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Beyond Coincidence

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  26 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Mixing romance, history, and a touch of the unexplained in a new novel from Jacquie Underdown about love that needs to cross oceans and time before finding a place to come true.In 2008, 250 Australian and British soldiers are uncovered in a mass grave in Fromelles, France, lost since the Great War. One soldier, bearing wounds of war so deep it scarred his soul, cannot be l ...more
ebook, 220 pages
Published September 1st 2014 by Escape Publishing
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Andrea Guy
Beyond Coincidence combines two things that I love reading about, WWI and ghosts!

It is hard to imagine being in France and being approached by a long dead soldier looking for closure. The story put me in mind of the beautiful song No Man's Land, about another battle in France in the same year. The Battle of Fromelles was one of the worst for the Allies, and definitely one of the worst for Australia. 5500 lives were lost in 24 hours. Jacquie brings one of them to life in Freddy.

I loved how eager
Sara Strand
Sep 22, 2014 rated it liked it
I'll tell you upfront the reason I picked this book to review is I absolutely believe in reincarnation. I don't think we just die and go off into the ether of Heaven, I think we come back as something else, in some other time and basically, we're always being recycled to an extent. So when I read the description I knew I would be all in because it sounded interesting.

And it was. It starts with Lucy, fresh off a traumatic breakup easing her woes in France, literally running in a ghost of a soldi
Tia Bach
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lucy has run to France to try and heal a broken heart. There she meets a man (Freddy) looking for his, but there's one problem... he's been dead over a hundred years. Together, they go on a journey to put his soul to rest.

To help Freddy, they must find his next of kin. Nate isn't interested at first, but Lucy convinces him to give it a go. Along the journey, they fall for each other. Will they find happiness and can they lay Freddy to rest?

I loved this charming love story. Lucy is tender-hearte
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I absolutely loved this book. I laughed, I cried, I got disgusted, mad, hopeful, all sorts of feelings and emotions while reading it, and it was really hard to put down.

The book was a mixture of romance, and paranormal, with a touch of history in it. Beautifully written, I've never been overseas around the places that were written about, or heard of the battles that were discussed, but I can almost imagine being there, and s
Ros Schmidt
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, it took my mind to another place, I loved Freddy the soldier. I found it hard to put down I kept wanting to know what happened next. The setting was amazing because I have not been to any of the places. Just want to say I loved it.
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

Beyond Coincidence is a romance that requires that the reader throw their willing suspension of disbelief out the window, but the history behind the love story is based on actual events.

Let’s just say that the author has taken an extremely romantic perspective on a project that is both sad and moving, and uses the romance to personalize something important.

The genesis of everything lies in the Battle of Fromelles, which took place in France in World War I.
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lucy traveled from Australia to France, solo, to recover from the demise of a relationship. She visit the new cemetery at Fromelles, where a cemetery is under construction to re-inter the remains of the British and Australian soldiers buried there in WWI. She goes early in the morning, and as she absorbs the atmosphere of the sacred place, she nearly runs into a man. He is wearing a period soldier's uniform, and compliments him on its authenticity. Lucy gets a little nervous, though, as the man ...more
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-tour, to-review
Fresh out of a three-year relationship, Lucy quits her job and takes a vacation alone to France to find herself and forget her ex-boyfriend Jason. While visiting an historic WWI battlefield where Australian soldiers lost their lives and were buried in a mass grave, Lucy unknowingly meets the ghost of one of the deceased soldiers named Freddy. He wants Lucy to help him get his bones identified, but he has no idea how to do this. Freddy travels back to Australia with Lucy, and she tracks down his ...more
Jul 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: pnr
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Let's start with the very thing that intrigued me to read and managed to stay until the end of this book, it's the blurb. Beyond Coincidence is one of the unique books I've ever encountered because I've never read anything alike. You can see a ghost and it asked you for help so that it can move on in later life. Interesting, isn't it?

The romance wasn't bad. It was nice it didn't start as instant love but attraction. Admittedly, the instant attraction fast track to love st
Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I need to come clean here. I was doing a book challenge and I needed an author with a last name that started with U. I went to NetGalley, found this book and said, sure why not, I'll give it a shot. What a surprise I had when I actually enjoyed this random book I knew nothing about. It combined a love story with history and redemption as well as some good old fashioned ghosts. I liked finding out the family history along with the character
Michelle Hammond
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. I found it emotional & moving. Go read it!!!
Catherine Kenna
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
have to say I really enjoyed this book, shed a few tears at the end can't wait to read more jacquie's books x
Lauren Henderson
Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-2014
I have a confession… I’ve always been somewhat anti-romance – not necessarily a romance basher, but just someone who always passed by the romance section in search of better books. I’ve only read a couple in my life, and I thought they were poorly written and super cliché/cheesy. I, therefore, assumed that the entire romance genre is not for me. So when Lisa from TLC Books Tours asked me to join the tour for Beyond Coincidence, I was hesitant but eventually decided that I should maybe give roman ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Paranormal is not my usual genre, but I was intrigued with the premise and it sounded promising. I loved the idea of a ghost from the past wanting help from the future. And Freddy was terrific. So sweet. Historically, I appreciated the look at World War 1. The loss of life was so great and so tragic.

After Lucy meets Freddy in France and agrees to help him, they return to Australia to track down his family and find the DNA proof they need to identify his remains and for him to finally be at peac
Sep 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, kindle
Beyond Coincidence is a quick and entertaining read. I liked the premise of the book...The ghost of a soldier's wish to be laid to rest leads a woman to his great grandson and a sweet romance. I enjoyed watching Lucy and Nate fall in love with each other. It was like watching destiny unfold. Freddy's story was heart breaking and I was rooting for him to find the peace he had been waiting for.

I will warn you though, there is a LOT of Australian slang in this book. The author has has provided a di
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Jacquie lives in Central Queensland, Australia, where it's always hot and humidity constantly coats the skin, summer or winter.

After her profession as an accountant almost killed her (with mind-numbing boredom), she is on permanent hiatus.

She now spends her time wrapped up in her imagination, creating characters, exploring alternative realities, and falling in love with a host of mouth-watering he
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