As a winning Finalist, The Soul Retrieval: A Novel will be included in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards' online catalog on and in a brochure listing to be distributed to thousands of media, book buyers and others as a countertop handout at the Book Expo America (“BEA”) registration desks in Chicago in May of this year.
I'm thrilled to be in great company at the 2016 Los Angeles Book Festival, which just announced the winners in its annual competition "honoring the best of world publishing."
The Soul Retrieval: A Novel was named runner-up winner in the Spiritual Fiction Category. Submitted works were judged by a panel of publishing industry experts using the following criteria: 1) General excellence and the author's passion for telling a good story, and 2) The potential of the work to gain a wider audience in the worldwide market.
Many thanks to “The Ladies of the Book Club” for a delightful and memorable evening, featuring THE SOUL RETRIEVAL, and for being the kind of readers every author dreams of having. Your questions came from a place of genuine interest and wonder, considered and thoughtful. You spoke of my characters like they had become your friends. Your discussions were in-depth and interesting. What a wonderful group of women!
Thank you Writer's Digest e-Book Awards for the Outstanding Rating and Commentary of The Soul Retrieval: A Novel!
Judge, 3rd Annual Writer’s Digest eBook Awards
Title: The Soul Retrieval: A Novel
Author: Ann W. Jarvie
Judge Number: 62
1-5 Rating based on 5 meaning "outstanding."
Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5
Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5
Production Quality and Cover Design: 5
Plot and Story Appeal: 5
Character Appeal and Development: 5
Voice and Writing Style: 5
"Excellent sharing and explanation of Apache words and phrases throughout. Author has tremendous talent for weaving in a comfortable and realistic layer of language explanation, with great thought to making the reader comfortable with the language. Well done. Beautiful consideration of the reader and complete handling of language and dialect. Impressive.
Excellent sense of movement throughout the book, in people and in objects and breeze. Author has a talent for writing movement, and especially excels at bringing dialogue scenes more to life with good character movement and gesturing. Well done.
Settings are well realized and layered, with plenty of sensory details so that each scene has a ‘home’ that we can see, and one that affects the characters’ mindsets just like our own environments affect our moods and interactions. Nice instincts by the author in this.
Some beautiful imagery throughout, such as the Walking Dead imagery/analogy in which it is said she is missing parts of her soul. Very intriguing concept, as most people would love an opportunity to reclaim or rescue the missing parts of themselves, something they think is essential for healing or for forward momentum. Excellent work.
‘You cannot heal what is not there’ is one of the best gems of the book, a true learning moment that sticks with the reader as a valuable take-away.
Nice imagery of the ashes in the desert cleansed by the heat. This also brings comfort to the reader who may be dealing with grief, knowing that cleansing of what remains is still possible. Very nice."
Thank you to everyone who traveled with me this year on a literary journey called, “The Soul Retrieval: A Novel.”
It was a thrill and dream come true to see it launch successfully, receive positive reviews, be featured in book clubs, hit #1 on one of Amazon’s Best Seller Lists a couple of times, be listed right next to big-name authors and even win an award! I’m so grateful to you, my readers, reviewers, friends and family for supporting this labor of love, a long time in the making.
Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas, kisses, hugs and a Happy New Year! And remember to dream big!
The Soul Retrieval is now available through IngramSpark Global Distribution for Bookstores, Libraries and More!
We're pleased to announce that The Soul Retrieval: A Novel (ISBN: 978-0-692-54489-1) is now being distributed through IngramSpark.
This means that The Soul Retrieval will be made available to independent bookstores, online stores, the big chains, the little chains, local niche retailers, libraries, schools, universities, and just about anyone, anywhere in the world who sells books.
In addition, The Soul Retrieval will be available to more than 39,000 global retailers through IngramSpark's global market access.
Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite
The Soul Retrieval: A Novel by Ann W. Jarvie is an uplifting and touching story of love, loss, redemption, and healing. The story is set in the 1950s and revolves around Henrietta Clayborn, who is living with her family in New Mexico's Medichero Indian Reservation in the doctor's cottage. She is hiding a secret from everyone; her family and her physician husband, Jeff, who is working in a hospital there. She is tortured by the fact she is hiding this secret from her family. It's at that juncture she meets a medicine man, Joe Loco, who understands her dilemma. Henrietta starts confiding in him. Will Joe be able to help Henrietta?
The story is complex and has many dimensions to it which makes it intense and profound. The story is beautiful and it takes readers between South Carolina and New Mexico. The narration is descriptive, making it very palpable and visual to readers. The spiritual journey undertaken by Joe and Henrietta is soulful and captivating, and it transcends the usual human boundaries. All the characters are well sketched, making their individual personalities stand out. There is much richness in the plot, which will open up many discussions in the minds of readers.
It's a well researched book that will help readers understand more about the wounded souls that live on earth and also about healing from loss, pain and trauma that one undergoes in their personal lives. The book is a combination of many emotions that makes it an interesting read. An excellent love story that has many dimensions to it. I enjoyed it thoroughly because there is a lot in the story to think about and understand.
Ann W. Jarvie is the award-winning author of The Soul Retrieval: A Novel, and The Woods of Hitchcock: A Thriller.