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Yesterday's Dreams [Paperback]

Danielle Ackley-McPhail
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Feb. 1 2012
History...Legacy...Destiny... Triggered by an act of self-sacrifice, all three converge upon Kara O'Keefe, transforming her simple life into one both magical and menacing. Overwhelmed by the expenses of her father's cancer treatments, Kara finds herself forced to give up Quicksilver, her cherished violin and the only physical link with her long-gone Grandda. Her selflessness becomes the key to her future. At Yesterday's Dreams, a pawnshop tucked away on a quiet New York back street, she discovers her true legacy, and destiny and danger both begin to stalk her. Confused by the sudden radical turn her life has taken...pursued by malevolent forces she does not understand...Kara O'Keefe must place her trust in a dead man she loved but never truly knew and the living myth that would teach her who she really was. Has she inherited the tenacious strength of her Celtic ancestors, or would she fall beneath the onslaught of uncompromising fate?

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The youngest of five children, Danielle Ackley-McPhail devoured so many books from a very early age that naturally she bagan to find the seeds of her own stories. With this, her first novel, Danielle explores the rich mythology of her Celtic heritage and her long-time fascination with fantasy in general. While she grew up in a small town in New Jersey, she now lives in New York with her husband Mike, mother-in-law Teresa, and four extremely spoiled cats. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic! May 12 2004
Yesterday's Dreams pulls the reader in from the very start with it's clear-cut characterisation and page-turning plot development.
Ackley-McPhail shows her in-depth knowledge of Celtic mythology throughout the book, and shows it in a way that appeals and teaches even someone who knows little-to-nothing themselves. She also has knowledge of the power of words and description, both of which remain outstanding the entire time.
A hard book to put down, though not gripping in an action-packed way, it is a story that intrigues and fascinates as much with the plot as the well-drawn characters featured within.
There is little more to say without repetition - a fantastic book, and one not let down by it's own ending as so often happens.
Ackley-McPhail is an extraordinarily talented writer, add to that her knowledge of people, literature and the mythology she wields so well, and the whole package is one not to be ignored! I cannot udnerstand why she has trouble finding somebody to publish the sequel! Truly, these people are idiots.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yesterday's Dreams Sept. 9 2003
Yesterday's Dreams
By: Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Vivisphere Publishing
ISBN: 1-58776-112-2
Danielle Ackley-McPhail brings the richness of Irish legend, the myth and magic of Eire to the streets of New York in her first fantasy novel, Yesterday's Dreams. Danielle has used in depth research into the legends of Carman, an Athenian goddess and her three sons. The Tuatha de Danaan stepped in to stop the terror and destruction that Carman and her sons were wreaking on the mortals of early Ireland. They chain Carman and force her to watch as her sons are destroyed. But.....Oclas (evil) the third son has not been totally destroyed, and has set his minion Lucien Blank lose on the unsuspecting humans.
Cliodna of the Tuatha de Danaan-the fairy folk of Ireland also known as the Sidhe-runs the quaint antique shop Yesterday's Dreams, as Maggie. She collects and protects items that have a "bit 'o' the magic." And she waits, for those of her line have sworn to aid and protect the clan O'Keefe.
Kara's father's illness and treatments have driven Kara to pawn her legacy from her grandfather, Quicksilver, her violin. And give up her dream of attending Juilliard. While looking around Yesterday's Dreams, Kara is shocked to see a picture she later discovers is of her grandfather dancing with a woman who looks exactly like the young woman running the shop. It doesn't help knowing that Maggie's ancestor might have known her grandfather. Kara feels as if her soul is being torn from her, and pours forth all her pain and sorrow when she plays a final tune on her precious instrument before leaving it in Maggie's hands.
Maggie knows Quicksilver is more than just a violin.
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4.0 out of 5 stars delightful fantasy Feb. 14 2003
She would do anything for her beloved ailing father so Kara O'Keefe knows she must sacrifice the only asset she owns her beloved violin given to her by her grandfather years ago, but medical bills for cancer treatment must be paid. Knowing and doing are not the same as Kara delays the inevitable wandering the city until she finds YESTERDAY'S DREAMS and meets Maggie McCormick, a Sidhe who realizes what Quicksilver the violin truly is: a magical piece of the owner's soul.
