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Yesterday's Daughter is an emotionally laden paranormal vampire romance novel woven with layers of betrayal, love and loss. Grace Stone, who later learns her true identity is Sapphira, is a loner who ...
Yesterday's Daughter is an emotionally laden paranormal vampire romance novel woven with layers of betrayal, love and loss. Grace Stone, who later learns her true identity is Sapphira, is a loner who survives abuse in the foster care system after being abandoned as a child.
A brilliant student, she escapes from her brutal foster parents as a teenager and creates a life for herself. But, her life is little more than existence; plagued with questions about what she really is, a family that she has never known and the never-ending need to keep her differences hidden. She is alone and lonely, believing it will always remain so until Malachi appears in her life.
Malachi, a Guardian of the vampire communities, has searched for his life mate, Sapphira, for decades. He refuses to cease searching for Sapphira even though she is believed dead by all. Conflict arises over the decades between Malachi and his family because of his refusals to accept another mate. But his very soul drives him on to continue his search, knowing that he could not exist if Sapphira were not in the world, somewhere.
Posted January 6, 2013
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have read a lot of vampire stories lately, and although they are all different in their own ways and I have enjoyed most of them immensely there is just something about Yesterday's Daughter that makes me want to re-read it immediately.
Unlike most vampire stories you do not find yourself with a strong, confident, all powerful, super being at the start of the story, instead you have Grace, this attractive woman who has escaped from her life in foster care, not knowing where she came from. She is unable to walk in sunlight and has a craving for blood. She suspects she might be a vampire, but refuses to ask for help in fear of being experimented on. When she meets Malachi she finally finds some answers to her questions, including her true identity as Sapphira, as well as some extra questions as to how she came to grow up in the human world.
I am eagerly awaiting the 2nd instalment in this series, and I hope at some point we get to hear of Sapphira's lost decades.
Posted December 7, 2012
Yesterday’s Daughter – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish
Grace stared at the large stranger who filled her small apartment with his mammoth presence and suddenly felt very warm. She shook her head from side to side trying to dislodge the chaos that his words brought about. She couldn’t have heard him correctly. Had he said that he knew her parents? She didn’t have any parents. She was an orphan; that was the only thing she knew about her past. He had to be wrong! This was some kind of bad joke, wasn’t it? She started to interrupt Malachi, but he put up a hand and said, “I pled with you to listen. I know I have not handled this matter well,” he signed in frustration. “In truth, I thought I was better prepared, but I too find the situation to be most extraordinary and find myself at a loss for words.” Grace noticed how he spoke, the way he formed sentences. He spoke as if he were from a different time. Again, she started to interrupt him, but he said, “Listen please! I know your thoughts, what you must be thinking, that you grew up in foster care and that your biological parents were never found.” As he spoke, a look of great shock and bewilderment blanketed her face. No one knew that because no one knew who she really was. Who is he? How could he know so much? I ran away from my foster parents years ago. Is he a blackmailer? This is crazy, she thought. “Grace…Grace,” he said as his voice gentled even more to a smooth calming chant. “I know you are frightened and overwhelmed. But it is also true that I knew your birth parents, your real parents.”
Grace Stone’s memory goes back to foster parents and years of abuse, which she was finally able to escape by running away. Even as she lived in hiding she was still able to continue her education and had eventually acquired a job working in the morgue. She had always sensed that she was different from others. She couldn’t allow herself to be exposed to the sun. It seemed that her skin had no protection from the sun’s rays and exposure would cause severe burning of the skin. Therefore she worked nights only. Even though she was declared to be a beauty by everyone who met her, she refused to associate or become close to anyone. The strangest thing she noticed about herself was her lack of taste for normal food and her taste for blood which was easily acquired with her working within the hospital. So when she came home after a night’s work and found a total stranger in her apartment, she was more than shocked. Especially when that stranger admitted to knowing her real parents.
