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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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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!
Anxious to learn more about the forces driving her beyond all control, she travels to the old western ghost town of Virginia City, Montana, where she recognizes buildings and scenes she remembers drawing as a child. But how? Shortly, she meets Paul DuBois, a local historian, to whom she is instantly drawn. The electricity between them is apparent to both. Still, her innate inner voice cautions her not to move too quickly...or too close.
Before long, Rose discovers the town has numerous residents in good standing--most of whom died long ago. When Paul sets out to investigate the paranormal activity surrounding them, Rose immediately volunteers to join in. Upon visiting an overgrown cemetery outside of town, she discovers a weathered tombstone with the simple words, AMELIA 1868, etched in the granite. She begins sobbing uncontrollably. She has no idea why.
Obsessed with uncovering the identity of the grave's solitary occupant, Rose finds herself traveling back and forth in time between the life of a common dance-hall girl struggling to survive in the 1860s and her own sheltered life in the year 2011. Her strange and intriguing journey becomes more complicated when a love interest enters the picture, throwing her equilibrium for a loop.
As she digs deeper into the mystery that remains Amelia, Rose's life evolves into a complicated tale of science and reality versus history and the paranormal. Will she succeed in learning the details of Amelia's life or remain forever bound in the abstinent fog of traveling through time? And, if she resolves the uneasiness swirling within her soul, will she ever be able to return to Iowa, to the farm she left behind, and to her jilted lover?
Amelia 1868 is a story of cross-generations, of reincarnate love and enduring hate, of envy, retribution, and forgiveness, all within times and places shared among the millennia. In telling her tale, author Janet Kay delivers a warm, moving, authoritative novel of life long ago--and only yesterday. Along the way, she debunks one of the greatest myths in history, teaching us once and for all: You can go home again.
I like this book--from its enigmatic opening to its peaceful resolve--and highly recommend it to anyone who has ever wondered about anything. Five stars. - D. J. Herda, President American Society of Authors and Writers; author of numerous books, including the latest on Doc Holliday.