by: Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Review by: Tina Morgan
Kara O'Keefe's life has been turned upside down. Her
father's battle with cancer has left the family in severe
financial straits. Worried that they might lose their
home, Kara pawns the only thing she owns of any value,
Quicksilver, her grandfather's violin.
Torn between the need for money and the heartbreak she
knows selling the violin will cause her ill father, Kara
is unable to stop at just any pawnshop. She wanders the
city for several hours before finding herself outside a
small, quaint shop called Yesterday's Dreams. With a
heavy heart, she enters the shop and comes face to face
with Maggie McCormick for the first time.
Maggie isn't your typical pawnbroker. She has been living
a secret life for more than a century. Maggie is one of
the Sidhe, a fairy. Quicksilver is one of many objects of
power being sought by the evil, Lucien.
Kara must come to terms with the reality of a Sidhe in a
modern 21st century city, despite what her common sense
tells her. Using Quicksilver, she joins forces with
Maggie and the other Sidhe to fight the evil forces that
threaten to destroy them all.
Danielle Ackley-McPhail, spins an intriguing tale of
suspense and magic. Her first novel, Yesterday's
Dreams is available by Vivisphere
Publishing This was my first experience reviewing a
small press novel and I was favorably impressed with the
writing, the quality of editing and the materials used in
the construction of the book.
Yesterday's Dreams is an engaging and well written
tale. While I would have preferred that the multi-viewpoints
be narrowed down to fewer characters, it did not detract
from the overall enjoyment of the story. The characters
and the plot are well-thought out and crafted. I had a
hard time putting the novel down.
I recommend Yesterday's Dreams for mainstream
audiences as well as fantasy readers. It's a very
enjoyable read. * * * * 1/2
You can order Yesterday's Dreams directly from the publisher, at your local
bookstore or from Amazon.com.
* * * * = Un-put-downable, excellent reading!
* * * = Good value, interesting reading.
* * = Had potential, but could have been better.
* = Slow, difficult to read, could have been
* = Imminently