Julie Christine Johnson
In Another Life
(Historical Fiction/Contemporary Women’s Fiction/
Release date: February 2, 2016
Historian 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.
PRAISE FOR IN ANOTHER LIFE
“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 –
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
I gladly recommend this impressive book, which combines historical and religious reference, vivid description of setting, careful plotting, and sensitive character development, for a well-paced, satisfying read.
This book kept me absolutely intrigued all the way through.
I read a lot of books, and this one was fascinating.
I think readers of books like Outlander and Green Darkness, would really like this one. I’m already planning to recommend it to several people.
Ahh this book made me miss living in France! I loved the description of French culture, architecture, and history. If you enjoy historical fiction, this is a great book to curl up with (France itself is just so full of history). I was also surprised at how suspenseful In Another Life is.
Julie Christine Johnson deftly transported me to Southern France with her lush descriptions and keen eye for details. Fans of Susanna Kearsley will surely enjoy this debut novel.
I loved the author’s writing style and the way she built the aura of mystery.
The story had a mystery, and it was fascinating to find out what had happened. The characters were complex and very human.
I also thought this book to be very well-written, and I liked the descriptions of France. I recommend this book to anyone who not only likes to read about mysteries and time-travel, but also for anyone who is trying to heal after the loss of a loved one.
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.
This book definitely kept me guessing as to what would happen next. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, a new twist would send me in another direction. The story is full of romance across the centuries and historical mysteries solved, at least in the novel.
I knew next to nothing about the Cathars before reading this, and that was the main selling point for me. What a great idea to take a thirteenth-century murder that touched off a religious war–that has all but been forgotten today–and combine it with the Cathars’ belief in reincarnation and a modern-day love story.
I think it’s worth a read for its insight into the Cathars and their beliefs
The author conveyed the feel of France nicely here. Her descriptions made it easy to not just visualize but feel the life style and countryside. Based on real events back in 1208 she showed her knowledge and amount of research that went into this book.