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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.)
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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 friendsABode, Brie, and SelaAgather 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 speedAget 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.ABarbara Perkins, Irving P.L., TX
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Great quality and a good read was easy to order and will likekely order more online as a great way to shopPublished 16 months ago by Charlie
I really enjoyed 's this book, didn't want to put it down. I would recommend "Yesterday" to everyone as they will enjoy it as much as I did.Published on Jan. 19 2013 by DAVID BSLDACCI
I used to love Fern Michael's books but "Yesterday" was such a disappointment. All the characters were unlikeable, the conversations unrealistic and overall the book was... Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2001
As a reader of more than one hundred books a year.... This is absolutely the worst book I have ever read. Save your money.Published on Aug. 7 2001
A very juvenile story. At first I loved Mama Pearl, but towards the end I wasn't sure. Her superstitions and biases caused all of the kids a lot of hearache. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2001
This book reads as if it were written by a 16 year old just out of a summer writing workshop. The characters have the depth and substance of paper dolls. Read morePublished on May 7 2001 by littlewing
This book wasn't too bad. I did find the characters to be somewhat wishy-washy and you never really knew what to expect (not really in a good way). Read morePublished on April 20 2001 by Heather L. Williams
well this book took a while to finish. i tried to enjoy it, but i could not. the story is about three women, their "mama pearl" and a man who spent quite a deal of time... Read morePublished on March 19 2001 by Kathleen P. McCahill
Fern Michaels Yesterday is one you have to read. This book was wonderful and one you can't put down. From beginning to end Fern kept me in suspense. Read morePublished on March 16 2001 by Cher Hildebrand