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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

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Yesterday! I Loved It! Five stars!

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."

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Topic (reincarnation) does not match level of book

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People read/listen to books for different reasons. I like the topic of reincarnation and enjoy books that tell about regression sessions, so I thought I would give the book a try. I only liked the part of the book related to the heroine during regression sessions. The rest of the book was so simplistic and silly, that I could barely finish listening to it. I guess I am not a romance novel person. The relationship between the two main characters was so superficial and silly with no deeper 'meaning' / ideas -unlike most historical classic 'romance' novels. I am left with the question of whether people who listen/read such romance stuff, could actually be 'deep' enough to be at all interested in reincarnation.

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A Marvelous Tale of Reincarnation and Love!

This was a wonderful story of love. Set in Chicago in the present day the story alternates between Chicago of the 21st century and the 19th century.

Amanda is minding her own business when a disaster strikes in Chicago and she finds herself playing the hero as she saves the life of Mark, a Chicago PD police officer who will come to play a huge role in her life.

Ever have that feeling that you have have met someone before but you can't quite put your finger on where? That is how both Amanda and Mark feel about each other. Both are convinced they know each other from somewhere and are determined to remember where they met even though both are certain that they have never met, at least not in this lifetime.

When Amanda saves the life of Mark it happens in front of an antique store. Inside the antique store there is a grandfather clock whose ticking and chimes capture Amanda's attention. Her godmother, Mary, convinces her she needs to go back to the store and buy the clock. Amanda finds herself totally drawn to it and swears that she has heard the chiming before. Again, she does not know why it is so familiar to her, but she cannot help but stand in front of it and listen to it tick, tock, tick, tock. Inside the clock is the name "Wellington 1873". She knows that the clock is much older than this and determines to find out the significance of the inscription.

Mark, in an effort to help, convinces Amanda that she should try past life regression to see if it yields any answers for her. Mary, her godmother, is a psychiatrist and has helped many patients through past life regression therapy and agrees to help Amanda.

Amanda has issues with the present. She won't allow herself to love or otherwise become attached to another person because she is convinced that every she loves dies or goes away. This is a problem with Mark because she finds herself drawn to him like no other person she has ever known. When she begins to fall in love with him she does everything she can to push him away convinced that it is the only way to make sure he does not die as well.

Mary is convinced that this PLR therapy can help Amanda overcome her issues and give her answers about the past that can help her in the future. Meanwhile Amanda remains torn between her love for Mark and her need for him in her life and saving his life by not allowing him to become to close to her. Will she succeed in pushing him away or will love truly conquer all.

This is as much a historical novel as it is a present day love story. Samyann obviously did quite a lot of research on Civil War era and post Civil War era history in order to write the passages regarding Amanda's past life regression sessions. The final chapter of the book is a short list of some of the historical research that went into the book.

The characters in the book are all believable and lovable in their own ways. I had no trouble in bringing myself to care about them. They are all flawed in some way and yet they are so perfect. My favorite character has to be Mark. I could relate to him in many ways, and in many ways I wanted to BE him putting myself into the story in his place.

The narrator, Darlene Allen, did quite a wonderful job with the story. I never felt like I was just being read to out of a book. She does quite a good job with her voice intonations and the voices of individual characters in the book.

This is quite a charming love story. Even though there are many love scenes between Amanda and Mark they are never explicit, and I absolutely ADORE that. This book is proof that love stories can be enchanting without being dirty. BRAVO!!! Samyann...I want more like this.

I received this audiobook from the author via the Goodreads Audiobooks Group in exchange for an honest review.

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Tale of overcoming grief after Great Chicago Fire.

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Yesterday by Samyann is a book about soulmates and the love and loss shared between soulmates through the ages. I've read several stories over the years involving reincarnation and this novel does not disappoint. The central theme is how a "soul" is often recycled through families. <br/><br/>In Yesterday, our two old souls are Mark and Amanda, who both "recognize" each other without ever having met before. In discovering who they are, Mark and Amanda uncover at least one past life that they shared during the time of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The story climaxes when Amanda overcomes her fear of commitment because of past tragedies, and instead learns to live in the moment and appreciate the life that God granted her in this lifetime. <br/><br/>I listened to the Audible version of this book narrated by Darlene Allen who did an admirable job. She had different voices for each character, both male and female, including a way of portraying Mark such that he sounded very tall, dark and handsome. As a bonus you occasionally hear an Irish brogue - yum! I received a copy of this audio in exchange for an honest review.

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YESTERDAY: A Novel of Reincarnation

YESTERDAY: A NOVEL OF REINCARNATION was an engaging novel about Amanda and Mark, a mounted police officer, who meet by chance in an accident where she saves his life while he’s on duty. Meanwhile, she’s mesmerized by a beautiful old antique clock inside a shop. It wasn’t for sale but the owner decides to sell it to her anyway since she saved Mark’s life. She purchases it and brings it home but there’s more to it than just that. She’s drawn to this clock as if she’s seen it before. While over for dinner one evening, Mark decides to do some investigating with the clock and opens it up. He and Amanda very carefully look behind the animal carvings and moon face to the back and he discovers soot inside it and a label of a company that never existed in Chicago in the 1800’s. He also removes a small piece of wood to have it checked. He ends up staying over on the sofa and they both have the same encounter in the middle of the night at the clock. Was it just a dream?

