Press Release – The Soul Retrieval


30 March 2015 | Phoenix

MOTERWRITER.COM reviews the latest hit novel – The Soul Retrieval

Powerful narration and writing make author Ann W. Jarvie’s historical fiction come alive

Ann W. Jarvie’s novel ‘The Soul Retrieval’ tells the story of Henrietta Clayborn and her tryst with love, loss, healing and new beginnings. Set in the 1950’s between a small town in South Carolina and a Native American reservation in New Mexico, it follows the story of Henrietta and her physician husband Jeff who’s researching cases of spontaneous remission found among the locals on the reservation. While the good doctor tries to help the tribal community and research their spirit medicine in the process, there are dissenting groups within the white community as well as the tribe’s members who aren’t happy with the doctor’s meddling presence. Meanwhile Henrietta has a deep dark secret that has scarred her soul but in the company of a sage Indian woman Altie and her eccentric mystic husband Joe, she finds the courage to get over her past and the many hurdles she faces in her present. A good part of the story takes place in the form of flashbacks as Henrietta narrates her tale to Joe.

The Soul Retrieval is a historical fiction where suspense and inspirational messages co-exist beautifully. Author Ann W. Jarvie has done extensive research to convey a sense of authenticity of Apache lives on a New Mexico reservation, showing a respectful understanding of their culture and rituals as well as the living conditions they faced during the 50’s. Here it’s the characters that take center stage and unfold the story through their actions and interactions rather than relying on long detailed descriptions to move the story forward. Reading this novel will provide you with an experience like no other to gain a deeper perspective on how life used to be in the past. You will also be introduced to the conflict and tension that was commonplace between the two disparate cultures and discover characters with tremendous courage and integrity in both. Utmost care has been taken to ensure that different points of view regarding modern medicine and traditional/spiritual medicine find equal representation here.

“I wanted to let a small cast of complex, multi-layered characters and their life dramas tell a story that would be entertaining, enlightening and even healing. I also wanted to show how someone could push through her fears of the so-called forbidden and overcome great obstacles in order to find self-empowerment from within,” Ann told us when we interviewed her in connection with the book’s promotion. When we spoke with a few readers at a popular online book forum, they said the author was able to successfully portray an alternate life-story and life-style with this story. They further complimented the author’s extrapolation of the restrictive nature of the 50’s society with the complexity of human relationships. One of the readers Lizzy said “I loved this book! The author’s characterizations are so true and life-like; Henrietta will remind you of the many women you know in your life. I could really feel her passions and the challenges she faced going through all these difficult situations. It is a first-rate work of women’s fiction!” Kevin Peter who reviewed the book for said that ‘The Soul Retrieval’ was a novel, which dealt with themes of fear, greed, false pride, and also feelings of empathy, courage, spiritual awareness, self-reliance, self-empowerment and healing. “It was a treat to learn so much while experiencing intense emotions from this fascinating and at times heart-wrenching story.”

About the author:

Ann W. Jarvie has a B.A. in journalism and more than twenty-five years’ experience as an award-winning writer in advertising and public relations agencies, both in South Carolina and Chicago. She now lives near Phoenix, Arizona, where she spends part of her time as a freelance copywriter and the rest writing fiction. ‘The Soul Retrieval’ was inspired by Jarvie’s maternal grandmother’s fascinating life on Native American reservations, where she lived with her physician husband until his mysterious and untimely death. Connect with her at – and on Facebook & Twitter at & respectively.

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