Lucy and Nate It certainly wasn t love at first sight, and their first meeting was anything but pleasant and left neither one with a great first impression of the other But there was an undeniable draw between the both of them that made them want to work together, to be friends first and work towards somethingLucy s determined attitude and calm, caring nature made her a perfect fit for Nate s cautious yet protective personality.This story is part history, part romance, and part paranormal, and this mix worked really well, making for a lovely, entertaining book that had my emotions all over the place along with the characters I quite enjoyed learning a bit about Australia s part in World War I The Australian setting and slang weren t too foreign to make the story unapproachable or distracting to me as an American, and there was even a handy glossary defining the colloquialisms from the early 20th century Australia.Freddy s story was the most heart breaking to me Dying on the battlefield before he could return to his wife and unborn child, only to become conscious again when his remains were disturbed almost a century later to find the world very different But he discovers that Lucy can see him and hear him, and she just happens to live in the same city that he came from Freddy didn t believe in coincidences, so he knew that Lucy was the key to getting things that he needs to happen that will bring him peace But he also knows that some other things are meant to be set in motion that are bigger than himself, and letting things happen naturally is the only way to go.I give Beyond Coincidence a 4.5 out of 5 The writing was phenomenal and emotional I felt like I was at the battlefields in France and touring the different places in Australia even though I ve never been there The heart breaking love story between Freddy and his wife and Freddy s story in general had me tearing up all throughout the book, yet Freddy remained such a hopeful, positive presence in Lucy s life Lucy and Nate s journey wasn t easy, but everything was brought together along with Freddy s story in such an uplifting and positive way in the end that left me knowing that nothing is left to coincidence Everything happens for a reason Also on Bewitched Bookworms, book received free from TLC Book Tours in exchange for honest review

  10. iamboredaf says:

    2.5 round ups to 3 starsLet s start with the very thing that intrigued me to read and managed to stay until the end of this book, it s the blurb Beyond Coincidence is one of the unique books I ve ever encountered because I ve never read anything alike You can see a ghost and it asked you for help so that it can move on in later life Interesting, isn t it The romance wasn t bad It was nice it didn t start as instant love but attraction Admittedly, the instant attraction fast track to love st 2.5 round ups to 3 starsLet s start with the very thing that intrigued me to read and managed to stay until the end of this book, it s the blurb Beyond Coincidence is one of the unique books I ve ever encountered because I ve never read anything alike You can see a ghost and it asked you for help so that it can move on in later life Interesting, isn t it The romance wasn t bad It was nice it didn t start as instant love but attraction Admittedly, the instant attraction fast track to love started a little bit after that The sparks was there but mild development of romance.Sadly enough though, apart from what I mentioned above, the rest of the book didn t manage to capture my interest I did put this book down several times Sometimes, I was thinking to just simply put it aside and never going to continue reading it again I managed, though I wanted to know what happened The inconsistency of the side stories that dimmed the excitement, had me disappointed and bored.Read on your own peril e ARC provided by Escape Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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