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Book By Author:  Connie M. Van Cleve

Karma Peace
 Karma Peace
 -615-38313 978-0-615-3831
 An allegorical tale of one woman's mid-life crisis, her abandonment of family for India, the battle for her 'true' self, and a spectacular phoenix-style rise from the flames... Karma Peace, a frustrated 36 year-old writer, is two quarts low on confidence and three floats shy a parade. Unable to overcome a questionable diagnosis of mild schizophrenia and postpartum psychosis, she abandons her husband and twin three-year-olds for the land of India. There, she crosses swords with Whisperthing (the hateful voice of her dead mother), while receiving valuable life lessons from an invisible, chocolate-thieving guru named Babaji, who has been with her since childhood, but magically materializes upon her arrival in Delhi. From there, Karma stumbles across India, desperately searching for clues about her past life as a British Raj soldier, and the suspicious death of his paramour, a Hindu temple dancer. Only then can she finish the novel she’s been working on for nearly two decades, called Truth Is a Stranger. But even with six stolen months at her disposal, Karma finds traveling in India rough. Whisperthing becomes increasingly vicious, and the past-life dreams and visions haunt her, leaving her more confused than ever. Then she meets a parapsychologist, a whirling dervish of sorts, who introduces her to the present incarnation of her past-life lover, a ten-year-old Indian girl whose masochistic and suicidal tendencies have driven her own parents to the brink. As Karma fights one battle, she finds herself embroiled in two, strangled with guilt over abandoning her precious family, as well as over suspected wrongs committed in a former life – past sins responsible for a beautiful Indian girl’s self-destruction in this life. When she receives word from her husband, Warren, that he and the girls are coming to India to cheer her on, the sati flames are turned on high as she battles to destroy her madness once and for all. KARMA PEACE is contemporary fiction laced with a generous proportion of magical realism. Along with the universal human desire for peace and happiness, this story explores the mystical nature of Karma’s past-life recall, and its subsequent influence over issues of abandonment and guilt, ultimately leading to a fiery rebirth.
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Karma Peace is a well-written treat. It is a definite page-turner and one of the best new novels in 2010.


This is a well-written treat and one of the best books I have read in 2010! The author’s storytelling talent is obvious from the start. Karma Peace, by Connie M. Van Cleve, is an amazing depiction of a woman’s mid-life crisis and her quest to find herself. Set in India, it is obvious that the author has actually travelled extensively throughout the country. The visual picture that Connie paints is stunning.

The strong character development draws the reader in right from the start. It is easy to become caught up in the characters and their physical and spiritual journeys as they travel and their paths intertwine. The author writes about the main character’s journey, while in a mid-life crisis, to discover more about her past life. The psychological battles that are fought in the past and present and the discovery of one’s self offer a unique spiritual perspective to the characters.

I enjoyed this novel from start to finish and was impressed that this is the author’s first novel. I will be recommending Karma Peace to family and friends and am looking forward to reading the next piece that Connie M. Van Cleve writes.


Karma Peace by Connie M. Van Cleve is a definite page-turner. The author pulls you in right from the start and it is easy to become caught up in the characters and their physical and spiritual journeys as they travel throughout India.

The main character, Karma Peace, is on a quest to find out more about the past life dreams and visions she is having. Karma is in a mid-life crisis and has left her family in America to embark on a journey to India to find answers about her past and write about them.

The author draws you in more and more as each chapter progresses. The other characters Karma meets and answers that she finds are not always what you would think. I enjoyed the elements of surprise and meta-physical aspects that were experienced by each character. They offered a unique perspective and that is what made it so enjoyable.

The story is set in India and it became quite real to me. It is obvious that the author has travelled throughout India herself. The visual picture that Connie paints of the experience, the people and the country is stunning.

This is one of the most enjoyable books that I have read in 2010 and I will be recommending it to family and friends. Congratulations on your first novel Connie and I look forward to reading more from you.

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Connie Van Cleve Author:  Connie M. Van Cleve


Connie M. Van Cleve is a dedicated forty-something writer with an insatiable passion for life and for travel. She spent six months backpacking across India, and has trounced through twenty-four other countries as well. She has studied world religions and cultures, with particular focus on Hinduism and Buddhism, and is keen on societies growing quest for spirituality, with a strong desire of her own to be a contributor, if even in a small way. You can find out more about Connie M. Van Cleve at -