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Yesterday's Sun

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  981 Ratings  ·  142 Reviews
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.

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Published January 2nd 2012 by Harper
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Feb 18, 2012 Vicki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Holly and Tom have just moved into their dream home and are about to embark on a new five year plan. For Tom this involves a family, but after a childhood of neglect and bitterness Holly isn't so sure. When she comes across a box containing a glass orb and strange mechanical objects during the renovations, Holly doesn't know what to make of them. Until it becomes clear that they belong to the stone sculpture Tom unearthed and plans on using as the centerpiece of their large gardens in the belief ...more
Paula  Phillips
Apr 11, 2012 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing
Holly was on track with her five-year plan , find a boyfriend, open her art gallery, marry him and sell her paintings and of course move into their own home. Life for Holly Coddington was definitely looking up and on track , that was until Holly and her husband Tom purchased their new country home in a picture-perfect English Village. Whilst renovating , Holly discovers an old sundial which turns out to actually be a moondial with an almost like curse , the moondial can show visions of the futur ...more
This review can also be found on Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell-blog.

This is a difficult review for me to write. While I liked the book, I had several issues with it.

This is a gentle novel. It’s a slow moving story about a young couple who move into their new home and are on the cusp of new phase in their lives: They are about to start a family. Only, real life demands like work and economy conspire to keep them apart. Tom’s new job demands he travel far away and for long periods of time. And there’
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
When Holly and Tom Corrigan move into their country house outside London, it's the completion of Holly's five-year plan: Find a boyfriend; find a gallery to exhibit her artwork; get married; establish a client base to buy her artwork; earn enough to give up her day job; and move to the country - and she's still got six months left of that five years. Now Tom, a thirty-two year old investigative journalist, broaches the idea of a new plan with super-organised Holly: have a baby.

But Holly remembe
Nov 10, 2012 Jane rated it liked it
Where I got the book: e-ARC from Edelweiss.

This is yet another novel with a GREAT story idea and writing that fails to deliver. Holly has to choose between perfect baby Lily and perfect husband Tom, because she's found out (by conveniently stumbling across a magic moondial) that if she gives birth to Lily, she'll die (because of some weird logic connected with the moondial itself).

My issues with this book:
- the simplistic writing. I should go back and find a quote, but I'm feeling lazy this even
Dale Harcombe
What if you were faced with a choice between saving your own life or that of your unborn child? This is the premise behind Yesterday’s Sun. Holly who has come from an unloved and neglected childhood is married to Tom. Their life seems perfect when they move to their home in a picturesque English village. Perfect, that is until Holly discovers an ancient moondial half buried in their overgrown garden. The moondial gives Holly a vision of the future with a beautiful baby girl, but Holly is absent ...more
Apr 02, 2012 Di rated it really liked it
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 i
Charlotte Phillips
Oct 15, 2012 Charlotte Phillips rated it it was amazing
What if you lived your lines by plans, where nothing ever happened if it wasn't on the five year or five month plan that you had made, or where you felt uncomfortable if it didn't work out the way that it did, and it was just something to make you feel more secure in life. Well this is exactly what the book goes on about but in a more thought provoking manner, in a sense and matter that makes you consider the importance of life and how often we take it for granted, not considering the very fact ...more
Apr 01, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bawdy-books, 4-star
This is one of those books that had someone not sent me either a copy to read or told me it was good, I wouldn’t have read it. To me the cover isn’t all that eye catching and the blurb seems like it spells out the entire story. I was pleasantly surprised when I got done reading it and realized that I really enjoyed this book!

