3 out of 4 stars
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Yesterday, a book by Samyann, is a historical fiction novel about the love story of Amanda Parker and Mark Callahan. Two old souls meet in the middle of a crisis and both feel an unspoken and familiar connection. They spend the next few months trying to figure out just what connects them and how they know each other. With a friend's help, they use regression to trace back their history and see how they knew each other.
This book has a beautiful love story, and the chemistry between the two main characters is electric! The characters are relatable and easy to connect with. Samyann does a great job with making you feel like you are the main character and making you feel like you are a part of their story. As you follow along with this book, you become emotionally attached to these characters, and they start to feel like family. Samyann had great organization and even with the change in perspective that he uses, the reader is never lost as to who is speaking and what is going on.
This book, however a great read it was, still had its flaws. For younger readers, there are some mature scenes in this book that can be inappropriate for children or young teens. Also, at the beginning of the book, the author mentions the Chicago Mounted Police, a section of the police force that rides on horses, but it was not clarified at the beginning of the book. It was confusing and I was not sure what the timeline was for a little because he didn’t specify the branch of the police.
Overall, I would rate this book a 3 out of 4 stars. The story of Amanda and her story to find herself by using her past is well developed and very empathetic. The characters are easy to relate to and you feel like you are in the story. There was mature content, and some of the ideas were hard to follow, but this does little to take away from this story. The fact this story was interwoven with truth from America’s past made this book all that more real and tangible.
I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of fifteen that loves historical fiction. This book might not connect as well with male readers, but anyone who reads this book will recognize the historic beauty and the love story that never gets old.
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