Monday, March 4, 2013
Yesterday's Sun, Amanda Brooke ~ book review
Yesterday's Sun was a wonderful read.
Such a strange story. The immediate question asked by the cover (as is shown in the image above) is "How can she choose between her child and herself?"
This scared me a bit, as child loss is a tough story to hear anything about. And yes, as a mom I say this even when it is a fictional tale.
Reading more on Ms. Brooke I learned of what she, as a mom, has experienced and knew that the emotions shared here in the character of Holly come from somewhere deep within.
Holly is a beautiful character. Her words flow easily, she is likable, approachable and seems lighthearted at first.
Having recently moved to a new home with her husband Tom, we enjoy their relationship, the bits and pieces that we see of it. As time progresses Holly finds herself learning more and more about the history of the house and comes across a carved wooden box containing an important piece to the puzzle. Holly has found the stone of the moondial that rests in her garden. And the moondial brings Holly way too much clarity about her future.
Back to the question at hand, I don't want to give away too much - but if you pick up a copy you can simply read the back cover to find out what happens to Holly in this future she sees. The impact on her husband and their not-yet-conceived or born child is huge. Tremendous.
Holly's visits to the future leave her wanting. Questioning. Confused.
She's able to process them with her new friend Jocelyn, who lived in the house many years ago. Jocelyn is a key player in this story, becoming an important friend Holly can talk to and lean on while Tom travels for work. Her own story is an intense one, and she has lived quite the life.
Connections throughout this work are extraordinary. I love the relationship between Tom and Holly, and how Holly connects with her future and the way that she feels, sees and remembers upon returning to the present. Jocelyn as a new friend, along with Billy, the landscaper/gardener/builder/all-around-go-to guy are more than just two names sliding through the story and their lives. They become a part of their lives, and this is essential to developing the path that Holly takes, the details she learns, tries to change, carries forward with and more.
I definitely recommend this book as one you'll enjoy. The touch of mystical notion will leave you wanting more as you turn each page, and you will find yourself holding onto hopes in the present for the characters who become your friends.