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In Another Life Paperback – February 2, 2016
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"Debut author Johnson handles what could be an overwhelming amount of historical details with skill, presenting a fascinating mystery grounded in historical fact. Her lyrical, sensuous style is beguiling in its own singularly seductive way. Readers can practically taste the ever-present wine and feel the winter wind. Lia is a dream of a narrator, one whom readers will root for. VERDICT: A perfect match for readers who enjoy Kate Mosse's "Languedoc Trilogy" and fans of female-driven romantic historical works such as Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series." -- Library Journal STARRED REVIEW
"In Another Life grabs you from page one and doesn't let go. The prose is rich and evocative, transporting the reader to rural France with an ease unusual for a debut author. The story is intriguing, weaving past and present in an ever-tightening braid that eventually dissolves the separation altogether, adeptly illustrating how the Cathars' belief in reincarnation might play out in the real world. Lia is especially well-portrayed as the unwitting catalyst uniting two deaths, three men, and 800 years of history, while the male characters are slowly revealed as we learn their unlikely pasts and how they affect the present. Very highly recommended." Nicole Evelina, Historical Novels Review
"A compelling tale of forgiveness and redemption, weaving together "then" and "now," and revealing the steadfast power of love. This book makes the tragic story of the Cathars accessible to the general reader. It situates their story in the development of France as a nation and sheds light on the Catholic Church as a power broker. First-time novelist Julie Christine Johnson's In Another Life offers a tale that spans time, bringing the 13th century and contemporary Languedoc and Paris to vibrant life. Populated by characters grappling with common human challenges, this novel is amplified by a framework beyond time."
"Johnson is clearly striding in the footsteps of authors like Geraldine Brooks and Diana Gabaldon in her juxtaposition of the modern and historical ... a strong debut." New York Journal of Books
"Johnson's heartbroken researcher wends through the lush landscape and historical religious intrigue of southern France seeking the distraction of arcane fact-but instead, like the reader, is transformed by the moving echo of emotional truth. An imaginative, unforgettable tale." - Kathryn Craft, author of The Art of Falling and The Far End of Happy
"The dark days of 13th century Cathar persecution in France reach out long fingers to intrigue and bewitch in Julie Christine Johnson's immersive depiction of past and present in this atmospheric novel of love, loss and reincarnation." Tessa Arlen author of the Lady Montfort mystery series." - Tessa Arlen, author of the Lady Montfort mystery series
"Delicate and haunting, romantic and mystical, In Another Life is a novel with an extraordinary sense of place. Fans swept away by Diana Gabaldon's 18th-century Scotland will want to explore Julie Christine Johnson's 13th-century Languedoc." - Greer Macallister, author of The Magician's Lie
"In this lovely novel, Johnson shows us the redemptive power of love and second chances through the ages. Evocative of Outlander, In Another Life is a thrilling combination of romance, adventure, and history." - Margaret Dilloway, author of Sisters of Heart and Snow and How to Be an American Housewife
"Debut author Johnson handles what could be an overwhelming amount of historical details with skill, presenting a fascinating mystery grounded in historical fact. Her lyrical, sensuous style is beguiling in its own singularly seductive way. Readers can practically taste the ever-present wine and feel the winter wind. Lia is a dream of a narrator, one whom readers will root for. A perfect match for readers who enjoy Kate Mosse's "Languedoc Trilogy" and fans of female-driven romantic historical works such as Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series.
" - Library Journal
"Johnson's novel is beautifully written. It centers around Lia and her return to France, moving seamlessly between present and past, blending mystery, romance and rich history together. Johnson brings the 800-year-old Cathar religious persecution to life with vibrant characters who appear to be reincarnated in the men surrounding Lia in the present day." - RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
In Another Life grabs you from page one and doesn't let go. The prose is rich and evocative, transporting the reader to rural France with an ease unusual for a debut author. Very highly recommended.
"what makes "In Another Life" work is the strong emotional core, the sense of place, the historical suspense and the characterization that makes the reader root for Lia" - Seattle Times
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I tend to be a fast reader, but I forced myself to slow down and savor this one.
The author put me IN the story, right alongside Lia, at the dinner table, in the basilica, in Jordi's office, in FRANCE. And that's what made me forget everything around me while I was reading.
I can't wait for her next book!
Yeah I know it sounds hokey, but it really was a good book. I really enjoyed it and was very entertained. I actually stayed up way too late reading it. I was thinking I would get a couple of hours in and go to bed. Nope, that did not happen. And, I could not wait to get back into this morning.
Huge thanks to Sourcebooks for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. I was certainly pleased with my request.
In the meantime, Lia's real passion is finding supporting evidence of her theory that in 1208 the Archdeacon Castelnau was assassinated as an excuse to start the crusade against the heretical Cathers. As Lia's researches the brutality and events hundreds of years ago, she begins to discover that the three men in her life: the widower, the photographer and the priest all have their own secrets and know much more than they're telling.
Among other ideas that the Catholic church did not condone, the Cathers believed in reincarnation. Playing on this element of their faith, Julie Christine Johnson spins a tail of murder, intrigue and romance in In Another Life. Reminding me of last year's The Memory Painter by Gwendolyn Womack, the idea that someone can live another life is a fun idea to explore in fiction. Johnson does it relatively well in her debut novel.
It took several chapters for me to fall into an easy reading grove. I had to go back and reread several sections because the back and forth between present and past was initially confusing. However, it begins to make more sense and I was finally able to keep characters straight and plot lines from tangling. Honestly, the entire book is a tangled web of past lives and loves.
As with any fantasy novel, one must suspend reality. I don't read in this genre very often and I prefer believable explanations even for the unbelievable. Make me want to believe.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In Another Life is extremely well written, but the story's ending left me unsatisfied. I really enjoyed learning about the Cathars' belief in reincarnation but the time travel... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Rozsa Gaston, author of "Paris Adieu," "Running from Love"
I was disappointed in the unbalanced nature of this offering from Ms. Johnson. Based upon the synopsis, I was expecting the book to be a combination of romance and mystery, with a... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Janet
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An interesting twist of history, fantasy and romance in this book. Read more
"In Another Life" made its debut in the heart of winter but if you are looking for a novel to take with you on your summer travels or, if you simply want to travel from the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Betsy Marro
I very much recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction or fantasy and for me, nothing better than when a book combines both! Read morePublished 1 month ago by E. Sliman
I tried to read this novel, but I had to give it up. It wasn't terrible, but the writing style was just too much. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rebecca F.
I really enjoyed the premise of the story, but in the end, I felt like the resolution didn't quite make sense. Read morePublished 3 months ago by S. Hill
Even though I enjoyed the story very much, I found the historical parts of it confusing. Perhaps it was me but I've never had that problem before.Published 3 months ago by Charlotte K. Beall
In Another Life is a book that captivates you from the moment Lia returns to her beloved France and keeps you coming back as you, with Lia, begin to come to the realization that... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer