Review: Enlightened by Billie Kowalewski

Review: Enlightened by Billie KowalewskiEnlightened by Billie Kowalewski


A wise person once told me: There's a reason for everything.

Sarah Shaw -- pulled off a cliff

Emma Blackstone -- shoved out a window and trampled by a horse

Mattie Williams -- stung to death by bees

Cora Thomas -- pushed in front of a train

Edith Young -- impaled

Rachel Ellis -- shoved off a boat

Lois Smith -- hit by a bus

Muriel Walters -- UGH...another bus

Lucille Marshall -- involuntary manslaughter

Veronica Edwards -- undetermined

What do all of these names have in common? They all died long before they were meant too, and they were all ME. If there's any truth to that statement at all, I can't wait to find out the reason for this!

It is quite easy to see why Billie Kowalewski won the 2017 Independent Press Award Distinguished Favorites. Enlightened was well, for lack of a better word, enlightening. The subject of the book made me really think. Not sure if that is what Billie was going for. Alas, that is what it did for me.

Enlightened is a book that deals in fantasy but it’s a fantasy that some may have thought of before.

What if this life we have on earth is not our true lives? What if it’s just a school where we learn what we truly need to? What if we are to keep coming back to life and being reincarnated until we learn the lessons we need? These are just a few of the questions that come to mind with Enlightened.


Harmony and Kaleb are two students who over many lives on Earth find that they are destined to always be each others true soul mates. They find each other during every life. Harmony has already found out that her very existence relies on Kaleb’s. So what happens when one of them goes to Earth without the other?


This story holds so many questions. Beautifully written and completely thought-provoking. Find some of your answers and if you’re like me you will find more questions.

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