Home Excerpts Author Promotions Return to Books

Yesterday's Dreams

Review Quotes
- Revised and Expanded Edition
(Where applicable, click on the link following the reviewer's name 
to visit the full review at original posting)

"This novel will appeal to fans of Charles DeLint with its urban approach to Irish mythology. At times I was mesmerized while at other times...I had to get up and turn the lights on..."
4 Tombstones, Kate, Bitten By Books Reviews

"Yesterday's Dreams is an engaging book...As a reader, you don't want to miss a word. ...Yes, the roller coaster eventually stops. Yes, you are much disoriented as you look up from the pages of the novel. Yes, as a child would, you want to ride the roller coaster again." —8 out of 10, Urban Fire Books

"There’s a magical feeling you get when you read the best Urban Fantasy novels. They take you to places and let you experience fantastical events and incredible characters you would never have met in any other way. You get pulled into them, and become for a few wondrous hours a part of the author’s world. That’s how I felt while reading Yesterday’s Dreams by Danielle Ackley-McPhail."
—Professor Crazy,
BSC Reviews

Danielle Ackley-McPhail has put together a brilliant tale of mythical characters in a modern
YESTERDAY'S DREAMS brings together fantasy and reality in a way that will
have you believing that fairies and sprites truly live among us.

Pamelina H., fantasy artist, www.pamelina.com

We'd all be better served if more writers could reflect their passion in their work as well as
[Danielle Ackley-McPhail] has with YESTERDAY'S DREAMS.
Dustin Grovemiller, :::the footnote:::

"Yesterday's Dreams is an interesting mix of Celtic myth, women's empowerment literature, and urban fantasy...The story, though set in a modern period, is imbued with all the details and richness that readers expect from Celtic lore." John Ottinger III, Grasping For The Wind Reviews

YESTERDAY'S DREAMS is an entertaining and well-crafted tale that promises much more to come.

Dru Pagliassotti, The Harrow

For readers who want something a bit different...YESTERDAY'S DREAMS just might fill the bill.
Pamela Dodd, Roundtable Reviews

Review Quotes - Original Edition
(Where applicable, click on reviewer's name to visit the full review at original posting)

[Danielle Ackley-McPhail] certainly seems to know her Celtic mythology…a solid story.
Piers Anthony, bestselling author of the Xanth series (source, personal letter)

YESTERDAY'S DREAMS is an elegantly written book, as deep as the River Shannon
and as swift as Maggie’s sprite. It’s also an auspicious beginning for this new writer who seems to have sprung among us like Athena from the head of Zeus, fully armored and wise in the ways of literature.
Dan Cragg, co-author of the bestselling Starfist series (review posted on Amazon)

A powerful, poignant tale...a writer of talent, imagination, and superb storytelling ability.
The Midwest Book Review

YESTERDAY'S DREAMS…is a compelling fantasy, evocative of the author's Irish heritage.
The fight between good and evil is always powerful and it is well represented here in
Ms. Ackley-McPhail's story. Those readers who like fantasy with a mythic twist will want
to read this beautifully written novel.
Cynthia Meidinger, The Best Reviews

…Something I would easily recommend for fans of Celtic myth, fantasy novels, New York set stories
and something I would recommend for people—like me—who are not instant fans of the genre
but must be lured by hidden strengths within.
Seth Janifer, Fictionauts (site now defunct)

This fantasy story by first-time author Danielle Ackley-McPhail… is a delightful, mesmerizing entry.
I was enthralled by the characters and swept into the story. This coming-of-age tale is a wonderful foray
into the world of elves and magic that you really don't want to miss!
Vicki Ball, www.booksnbytes.com

YESTERDAY’S DREAMS takes the typical fantasy theme of good vs. evil, but places it in modern times with modern day dilemmas…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.
Harriet Klausner, The Best Reviews

YESTERDAY'S DREAMS is a compelling tale of love, family, and sacrifice.
It blends  modern day with ancient magic in a good, sink-your-teeth-in, readable  novel
that fantasy fans should enjoy.
Christine Morgan, Sabledrake Magazine

…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.
C. Penn, Midwest Book Review, November 2002

YESTERDAY'S DREAMS is an enchanting tale of Celtic mystery, musical magic and
malevolent forces. It is hard to believe that this is Danielle Ackley-McPhail's first novel as the
writing style is confident and fluid. She explores Celtic mythology with an accuracy that must come
from either extensive research or a great deal of personal insight.
Lesley Mazey, The Eternal Night

You will be clutching this book in your hands until you have it finished...[Danielle Ackley-McPhail] kept me reading on in desperation until I found out what happens in the end...There had better be a sequel…
Jennifer Jordan, Books n Bytes

Danielle Ackley-McPhail, spins an intriguing tale of suspense and magic.
Tina Morgan, Fiction Factor

I was entranced by Kara and her precious Quicksilver, turning the pages anxiously to find out her fate. YESTERDAY'S DREAMS had a phenomenal climax that left me disappointed that the novel was finished. This is a  "first rate" first novel for Ms. Ackley-McPhail.
Melissa M. Curran, Scribesworld

Danielle Ackley-McPhail shows a real love for the mythology and legends of Ireland and the Celts. From Sidhe elves to fairies, to the dark gods of ancient Athens, the legends come to life in this novel.
Books for a Buck

YESTERDAY'S DREAMS is a wonderful tale of Celtic legend and magic.
A must read for anyone who loves all things Irish.
Marge Robbins, Simegen

It is to be hoped that Ackley-McPhail will carry on, growing her themes, her story and her skills.
Duncan Lawie, The Zone SF

YESTERDAY'S DREAMS is a Celtic fantasy for the Buffy generation.
Mark Greener, The Alien Online

YESTERDAY'S DREAMS and Danielle's writing style is like a warm blanket you wrap yourself in
to keep off the chill — comforting, deep, and welcoming.
Tee Morris, author of MOREVI, (review posted on Amazon)

Bringing real Irish elves into  the modern world is a fascinating way of writing Fantasy.
This  is a good first attempt and a fairly entertaining read by Danielle  Ackley-McPhail.
Conan TigardThe Reading Review

Danielle Ackley-McPhail turns fantasy to plausible reality in YESTERDAY'S DREAMS.
The characters in this story are so charming and alive they spring from the story to haunt and taunt like  
a soft Irish mist long after the final page is read. I found [this] a delightful page turning adventure into imagination, and certainly look forward to reading more works by this author.
Charlene Austin, The Writers and Readers Network Collaborative
(Carrie Anne Lyons, author of Dream Pictures)

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!
Angie Hulme


Home Appearances Author Books Crafts

Copyright ©2012 Danielle McPhail, All Rights Reserved.


All rights reserved. This work is protected under the copyright laws of the United States of America. The reproduction or utilization of this work, in whole or in part in any form, is forbidden without the prior written permission of Danielle McPhail of Sidhe na Daire.


The material on this website is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, events, and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locations, or persons, living or dead, unless stated otherwise, is entirely coincidental.

Sidhe na Daire is a trademark of Danielle McPhail.