What happens if someone dies? It is believed that the soul exits the body and goes either to heaven or to hell. In Maddy And Terri by Phyllis Tamres, however, something peculiar happened. In her intent to continue her life and finish something that she had started, Maddy reincarnated as a gentile girl who now has a chance to tell her daughter what she longs to express all along. Will Maddy become successful on her mission? Readers can find out as they unravel the unexpected end of this poignant and dramatic tale about the mysteries of reincarnation and the true quintessence of love, acceptance and understanding.
This volume is about two children, Ronald and Terri, who believe they are reincarnations. Ronald thinks he is a girl in a past life. He finally comes to terms with his present sex and he is happy to be a homosexual male. His father, however, is a homophobic bigot who makes his son's life miserable.
Terri, on the other hand, believes that in her previous life, she was an old Jewish woman. As she grows up, Terri speaks Yiddish and plays the piano. Later on, it becomes apparent that she is really not a reincarnation. The old Jewish woman, Maddy, is actually "sharing" Terri's body until Terri can finish something that Maddy could not do while she was alive. There are two minds and souls within Terri's body.
The story follows the children through the first 22 years of their lives. Terri has a wonderful family, including her older sister Roz. They are best friends forever and they do lots of fun things together. Her parents, confused by Terri's uninvited guest to her body, are nevertheless embracing the situation with acceptance and understanding.