#SciFi #TimeTravel #BookReview -- The Orah by E.H. James

Enter a gentle paranormal portal where lives are changed forever.


The Orah
E.H. James
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Publication Date: March 2, 2013
Number of Pages: 21 pages
ASIN: B00BNZMNFQ
Genre: Science Fiction
For more information: Amazon

Liz wished she could go back and do it all again.

After all, it was Liz’s fault her mom was dead…or so she believed. Had Liz not delayed her, her mom never would have been killed by that car. And as the twentieth anniversary of her mother’s death came around, Liz could not help but wish it had been her instead. That is, until a gentlemen sits next to her on the park bench. He tells her his story, and she feels strangely compelled to tell him hers, but when he leaves her his pocket watch as a gift, she cannot believe what is happening. Only this isn’t just any watch, as she soon discovers, and she is pulled back in time.

Are events coincidental, even random? Or is there a perfectly timed symmetry yet to be lived? The possessor of the Orah is the only one to know.

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Sometimes you come across a book with such beautiful writing and you are left with a loss for words.

No words can express how much I loved this short story. James is an extremely talented author, who pens magnificent short tales.

We meet Liz as one day on a bench, she meets a man named Gus. Sharing her story, as he shared his, opened the door to a portal she never expected.

Sometimes things happen for reasons we do not understand. I chanced upon this book after meeting the author, albeit in a virtual environment. I've read it three times, in hopes of finding the words to express how it changed my view on life.

Time traveling and being able to alter the past to change the future is part fantasy, but for some it is also real. I've read two other books centering on time travel. But they were not like this.

We are able to alter the future when we focus on the present, express gratitude for what we have, and give to others. Now, the “attitude of gratitude” is far more complex than the aforementioned statement. However, speaking of giving, Gus gave Liz something that led her somewhere. Leading her on a path, this gift, as I said before, opened up a portal that would change her life.

Books can speak to us, especially when we ask questions of it. Not many do this, yet, Liz learned that if she could do so, the answers to her questions would literally appear.

She closed it with a thump, a cloud of dust puffing up around her, the cover now emblazoned with a symbol in gold...She slipped the watch into her pocket and opened the book. Writing appeared on page after page.


Reading is a pastime for some. But for me, it is like the book Liz chanced upon at Groman’s Books. They transport me to different times, allowing me to glean knowledge and insight. The learned information allows me, like Liz, to alter the timeline of my life.

James’, holding a gracefully poised pen, has crafted a gentle story of a paranormal reunion that saved about a woman's life.

Character development: 10/10

Plot development: 10/10

Quality of writing: 10/10

Well-paced: 10/10

Thought provoking: 10/10

Entertaining: 10/10

Enjoyable: 10/10

Overall – 70/70 == 100% = 5 stars

With the timekeeper in her hands, she was “the reason,” for she “needed to know what happened.”


About E. H. James
E. H. James has always been fascinated by the unexplained. Wanting to delve deeper into the unknown, James has read and researched in the areas of parapsychology and metaphysics, for the past 40 years. Taking those first hand experiences, involving the unexplained, James has woven the real and imaginary together into stories of the strange and bizarre. James' stories range from the paranormal and horror, to fantasy and science fiction, from short stories and novellas, to 100K+ novels.

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