There is one predominant feeling I have after reading Among the Cloud Dwellers. And that is ‘Overwhelm’. In a good way! There is so much packed in this book that you will be wide eyed and awe struck most of the time. This book might challenge your beliefs, but it will also tug at your heart, rekindling age old emotions that are universal across the world.
Porzia Amard is half French and half Italian. She is a writer for food and wine magazines and lives in Florida. Porzia has recently learned that she comes from a magic family. Her grandmother renounced magic but extracts a death bed promise from Porzia. Grandmere urges Porzia to rediscover her roots. Porzia has two close friends. One friend, Bene, is a wiccan. And the other one is some sort of psychic.
Porzia undergoes a past life regression session at her friend’s urging and sees that her soul mate is out there, and she has been trying to unite with him across several births. She is somewhat confused by it all as she boards a plane to go to Australia on assignment. She meets a man on the flight, and there is instant attraction between them. By the time they reach Melbourne, they are almost in love!
Porzia is welcomed by her friends at their winery. The old dame at the winery is also associated with magic. Porzia’s man turns out to be a champion race car driver who is a star. As they swap stories, she realizes that he is heavily into Aboriginal customs and legends, and is indebted to someone for his life; the life he almost lost in a near fatal accident.
Back in the US, Porzia goes about other exotic assignments. Her man, Gabe Miller, visits her and they have a grand time. She returns the visit and their passion almost burns the pages. Porzia keeps wondering if Gabe is the soul mate she saw in her past life, and is not sure how or when she will know. She must make a difficult decision that will test her strength and beliefs.
Among the Cloud Dwellers will entice food and wine lovers. There are detailed accounts of fancy restaurants, hole in the wall family run restaurants, vineyards in Australia and Oregon, and gourmet meals that are made and eaten every day by Porzia and Gabe. There is a lot about Aborigines and their legends, and also something about witchcraft or magic. But this is a love story at the end of the day. By the time you finish the book, you realize that everything else is just background or fluff, and what remains is a simple romance.
Would the simple story have been as exotic without talk of pinot noir grapes, previous lives, soul mates, and transcontinental trips? That’s for you to decide when you read Among the Cloud Dwellers for yourself.