In modern day Chicago, deja vu draws together a handsome mounted policeman and the beautiful young woman who saves his life. This tender love story pulls the reader back to previous lives and a time richly elegant. Yesterday is also a harrowing tale of escape through the American Civil War and the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. A life of tragedy is Amanda's destiny, or so she believes. But, in this historical romance, Mark fights through Amanda's rejection to prove that she will love again as she once loved - Yesterday.
©2011 Samyann Curtis (P)2013 Samyann Curtis
This is my first Audible review and it is very rare that I think a book worthy of a five-star rating. "Yesterday," is an incredibly well-written blend of romance, accurate historical fiction, humor, and reincarnation . There were times when I laughed and times when I cried but, at no time was I ever bored. Samyann's attention to detail and her ability to weave a story kept me riveted all the way through the book. The characters were so well-rounded that I found it almost impossible to choose a personal favorite but I think my favorite was Mary. I can't wait for her next book and the information page at the end is something not often found in literature. This is a book that will captivate the reader whether or not he/she is a believer in reincarnation. The detail is so life-like that I've been craving corned beef and cabbage since I read "Yesterday."
I'm not into romance or the paranormal, but I do enjoy historical fiction and that part of the novel is pretty entertaining. A big reason for that is the narrator. She makes the Civil War characters come to life, which makes that part of the story very believable. The Great Chicago Fire is covered as well, and I found some of that surprising. The author seems to have researched this part of history very well. So I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romance, the paranormal, and/or historical fiction.
If you're like me, you'll find yourself gritting your teeth in some places. Amanda's "guide" through past life regressions has a tendency to go on tirades about religion, science, and other things. But, hold on, it gets better.
If you like Dan Brown you'll like this book. There are clues to follow and the characters raise some interesting questions.
Avid reader, mom, business owner.
Yesterday was a sweet romance tale set in two worlds.
The main character was a little hard to relate to at first, but as the story went on I grew to like her. The budding relationship between Amanda and Mark is charming and I really enjoyed 'listening' to their relationship unfold along side Amanda's tale from the past. The author did a wonderful job transporting us back in time with the characters. The descriptions of the setting were vivid and tactile.
By far the best character in the novel was the godmother. She was a nice counter to Amanda, straight talking and witty.
My biggest complaint would have to be the narrator. I was distracted by her voices at time and instead of creating a more vivid character, it would draw me out of the story.
If you are looking for a light romantic tale this would be a nice option.
I love to read but with my busy schedule I barely get a chance to. However, audiobooks allow me to "read" while I manage my crazy life.
There are some great elements in this story. Although it is a work of fiction, the author does such a superb job with the research to support this novel that it enhances the reader's experience.
The story is about a chance meeting between Amanda and Mark in which Amanda rescues Mark from what could have been a fatal event. Pulled towards each other by an unforeseen familiarity that nags at each other, Mark convinces Amanda to undergo past-life regression therapy in order to determine where the sense of deja vu lies. Set in modern time with glimpses of a life long passed lived, the novel flips back and forth in a seamless movement that takes the reader through a tale of past lives, soul-mates, and the fear of loss. Samyann is a master at description, cleverly using words to portray each character, the situation, and the location of the story, she gives you the right amount of details, but not too much to saturate the scene. I enjoyed this part of the story, however I would have given it a higher rating if I didn't find the main character, Amanda, difficult to relate to. I have never experienced loss like she had and maybe this is where the disconnect lies, but I felt that a strong leading character would have been written where I could somehow empathize with the individual. Amanda was immature and reluctant in ways that made my head-spin and roll my eyes. She had a huge character flaw she needed to overcome, but the progression was slow and painful and I had trouble bringing myself to listen to the tale when I knew I was going to be greeted with more silliness from her. I liked Mark and his dominating, take-charge attitude, however. He was the best part of the tale except he was almost perfect especially in contrast to Amanda's flaws. I also enjoyed the supporting cast of Amanda's aunt and Mark's partner as they added color and humor to the story.
I just wanted to mention: I love romance novels, but I tend to gravitate towards the romance novels that are more risque in content, if you know what I mean. This novel is not my normal romance read. A lot was left to the readers interpretation of what happens behind closed doors. So keep that in mind those of you who share my taste in romance novels;)
Narrator: Darlene Allen
I listened to this book at 1.3X the speed and I think that may have distorted my opinion of Darlene Allen's narration. She would pause for emphasis, but it would come across as interrupted flow in the narration. Also when she read Amanda's line she sounded almost child-like (especially the scene where Amanda was drunk, it was detrimental to my perception of Amanda). Otherwise, he distinction between characters were great.
Yes. The author does a beautiful job of weaving the past and the present together. Her portrayal of scenes in the past were vivid and painted images in a movie-like fashion.I think anyone that's ever experienced deja vu and wondered about reincarnation would enjoy this story very much.
Great ending. I don't want to spoil it for anyone.
The narrator handles a wide range of characters that come from different walks of life. While she did a wonderful job creating a unique voice for each, there were times that her portrayal of Amanda felt overly dramatic. However, I quickly got over it since I was engulfed in the story and wanted to know what would happen next.
Darlene Allen is an ideal narrator for this book. She does a good job with her female voices and with the dialects. Most of her male voices are convincingly masculine. I liked her voice of Mark, the male protagonist, the best,though she does have a little trouble with his accent, sometimes.
Samyann, with her beautiful gift for writing, uses reincarnation to resolve the conflict between the lovers in a way that I found unique. In addition to being a romance, this story is also a historical fiction, and the historical aspects are tied in well with the storyline. There are scenes in the story that slow down the momentum and the tension. However, these scenes are informative and have characters in them, you’ll enjoy meeting. The sex in the book is not explicit, and there is a good deal of profanity. Amanda and Mark, the heroine and hero, respectively, are well-developed characters. Listeners should have no problems following them through their struggles to overcome the past and to be happy together in the present [Just Audiobook Reviews].
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