4 out of 4 stars
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“Yesterday” by Samyann was an incredible book. It is a love story that takes readers back to more elegant times. The story is set in Chicago where a dashing, mounted policeman is saved by a striking young woman. Throughout the story, we read about escaping the American Civil War, The Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and the love of slaves. We watch as Mark tries to reason with Amanda after she rejects him and attempts to make her see that she will love again. It is a heartbreaking yet fulfilling tale of love, time traveling, and reincarnation.
My favorite part of the book was how Samyann used such creation as she told the story of Mark and Amanda’s relationship. She allowed me to experience their relationship through the eyes of different couples that were in previous lives. I learned so much about Mark and Amanda’s relationship will also having the focus on all the other couples as well. It made it an easy read as the characters could be followed without confusion. I also loved how Samyann could move between different time periods and continue to show how strong the bond between Mark and Amanda was through the books entirety. She discussed times that were so dark that I thought I would turn the page and find it hard to continue reading, but her execution was brilliant.
My least favorite part of the book had nothing to do with the writing skills Samyann has. It was more just an annoyance with Amanda’s wall she has built up against Mark. They have an immediate connection and it is obvious it cannot be ignored, but nonetheless Amanda does not hand over her love easily. Having Amanda’s character perform this way throughout the book is vital for the story to continue the way it did, but I found myself wondering how she could resist Mark!
I do understand Amanda being standoffish with her love. She has lived a life of loss of the people she cares for the most. She finds herself fighting against her own judgement and the irresistible Mark to keep her love at bay. From the beginning, I was captivated by all that was going on in the first few pages. Mark was my favorite character as his patience with Amanda was admirable and touching while she worked through her own damage in her life. She was a frustrating character, but it made for a great read in the end. I also think that Samyann did a marvelous job with details to all the characters with their body language and mannerisms, and it made the story that much more intriguing. I would recommend that anyone who enjoys reincarnation and time travel give this book a go.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. Samyann’s writing was phenomenal! She had a way of pulling me into the story and keeping me there through all the different timeframes she introduced. “Yesterday” had a wonderful pace and there was some suspense throughout the novel that kept me on edge just enough to keep me turning page after page. The cover is beautiful and fits perfectly with the story behind the first page.
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