Julie Christine Johnson
In Another Life
(Historical Fiction/Contemporary Women’s Fiction/
Release date: February 2, 2016
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SYNOPSISHistorian Lia Carrer has finally returned to southern France, determined to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. But instead of finding solace in the region’s quiet hills and medieval ruins, she falls in love with Raoul, a man whose very existence challenges everything she knows about life–and about her husband’s death. As Raoul reveals the story of his past to Lia, she becomes entangled in the echoes of an ancient murder, resulting in a haunting and suspenseful journey that reminds Lia that the dead may not be as far from us as we think. Steeped in the rich history and romantic landscape of the Languedoc region, In Another Life is a story of love that conquers time and the lost loves that haunt us all.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Copy received from France Book Tours for an honest review
I was first interested in this book because I loved the cover. It than captured by the story. I was fascinated with Lia Carrer and her determination to start a new life in southern France. I couldn't wait to see how the author would unfold the story between her and Raoul. But the author also had more plans for Lia and Raoul. With the help of dual story lines at different times, we get a glimpse of what caused the death of Lia's husband. I was not expecting the mystery aspect of the story but it added to the storyline and the present relationship with Lia and Raoul.
Overall this was a very satisfying story. I thought that it was a good mixture of romance, mystery and the beautiful descriptions of France. I have to say that the descriptions about France seemed like a dream and really helped me to feel like I was a part of the story. If I have one complaint its that at times I did feel like there was too much going on and it felt a little overwhelming. Aside from that I was excited to see this was a debut for the author and look forward to reading more by her in the future.
Julie Christine Johnson
is the author of the novels In Another Life
(February 2016, Sourcebooks Landmark)
and The Crows of Beara (September 2017, Ashland Creek Press).
Her short stories and essays have appeared in several journals,
including Emerge Literary Journal, Mud Season Review;
Cirque: A Literary Journal of the North Pacific Rim;
Cobalt, the anthologies Stories for Sendai;
Up, Do: Flash Fiction by Women Writers;
and Three Minus One: Stories of Love and Loss
and featured on the flash fiction podcast, No Extra Words.
She holds undergraduate degrees in French and Psychology
and a Master’s in International Affairs.
A runner, hiker, and wine geek,
Julie makes her home on the Olympic Peninsula of northwest Washington state
with her husband.
In Another Life is her first novel.
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