Rachael’s Return by Janet Rebhan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I loved this story’s idea of how souls interact and communicate. I thought it was such an interesting plot, and I couldn’t put it down!

My Synopsis:

Caroline Martin has always wanted a daughter. Unknowingly pregnant, she goes in for a hysterectomy. She shares a recovery room with a pregnant woman, Mary Anne, shot by her boyfriend.

The soul of Caroline’s accidentally aborted baby decides that Mary Anne’s baby may be an opportunity for her to be born and know her mother.

How I Felt:

Rachael’s Return is such a different book. This story features both the human characters and the characters of souls within the storyline. The souls play a huge role in the story and provided a fresh perspective. The story discusses a lot about spirituality, reincarnation, and destiny. It was written well, and when I wasn’t reading it, I found myself constantly thinking about the plot and the role fate plays in our lives.

The characters were so different than anything I have recently read. I liked the souls and the baby. I did struggle just a bit with the multiple perspective narrative. I felt bounced around a bit as I read. It was, however, necessary for the storyline, and I still very much enjoyed the book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I found it to be a quick read and well-written. The plot was so different and really drew me into the story. I’m excited to see what this author has planned next!

Content Warnings:

Abuse, suicide, abortion.

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend Rachael’s Return to readers that enjoy an emotional story with a spiritual/paranormal element and a bit of mystery!

Where to Find This Book:

Rachael’s Return by Janet Rebhan is available at these sites.

Bookshop.org | Amazon Kindle | Amazon | Goodreads


In present-day Los Angeles, Caroline Martin has everything but the thing her soul craves most: a daughter. When she undergoes what is supposed to be a routine hysterectomy, she unwittingly aborts the little girl she’s always longed for, leaving the unborn baby’s soul in limbo.

Sharing a hospital room with Caroline is a pregnant woman who’s just been shot by her boyfriend. Her unborn child is barely hanging on—and the soul of Caroline’s hovering baby cannot resist the overwhelming urge to rebirth via this unclaimed fetus.

In the aftermath of these events, two engaging heavenly guides, working together through sensitive humans, struggle to find an alternate way to help Caroline and her would-be daughter forge the link that was always meant to be between them—before the child’s brutal father makes good on his vow to steal the girl and disappear with her forever.

By turns comic and tragic, Rachael’s Return explores the concept of soulmates, the afterlife, reincarnation, and relationships that never die, even as it offers readers a glimpse of the mysteries that exist within the ordinary and challenges assumptions about the true nature of reality.

Just the Facts:

Rachael’s Return by Janet Rebhan
Genre: Contemporary
Page Count: 256 pages
Publisher: She Writes Press
Pub Date: June 16, 2020


I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

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