Yesterday is a good, old-fashioned love story. Déjà vu plays a significant part in this contemporary romance that’s actually a time-travel. Instead of using magic or a dimensional portal, the heroine uses hypnosis. Through a series of sessions, she experiences past lives as a child in the South on the cusp of civil war and an adult during the famous Chicago fire.
Angel bells have a great significance in a little girl’s life that resonates across incarnations and is the catalyst that takes Amanda on her journey through time. Yesterday contains well researched historical sequences. If you like historical fiction as much as I do, you might find this part of the book even more enjoyable than the contemporary sections.
The pulse-pounding action begins right off the bat in chapter one. I won’t spoil it for you, but let’s just say it involves an elevated train (Chicago’s famous “L”), a man, a horse, and our tenacious heroine. The author paints such a realistic visual of the action, you won’t soon forget it!
“What is it about a man on a horse that makes him extraordinary?” Mark, the handsome alpha hero, is a Chicago mounted policeman. “Broad-shouldered with curly black hair and tiny laugh lines at the corners of dark brown eyes. A warm baritone with a faint Irish brogue.” Be still, my heart!
Unfortunately for Mark, Amanda has some sturdy emotional walls built up that he must tear down to reach her. But he’s persistent, even while she gives him an extremely cold shoulder. I found frustrating Amanda’s continued resistance to Mark, even when he was charming, but their relationship also made me a little uncomfortable when he was being too alpha. There were a couple of occasions where I wanted Amanda to tell Mark to get lost.
Some closer editing might have flagged a few confusing sentences and clichés. Other parts of the story shine with brilliant descriptions and turns of phrases that leave no doubt as to this writer’s substantial talent. Her ability to write action scenes is amazing! In some places the novel reads like a screenplay, and I have no doubt that Yesterday would make a great Lifetime movie.
I’d love to see Samyann write an entirely historical romance, and I look forward to reading more of her work!