Malachi has been searching for his ‘life mate’ for decades. As a child she had been placed in an underground chamber to age to maturity before they were to be bonded. Due to a cave-in within the chamber, she was assumed dead even though there was never a body recovered. Malachi refused to believe that his mate had been sent to the ‘void’ so his search started and had never ended until he finally found Grace Stone. This he knew was his mate, alive and well.
Now that Malachi has found who he believes to be his ‘life mate’ he plans to take her home where she belongs. What he doesn’t know is that one of the Doctors she works with is a ‘harvester’ and wants her just as bad as Malachi does but for different reasons. Where Malachi wants her love, the good doctor wants her blood.
Yesterday’s Daughter is filled with: deception – there is a traitor among the clan; love – between two that were always supposed to be; mystery – who is the traitor?; and suspense that took me all the way to the end of the book. I thought for a while that I knew who the traitor might be but wasn’t sure until I made it to within the last few pages of the book. Was I right or wrong? You’ll have to read Yesterday’s Daughter to find out for yourself. This was an enjoyable book from beginning to end.
Posted August 11, 2012
This book was an amazing surprise for me, because I wasn't sure I would like it at all. But as I began to read and get lost in all the high emotions I found that I couldn't even put the book down to feed my babies.
Grace Stone is reclusive by choice. She knows she is not at all completely human, she knows she can't let any of the humans to close, and she had no idea what she really is. She has lived a life of solitude and secrets and in her mind it will always be like that. Until she comes home from the overnight shift to find a mystery man standing in her living room.
Malachi is 100% vampire and 200% in love with Grace Stone, who is his long lost mate. He has searched for her none stop for many years, even when his father tried to marry him off to someone else. He is the perfect hero, sexy, possessive, and protective. He knows he has to go slow with his beloved, but he doesn't realize that control would be all but nonexistent when it came to being with her.
The vampire world they live in is filled with love, betrayals and death. There are twist and turns around all corners and humans you have never come across when reading a vampire book.
I absolutely recommend this book. I can't help but hope she puts out a second book.
Posted August 8, 2012
Beautifully Written and Joy to Read
What would you do if you were told your life mate was dead and to get on with her life, but you know deep in your heart that you would find her? Well this was Malachi's dilemma for decades. I have to say Malachi is my perfect hero. He is a strong warrior who can be quite brutal in meeting out justice, while at the same time carries his love and tenderness in his heart for Sapphira and never gives up. Meanwhile Grace lives an orphaned life unaware of her true identity and guards her privacy to the point of paranoia trying to deal with the reality of being a vampire alone in the world. The book description / synopsis gives a good overview of the beginning of this story and I will not rehash it. I found the world building for Yesterday's Daughter fascinating and definitely a new take on the concept of vampires and their existence. For me this book had it all; there was sadness, action, joy, and passion. It is my understanding this is the beginning of a series, but it definitely had a satisfying resolution with a teasing possibility of more to come, and I definitely will be on the lookout for the next installment, eager to read the continuing saga. I loved this book, it was beautifully written, and once I started reading it did not want to put it down and would highly recommend it.
I received this book from the author with a request for my honest review without any compensation whatsoever, other than the joy of reading a new book.
Posted July 29, 2012
I received this book from the author to give an honest review!
This may have spoilers.
I truly enjoyed reading Yesterday's Daughter, there was action, comedy, suspense, and of course love. There were good guys and bad guys. Though the title did throw me off a bit on what the book was about I have nothing negative to say about it.
The cover looks great I love the eyes that are on it.
Yesterday's daughter is about a young woman named Grace but later on finds out her name is Sapphira (which I love the name by the way). Who is a vampire. She was raised in a foster home and never knew her parents. She works in a morgue and never knew of any other vampires. Until one day she comes home from work and finds Malachi in her apartment. Unknown to her at the moment, she is Malachi's life mate also known as a soul mate. And he knew of her parents. As their relationship evolves into love Sapphira learns that she is a guardian like Malachi and they along with the rest of the guardians fight harvesters. There is a mystery that the guardians are trying to figure out since someone has betrayed them but who could it be?
