Yesterday's Dreams Paperback – Feb 28 2012
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About the Author
The youngest of five children, Danielle Ackley-McPhail began devouring books at a very early age. With this, her first novel, she explores the rich mythology of her Celtic heritage and her own longtime fascination with fantasy. Danielle lives in New York with her husband Mike, mother-in-law Teresa, and four extremely spoiled cats.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
-- taken from angiehulme.com
By: Danielle Ackley-McPhail
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
...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 morePublished on April 24 2003 by Tee Morris
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 morePublished on March 12 2003 by Robin M Buehler
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 morePublished on Nov. 26 2002 by Natale C. Morris
Though I have never been much of a fan of fantasy books, I found this book engaging, imaginative, and well-written. Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2002 by melissa zavala
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 morePublished on Oct. 11 2002 by Debbie Neckel
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 morePublished on Aug. 9 2002 by booksforabuck
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 morePublished on July 28 2002 by Daniel J. Cragg
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 morePublished on July 26 2002 by jen