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Historian Lia Carrer has finally returned to southern France, determined to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. But instead of finding solace in the region's quiet hills and medieval ruins, she falls in love with Raoul, a man whose very existence challenges everything she knows about life--and about her husband's death. As Raoul reveals the story of his past t ...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Sourcebooks Landmark
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Julie Christine Miri, it is! Kindle and Nook editions available as of today. Thank you so much for your interest. And let me know if you're able to access either of t…moreMiri, it is! Kindle and Nook editions available as of today. Thank you so much for your interest. And let me know if you're able to access either of these options.

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Julie Christine
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hey, so, yes. This is my novel. You guys. I wrote a novel. It'll be out next February. What a long, strange trip it's been.

I hope you enjoy!!
Jaidee
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those that grieve but still believe in transcendent love
Shelves: five-stars-books
5 "soulful, elegaic, miraculous" stars.

2016 Bronze Award - Third Favorite Read (Tie)

I do not feel that I will do justice to this book through my review.

However, I do want to impart to the Goodreads community how moving and wonderful I found this debut novel by Ms. Julie Johnson to be.

First a neurotic confession. I was nervous about reading this book as Julie is a GR friend and a reviewer that I admire greatly. I thought, "What if I don't like this book?" or "What if I think it's awful?" I'm
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Angela M
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
You don't have to believe in reincarnation or time travel to enjoy the possibilities that this debut novel offers. Just go with it and let the author take you to present day Languedoc, in the south of France , enjoy the wine and the country life and before you realize it , she's taken you back to the Languedoc of 1208. A grieving woman, man's face in a window , an eagle and his hand on the window and voila - I'm sent from present to past , and I was immediately intrigued - wondering how they wou ...more
Elyse  Walters
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Lia Carrer, went to Languedoc, in Southern France, in search of healing her distant and ancient past.
"My heart is shattered, and my career is in shambles".

Languedoc is where she felt she belonged. It's where her mother grew up and it's
where her husband died in a mountain biking race. Her best friends both live in the area and are thrilled to welcome her back.
Her friends, Rose, Domenec, and their two children are like family to Lia.
Lia's parents died when she was 12. Her parents were both
Ph
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Esil
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I am not one to read books that involve time travel. I am a finicky reader of historical fiction, usually shying away from any book that takes place before the 19th century and certainly books set in the Middle Ages. But Julie Johnson has been a Goodreads friend for some time now, and her reviews are always so thoughtful and beautifully written that I had no doubt I wanted to read In Another Life. And I'm glad I did. The writing is reason enough to read this book -- the prose is beautifully desc ...more
Iris P
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
In Another Life


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Julie Christine Johnson- The Author
“It’s not lost on me that as someone who rejected God long ago, I’ve made it my life’s work to study a mystical faith, and yet I have no beliefs of my own. No way to frame my own grief with rituals of remembrance and letting go. Perhaps that’s why I’ve felt so lost.”
Lia- Main character of In Another Life

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I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review, thank you NetGal
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Connie G
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Julie Christine Johnson's lovely writing transported me to beautiful Languedoc in southwestern France. Lia, a young widow, is finishing her research for her dissertation on the Cathar Crusade, a violent conflict between the Catholic Church and the Cathar religion in the 13th Century. One of the Cathar beliefs is that the soul could be trapped in a cycle of rebirth or reincarnation until it had achieved redemption and peace. The book makes use of this belief in some paranormal incidents when seve ...more
Laysee
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read In Another Life in a space of three days immersed in the sensual lyricism of Johnson’s prose that transported me to another time and another place. This is one of those books where I know from the soothing quietness of the opening pages that I can sit back with a pot of chamomile tea and let time fall away. The delicacy of the prose reflects the fragility of the main character, Lia Carrer, a historian researcher, who is trying to pick up the pieces of her life two years after her husband’ ...more
Primrose Peasemarch
Jun 25, 2016 rated it liked it
It was a great story with, in my opinion, a completely unsatisfactory ending. So much buildup to a rushed, incomplete, and lackluster finale. I was left feeling an injustice was done to all the characters. Great writing and storytelling. I think the author has a nice style.
Lenora Dinunzi
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. Finished it in two day. will be looking for more books by this author!
Myrna
Nov 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-ebook
Being a lover of historical fiction, an impressive cover, and an intriguing description, this novel piqued my curiosity. Glad I was able to get my hands on an advance copy. Although it is fictional, it is based on a real murder and the Cathartic crusades. Johnson has a nice grasp of the Languedoc region in southern France and blends the past and present nicely. It also includes themes of love, forgiveness, and redemption. All in all, I would only recommend this to fans of incredibly descriptive ...more
Pamela
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
An intriguing tale about love and loss, life and afterlife. The richness of the language and strorytelling draws you into these characters and their lives, both past and present. A terrific debut from Ms. Johnson.

**Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.**
Erin
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it
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Julie Christine Johnson’s In Another Life was a hard book for me. I liked the idea and found the tone reminiscent of M.J. Rose’s novels, but it took ages for me to get into the story and, taken as a whole, I find that fact impossible to ignore.

Johnson’s rich prose is impossible to criticize and I loved how atmospheric the novel felt, but I found the structure of the story incredibly fractured. I hate to be blunt, but I stru
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nikkia neil
Thanks SOURCEBOOKS Landmark and netgalley for this arc.

Amazing journey, mystical, and not your ordinary love story! I can't believe this is Julie Christine Johnson's first novel. The descriptions of medieval churches and the Cathar's faith make you wish history could have turned out different. Can't wait to read her next book!
Kelly Byrne
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In Another Life is first and foremost a superbly written debut novel. Johnson’s deftness with language and her vast and intimate knowledge of the Languedoc region of France give the reader such an immediate, and tactile sense of time and place that it feels as if you’ve been transplanted into that mystical land along with her main characters in all of their incarnations.

Exploring themes of love and loss, reincarnation and religious persecution, the story takes the reader on a remarkable journey
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The Lit Bitch
This story sounded absolutely amazing from the description. A man with a mysterious past, a women grieving, and romance all set in the beautiful south of France……it sounds like a delightful read! And while a lot of it was delightful and delivered, there were parts that were a little rough for me.

Johnson provides the reader with a ton of detail in her writing, and at times it was almost a little too much for my taste. The start of the book was a little slow for me, there was a lot of detail about
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Angie
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars...

First half of book was mostly a 3 because it was a bit confusing and unclear at times for me. But, I was drawn in by the colorful writing, descriptions and unique characterizations. The more I read, the more I liked, so the last half was 4 stars:)

Our main character - Lia Carrer - was widowed 18 months prior to the beginning and is still mourning the loss of her love, Gabriel. She returns to the area where he died and she has friendly connections, in Languedoc France. Her career is i
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Martha Kelly
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway*

I’ve been craving a trip to France and now feel like I’ve had a glorious one thanks to Julie Christine Johnson’s In Another Life.
The story: Lia Carrer, a young widow reeling from losing her beloved husband, travels to southwestern France to try and shake her grief. Soon she meets a host of mysterious characters, including the incredibly attractive Raoul, and gets caught up in an ancient murder.
Thoughts: Julie Christine Johnson has such a wonderful ab
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Chris
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
I had a much better review than what you read here. You’d think after writing for 30 years, I would remember to save my work! Lessons learned....

I’m prefacing this review with the fact that the author is a longtime friend and I’ve enjoyed watching this book go from idea to publication. But when I heard this novel took place in present day as well as 1208(!), I went into it dipping my toes. I like cold, hard facts when it comes to my books and as a reader have a hard time using my own imaginatio
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Marissa
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
You can check out my entire review HERE along with some extra content like an AUTHOR INTERVIEW!

REVIEW:
I love how In Another Life seems like it’s just an ordinary story about a brokenhearted woman, getting a hold on her life again, yet our main lady Lia gets tossed into a crazy blast from the past. My mind was reeling along with hers.

“She'd drifted through a life that had no rails to grasp for balance."