I do hope that Sallie chooses to write another book with Sapphira and Malachi because I want to know what other powers Sapphira has, and more of the relationship between them too.
Posted July 28, 2012
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I really and truly wanted to love this book. When I read the synopsis of Yesterday’s Daughter I was instantly intrigued, however I have to be honest in saying that, for me, the story fell short of my expectations.
Grace is a young woman who has always felt different. She has a lingering doubt that she is anything like anyone else. For one, years ago, Grace made the discovery that the sun was a severe danger to her – deeply burning her skin. This led her to a life of working at night and sleeping during the day. Another odd thing? She craves blood and luckily she has pretty easy access to this substance since she works at the morgue in the hospital. Grace also no real friends, other than co-worker acquaintances; in addition, she is considered a bit of an ice queen and has turned down more than her fair share of dates.
After living a solitary life and falling into a routine that suits her, Grace’s calm life takes a turn when a strange and incredibly handsome man suddenly shows up at her apartment. The man’s name? Malachi. Malachi claims that Grace (whose real name is Sapphira) is his life mate and to have known her parents. Surprisingly Grace is not completely thrown by this. She is a bit surprised, yes, but in the scheme of things is rather accepting, which was one of the issues for me with the story. If someone were to suddenly show up and claim that I had lived for centuries, was a rare breed of vampire and human mix and that there was a life waiting for me somewhere completely unknown to me, I would be much more unaccepting than Grace was. I realize that this is paranormal/fantasy/fiction, but it was a bit of a stretch for me.
I did, however, enjoy the overall storyline of Yesterday’s Daughter and thought the writing was fairly smooth. There were some grammatical and mechanical errors, but they did not distract overly much from the flow of the story. There is a good amount of action and the story never really dulls out. Though I enjoyed both the characters of Grace and Malachi and could truly feel their love and the bond that they shared, I did not find myself overly connected to them. I did, however, wish them happiness as the story progressed.
Sallie Lundy-Frommer does show a great talent for storytelling and her writing voice is enjoyable. Though I did not connect with Yesterday’s Daughter as I had hoped, I do look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
Posted July 18, 2012
I really enjoyed this book. It was a little confusing in the very beginning, when it would go to another character's point of view/story, since there was no indication (symbol) that it was changing. I did have to re-read a few paragraphs's in the beginning but once you get into the book and the author's writing style, you don't notice it as much.
The world that Sallie creates in this story was one that I really wish that I could be a part of. She created a Vampire, that was unlike any I have ever read about. Their uniqueness added to their strengths and the idea of "Lifemates" was truly amazing. The love story that transpires through this tale is one that I envied.
I loved how you got a true description and back-story of the characters which made it so believable to me and draws you into the story. You get so invested in these characters that you really hate for the story to end. I am looking forward to future books from this author and really hope that the next one is a continuation of this story.
Posted July 18, 2012
Grace can't tolerate the sun. Even the slightest exposure leaves her with first degree burns on her skin. Next, her diet is way abnormal -- she prefers bagged blood to human food. Lastly, she lives in isolation in fear that if any of her secrets are ever found out she will be locked away in a mental asylum forever.
Malachi has searched the earth for decades for his lifemate. Sapphira is still alive, he feels it in his bones. Finally, he finds her in New York....her sent is everywhere in the small apartment. However, when he reveals himself to her, he realizes she has no memory of him or what she even is. Grace is really Sapphira and somehow he has to convince her that she is a vampire, she's meant to be a leader for her people, and she is meant to be his. While they learn each other and unlock mysteries of the past they have to learn how to lead their nation to victory over the others who seek to end the vampire race.
This is one of those sit down to read a couple chapters and i finish the book.... it's that good. While we lear Grace is truly powerful, she is also just like an other young woman. She is unsure and sometimes awkward. She seeks acceptance almost shyly. She never gets a huge ego even when her powers emerge. Sapphira remains the true role model always loving caring and just. This is a beautiful story packed with lots of action. Very well written read!!!
