4 out of 4 stars
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Yesterday by Samyann
Amanda Parker happens to be in the right place at the right time to save Officer Mark Callahan from certain death. As they take refuge in Ed Morgen’s antique store to assess their injuries, neither of them can shake the feeling that they have met before. This feeling only strengthens with Amanda’s acquisition of a smoked damaged grandfather clock which chimes St. Michael’s bells on the hour. Hoping to solve the mystery, she agrees to a past life regression session but is unprepared for what she discovers.
I enjoyed this book immensely. Both the present day story and the regression segments were well developed. The characters were full-bodied and realistically flawed. The scene descriptions were detailed and believable. Mark’s occasional departure into Irish brogue and Amanda’s colloquiums added depth to the dialogues. Even the issues Amanda experiences because of undergoing the past life regressions were tenable. I was disappointed when the book ended. I would have loved to explore more of Amanda and Mark’s past lives. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars.
The story was full of innuendos and hidden coincidences, some of which were explained in the past life regression segments. Those sections were so complete they could have been taken and made into a separate novel. I’m not a believer in reincarnation yet this book made me want to suspend my disbelief for a time. It was a thoroughly romantic read.
I enjoyed the inclusion of historical facts. St. Michael’s Church, where the St. Michael’s Chimes originate, is a real church in Charleston, South Carolina. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which damages the grandfather clock, was an actual event. Officer Callahan is a mounted police officer. Chicago has a mounted police force. Many of the places pivotal to the story can actually be visited. The author even includes instructions for making a Confederate candle and Idiot’s Delight, a Civil War era treat, demonstrating the depth of research that went into crafting this book.
If you are looking for romance, this book is for you. If you are looking for a great story, this book is for you. If you are looking for historical fiction full of vivid color and action, this book is for you. This is a perfect book for rainy days or sunny beach days or well, any day. I’m sure that you will get as caught up in the many lives of Amanda and Mark as I did.
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