Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Yesterday's Sun by Amanda Brooke

Publisher: Harper 
Pages: 336 
Format: ARC 
Buy the Book: Amazon  

Goodreads:  A poignant debut novel from British author Amanda Brooke, finds a young woman having to choose between her own life and the life of her future child. 

When newly married Holly and her husband Tom move into a charming old manor house in the English countryside, she couldn’t have predicted that a mystical moondial would change her life—and her destiny. 
In the style of Jodi Picoult, with memorable characters, and tender, warm, prose, Yesterday’s Sun is a brilliant, suspenseful tale of free will versus fate; a heart-wrenching story of family and the risks we take to break from the past.


Kritters Thoughts:  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.

I am not a mom, so maybe I took a few things a little differently out of this book, but I was still crying at the end.  The author keeps the reader captivated to the twist ending and even takes the ending somewhere that I couldn't have predicted in advance.  I will not sour the ending, but I was so prepared for our character to go down a certain road and never saw the other path in the distance - it made for a pleasant surprise!

Even not being a mom, this book struck me to the core, so to the moms - this book will hit your heart in so many good ways.  The lengths a mother will go to protect or help their children is beyond measure and that is the heart and soul of this story.  

As well, the other theme running throughout is if you knew what the future would hold, would you make a change to avoid the outcome.  I think this can hit home to any audience - what would you do with a peek into your future?  I am a planner to my core and the unknown gives me the hives, so maybe a little glance into the future could calm my nerves, but then what if I didn't like what I saw?  That is the ultimate question.

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


The tour schedule

Tuesday, February 12th: A Patchwork of Books
Monday, February 18th: Luxury Reading
Tuesday, February 19th: Books in the Burbs
Wednesday, February 20th: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Thursday, February 21st: Excellent Library
Monday, February 25th: Speaking of Books
Tuesday, February 26th: Kritters Ramblings
Wednesday, February 27th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf
Thursday, February 28th: Giraffe Days
Friday, March 1st: West Metro Mommy
Monday, March 4th: Good Girl Gone Redneck


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