Posted May 15, 2012
A beautiful story of love and intigue. This one is a sure page turner so grab your coffee and get comfortable! Can't wait to see what happens next!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 10, 2012
I was told about this book and as a avid reader, of course, I ordered it. It was awesome! Books have to pull me in to where I feel like I'm there, this one did. It was one that I didn't want to put down, I needed to know what was going to happen next. Now I am waiting for the sequel... please let there be one. Hats off to Salli Lundy-Frommer. Good job.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 7, 2012
Posted February 5, 2012
First off I have to say that the cover of this book is absolutely stunning. And guess what? So is the book! From reading the blurb, I thought to myself “oh geez, not another vampire love story”. Surprise, surprise! It is another vampire story, but not just any vampire story. It’s a unique tale with a different set of vampires which breaks away from the norm and takes the reader into a wonderful new world with an unusual culture and set of rules, unlike any other vampire novel I’ve read in the past few months. This author’s writing style is much different to that which I’m accustomed to, and it took me about two or three chapters to get into it; but for me it added to the beauty and style of the book. She also efficiently alternates between the different viewpoints of characters, and thus successfully avoids confusing the reader. The main character, Grace (Sapphira), lives up to her name and really is a very “graceful” character. She has emotional boundaries that few other characters in the book can breach, but she lets the reader in on her thoughts and feelings, and into her world from page one. The second main character - and Grace’s love interest - Malachi is the epitome of everything we dream to see in the love of our lives. If you’re sick and tired of reading about perfect vampires, then this is the one that will have you falling madly in love with “perfect” all over again. I’m not going to spoil it and tell you why... What also stood out for me and kept me turning the pages at a steady pace, was the background stories for each of the main role players. I found it fascinating, informative and it helped shape the characters so I could really get to know and understand them as I was following the story. Why should you purchase this book or add it to your wishlist? Because it’s an action-packed, fast paced, sweet paranormal romance with unforgettable characters and a gripping plot with an ending that makes every minute spent reading this book worth it. And if that isn’t enough, the reader can also look forward to nail-biting intrigue, mystery, tons of secrets and the devil of it all – betrayal. The dialogue is superb and suits the characters and tone of the book perfectly. I won’t think twice giving this book to my dearest friends and family as a gift. Taking into account that “Yesterday’s Daughter” is Sallie Lundy-Frommer’s debut novel and how splendidly it’s written, I am looking forward to seeing what she will offer her readers next. I found her elegant writing style unique and refreshing, and was left for days after finishing the book, with the same thought going through my mind again and again – this lady can write!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 18, 2012
Grace Stone is a lonely woman who knows she is different from other people. Her only problem, she doesn't know what or who she really is. She grew up in the foster care system where she was abused. As a teen, she finally escaped and survived on her wits. Being quite intelligent, she furthered her education and took a job working in the morgue at the local hospital. Even there she did not truly fit in. Malachi, a guardian of the vampire community, has been searching for Grace for decades. Sapphira, her true name, was named as his life mate. When he finds her, he must convince her of what she is and that she belongs with him. To complicate matters, evil is hiding in the shadows and is determined to interrupt their destiny. Yesterday's Daughter is an emotionally charged romance filled with mystery, intrigue, kidnapping, murder and betrayal on numerous fronts. This is not your average vampire story with lots of neck biting and falling into bed. There is mounting passion with a storyline that allows you to use your own imagination without full blown bedroom scenes. The story is well written and keeps the reader on the edge. The author has no problem keeping the reader interested and focused. Despite the intense love story between Sapphira and Malachi, there is lots of action, adventure and intrigue. Even if you are not a fan of vampires, this story is so off the beaten path of a normal vampire romance, you most certainly would still enjoy the read. I highly recommend it. I wish to thank the author for providing me with a copy for reading and reviewing purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. I was not compensated in any way except for receiving the book to review. I actually give this book 4.5 out of 5 starsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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