Drawn to an old cemetery in the mountains, she discovers a weathered tombstone and begins to sob uncontrollably. Only two words are etched upon the stone - AMELIA 1868.
Obsessed with uncovering the identity of this long-forgotten woman, Rose finds herself transported back and forth in time between the life of a hurdy-gurdy dance hall girl struggling to survive in the 1860s and her own sheltered life in the year 2011.
Her strange and intriguing journey becomes more complicated when a love interest materializes and throws her off balance. Her life becomes a bizarre dance twisting and turning between the past and the present.
Can she find a way to put it all together and move into the future?
"Delicately crafted and finely woven, Janet Kay has created a memorable tapestry with fact and fiction, past and present. Amelia will draw you into her world!" - Ellen Baumler, historian and author of Spirit Tailings: Ghost Tales from Virginia City, Butte, and Helena
"AMELIA 1868 combines history, romance, and the supernatural in an elegant tale of love, loss, and purpose. I highly recommend it!" - Melissa Brown Levine, Independent Professional Book Reviewers
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About the Author
She is also strongly drawn to the Victorian era and its fascinating history.
Her lifelong passions include creative writing, travel, photography, and spending time with family and friends.
Kay's first novel, "Waters of the Dancing Sky," continues to earn excellent reviews and has a five-star rating on Amazon.com. Her new paranormal historical novel, "AMELIA 1868," is already creating a buzz.
Future plans include a sequel to "Waters" and a paranormal novel to be set on Galveston Island in Texas.
She encourages her readers to check out her website at http://www.novelsbyjanetkay.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I couldn't get into this book until much further into it than I generally like. I found the beginning to be too slow; however, once she got to the old town, things started to pick up and I began to enjoy it more.
In Walnut, Idaho, a bride gets cold feet and leaves the alter and her groom yelling, NO! She can't understand why, but she's freaking out and running as if her life depends on it. She goes on a walkabout to get away from where she's been living all of her life, to find herself. She doesn't know why, she just feels she has to leave and get away. Taking her dog with her, they set out for the west. As she comes to a small town, almost a ghost town, Rose (the bride that should had been), comes to a small town called Virginia City in Montana. She can't explain it, but she comes across the almost ghost town and feels drawn to it. After being there, she realizes that there are paranormal experiences that are happening all around her. She begins working for a ghost hunter and doing research for the book that they are to be writing together on the history of the town. If you'd love to know the history, the town, the paranormal experiences, and how the ghosts are using Rose and Paul to solve some conflicts that were never finished, check out this book. I couldn't pry myself from it!
Amelia 1868 is the latest novel from author Janet Kay. As in her debut piece, Waters of the Dancing Sky, Kay uses explicit, beautiful descriptions of the book’s setting to tell a unique story that captures the reader’s attention. This is a dynamic tale of a bright, free spirited young woman who is driven to complete an unknown mission that has dominated many aspects of her life. Prairie Rose Johanssen is a thirty-year-old run-away bride. As the story opens, “Rose” not only leaves her devoted fiancé, Bob, at the altar, but allows her fear of commitment to drive her away from her hometown of Walnut, Iowa. With her dog Lucky at her side, Rose travels away from the confinement of marriage on a journey to discover her main purpose in life. It is a journey that has been calling for Rose since she was a young girl. As a writer with a history of jumping from job to job, Rose has proven herself to be commitment-phobic in relationships even before bailing on her vows. Rose and her dog head west and find themselves in Seeley Lake, Montana where she rents a camping space and finds part-time work at a local store that sells antiques. One day at work, Rose sees a clock that the owners of the store have acquired from a nearby town, and she faints from the rush of memories that suddenly inundate her. She then becomes obsessed with learning the origins of the clock and the identity of the person whose initials were carved into the piece. The search for knowledge about the clock leads Rose to Ennis and then Virginia City, a former gold rush town. When Rose meets the Virginia City librarian and the former owner of the clock, Paul Dubois, she finds herself instantly attracted to and troubled by the odd, handsome man. After accepting a job as Paul’s research assistant, her long sought mission in life begins to unfold gradually before her: The ghost of a saloon dancer haunts Rose until the truth of her death comes to the surface. As Rose researches the woman’s past, she struggles with the conflicting feelings she holds for Paul and the fiancé she left behind. Kay is a remarkable storyteller who adroitly combines fiction and history to create stories with depth and meaning. Rose’s story highlights the author’s ability to use place as a technique for fleshing out the human experience in her work: Tying her characters to a particular setting makes them appear whole; as if they were actual parts of the history she writes about. While reading this book, I often stopped to search online for images of the places Rose visited in Montana; Kay’s descriptions where so vivid and enticing I needed to see them with my own eyes. I did the same when I read Waters of the Dancing Sky. This author simply has a gift for putting readers in the scenes of her stories and in the middle of her characters’ lives. Amelia 1868 combines history, romance and the supernatural in an elegant tale of love, loss and purpose. I highly recommended it. Melissa Brow Levine for Independent Professional Book Reviewers