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Yesterday's Sun

Yesterday's Sun

4.5 10
by Amanda Brooke

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Brooke's novel, set in the countryside near London, captures the heartbreaking dilemma of a woman who must choose between saving her own life and that of her unborn child. Holly is an artist who spent her childhood longing to get away from her parents--a drunken, abusive mother and a distant, uninvolved father. Once both are dead and she is on her own, she meets the man of her dreams, Tom, a television journalist from a close-knit family. When they purchase the gatehouse of a large, burned-down estate, Tom tries to talk Holly into starting a family. She isn't sure about becoming a mother, especially when her own was so terrible, but slowly starts to consider his proposition when she has an otherworldly encounter with what turns out to be an ancient "moondial" in the couple's garden. In this encounter, Holly sees the daughter she will have and learns she will also die delivering her. After meeting and befriending Jocelyn, who once lived with her own family in the same house, Holly discovers that the older woman has had a similar experience with the mysterious stone. Confiding in Jocelyn, Holly discovers her dilemma is even worse. Holly knows she must find a way around the moonstone's death sentence or she will never live to see her precious baby. Although the plot shows promise and creativity, and Brooke delivers a solid yet fanciful storyline, the overall execution is clumsy. The book is riddled with clichés: Holly, Tom, Jocelyn and the rest of the book's characters never simply say anything; in Brooke's world, they gurgle, they beam, they gush, they whisper, they sob and they wink, while wading through buckets of adverbs and torrents of sugary dialogue. The innovative, quirky plot and author's old-fashioned overwrought style will appeal to some readers, but others will find the syrupy prose overwhelming and wish the book had been subjected to a more strenuous edit.

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Yesterday's Sun 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Bwitchd3 More than 1 year ago
This story is poetic, beautiful, and heartbreaking. The sadness that this house has seen is almost unbearable. Holly is strong and vulnerable, the perfect main character. Tom is loveable and quirky, which brings a welcome relief from the burden Holly has to bear. The peripheral characters, such as Billy and Jocelyn, round out the story perfectly. Jocelyn is possibly the strongest character in the story. The choice that Holly is forced to make is a controversial one, and it taps into the constant battle of a woman’s right to choose. But, as the book points out, the battle is often between the woman and herself. The ending is bittersweet and utterly heartrending. This is a book that you’ll hug to your chest and cry over when you’re done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written, fast read, worth your time for sure
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, it was so beautiful and a storry that i will carry a piece of in my heart. It is one I am sure I will be back to read over and over again! Well done!
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A book that is so hard to sum into words and yet hit me right in the heart.  A woman moves with her husband to a small cottage to start the next chapter of their lives and something in the garden makes her stop and pause and take a second look at what the future may hold.  Her ability to look at a possible future and make a decision was one of the key elements of this book; the other one is motherhood and what kind of sacrifice a woman makes to become a mother and throughout motherhood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why is it you can deside when we move when you want to?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She beckons for Gingerkit to follow, picks up her things, and leaves to old camp.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh thank goodness. There are just too many kits! It'll ruin clans ive seen it happen
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pads back to renmus
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reply to Darkmoon.