4 out of 4 stars
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Yesterday by Samyann
Yesterday, an historical fiction set in modern time, is a beautifully paced novel of tragedy, love, family, and a beautiful old grandfather clock. Modern-day Amanda and Mark meet and begin to fall in love, with a twist. They recognize a unique bond, as though they already knew one another, but how? An antiquarian and a Chicago cop are surrounded by tragedy, current and past. Amanda’s cat, Oprah, causes a terrific quote, “Who needs a shrink when you have a cat?”
Through Amanda’s godmother, Mary, a psychiatrist with a working knowledge of past life regression therapy, the past is increasingly understood. Flashbacks into a childhood in Charleston, SC, at the brink of the Civil War, to young adulthood in Chicago during the Chicago fire, and the current connection all unfold beautifully. Central to the story is the Charleston chimes – a set of bells known as angel bells – which recur throughout the story.
I would rate Yesterday, by Samyann, as a 4 out of 4 star novel. There were only a couple of places where slight confusion lasted a few moments before it made sense who was talking about what. The flashbacks were clearly identified by date and place almost every time. I thoroughly enjoyed the connections from the Civil War to the Chicago fire and to today. The loose ends were tied up nicely by the end of the book, which was satisfying to this reader. The Charleston chimes have now intrigued me because of this novel, and I plan to visit the area this fall to hopefully experience them in person.
Just like time travel, reincarnation is something I believe is a possibility, even though it remains outside of current mainstream factual science. The possibilities that exist outside our known space-time continuum are adventures that my mind enjoys considering, and this book represents those possible connections beautifully. The strength of love and family is a thread through this book that I appreciated. Family, whether a blood relation or adopted or community unit, is shown for the solid foundation to life that it can be. Fortunate are those who have positive experiences in familial love!
Although I personally would not wish for such a compelling love relationship based in part on a past life, the idea is intriguing and makes for a terrific story. This modern-day reader would not like feeling “out of control” in a new relationship, and honestly would get the heebie-jeebies if I thought for a moment that I had loved this stranger in a former life. But as a novel, this book is an entertaining and memorable read!
Submitted by Tevis Scout
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