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Yesterday's Sun [Paperback]

Amanda Brooke
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5 Jan 2012

A heart wrenching story for fans of Jodi Picoult, Susan Lewis and Katherine Webb.

How could you ever choose between your own life and the life of your child?

Newly-weds Holly and Tom have just moved into an old manor house in the picturesque English countryside. When Holly discovers a moondial in the overgrown garden and its strange crystal mechanism, little does she suspect that it will change her life forever. For the moondial has a curse.

Each full moon, Holly can see into the future – a future which holds Tom cradling their baby daughter, Libby, and mourning Holly’s death in childbirth…

Holly realises the moondial is offering her a desperate choice: give Tom the baby he has always wanted and sacrifice her own life; or save herself and erase the life of the daughter she has fallen in love with.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (5 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000744589X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007445899
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amanda Brooke is a single mum in her forties who lives in Liverpool with her teenage daughter Jessica. It was only when her young son was diagnosed with cancer that Amanda began to develop her writing, recording her family's journey in a journal and through poetry. When Nathan died in 2006 at just three years old, Amanda was determined that his legacy would be one of inspiration not devastation. Her debut novel Yesterday's Sun was inspired by her experiences of motherhood and her understanding of how much a mother would be willing to sacrifice for the life of her child.

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'A haunting and heartbreaking story that stayed with me long
after I'd finished' Fern Britton

‘An extraordinary debut novel’ Daily Express

About the Author

Amanda Brooke is a single mum in her forties who lives in Liverpool with her teenage daughter Jessica. It was only when her young son was diagnosed with cancer that Amanda began to develop her writing, recording her family’s journey in a journal and through poetry. When Nathan died in 2006 at just three years old, Amanda was determined that his legacy would be one of inspiration not devastation. Her novel Yesterday’s Sun is inspired by her experiences of motherhood and her understanding of how much a mother would be willing to sacrifice for the life of her child.


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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story 14 Jan 2012
By JM VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is a lovely story, beautifully written, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
It is about a young woman named Holly who moves to a new village with her husband Tom. Tom is a tv journalist who works away a lot, leaving Holly alone in their new home. She discovers an old moondial in the garden but has no idea of the heartbreak it will bring.
The moondial brings visions of the future, and for Holly it is a terrible one. She finds a future with Tom widowed and struggling to bring up his baby daughter alone following her own death in childbirth.
For Holly this means dreadful choices ahead, does she stop herself from conceiving the beautiful baby she has already seen and fallen in love with, or go ahead and face the fact that she will more than likely die?
A totally original idea I thought, I have never read any other book like it, and what a terrible situation to find yourself in. The characters are warmly and lovingly portrayed, Holly is tremendously likeable, as is her husband Tom, her new friend, elderly Jocelyn, and even the delightful baby inb her visions. It is a story in which to lose yourself, and emerge later regretfully as it is a lovely warm place to be, in spite of the harrowing situation Holly finds herself in. Do not be put off this book by thinking it will be too sad, although it is based around potentially heartbreaking choices, it is a lovely almost uplifting book just by the way it is written and the warmth of the characters. Very enjoyable.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this Book. 26 Jan 2012
By DeeH.
Format:Kindle Edition
This book caught my attention as it was being recommended by Richard and Judy's Book Club, which has provided me with some brilliant reads in the past. This was no exception. I warmed to the characters very quickly and in doing so, couldn't wait to find out all about them and to see where the story would take me. I love books with an element of magic in them, eg The Time Travellers Wife and obviously Yesterday's Sun has this element in with the moon dial, as Holly can see into the future.......a future which is heartbreaking, to her and to us readers!
Looking forward to Amanda Brooke's next novel.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yesterday's Sun 18 Feb 2012
By Vicki @ Cosy Books TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
I love time travel stories. I love real life settings with a magical twist. I thought I was onto a winner with this one, it contained both elements and sounded incredibly emotional too. Unfortunatly this one fell short and left me disappointed.

I encounted problems very early on in the book. Amanda Brookes writing is very readable, but personally I didn't find it at all convincing. Holly and Tom are in their early thirties, yet I've never met anyone of this age who talks the way they do. They just weren't believable at all. Secondly, it's a bit of cliche overload to the point of being cringeworthy at times. Finally it's so sickly sweet, the scenes between Tom and Holly left me wanting to gag. If the writing wasn't so easy going I would have given up very early on. Besides, I really wanted to know what the deal with the moondial was.

