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Out of the Past by Glenda Poulter

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This is the story of Emma and Mandy; if this sentence sounds strange, giving that Mandy is for most of the novel a second stage character we hear only through a phone, that was my feeling. I was really not liking much Emma at the beginning, since my idea was that she was not treating well Mandy; Emma and Mandy have a 15 years long relationship, and despite this, Emma is still hiding things to Mandy, something I relate to not trusting her, and who you can trust if not the person you love? i.e. Emma was not really in love with Mandy. I’m happy I was wrong, and what you will read, if you trust my words, is “also” the romance of Emma and Mandy.

There is a plethora of supporting characters, Beau, Peter, Genevieve, Sharon, and of course Cora Beth and Annie, but while I was intrigued by Cora Beth and Annie’s story, my heart and hope were on Emma and Mandy. Nevertheless I enjoyed this paranormal romance, how the author deals with Emma’s extra sensorial experience, must of all, I liked that everything felt realistic, even if the word could be odd in this contest: true, there is a paranormal experience, but in any case the focus remained in the very much ordinary, and contemporary, story of Emma and Mandy, with their highs and falls.

Yet another thing that intrigued me was Charleston; I have actually in mind to visit the place this same year, and coincidence was that I’m planning it right now. Reading this book gave me the push towards including the town in my trip that I needed. I cannot say if the descriptions are realistic, but I hope so, because I would like to find the same quaint feeling I had of it in the real thing.

Amazon: Out of the Past
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Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: L-Book ePublisher (August 15, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1934889997
ISBN-13: 978-1934889992

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