Out of the Past Reviews
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Out of the Past - my new favorite book AND author!
Charleston is such a fascinating city - full of Histories and Mysteries! This is a story truly worth its setting! Beautifully crafted by Glenda Poulter, the tale unfolds a layer at a time. You can't wait to see what happens next! Expertly told with a hint of the supernatural, Southern charm, and history, glorious multi-faceted characters...you couldn't ask for more! Do yourselves a favor - set aside an afternoon in your favorite reading spot, have something cold (or warm) to drink, and indulge in the richness of this book. You won't be sorry! Enjoy!
I recently finished Out of the Past by Glenda Poulter. What a pleasure it was to read this book. The story was engaging. The characters were real and their reactions seemed genuine. A touch of the paranormal adds to this love story of two couples who have lost their way. We see how even the most loving of partners can build distance on false pride. The resolution of how these four women decide their fates is heartwarming and fun to read. The very final scene of the novel was, for me, unexpected but a nice treat. By the end, I cared for these women very much. I recommend you spend some time with this novel.
Hi Glenda, I just finished Out Of The Past and wanted to tell you how very much I enjoyed it. It really went right to my soul. Your characters were true . They were the kind you'd love to meet sometime--somewhere.. Count on me to read more of your work..
Emma Tanner and her business partner, Sharon Paul, own a prestigious antique store in Fort Worth, Texas. After the acquisition of a particular antique and being drawn to it, Emma seems to change and she begins to suffer nightmares.
Emma and Sharon have arranged to go on a buying trip to Charleston. But her lover, Mandy, isnít too happy about her going. Things havenít been too good between them and with Emmaís bad dreams, Mandy feels things are different with this particular trip.
On their arrival in Charleston, right from the outset, Emma has feelings of dťjŠ-vu. The unmistakable feeling of being in Charleston before is overwhelming. She knows exactly what is round each corner, the history of the place and all about the people who lived there in the past. When Emma begins experiencing visions of people and times gone by, she knows itís more than her imagination playing tricks on her. Someone is reaching out to her. Is it possible that Emma was someone else in a past life? Or is there another explanation for the strange goings on? Does the antique Emma acquired before leaving Texas have any bearing on what is going on? Emma needs help and guidance. Who or what will help her?
During the course of some startling revelations from the past, Emma finds a way to put her own life back on track. Is it possible Emma may also find a way of mending her dying relationship with Mandy with help from beyond the grave?
This is Glenda Poulterís second book. It is vastly different to her first book, which I also enjoyed very much. Glenda has gone with a paranormal historical romance this time. Sheís written a wonderful heart warming story and the book is well edited. A book that once I started, I simply couldnít put down. This is one of those books I wanted to feverishly turn the pages of, but had to make myself slow up to enjoy the story. The story is split between the past and the present. The first part tells of the present time and events that directly link into the past. Next we read of bygone Charleston beginning in 1886 and ending in 1918 and some of itís history as well as the fictional characters the story centers on. It is easy to see that Glenda has spent a lot of time on the research. The final part is back to the present.
The main character in the present is Emma, she plays the largest part and has many dimensions. Emma interacts well with all the other characters, all of which play their own parts in furthering the story. Just as the main character Annie and other characters do back in the past. The past and the present eventually intertwine and both have lasting consequences for the people involved and the eventual outcome of the story.
From the vivid scenic descriptions, I could visualize the characters and their surroundings. Like watching a film.
There is a lot of emotion and heartache radiating off the pages, both in the past and the present. The story has been written with sympathy and understanding by the author.
After Iíd finished this book, I found myself going back over certain parts of it again. The story and the characters have made a deep impression on me.
If you like a historical romance and you are a fan of the paranormal, I would advise you to give this book a go. I was not disappointed. This is a keeper and will be re-read soon.
This book was kind of a surprise to me. At first I couldn't get into it much, the introduction seemed a little repetitive and predictable. But after let's say 60 pages, it started to really pick up, as soon as the story got into the more historical setting, I was sold. I could barely put it down, it was so easy to read and enjoyable. Being a huge history buff, I really like when its obvious the author had done very throughout and extensive research on the subject they cover. This particular author also has the rare gift to mix historic truth and fiction perfectly. I really got attached to the characters and to me that is one of the most important thing for a writer to achieve. I also love how this was gay fiction without apologies or explanations. The gay characters were not treated differently then the straight ones, they did not have to come out or feel ashamed, they were gay and no one was shocked or mad. And that is something I really enjoyed. I also found them to be truthful.
I was anxious to read Glenda Poulterís second novel, Out of the Past, and was honored when Glenda asked me to read it and do a pre-release review. I was not disappointed. The details in both character & settings (and in this case historical bits) drew me into the story right away. The nightmare that opens the story is interesting, and then Emma's reaction/ feeling after running her hands over the ladyís closet made my eyebrow go right up (which, if you know me, is a really, really good sign) and I wanted to find out what was going on and what it all meant. Just as in her first novel, Glenda created excellent supporting characters that I fell in love with (Lesley, Peter and Beau *heart*). I wanted to follow them around like a puppy. BUT they did not overshadow Emma and what she was going through. Everything had balance. I get the feeling Glenda really loves Charleston and what she wrote came from that and not just research.
Oh goody, another Glenda Poulter book! I finally got Welcome Home and it's my favorite lesbian fiction. Not because she's my online friend, but because it's the best written, with a plot that made it hard to put down, as I can see Out of the Past will be too.
OK, I am loving this book! Lesbian fiction or not, the general story line is right up my alley. Past life experiences are fascinating. Funny how a couple hundred words can grab you and reel you in. It is definitely on my wish list.
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