Cover image for Yesterday
Title:
Yesterday
Author:
Michaels, Fern.
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Publication Information:
New York : Kensington, [1999]

©1995
Physical Description:
373 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781575664675
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Acclaimed for her gripping explorations of the human heart, Fern Michaels has captivated readers with Celebration and her New York Times bestselling trilogy, Vegas Rich, Vegas Heat, and Vegas Sunrise. In her newest book, a sultry South Carolina landscape is the backdrop for a story of four childhood friends who must relinquish cherished memories of the past to embrace the painful truth that will change their lives forever. . .


Author Notes

Fern Michaels is the pseudonym for Mary Ruth Kuczkir. She was born on April 9, 1933, and grew up in Hasting, Pennsylvania.

Michaels is an American author of romance and thriller novels, including at least 90 bestselling books with more than 150 million copies in print. Her USA Today and New York Times bestselling books include Family Blessings, Pretty Woman, Crown Jewel, Take Down and About Face. She writes the Texas quartet, the Captive series, and The Sisterhood series.

(Bowker Author Biography) Fern Michaels has been writing novels for twenty-five years. She has written sixty-seven books, many of which have been "New York Times" bestsellers. She lives in South Carolina.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In a confusing, sometimes maudlin story about class and race in South Carolina, Michaels seems to forsake plot for rambling dialogue. Callie Parker of Parker Manor, the reigning princess, has gathered her childhood friends for her wedding to Wynfield Archer, her prince charming. Bode Jessup, raised in the house with Callie after he was taken from a foster home, has become a prominent lawyer; Brie Canfield, a poor girl invited to worship at Callie's feet, has been invited to join the FBI; and Sela Bronson, another poor child destined to remain at Callie's feet, has plans to become a real-estate broker. And caring for them all is Mama Pearl, an ancient, ageless black woman revered as a mother by Bode, Brie, and Sela, whose life revolves around "Miss Callie." Only after Callie lapses into a coma after a car crash on the eve of her wedding do her friends wake up to some harsh truths about the adored princess and their own lives. Michaels flits from character to character, having trouble deciding which traits belong to which character. Her usually heartfelt style lacks a sense of involvement, and some of her plot twists (Bode is black? Since when?) have no foundation built into the story to support them. Extensive publicity will fuel demand. --Melanie Duncan


Publisher's Weekly Review

Coming together for a wedding, four friends share memories of childhood in Michaels's (Vegas Sunrise) unevenly plotted latest romance novel, set in South Carolina. Blonde Southern belle Callie Parker is to wed arrogant Wynfield Archer, with her childhood friends in attendance: Brie Canfield, San Diego cop and prospective FBI agent; Sela Bronson, interior designer and recent divorc‚e; and attorney Bode Jessup. Bode became Callie's foster brother when her father brought him home from an orphanage and made him promise to make sure Callie got what she wanted, always. Brie and Sela were "white trash" local girls brought in daily as playmates to form the rest of Callie's adoring court. Mama Pearl, an aging black woman employed at Parker Manor, lovingly cared for the poor waifs, but she also reinforced Callie's princess complex. Now, emotional turmoils rise to the surface when Bode evades attending Callie's wedding. Is Bode in love with Callie? The question fades in the wake of a car crash that leaves Callie comatose, an accident caused and covered up by an inebriated Wyn on the way to their wedding rehearsal. Brie explores her memories and her feelings for Bode, and maudlin nostalgia runs rampant as each character bemoans the perfection of "yesterday," leaving the reader to wonder why someone didn't slap silly Callie years ago. Stereotypes abound: Sela's a tramp with a heart of gold; Callie is a prima donna; and Mama Pearl is Mammy from Gone with the Wind. Michaels stirs up love-drama between the old friends and wangles revelations out of Mama Pearl about Bode and Callie's secret origins and racial heritage. Many disillusionments, impassioned tears and tearful confessions later, the puzzle pieces fall predictably in place. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Michaels, a prolific and erratic writer, presents one of her lesser efforts here, a confusing story about class and race in South Carolina. An automobile accident on the eve of her wedding leaves Callie Parker in a coma. Her three childhood friendsÄBode, Brie, and SelaÄgather to try to unravel the tangle of secrets and lies that this event has revealed. It seems that their revered princess has clay feet. Presiding over all is the ancient, ageless black woman Mama Pearl, whose life has revolved around "Miss Callie." The writing is very detached, with no sense of involvement, but what is worse is the teeth-clenching narration by Laural Merlington. The fake Southern accents coupled with the piping children's falsetto in the flashbacks jar the listener almost as much as the stupid plot twists (Bode is black? When did that happen?). Then, of course, there is the producer's trademark speedÄget as much as possible on the least number of tapes even if the narrator has to rush all the dramatic fences. Libraries should pass on this one. Not recommended.ÄBarbara Perkins, Irving P.L., TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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