I actually thought the premise was a really good one. Imagine being offered a glimpse into a future which didn't include you and the only way to save yourself was to sacrifice someone else? The workings and history of the moondial are what kept me going and were at times fascinating. But as Holly wasn't interested in having children in the first place I wondered what message Amanda Brookes was sending out here. Tom is very persuasive and pressurising towards Holly in the early pages regarding her having children and Holly's emotional attachment to the child she glimpses in the future is immediate. Is she saying that a womans role is purely motherhood? I'm not sure. I didn't get it.

Maybe the book lacked a little emotional involvement for me. It's written in a third person narraitive from Holly and tells rather than shows Holly's turmoil. Again I thought the over sentimentalaity and outdated character speach distanced me.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read 24 Jan 2012
By Peacock
Format:Paperback
I don't read much so when I do it has to be something special. Yesterday's Sun gripped me right from the start and (reluctantly using a cliche but in this case it's true) I couldn't put it down. It is a touching story with each chapter unravelling more and more of the mystery whilst you fall in love with all the characters even Billy the builder (my secret favourite). It is definitely a book that stays with you and I just loved it!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars v disappointing 18 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this book on the strength of the positive reviews and also because the subject matter sounded intriguing and unusual. What a mistake. leaving aside the ridiculous plot, the wooden and stereotyped characters, and the plodding dialogue, what really got me was the dreadful style. No character ever simply speaks - the writer employs a positive gallery of unlikely verbs to describe the way the characters communicate.'growl' 'smirk' 'concur' etc. Also, the writing should be able to convey the sense of the verb without the constant embellishment of adverbs. 'she declared hotly' 'she concurred flatly'.The pronoun appears to be a dead species in this book. Even when Holly (who I loathed) is alone in the house pondering the ridiculous moonstone the writer reminds us about every third line that she is talking about Holly. eg. 'Holly made a cup of tea and walked to the window. She was drawn by the moonstone outside. Holly put her cup down and made a decision.' Also it's full of clichés. There doesn't seem to be an original turn of phrase in the whole book. People jump out of their skin, collapse in fits of giggles, nurse their aching joints - even Holly who is barely thirty can't get out of bed without screaming in pain at her joints.The back story is tedious and impenetrable and could be reduced to couple of pages. Jocelyn is irritating beyond belief - kind old Miss Marple type but vile to the gent in the cafe. When Holly is not frolicking with Tom, she's wandering round the garden barely clad making suggestive remarks at Billy,the only other villager she appears to know despite the massive turnout at the party where everyone seems to know her. Could go on but no more space. Awful. Hated it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious, one dimensional.
Very poor book ... not sure why I stuck it to the end!
Published 1 day ago by Sarah Buckle
2.0 out of 5 stars Very average
The premise of this book had great potential however I ended up being very underwhelmed and quite bored throughout, which was a real shame. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sophie
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious drivel
This book was chosen for our book group and was identified as second in our list of stinkers. A thin, repetitive story line, populated by weak characters and using some form of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tom Cobbett
5.0 out of 5 stars Yesterday's sun
Great read. I was glued to this book from the first page. I would definitely recommend this book. Quite emotional.
Published 3 months ago by Rosalind Stringer
5.0 out of 5 stars yesterdays sun
brought as a gift and she was delighted with it and would recommend to anyone who enjoys a great read
Published 5 months ago by richard dossett
5.0 out of 5 stars Amanda Brooke takes me back to a childhood book...
This book intrigued me before I’d even bought it and it’s description kept on pulling me back until eventually I did click buy. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Laura smith
4.0 out of 5 stars trailed off too early
Trailed off at the end, or at least less story than I wanted at the end but still really enjoyed it...probably a 4
Published 7 months ago by NBF
1.0 out of 5 stars Great premise, poor execution.
I was drawn to this book for its premise, which is a fascinating conundrum. If you saw the future and realised that you had no place in it, would you sacrifice your life for your... Read more
Published 8 months ago by tiggrie AKA Sarah
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I thought this was going to be a really good read but was disappointed. Its ok and quite an easy read but i didnt find it a page turner.
Published 8 months ago by sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Story
Absolutely beautifully written gentle love story with a few twists and turns along the way. An unputdownable read that you will not regret picking up.
Published 9 months ago by Helenp
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