The next day Mark learns that the soot inside the clock was from the Great Chicago Fire and the clock must have been saved from destruction and restored with a new label added onto it. With both him and Amanda having continued feelings of knowing each other somehow and Amanda having seen the clock before, they decide to use Amanda’s therapist to put her through past life regression therapy. This leads them on a path to discovering the origins of not only the clock but to a past life that neither of them could have ever imagined.

I found this to be a wonderful historical romance novel with well-rounded characters including Mary, her therapist. I really liked her and she had a great southern accent. I liked the idea of past life regression but it was more comparable to a time travel story. There were a few places in the story where I felt the plot jumped around somewhat but it didn’t necessarily take away from the overall outcome. I listened to this audiobook written by SAMYANN who’s an author to watch in the future. I look forward to seeing what she does next. I think “Yesterday” is worth a listen and I’d recommend checking this one out if you like historical fantasy/romance.

DARLENE ALLEN is a wonderful narrator with a wide range of tone. She has a unique voice and keeps all the characters separate. Her voice is deep enough to portray Mark cleanly while not compromising the part of Amanda. She handled the story very well and made it an enjoyable audiobook. This was a nice listen from both author and narrator.


Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.

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A warm, tender love story

I knew this story would have some kind of reincarnation element to it, but I was still pleasantly surprised by how the story unfolded. The past and present are artfully blended together. The dual timeline creates an intriguing mystery that is slowly revealed. I really enjoyed the audible version.

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Yesterday: A Novel of Reincarnation focuses on Amanda and Mark and their search to learn about their past lives in order to understand how it is affecting their present.

The novel is well-written but the main character, Amanda, comes off as flighty in parts of the novel. Mark is a bit too well versed in Gaelic and Irish lore for a current day Chicago native. It comes off as contrived after a while. If the goal was imbuing the story with authentic Irish characters and atmosphere, promoting the myth about corned beef and cabbage being an Irish dish rather than an Irish American dish could have been left out.

Despite these relatively minor irritations, the story was enjoyable overall. I bought the kindle book and was given the audible version by the author in exchange for a review. The narrator, Darlene Allen, did a fine but not outstanding job bringing voice to the various characters.

I alternated reading and listening through whispersync and the story line kept me intrigued enough to finish it in a day.

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Would you consider the audio edition of Yesterday to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version. I really enjoyed the audio version.

What did you like best about this story?

I really liked the love story. It was very sweet.

What does Darlene Allen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She brought the characters to life. Her distinction of the different voices was excellent. She got the accents down pat.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. It really held my attention.

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This was not a book I would normally read but I really enjoyed. I would recommend it to other people.

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Actually – 3.5 stars

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( I received a free audible copy for an honest review.)<br/><br/>With reincarnation as a lure, I put aside my distaste for romance novels and gave Yesterday a try. Even though I rolled my eyes and snorted through the romantic bits, I have to say that there were not as trite as I expected. It is very hard to put into words the emotions that two people who belong together have for each other. Love is too small a word to encompass the wealth of feeling. I admire an author who attempts to describe the connection between soulmates without becoming weighted down by cliché.<br/><br/>I did feel that the opening was a bit bumpy. But after a bit, the story just flows. Amanda does seem as if she’s more angsty than a teenage girl, but there is a point. She has to realize that life comes with painful parts and it’s what you do with them that determine your character.<br/><br/>Yesterday is a novel rich with history and the connection between past and present.

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Wonderful love story

What made the experience of listening to Yesterday the most enjoyable?

The narration by Darlene Allen was spectacular. This narrator becomes the characters and you can visualize the characters by the voice that she uses.

What did you like best about this story?

The historical fiction. Civil war era. I enjoyed the reincarnation segments. They were done appropriately and in good taste. This writer handled this very well. The flow of the story from present day to reincarnation travel is done very well.

Have you listened to any of Darlene Allen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. Every book I listen to by this narrator is excellent! It is hard to compare one excellent narration to another excellent narration. I can visualize Mary because of the narration.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I would have sat and listened in all one setting if I could have. I carried my phone or iPad all over with me so I could continue with the story.

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Great book, well written, excellent narration. I am going to look for other books by this author and narrator.

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  • 09-01-15

Yesterday

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Amanda and Mark meet by chance when a disaster happens.Immediately they feel they knew each other before.We are taken thru 2 versions of this love story.I'm not a big romance fan and was hoping for more of a time travel novel.I was not able to get past the narrator,Darlene Allens drone.The pace was too slow and it was very distracting to me.The story was good,not great.Give it a try,you may like it more.<br/>"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast or MalarHouse dot com"<br/>