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Yesterday [Hardcover]

Fern Michaels
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Sept. 30 1999
When rich, spoiled Callie Parker was a little girl, her father "adopted" three children as her playmates. Parker Manor became the new home of Bode Jessup, Callie's idol and "big brother," and of Brie and Sela, two girls from poor families who thrived in their new surroundings. Now, years later, Callie lies in a coma on the eve of what was to have been her lavish society wedding. Bode, now a lawyer, Brie, an FBI agent, and the much-married Sela had returned to celebrate, but in the aftermath of a terrible accident they will discover the shocking truth about their family. Their cherished yesterdays are gone, and a dark secret threatens to tear them apart. Yesterday is a poignant novel of intrigue, turmoil, and intimate family drama, each individual brought to life as only Fern Michaels can.
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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.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars YESTERDAY IS BEST FORGOTTEN... Dec 14 2002
By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio Cassette
This book starts out promisingly enough. An affluent man in South Carolina has a daughter named Callie, ostensibly an only child. He adopts Bode Jessup, so Callie can have a brother. He also brings two young girls from disadvantaged and dysfunctional families, Brie and Sela, to be Callie's playmates, but they end up spending most of their time in the Parker household.
As Callie's mother is a sick woman and her father is a busy man, the roost is ruled by Mamma Pearl, a larger than life African American woman. She becomes the center of the universe for these three children, who look to her as a mother figure and love her dearly. Mamma Pearl also loves and cherishes these children, sacrificing her life to their well being.
When they are all young adults, however, intrigue and turmoil bubble under the surface, as their true feelings for each other begin to emerge on the eve of Callie's wedding. The catalyst for a great emotional catharsis is the tragic accident that leaves Callie in a coma on her wedding day. As events unfold, shocking family secrets are revealed, ripping the blinders from their eyes, as all was not what it seemed.
The book, which started off promisingly enough, begins to head south, as a series of revelations, increasingly implausible, are divulged. Moreover, the personalities of the characters seem to change at the drop of a dime, depending upon the circumstances. This tends to render them two dimensional, as there is no real character development. This deficiency in the writing serves to further highlight the implausibility of the storyline. Moreover, some of the surprises in store for the reader are positively ridiculous. The secrets about Bode and Callie are especially ludicrous, making the book almost laughable.
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2.0 out of 5 stars YESTERDAY IS BEST FORGOTTEN... Dec 14 2002
By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This book starts out promisingly enough. An affluent man in South Carolina has a daughter named Callie, ostensibly an only child. He adopts Bode Jessup, so Callie can have a brother. He also brings two young girls from disadvantaged families, Brie and Sela, to be Callie's playmates, but they end up spending most of their time in the Parker household.
As Callie's mother is a sick woman and her father is a busy man, the roost is ruled by Mamma Pearl, a larger than life African American woman. She becomes the center of the universe for these three children, who look to her as a mother figure and love her dearly. Mamma Pearl also loves and cherishes these children, sacrificing her life to their well being.
When they are all young adults, however, intrigue and turmoil bubble under the surface, as their true feelings for each other begin to emerge on the eve of Callie's wedding. The catalyst for a great emotional catharsis is the tragic accident that leaves Callie in a coma on her wedding day. As events unfold, shocking family secrets are revealed, ripping the blinders from their eyes, as all was not what it seemed.
The book, which started off promisingly enough, begins to head south, as a series of revelations, increasingly implausible, are divulged. Moreover, the personalities of the characters seem to change at the drop of a dime, depending upon the circumstances. This tends to render them two dimensional, as there is no real character development. This further highlights the implausibility of the storyline. Moreover, some of the surprises in store for the reader are positively ridiculous. The secrets about Bode and Callie are especially ludicrous, making the book almost laughable.
Take a pass on this book. If you are a die hard Fern Michaels fan, however, borrow this book from your local library rather than buy it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars good start, bad finish Sept. 5 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
I listened to the audio tapes of this book and really enjoyed the first few chapters. Then when the car accident finally happened I was bored for two tapes, then, started to dislike everyone. Callie seemed nice enough at first and then after the accident, everyone hated her, then the inconsistencies began. Bode became black??? But not black really b/c he had white parents and was raised black even though everyone in town knew he was white and Callie was black???? Most mixed marriages I've seen and know the child doesn't come out fair w/ blond hair?? So, how was Callie fair and Bode dark-skinned, etc. Then Brie and Sela hated each other at first and always argued together, then move in together and become 'sisters'. Bode describes Sela as a wonderful, peaceful person....then later says she's a piss-ant...Hello? I began to dislike all these people and thought Callie was the way she was only b/c of Mama Pearl. She was a totally different person at the end then at the beginning, and so I wished them all luck and threw the tapes in the trash. Read Celebration if you like this author, but avoid this one.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Glad To See "Yesterday" Over! Feb. 25 2001
By Dana
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Yesterday revolves around the friendship of four childhood friends, reunited for the wedding of the "princess" of the group, Callie Parker. Callie was raised at Parker Manor, as was Bode Jessup, who was taken in by the Parker family, both were raised by the wonderful Mama Pearl. Sela Bronson and Brie Canfield are the other two friends who spend their childhood days playing with Callie and Bode. As they all gather for the Callie's wedding, Callie is involved in an accident that puts her in a coma. The whole story drags on and on about daily visits to Callie, how tired they all are, whats for supper, etc., and spends way too much time on racial issues. Callie is a spoiled snot who expects the world from Mama Pearl and never realizes how much her friends gave her. Which surprises me how Brie, Bode, and Sela can even consider her a friend, let alone how Mama Pearl can love her so much! Yesterday just did not have enough juice to keep me going and is not worth the time or energy to wade through!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yesterday
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 20 months ago by Michelle Rohr
1.0 out of 5 stars A Real disappointment!
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 more
Published on Aug. 19 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Glad "Yesterday" is gone.
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 more
Published on Aug. 6 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING
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 more
Published on May 7 2001 by littlewing
3.0 out of 5 stars Passable, but long
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 more
Published on April 20 2001 by Heather L. Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars yesterday, today, tomorrow ~ who cares?
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 more
Published on March 19 2001 by Kathleen P. McCahill
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
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 more
Published on March 16 2001 by Cher Hildebrand
2.0 out of 5 stars Hated it!
I thought this book was horrendous. There were no especially likable characters, with the possible exception of Hatch. Read more
Published on March 12 2001
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