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Amelia 1868 Paperback – August 25, 2012
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Janet Kay lives and writes on a lake in the woods of Northwestern Wisconsin. Drawn to nature since she was a child, she sees its wonders as a source of renewal, reflection, and connection with something greater than oneself. She is also strongly drawn to the Victorian era and its fascinating history. Her lifelong passions include creative writing, travel, photography, and spending time with family and friends. Kay's first novel, "Waters of the Dancing Sky," continues to earn excellent reviews and has a five-star rating on Amazon.com. Her new paranormal historical novel, "AMELIA 1868," is already creating a buzz. Future plans include a sequel to "Waters" and a paranormal novel to be set on Galveston Island in Texas. She encourages her readers to check out her website at http://www.novelsbyjanetkay.com.
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Prairie Rose Johanssen, known to her family and friends as Rose, lives in the present day, but feels connected to the past. In a desperate attempt to find herself she flees her family and fiance to begin a new life. Something seems to be drawing Rose to Montana and once she arrives she feels an awkward sense of deja vu. The pieces start to fall into place and Rose realizes she must discover the past in order to help her move into the future. Making her way to Virginia City, Montana, Rose immediately recognizes many buildings from drawings she used to do as a child. Rose decides to stay in Virginia City and meets Paul DuBois. The electricity between them does not go unnoticed, and Rose is strongly cautioned by an inner voice not to trust him. Rose comes to learn Virginia City has many residence, several of whom are no longer living. Paul, a historian, tracks the ghostly activity and invites Rose along. Lured to an old headstone with the simple inscription "Amelia 1868." Rose feels compelled to learn all she can about the woman who lies in the grave. Will Rose discover the truth and find out her life's purpose or end up lost forever living in the past?
Janet Kay is a gifted storyteller, who enthralls her readers with her brilliant imagination and alluring plot. Amelia 1868 is a story you won't be able to put down.
I highly recommend picking up a copy.
As she comes to a small town, almost a ghost town, Rose (the bride that should had been), comes to a small town called Virginia City in Montana. She can't explain it, but she comes across the almost ghost town and feels drawn to it.
After being there, she realizes that there are paranormal experiences that are happening all around her. She begins working for a ghost hunter and doing research for the book that they are to be writing together on the history of the town.
If you'd love to know the history, the town, the paranormal experiences, and how the ghosts are using Rose and Paul to solve some conflicts that were never finished, check out this book. I couldn't pry myself from it!
Amelia 1868 is, in many ways, a blended genre novel. Part modern literary fiction, part historical fantasy, it is, in all respects, a reflective and immersive reading experience, in which the reader is transported into the lives of two characters: Rose (a modern day woman) and Amelia, a woman from the 1860's -- both fascinating characters, but Rose is especially appealing, to me, due to her struggle in finding what it is she really wants out of, and within, life.
The book is, obviously, well researched and very descriptive. Some readers may find some of the description to be a little too heavy handed, however, as a reader of epic fantasy, I had little problem with this. The blending of the paranormal realm with a more classical literary Romance is intriguing, and pulled off almost flawlessly. Rose's inner journey is accessible, and anyone who has a soft spot for the old west and/or small town life should enjoy this book. Of course, it will be more appealing to women than men, but a good book is a good book. And this is a good book that speaks to many of us who ask the question with which I began this review: is the grass always greener on the other side? Rose asks it, and only by a fascinating journey through small town America, both modern and the distant past, can she hope to find her answer.
Kudos to Ms. Kay for another great novel!