Lucien the collector sees an opportunity to add Quicksilver and Kara to his booty. He will do whatever it takes to possess both. As Kara struggles with the existence of the Sidhe and magical objects, she joins forces with Maggie, her first mentor since her grandfather died, to battle the evil Lucien.
YESTERDAY'S DREAMS takes the typical fantasy theme of good vs. evil, but places it in modern times with modern day dilemmas as opposed to the usual medieval fare. The setting and Kara's disbelief make for a fabulously fresh tale that hooks the audience from the moment Lucien sees his prey. The prime characters appear real enabling the audience to believe that the magic is real in the music. Though changing narration perspective can become jolting at times, readers will appreciate Danielle Ackley-McPhail's wonderful novel.
Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Winner of the WordWeaving Award for Excellence Oct. 12 2002
By C. Penn
As the unplayable bills mount, Kara O'Keefe makes the heart wrenching choice to pawn her beloved violin. Cancer has depleted her parent's finances, and the small amount Kara makes teaching does not compensate for the loss of her father's income. Her need leads Kara to Maggie McCormick at the shop called Yesterday's Dreams. Maggie recognizes the fiddle as a piece of Kara's soul. At the least, Kara can never realize her dreams without the violin. With the violin in Maggie's care, Kara will one day reclaim her dreams.
Meanwhile, a predatory power watches, eager to add both Kara and her violin to his collection of power tools. In a dark night of power and magic ten years ago, a vagrant was transformed into a malevolent being renamed Lucien Blank. Lucien overestimates his abilities; little suspecting that he is nothing more than the tool of the dark god Olcas. Lucien has become a collector of objects of power. Magic draws him to the door of Yesterday's Dreams and the things that lie shielded beyond.
Music and myth come together in a mesmerizing display of good and evil in YESTERDAY'S DREAMS by Danielle Ackley-McPhail. With a fascinating cast of characters, legendary elements take modern significance, including Sidhe elves, fairies, and gods. The result is a gripping and satisfying tale, one that at once evokes emotions, stimulates imagination, and causes reflection. Add Ackley-McPhail's YESTERDAY'S DREAMS to your keeper shelf, and eagerly begin waiting for the next installment of the series. This breath-taking novel earns the WordWeaving Award for Excellence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Only in New York...
...would an adventure like this take place! Danielle Ackley-McPhail's debut work is an accomplishment on so many levels as it gives readers of fantasy something beyond the typical... Read more
Published on April 24 2003 by Tee Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book
I thought that this book was fantastic. It hooked me right away, from the start! Danielle has done a fantastic job weaving Irish mythology into this modernized tale about good... Read more
Published on March 12 2003 by Robin M Buehler
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you for going back to the real celtic legends!
This book provides the reader with a much more traditional feel to a celtic story. If you are looking for something different in your celtic reading, I recommend this read. Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2002 by Natale C. Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars YESTERDAY'S DREAMS - an overdue review
Though I have never been much of a fan of fantasy books, I found this book engaging, imaginative, and well-written. Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2002 by melissa zavala
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book!
I just read the last page of Yesterday's Dreams and I can't believe this is the authors first book. I also can't believe that the larger publishers have not found her. Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2002 by Debbie Neckel
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable-- Irish legend in Ney York
With her father dying of cancer and her family's finances stretched past breaking, music teacher Kara O'Keefe decides to make the ultimate sacrifice--she'll sell Quicksilver, the... Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2002 by booksforabuck
5.0 out of 5 stars Olcas on the Streets of New York
If you've ever haunted an antique shop or an antiquarian bookshop, if you have even a touch of Irish in you (or wish you did), or if you just enjoy a good read, "Yesterday's... Read more
Published on July 28 2002 by Daniel J. Cragg
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I just got done reading Yesterday's Dreams.... what a fantastic book! Not only are the characters wonderfully drawn but the celtic folklore within the story is fantastic. Read more
Published on July 26 2002 by jen
5.0 out of 5 stars The Violin and the Sidhe - part I
Yesterday's Dreams - 5 paws
Kara O'Keefe's heart is breaking, but love and duty are more important than possessions, and so she takes her beloved violin to pawn to help pay... Read more
Published on July 4 2002 by Vicki Ball
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