This is another of those great authors that really get the whole picture across. The world she creates is so vibrant that I had no problem picturing the idyllic country hou
Jan 23, 2014 Smitha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 loo
Apr 23, 2012 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
This book was not my typical read...looking into the future etc doesn't usually get my vote...but I loved every minute of this story it kept me guessing right up till the end.
Def worth reading :)
Jan 21, 2015 Line rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Fortsetzung: keine
Verlag: Goldmann (Januar 2013)
Sprache: deutsch
Seitenanzahl: 368
Altersempfehlung: ab 14
Einband: Taschenbuch
Preis: 9,99 [D]

"'Aus und vorbei', schluchzte Holly. 'Die Monduhr hat gewonnen.' 'Ich wollte, es wäre so, aber es ist noch nicht vorbei, Holly. Der größte Kampf steht dir noch bevor.'" (Seite 283)

Das Geschenk der Monduhr ist ein Blick in die Zukunft – doch was, wenn du siehst, dass du dich zwischen deinem Leben und dem deines Kindes entscheiden musst?
Die Bildha
Feb 11, 2013 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yesterday's Sun
Amanda Brooke

My "in a nutshell" summary...

A young childless couple move into a new home...the wife...Holly...finds an orb that gives her a vision of a questionable future.

My thoughts after reading this book ...

Whoa! Infinitely readable and totally engrossing...that's what this book was to me. And I can not really tell you that much about it! I will share a few choice bits, though, perhaps just enough to tease you into wanting to read this book. Ok...a young couple...Holly and T
Drennan Spitzer
In Yesterday's Sun, Amanda Brooke tells the story of Holly Corrigan and her struggle to choose between her own life and that of her potential child. Holly is granted an image of the future, a future in which she dies giving birth. This, however, seems to be only a potential future, not something absolutely fated. Holly, then, must decide whether to conceive this child, knowing she will die giving birth, or to simply continue her relatively happy life without a child.

Yesterday's Sun While Brooke
Aug 03, 2012 Rita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Holly, uma jovem com um passado conturbado, conhece o homem que lhe mostra o verdadeiro significado do amor e da família. Quando Tom e Holly decidem viver juntos, esta última descobre um estranho relógio lunar, que lhe mostra um futuro do qual não faz parte. Embora nunca tenha pensado em ser mãe, com receio de não conseguir amar uma criança como ela merece, ao presenciar a sua filha Libby fica de tal modo apegada à criança, que se pergunta até que ponto a sua vida será mais importante que
Lisa Redmond
May 04, 2012 Lisa Redmond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holly and her husband Tom move to the countryside to begin a new life. Holly explores the house and garden and settles to her work as a sculptor but left alone while journalist Tom is sent to work abroad she discovers the moondial in the garden which gives her a glimpse into the future; a future which doesn’t include her. As Tom travels more often Holly’s secret visits to the moondial become more frequent and more heart-breaking as she discovers the child she will have but knowing that her daugh ...more
A sinopse sugere algo forte e dramático, no entanto, no decorrer do livro deparamos sim com algo intenso, cheio de alma e regado com um toque de magia. O enredo é encantador, juntando em simultâneo a fantasia e dilema da uma vida, apreender a amar incondicionalmente.

É um livro repleto de muitas emoções, desde uma tristeza que leva à caída de uma lágrima, à alegria, à ternura, à amizade, ao perdão, ao amor e principalmente ao sacrifício por alguém que amamos e que nos mostrou como a vida pode se
Simone Cunha
Feb 04, 2015 Simone Cunha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Um livro sobre escolhas.
Um livro forte e ao mesmo tempo leve.
Nos faz refletir sobre o amor em cada escolha que fazemos, em cada SIM e NÃO que decidimos usar em nossa vida.
Jan 16, 2012 beate64 rated it it was amazing
I loved this Book, The Story is very Good and it made me cry in places. 3/4 trough the Book I want to read the end, but then thought I better not it will spoil it.
I brought this Book as a 2 for 7 at tescos and I did read the back of the book and thought, that will do for going on a train to see my Daughter, when I got Home that day and had a few min. to spare I started the book and could not stop, I read the whole book in 2 days and thought about it a long time afterwards. Its really an amazing
Magda Pais
Dec 22, 2014 Magda Pais rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, my-own
Holly e Tom casaram à pouco tempo e mudam-se para uma casa muito antiga, no campo. Tom é um jornalista que tem de passar grandes temporadas fora, em trabalho. Holly é escultora e trabalha em casa.

Enquanto Tom tem uns pais presentes e que o amam, Holly sofreu imenso com os pais. Ambos a abandonaram em períodos diferentes da vida, acabando por a deixar sem qualquer vocação maternal.

