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Title: Secrets from Myself
Author: Christine Hart
Published: September 1st, 2017
This is a very different story, centred around eleven year old Katelyn Medena. Kat has always been psychic but now things are getting too real . . . . she’s not only writing diary entries about someone she’s never met and in their handwriting, rather than her own but she’s also sometimes writing in Hindi! She’s an independent young lady, used to being self reliant and resourceful. However, when she realises all the entries and her visions concern a young lady, Akasha, stowing away secretly to travel from India to Canada with her true love. Kat believes she needs to put right a wrong from the past and the story shares her struggle to do just that, even though it results in her being treated for mental illness!
I’ve lived in the UK all my life and I admit to never having heard anything about the SS Komagata Maru and the events associated with its arrival in Vancouver on May 23, 1914. Actually, neither had Katelyn but she discovers some of the events as she tries to discover more about Akasha and what happened to her. I found it an intriguing story, one in which I was never quite sure what would happen next as Kat tries to keep her investigations going without alerting anyone else to what she is up to and continuing to attempt to appear to be cooperative and ‘normal’. There are plenty of twists and turns as well as frustrations as she strives to uncover the truth and the ending is great! In some of the product details it suggests this is targetted at 9 to 12 year olds but, unless they have some connection or interest in the era and events concerned, I suspect it would appeal much more to an older audience especially considering what happened to Akasha after her arrival in Canada. The author brings to life the events and scenarios, slipping between events in the different times effectively usually through the diary entries, making this a well paced, enthralling story linking past events with the present.
I was given a copy of this book, without any obligation, and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.
Eleven-year-old Katelyn has always had voices and visions. She’s long suspected she is hearing from past lives. But when she runs away from home and hides out with an old friend in Vancouver, her visions become more real. She finds herself writing the words of someone else in a diary, the words of someone whose fate was deeply impacted by the Komagata Maru incident. As Katelyn learns more about the Komagata Maru and the person communicating with her, she realizes that she must correct a wrong from the past..