Author Guest Post
Characteristics of a Soul Mate
By Deanna Lynn Sletten
Soul mates. People use this term for that one special person in their life—that one person who completes them. It is the goal of almost every romantic to find that one person who will understand them completely, and love them for eternity. For some people, the idea of finding a soul mate is an elusive dream, while for others, it is the ultimate goal. But what exactly are the characteristics of a soul mate? And can you have more than one?
We have all heard the term 'soul mate' being bandied about but the exact meaning isn't easily pinned down. The characteristics of a soul mate can mean different things to different people. Some people may feel that their soul mate should be an exact replica of themselves in order to be perfectly compatible. Others believe that they need to find their opposite to complete them. Most people who describe their partner as their soul mate usually can't even tell you how they knew this was the perfect person for them. They say that the moment they met, they just knew this was their soul mate. They may say that it was love at first site, or that the first time they met, it was magic. Others scoff at the idea of one true love. After all, many people have found love more than once, so to some, the idea of one soul mate isn't realistic.
Soul mate characteristics come more from the heart than from a scientific study or survey. You won't find one specific list of soul mate characteristics that you can apply to every relationship. However, here are a few characteristics of a soul mate that many people can agree upon:
• Someone you have an immediate connection with.
• Someone who loves you for who you are.
• Someone who lifts your self-esteem.
• Someone who loves you unconditionally even when they know you completely.
• Someone you feel physically and emotionally connected to.
I believe in soul mates. However, I think that you can have more than one soul mate and it doesn't necessarily always have to be your life partner. A best friend, your child, a parent, or a favorite relative can be a person who understands you completely and loves you unconditionally. We've all met people we have an instant connection to, and these people may become a pivotal part of our lives. If we are very lucky, we will not only meet a life partner who is our soul mate, but will also have other people in our lives who we consider soul mates too.
Do you believe in soul mates?
About The Author
Deanna started her writing career in the early 1990s writing articles for parenting publications and local newspapers. Over time she transitioned to writing for blogs and websites and was a contributing writer for the women's website, She Knows. In November 2011, she changed course and put all her energy into novel writing and hasn't looked back since.
Deanna is married and has two grown children. When not writing, she enjoys walking the wooded trails around her northern Minnesota home with her beautiful Australian Shepherd or relaxing in the boat on the lake in the summer.
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Publisher: Deanna Lynn Sletten, Self-Published
Publication Date: December 8, 2012
Format: Paperback - 258 pages / Kindle - 422 KB
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women's Fiction
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and for hosting a virtual book event on my book review blog site.
Do you believe in soul mates?
William Grafton had the perfect life with his lovely wife, Sara, and two teenaged children. But one day his perfect forever was shattered when Sara died suddenly, leaving him alone to raise his children and wonder how he would ever get through life without his soul mate. Five years later, he finds himself looking into a familiar pair of blue-green eyes that remind him of Sara. The woman is the exact opposite of his late wife, yet he finds he is drawn to her. But after a few strange occurrences, he begins to wonder–are these just coincidences or has his Sara come back to him as she once promised in the form of this new woman?
Annie Paxton doesn't believe in soul mates or fate. She had watched her father die of a broken heart after her mother passed away and has since cast away any fairy tale ideas of love. Then she meets the man who has been haunting her dreams and she begins to see love in a whole new light. But her dream man is still tied to his deceased wife, and Annie doesn't know if he will ever be able to break away from his past. As strange occurrences unfold, Annie wonders if William could ever truly love her for herself and not for the traits that remind him of Sara.
Were William and Annie brought together by fate, coincidence or by Sara keeping her promise?
My Book Review:
Do you believe in soul mates? Do you believe in everlasting love, even after your loved one has passed away?
Two women pass away ... as they are suspended between life and death, they engage in a conversation which leads one of the women to urge the other to take her place among the living so she can love and take care of her family as if they were her own.
When Sara Grafton suddenly dies, her husband William and teenage children Sandy and Sam struggle to go on with their lives. Sara vowed to always look after her family, even through divine intervention from beyond the grave.
Five years later, the Grafton family is still struggling with grief over the loss of their wife and mother.
Annie Paxton doesn't believe in soul mates and isn't looking for love. But when she meets the man who has been haunting her dreams, William Grafton, she feels an attraction for him.
William isn't looking for a replacement for the soul mate that he has lost, but when he meets Annie, there is a familiarity about her that attracts him to her.
Can Annie and William's relationship blossom into love, or will William's love for his lost soul mate hold him back from having a second chance at love?
Will Sara's Promise to always take care of her family bring happiness and love back into their lives ... even through divine intervention?
Sara's Promise is a poignantly touching story about soul mates and everlasting love. It is also the uplifting story of love, loss, hope and forgiveness. Author Deanna Lynn Sletten weaves a captivating tale of love and forgiveness that will simply pull at your heartstrings. Told in the third person narrative, the reader is swept along with Sara, William, Sandy, Sam and Annie on a journey of healing and love given through the cycle of life. Through a beautiful crafting of words, Deanna captures the essence between life and death; the struggles of loving, losing and second chances; and the belief that everlasting love does exist even after death.
The author draws the reader into the lives of Annie Paxton and the Grafton family as they battle individual personal conflicts while trying to maintain their family structure. The emotional battles and life changes that occur in their lives are realistic, the reader can easily relate to them. You can't help but feel for Annie and the Grafton family as their journey of healing is fulfilled through Sara's heavenly promise. Throughout this story, the author effortlessly provides the reader with the uplifting message that love, hope and forgiveness transcends death. Sara's Promise will make you a believer that soul mates and everlasting love really do exist!
With a realistic cast of characters who come alive and jump off the pages; a richly detailed and descriptive setting along the Oregon seaside; and a simply inspirational storyline that will have the reader experiencing the full gamut of emotions, Sara's Promise is a tenderhearted story of love that will touch your heart and soul, and will resonate with you long after the last page has been read.
RATING: 5 STARS *****