Monday Give Away
In keeping with the chill down the spine theme, I have another rain-lashed novel of slight spookiness to offer up: Cat Winter’s Yesternight.
Here’s the official blurb:
From the author of The Uninvited comes a haunting historical novel with a compelling mystery at its core. A young child psychologist steps off a train, her destination a foggy seaside town. There, she begins a journey causing her to question everything she believes about life, death, memories, and reincarnation.
In 1925, Alice Lind steps off a train in the rain-soaked coastal hamlet of Gordon Bay, Oregon. There, she expects to do nothing more difficult than administer IQ tests to a group of rural schoolchildren. A trained psychologist, Alice believes mysteries of the mind can be unlocked scientifically, but now her views are about to be challenged by one curious child.
Seven-year-old Janie O’Daire is a mathematical genius, which is surprising. But what is disturbing are the stories she tells: that her name was once Violet, she grew up in Kansas decades earlier, and she drowned at age nineteen. Alice delves into these stories, at first believing they’re no more than the product of the girl’s vast imagination. But, slowly, Alice comes to the realization that Janie might indeed be telling a strange truth.
Alice knows the investigation may endanger her already shaky professional reputation, and as a woman in a field dominated by men she has no room for mistakes. But she is unprepared for the ways it will illuminate terrifying mysteries within her own past, and in the process, irrevocably change her life.
For a chance to win a copy of Yesternight, here’s your question:
If you had a past life, what do you think it would be?
The winner, chosen at random, will be announced on Wednesday.
Sounds like a very intriguing book. I might be a governess in Regency England.
I most likely would have been a librarian.
I would love to say I was some aristocratic lady of the Manor, but I was probably someone’s maid. Thank you for the chance to win.
I think I was a dog in a past life, however, I would have preferred to be royalty…hey, a girl can dream
If I could, I would love to have been some rich person’s dog and spoiled rotten. That would be the life! This sounds like an amazing book. Thank you!
Oh! What a neat question. I think a nurse from World War II or a woman growing up on the prairie like Laura Ingalls Wilder.
I must have been a suffragette.
An explorer in the vein of Freya Stark
I’ve always rather imagined that I once was a 19th century schoolmarm who taught in a one-room schoolhouse on the prairie.
If I had a past life I think it would have been during the Civil War with me living in the South.
Although I would like to think I was an Irish princess, more likely I was the scullery maid. Which would explain why I hate doing the dishes!
Elizabethan era – rich enough to want for nothing, but not so rich as to be noticed by anyone.
I like to think that in a past life I was an 18th century Bluestocking.
I would be a poor but educated lady in 1890, who would find out that her great great uncle had died and left me and my widowed mother an inheritance so we travelled to France. Haha I’ve thought about this a lot!!
An English explorer during the colonies times in Africa like Out of Africa or Ashford Affair
What an interesting question. I think maybe a dancer at the Moulin Rouge.
At the risk of sounding a bit cuckoo, there was a time when I always dreamt of explosions and air raids. When I was younger, I was apparently afraid of fireworks and other explosive things. So I have this theory that I was alive during the WWII, perhaps as a nurse or something of the sort.
As for what I would’ve liked to be? I would’ve loved to be flapper in 1920s Paris.
I think I may have been an ensign in Prince Rupert’s cavalry. 🙂
I like to think I would’ve been a historian/writer.
I’ve always been interested in military history so maybe I was a soldier once upon a time.
I think that I may have been a nurse. Or at least some kind of caregiver.
A pioneer woman
I think I would have been a teacher in a one room school house.
This is going to sound oddly specific, but based on current interests, I’m going to say: Woman of good family but impoverished means who spent time as a personal secretary and/or biographer for a politician society grand dame (preferably someone like Isabella Steward Gardner).
This book seems really interesting!! If I could be someone then I would like to a duchess.
I would’ve been a seafaring explorer or maybe a merchant mariner..something to do with travelling the ocean.
Definitely would have been a suffragette, picketing in front of the White House!
Probably someone obstinate.
I have a strong sense of deja vu when I smell woodsmoke — I can hear the sound of horses’ hooves and see the green light of a dense forest. Hopefully, I’m on my way to the safety of my castle!