Book Review: Yesterday’s Sun by Amanda Brooke

This was a book that I found on the ‘Just Returned’ shelf of the library during one of my lunch time sojourns to the library.

The blurb caught my interest – ‘How could you ever choose between your own life and the life of your child?’. I assumed it would be Jodi Picoult-ish, as TGND might call it. But then I had never heard of the author or the book, so decided to give it a try.

After bringing it home, though, I started to have, well, not negative, but some sort of reluctance to pick it up. It looked like a general book, why waste time on it? It sat on my book shelf until I had finished all my unread Alexander McCall books. Finally, I had just one book – this one unread. I had the option of picking this one or the Kindle. Of course, a real book would win – every single time!

Holly and Tom, have just moved into an old manor house in a little English village. They are in the process of renovating the old house when Holly discovers what she thinks is a sundial and manages to restore it. Little does she know that her whole life is about to change. What is she thinks is a sundial is actually a moon dial, and it has the ability to show you your future on full moon nights. Holly sees her husband and newly born daughter mourning her death. She, according to what the moon dial was showing her would die in childbirth.

She now has the option of not having a child if she wants to live. She sees her future a few more times and falls in love with her unborn daughter. Holly comes with baggage of her own. She had an extremely uncaring mother and has always worried if she will evr make a good mother. She had always been unsure of ever wanting her own children, out of fear that she would have her mother’s genes when it came to parenting. Seeing her unborn daughter during her time travel with the moon dial, her dilemma just increases because she wants nothing more than to be able to hold her daughter, all the while knowing that giving birth to her daughter will kill her, so she would never be in a position to hold her anyway.

Then there is her husband. They are deeply in love and the future shows him distraught, upset and alone. Does she want him in that position? But he wants children and he is hoping that Holly loses her pessimism when it comes to motherhood. How can Holly possibly convince him to accept that they didn’t need children? Especially when she herself is finding it hard not to have the beautiful baby she has already seen.

Initially, she was adamant that things that she saw couldn’t possibly be true, until she noticed things that she saw in her time travel actually happening. She noticed little things, little changes happening to her house, which she had seen already through the moon fail, forcing her to accept that it was indeed showing her the future.

So what does she do? You will have to read it to find out but let me tell you that it made me well up with tears. It made me sad and yet rejoice in her happiness when she sees her gorgeous daughter in those time travel episodes. The author captures the emotional turmoil beautifully. It had me hooked and I just couldn’t put it down. I think I read it completely in less than a day, which is saying something, given my schedule these days.

I would rate it a 4/5. And I would definitely be on the lookout for other books by the author.

About the author

Amanda Brooke lives in Liverpool with her teenage daughter. When her three year old son died of cancer, Amanda was determined that his legacy would be one of inspiration. Yesterday’s Sun is inspired by her experiences of motherhood.

This book is available from Amazon(UK) and Flipkart.

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