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Reviewed by Krystal Larson

Holly is a woman with a dream. She wants to open an art gallery and enjoy her handsome husband, Tom. Her life can be easily described as terrific…that is, until she finds a stone sundial. To anyone else, the sundial might not be life-changing, but to Holly, it is a representation of what is to come. As soon as the couple buys their new country house, things begin to look bleak. First, Holly finds a crystal orb and brass fittings that fit in the sundial, but what she doesn’t realize is that this addition turns the sundial into a moon dial  Again, a moon dial may not sound like a big deal to some, but it is an Aztec artifact and one with devastating consequences.

Every full moon, Holly experiences glimpses of the future and she doesn’t like what she sees. Tom wants a child and while Holly wouldn’t mind a child, the moon dial predicts that if Holly has her child, she won’t be around to actually love him/her. Holly sees Tom holding their daughter, Libby, and upset over Holly’s absence/death. Is it better to get rid of hers and Tom’s dream of a child and live? Or take a chance that the future isn’t “set in stone”?

Holly was an interesting character. At times, I wanted to shake her and tell her everything was just fine, but there were also moments when I wanted to comfort her. She clearly loved her husband and wanted to give him a child and continue with their happy existence, but at what cost? The decision to hold off or reject having a child tortured her as the glimpses into the future continued.

Tom is a good guy and it was easy to see why Holly loved him so much. He literally seemed to exist to make her happy. Jocelyn, a neighbor, was a memorable character as well. Her calm demeanor and rational logic became critical as the book wore on. It was Jocelyn who told Holly that the sundial was actually a moon dial and it is Jocelyn’s character who is likely to surprise readers at the end of Yesterday’s Sun. At times, the way the characters interacted with each other came off as a bit fake, but otherwise, I enjoyed them and how the author really delved into their development during the novel.

The plot itself was fast-paced and fun to read. The ending was a little bit of a surprise, but many readers will likely guess the outcome early on. Yesterday’s Sun is written in third person, a quality which didn’t allow me to acquaint myself with the characters easily, but one that didn’t affect my enjoyment of the novel too much.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Krystal is a young college student who loves meeting new authors and finding great books! Her favorite place to read is the Botanic Gardens.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Harper Paperbacks. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.