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by Fern Michaels

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Raised on her father's South Carolina plantation, Callie Parker wanted for nothing, and now she is about to marry wealthy local scion Wyn Archer. But her wedding wouldn't be complete without the three people she grew up with under the sheltering branches of the angel oaks at Parker Manor.

There's Bode Jessup, part brother and part



Raised on her father's South Carolina plantation, Callie Parker wanted for nothing, and now she is about to marry wealthy local scion Wyn Archer. But her wedding wouldn't be complete without the three people she grew up with under the sheltering branches of the angel oaks at Parker Manor.

There's Bode Jessup, part brother and part idol, who has become a wildly attractive man. Next is Brie Canfield, Callie's freckle-faced playmate, now an FBI agent with a life of her own. Last is shy waif Sela Bronson, whose only reason for returning to Parker Manor is to escape an unhappy marriage.

As Callie's childhood companions gather to relive the charmed years they spent together, they discover how little they know of their beloved yesterday. . .and how one woman's darkest secret can tear them apart.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
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 friends--Bode, Brie, and Sela--gather 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 speed--get 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.--Barbara Perkins, Irving P.L., TX Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Kirkus Reviews
Paralyzingly prolific romancer Michaels has her ups and downs, from the total nonsense of Finders Keepers (1998) to the exemplary plotting of Celebration (p. 103), in which a wealthy woman's husband flees with her bank account after a 20-year marriage, only to return years later with a sob story but minus the eight million he ran off with. This latest finds the author working in her wildly unlikely mode, with a big mix of mind-bending plot turns. Callie Parker has been raised on a South Carolina plantation by her wealthy father, Clemson. During her childhood and adolescence, Dad and Mama Pearl helped Callie gather three close friends to bond with: the illegitimate orphan Bode Jessup, a kind of brother and idol for Callie; Brie Canfield, whose heart leaps when Clemson takes her in as Callie's playmate; and Sela Bronson, a poor girl famished for love and grateful for every attention from the Parker family. Comes the day of Callie's wedding to supremely wealthy Wyn Archer, promising a future afloat on every possible luxury. But the night before the ceremony, an auto accident caused by Wyn's careless driving puts Callie into a coma—and from the vortex of the coma will rise many "family" secrets of parentage involving the bride-to-be and her friends. Bubble upon breaking bubble as the suds pop. Strictly for the fans.

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Meet the Author

FERN MICHAELS is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood series, Mr. and Miss Anonymous, Up Close and Personal, and dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over seventy million copies of her books in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and is apassionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her four dogs and a resident ghost named Mary Margaret.

Brief Biography

Summerville, South Carolina
Place of Birth:
Hastings, Pennsylvania
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Yesterday 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
SassieNL More than 1 year ago
Wow, I loved this book,like many of Fern Michaels books I have read it grabs your attention right from the beginning and keeps it all the way to the end..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book for me was a letdown. I have always enjoyed Fern Michaels books, but this one just wasn't believable. First of all, Bode doesn't notice he isn't black and Callie doesn't notice she is black? I don't think so. Who would allow someone to lay in bed and just die like Mama Pearl did without getting her whatever treatment they could. None of them even attempted to do anything. Not believable in this day and age. Also, it was very confusing about who loved who. Looking forward to the NEXT Fern book.
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I would have given the book two stars had it not been for the character Mama Pearl. She was the only character worth sympathizing with. Plus, despite my misgivings about the characters in the book (see below), I did enjoy the storyline. In a work of fiction I don't normally require every aspect of the book to be believable but there should be some modicum of plausibility in it. The four young characters did not seem to be life long friends. Callie's character seemed to head in different directions. At first she simply seemed a little capricious and self centered but who doesn't have faults? But she then made a transformation that was quite horrific and any humanity she had at the begining was quickly stripped from her. Sela's character was underdeveloped and she seemed an afterthought. I never really developed a sense of who she was. Although Brie's character was a bit more developed, it did not make her more sympathetic. And finally Bode, in the author's quest to make him a perfect man, she left out his personality. These four characters were supposed to be best friends and yet they are forever jealous of one another and make the snidest remarks. True, friends often fight and are seldom always in awe of each other, but I didn't get the sense that these girls were friends at all and that they regretted their spiteful words to each other. All in all it was a book that left me disappointed. Still, it wasn't terrible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was really looking forward to reading this book, since I loved Fern Michaels' 'Finders Keepers'. This story line was good and I loved Mama Pearl, but I thought that the 3 girlfriends were so immature, always saying they hated eachother, and even dancing in the mud! And I found it terribly unbelievable that Callie and Bode were of mixed races, and didn't have a clue about it! Crazy.... (at least Bode got one of them!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great. It, however, was somewhat predictable. I really loved Mama Pearl. Everyone should have someone like her in thier lives. Even though Calli, Brie, Sela, and Bode were supposed to be friends, you would have thought they were the worst of enemies at times! I also find it pretty hard to believe who Calli and Bode REALLY are. Nonetheless, it was enjoyable to read.