No meio da recuperação da casa de campo, Holly descobre um relógio estranho. Começa por achar que será um relógio sol
Shanna Leblanc
Aug 12, 2015 Shanna Leblanc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lot of the reviews I read said the book didn't sound convincing or realistic, that couples don't talk to each other like Tom and Holly. But that's the beauty of books, you can put whatever you want into them and if it touches your soul in any way at all it was worth reading. My mother recently passed away and she was only in her 50s. I'm 28 and I feel she was taken away from me too soon. I would have given my life if I could have saved hers. But unfortunately the moon dial bargain wasn't for m ...more
Parts of this book were brilliant and other parts not so much which is why it only got three stars from me! It's an interesting idea for a book with some good twists. Worth reading.
Mar 18, 2014 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 20, 2013 Bärbel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ein wunderbares Buch für einen verschneiten Sonntag.Es ist so bildhaft das ich das Gefühl hatte mittendrin zu sein .Herrlich
Mar 24, 2014 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this novel was humble and sweet. Many of its aspects borderline on surrealism but is characters were full of depth and richness. From the first description you find yourself immersed and quickly attached to the emotional rollercoaster that they go through. What I find unique about this novel was that throughout the novels that I've read that dealt with children, the main character Holly isn't fond of having one. However, it's the emotional changes and self-evolution that she personally ...more
Sharon Griffin
Apr 17, 2015 Sharon Griffin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great little book about a newly married woman who doubts her motherhood abilities. With the use of a moonstone with mystic power, she unexpectedly sees into the future only to find out she will die in childbirth. She is then faced with the decision of whether to conceive this child or not. The book causes the reader to reflect on the same decision. I don't usually enjoy a book with this mysticism of any kind, but the rest of this story is rooted in realism so I enjoyed it anyway. I lik ...more
Megan Jones
Aug 10, 2014 Megan Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This begins with Holly going into labour knowing she will not come back. The book then works back to what happens and why. The book has elements of magic in it through the moondial and is centrally about how much would a mother sacrifice for her child. Echoed with this story is Jocelyn's, Holly's friend which also holds a nice sentiment. This is a joy to read and immensely enjoyable although tinged with sadness as well. The characters are all well written and it is a pleasure to immerse yourself ...more
Aromas de Cor
Uma história de fantasia fantástica! Gostei de ler este livro, se bem que foi numa altura algo complicada, tinha tido o meu baby há pouco tempo e temos tendência por vezes a sermos influenciados pelo que lemos mas acabou por ser uma surpresa muito agradável.

A história fala-nos de Tom e de Holly que compram uma casa pitoresca, a precisar de umas quantas obras. No entanto no jardim descobrem um estranho objecto que mais tarde sabem ser um relógio lunar. Esse relógio tem como estranho poder mostrar
Feb 26, 2015 Keksisbaby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, read-2015
Für ihre Mutter war Holly immer eher eine Last und daher ist sie auch nicht sehr begeistert, als ihr Mann Tom sie dazu drängt eine Familie zu gründen. Zumal die beiden erst vor kurzem aus der Stadt in den malerischen Ort Fincross gezogen sind. Im Garten findet sich ein merkwürdiges Objekt. Auf den ersten Blick könnte man es für eine Sonnenuhr halten, doch ihre Magie entfaltet sie erst bei Vollmonde. Als Holly eines Tages dem Ruf der Monduhr folgt, landet sie in einer nicht zu fernen Zukunft. Was ...more
Laura Smith
Apr 13, 2014 Laura Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. It promised the story of a moondial that would show you the future and this sparked in me a reminder of a book and tv show I'd loved many years before.

It is a very well crafted book, telling the story of Holly it begins on the day she is to give birth to her baby Libby and as she prepares to die in childbirth a future she had already seen thanks to a moondial in her ga
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Amanda Brooke lives in Liverpool with her teenage daughter, Jessica. When her three-year-old son died from cancer, Amanda was determined that his legacy would be one of inspiration. Yesterday's Sun is inspired by her experiences of motherhood.
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