Being an avid reader I’m always on the look out for a new book to read and was thrilled to be selected by Mumsnet Book Club to receive a copy of The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin.
The book was published last month through Pan Macmillan and deal with the subject of reincarnation. I’m quite a spiritual person and I’ve always been interested in the idea of rebirth and the history buff in me loves the idea that once I may have been a servant in a fancy house.
But how would I feel if my son had ‘lived’ before and is haunted by the tragic events that led to his death. How would I feel as a mother, if I had no idea that this was what was happening to my little boy. How would I cope with life as the reality of reincarnation began to unfold?
Well these are all questions that Janie has to face as she tries to understand what’s happening to her little 4 year old boy, Noah. We follow Janie and the journey both she and her son face as they try to understand why Noah is different. He has terrifying nightmares, is petrified of water to the point that having a simple bath becomes a torturous experience for them both, and often asks for his other mother.
As their story unfolds we also meet Anderson, the Psychiatric, who is also battling his own demons. An illustrious career has stalled because of a subject that became close to his heart. He’d travelled the world talking to young children who had experiences of a past life. Detective work would take him and the children back to their previous families, back to their past, back to traumatic departures.
Can Anderson help Janie and Noah find his past, does he even have a past life. Maybe the little boy is schizophrenic. I don’t want to ruin the storyline for you all, but this book kept me up late into the night, it’s a real page turner. I don’t think you have to totally believe in the subject to still be touched by this fictional tale. It’s thought-provoking and as we find the truth about Noah’s previous life, quite emotional. As a mother, you can’t imagine how Janie is coping with the situation, but there’s another mother in this story and her journey really does pull on the heart-strings.
I really enjoyed reading The Forgetting Time and can thoroughly recommend it. The hardback version is currently on special offer for £9.99 over on Amazon,and I’ve included my affiliate link for your reference.
disclosure: I was sent the item mentioned in exchange for an honest review.