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.
Review: 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.