I was expecting a short novella about 100 pages long, so when I opened the package and saw it was a 390 page novel I was actually shocked, but pleased. I was a child in a sweet shop all over again when I opened the book and realised Mark had personally signed it for me. You could only imagine the grin spreading across my face.
I’ve never had to urge to sit down straightaway to write a review on a book. However, the excitement is running out of me quicker than I can type it. But first, let me tell you a little about the book before I give you my thoughts.
This is a story about Janice Gaither, a story about her past and about her present. When she was twenty-two years old, she met Travis Jordan, who was tragically killed. For the next twenty years of her life, Travis’ spiri
t visits her constantly. Although she is inseparable from Travis, Janice is married to Richard, a workaholic, alcoholic doctor. Janice lives the hollow life of a housewife to Richard, until one day, enough is enough. Leaving Richard behind, Janice starts over again, embarking on a new adventure involving love, romance, friendship, family, happiness and a two hundred year old love affair.
I’d love to tell you more than that, but I’d fear I’d seriously ruin this story for you.
I’m not one for romance novels, to be honest with you. I normally opt for reading a Star Wars or Magic Myth story. But I’m glad I read it now. The last book that affected me emotionally was Terry Goodkind’s Faith Of The Fallen—and while it took Terry five books in a row to get the emotions from me, Mark did it right away. From page two, I hated Richard with a passion. In chapter two, I was warming to Travis, who was fast reminding me of myself when I first really fell in love with a woman. I consider myself a pretty tough young man and it takes quite a bit to have me sitting on the edge of my bed biting back tears, but I was there at one point in this book.
Not only is To Yesterday a romantic and serious novel, it’s also hilariously funny. You can’t help but go into stitches of laughter at Mark’s description of a pregnant character’s trip to the hospital and at Janice, whose humour is absolutely out of this world.
To Yesterday has reminded me what love is. No matter who you are, if you have ever believed in love, you should read this book. If I’ve learnt one thing from Mark, it’s “Be who you are, just don’t get caught doing it.” When Mark signed this book for me he signed it: “To Ken, Hope you find the meaning. Thanks Mark.” I found the meaning.
It’s the only book I have ever wanted to read again—I think I will be reading it again before the next week is out.