Amanda BrookeA 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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Life for Holly and Tom is looking full of hope and promise. They have just moved in to an old manor house, buried deep in the beautiful English countryside.Feeling settled and secure, they decide to make their own personal, five year plan, and commit it to paper. One of their pledges to each other is to have a baby.
Tom longs for a child; Holly has concerns. She had a deeply troubled childhood, and is now unsure that she could ever make a good mother herself. One day, wandering around the manor’s overgrown garden, Holly discovers a strange, iconic object. It is a Moondial, operated by a strange, crystal mechanism. The Moondial is cursed. Holly discovers that if she consults it at every full moon, she is able to glimpse the future. She can see a shocking, heart-wrenching image: Tom, cradling their baby girl – the child is called Libby – and simultaneously mourning the loss of his wife in childbirth.
Holly gradually realises that the Moondial offers her a choice – give Tom the child he craves, and die so doing, or save herself and lose the daughter she has already come to love. Mothers reading Yesterday’s Sun will be deeply moved and affected by Amanda Brooke’s poignant fantasy. And they will ask themselves: if I were Holly, what choice would I make?
If you are a mother reading this, allow me to ask you the following questions. What would you do to protect your child’s life? How much would you be prepared to sacrifice for them? If it seemed absolutely necessary, would you surrender your own life to save theirs? I suspect your answer to the first is ‘anything’, to the second, ‘everything’, and to the third ‘of course’. Mother-love is one of the deepest, most profound forces in human nature and Amanda Brooke taps directly into it to produce her extraordinary debut novel. She knows of what she writes. In 2006 she lost her little boy, Nathan, to cancer.
Amanda began writing a diary almost as soon as Nathan was diagnosed. How much of what she recorded appears in this poignant story is known only to her, but I suspect much.
Holly, Amanda’s central character, is pregnant. But Holly must soon face a terrible dilemma; a choice so hard it can barely be contemplated. If she chooses to live, her baby will die. If she sacrifices herself, the child will live. Either outcome will devastate Holly’s husband, Tom, and she cannot share her burden with him. She must decide alone. However unequivocal your answers were to my questions above, you will find, through Holly’s own journey, that there are no clear-cut answers or solutions. And as Holly’s pregnancy advances, time is running out.
Yesterday's Sun By Amanda Brooke
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