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Book review: In Another Life

This is the debut novel by Julie Christine Johnson but you’d never know it. She handles her subject matter – Cathar history, Languedoc setting – with confidence and has put together a compelling story of love, history and mystery. Lisa Carrer returns to France, to the place where her husband was killed in a cycling accident, drawn by the comfort of the place and the proximity of her best friend. She is looking to start anew and finish her research into Cathar history. But a strange experience on her first night in her new house is the first of a trail of events which entwine her own life in the present with people from the past, from the actual time in history she is researching. The story moves along quickly and kept me turning the pages, told in two strands – present day, and 1208. Originally inspired by a holiday in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, Johnson explains in her ‘Author’s Note’ at the end of the book, that she has draped “layers of fantasy over a scaffolding of fact”. This worked for me, I have a shallow understanding of the historical period and trusted her storytelling. It is a love story
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Author Interview: Julie Christine Johnson

In Another Life is the debut novel by Julie Christine Johnson. Set in Languedoc, France, the story tells the story of Lia Carrer, returning to France from the USA to the place where her husband was killed in an accident. Lia is a historian, specialising in the Cathars, and she intends to complete her unfinished research. But an experience on her first night introduces a hint of mystery and threat. Jetlagged and tired after a hot steamy bath, she stands at a window in her rental house at Minerve [below] and sees the scarred face of a man staring in from outside. With a loud screech from a Bonelli’s eagle sitting in a nearby tree, the man is gone. Was it a vision, a dream, or was he really there? What came first: the Cathars, Languedoc, or reincarnation? Oh, what a delicious question! First, Sandra, a warm thank you for hosting me on your blog. It’s an honor to be interviewed by an author I admire and a joy to share In Another Life with your readers! If one believes in reincarnation, then it must be supposed that souls have been returning to Earth in some living form for as long
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