Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Yesterday's Sun, by Amanda Brooke

Everything is happening in Holly's life according to her 5 year plan.  Marriage?  Check.  Career?  Check.  Home?  Check.  And the new home is a great adventure.  During this adventure, Holly discovers the moondial, and its ability to tell the future.  It's a future that is troubling to Holly, showing her own death during childbirth is looming.  Unable to choose between her life and her unborn child, Holly struggles with the reality of her future.

This book was a fascinating and fresh story.  I was enthralled with the concept of the soothsaying moondial and its history.  I thought it made for a rich and complex story, but with any complex story, I felt like some things went unexplained or lacked the depth of explanation that I was craving.  I am speaking, specifically, of  the ability to change the future shown by the moondial, and how difficult it was to make that change.  This kind of defied every conventional notion I have ever heard of time travel, namely that one small change can have huge repercussions (i.e. the butterfly effect).  I felt dissatisfied with the explanation regarding how to change one's future.

I really liked Holly's character, and I certainly felt her pain.  The scenes where she interacts with her future daughter are particularly poignant.  I cannot imagine being in this position, and I did not envy Holly one bit.  I wish we had learned more about the husband as a character, so that I would have been able to relate to him emotionally, particularly in light of his future according to the moondial.

In summation, this is a solid read, sure to tug on the heart strings.  It will appeal to fans of contemporary fiction, particularly stories written about women by female authors.

I received a review copy courtesy of TLC Book Tours, in exchange for my honest review.  See the rest of the tour here.

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