This Morning I Woke up Dead by Mindy Larson
Published November 13th 2013 by Lavish Publishing
Age Group: New Adult
Series: Pre-Earth #1
Source: ecopy from Author
What would you do? What rules would you break to be with your soul mate? This morning Hadley Christensen and Dominic Morris woke up living their dream lives. They are engaged and each has promising careers in the medical field. They are happier and more fulfilled than they have ever been, and they are ready to begin their happily ever after.
Sadly, on her way to work, Hadley is in an accident. Before taking her last breath, she realizes she is already dead – and everyone on Earth is too. Now Hadley and Dominic must each find a way to live without one another. How do they continue when they are two parts of one flame?
Hadley is given permission by the Masters to contact Dominic in the hopes he will also realize he is already dead. If Dominic can open his mind to hear Hadley they can be together forever. Is Dominic ready to give up life the way he knows it?
This Morning I woke up Dead was a really interesting read. I am happy to see that this is going to be a series because the book initially explores the concept of three different realms of living and dead. It introduces a concept of a pre-earth. But once the idea of the afterlife is laid out, the story of Hadley and Dominic kind of take over and we don’t really get to explore the ideas of pre-earth and earth again. So I would really like some more information about the different realms in the next book. But I didn’t even realize that we didn’t get more information about them until after I was done reading the book, because I was so swept up in the story of Hadley and Dominic.
The book is told in dual narrative between the two of them and I loved that. That is quickly becoming my preferred method of narration. I just love switching back and forth between the guy and the girl and getting the story from each of their unique perspectives. And in This Morning I Woke up Dead it was even more unique because Hadley and Dominic were in different realms of existence. The story includes numerous flash backs throughout and that was a good method for the story because we got to know more about Hadley and Dominic’s relationship, ad well as learning back stories on Hadley’s “guide” Logan and Dominic’s sister helped make the story seem more complete. I liked how effortlessly Mindy Larson made everything flow. The book never felt disjointed and it was full of emotion.
Right from the very first Dominic chapter, I was hooked. He was so sad. This Morning I woke up Dead definitely drums up some emotion. Dominic struggles through so much of the book. I felt so bad for him. He was dealing with the loss of his finance and you could tell they had such a great relationship through their flashbacks. We got to see how they met and what they did. It was really cute. Their relationship did almost seem a little too perfect. I thought since the author made frequent use of flashbacks that she could have thrown in a short fight or hardship that they had to make the relationship seem more realistic, but even without that you could tell that these two shared a special kind of bond.
This Morning I woke up Dead was a really good read. I can’t wait to check out the next book and see what is going to happen next. I hope we get to learn more about pre-earth and the concept of the realms and of twin flames. This book is an emotional journey for all of the characters and for the reader. It takes you through some tough times, but Mindy Larson does an excellent job. I really enjoyed this story.
Mindy Larsen has always had a vivid imagination that has only improved with her love of reading and writing. She spent much of her childhood entertaining her three younger brothers with her stories and today she is bringing her imagination to life in books.
When not writing, Mindy enjoys spending time with the love of her life and four children while playing disc golf, cooking, baking, traveling and exploring.
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