Starting off, I had trouble getting into this book, even though the author wrote beautifully. T
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Leslie Lindsay
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Gorgeously written with a descriptive hand, this debut is one not to be missed. I was immediately transported to the southwestern portion of France (Languedoc, to be precise), and found the poetic writing had me yearning for the luxuries only found in Europe. It was JCJ's evocative use of words--yes, mere words--that had me bathed in a richness of wonder, scent and visual images.

Lia Carrer, a historian by education finds herself seeking out southern France as a grieving widow, following the fre
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Nese
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First of all, this is one of the best books I have read this year, and I am amazed this hasn’t been on the bestseller list. The book starts looking like a simplistic romance novel filled with clichés; however, it is anything but. The story takes place in Languedoc region of France, where Cathars lived in the 12th and the 13th century. As the multilayered plot keeps evolving, one gets to understand the characters, their motivations, why they act the way they do, and why they come back to 2016 fro ...more
Jeanne Adamek
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Totally different to the point of being mesmerizing. I loved the lyrical way the author writes--it was addictive.
Stephanie  G
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5 Rating

After spending time in the states, trying to come to terms with her husband’s death, Lia returns to the only place she sees as home, southern France. On the first night of her return she sees a man’s face in her window and she soon discovers the same man is the guy her friend, Rose, wants her to meet. Lia, a lapsed historian, wants to finish her research on the Cathars. She keeps coming back to a murder that in 1208 set the Catholic Church against the Cathars. When the past collides wi
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Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
Dec 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Review
I usually do a little recap paragraph in my own words. This one is hard because at times I am not sure what was going on. I will some it up like this - widow finds love again while in Southern France researching and ancient assassination when past and present collide. Got it? Ok then.

You know me right? No? Maybe? Well you might have guessed that this cover, this beautiful cover, made me have to have this book. Plus, time travel you say? Southern France?? OH MY GOD. I was so damn ready fo
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Jane Stewart
Probably 3 stars for mystery lovers. 2 stars for me. It did not hold my interest.

I bought this book thinking it was going to be a romance, but it was not. The back cover of the book says Lia falls in love with Raoul. But the couple is not together at the end which is the romance novel requirement.

Instead, this is solving a mystery from 800 years earlier. It goes back and forth in time. Characters who lived back then, also live today with same or similar names. Some of them remember things from 8
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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Is Lia coming back to her roots?

Is Lia coming back to do research?

Is Lia coming back to France to try to heal her broken heart and find out more about how her husband died?

Is Lia coming back to find secrets she didn't know about people she trusted and people she shouldn't trust?

Lia Carrer probably came back to Languedoc because of all of those reasons and wasn't aware why she felt the need to return. She did know that being with her friend from college and her friend's family in beautiful, laid
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Sandra Danby
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literature, fiction
This is Julie Christine Johnson’s debut novel, but you’d never know it. She handles her subject matter – Cathar history, Languedoc setting – with confidence and has put together a compelling story of love, history and mystery.
Lisa Carrer returns to France, to the place where her husband was killed in a cycling accident, drawn by the comfort of the place and the proximity of her best friend. She is looking to start anew and finish her research into Cathar history. But a strange experience on her
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Debbie
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I first started reading this, I wasn't sure that I was going to like it. However, the longer I read it, the more I liked it. While it was kind of unbelievable, the author made it feel like it could happen and I just went with it and it really made a good story. I found myself really wanting to know what happened back in 1208. Mostly because three of the characters in the story were reincarnated from that era and they remembered everything that happened to them during that time. Of course, t ...more
Sherri
This is a book that reminds me how wonderful it is to be captured by a story and characters to the point where you lose track of all time and want to put your life on hold so you can keep reading the story.

The story takes place in the present with Lia recovering from the death of her husband returns to France to finish her dissertation involving the Cathars. The story combines present and past with the thread binding the two stories are the characters in a very unusual and surprising way. I hav
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Julie's short stories and essays have appeared in several journals, including Emerge Literary Journal; Mud Season Review; Cirque: A Literary Journal of the North Pacific Rim; Cobalt; River Poets Journal, in the print anthologies Stories for Sendai; Up, Do: Flash Fiction by Women Writers; and Three Minus One: Stories of Love and Loss; and featured on the flash fiction podcast No Extra Words.

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