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"Mae Clair's A Thousand Yesteryears combines the talent of anamazing author, a touch of the supernatural, murder, cover ups and thecharacter of a small town trapped in the ghosts of the past. If magneticmysteries with a touch of romance, a lot of suspense and fabulous charactersand dialogue are musts for you, I highly recommend A Thousand Yesteryears!" ~ Tome Tender Reviews
"The legend of the Mothman (rumored to live in PointPleasant), the curse of Chief Cornstalk, UFOs, a collapsed bridge that killed many and a man that killed his share of victims. A Thousand Yesteryears is about the tragedies of the small town of Point Pleasant and the residents struggles to continue on with their lives.
Mae Clair's writing created so much tension, that it tookall I had not to skip ahead! The romance, mystery, myth and suspense kept me white knuckled, on the edge of my seat." ~ Fundinmental Book Reviews --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B0138NHJ4A
- Publisher : Lyrical Press (April 26, 2016)
- Publication date : April 26, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 978 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 224 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1601837801
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #387,845 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I came from a small town where everybody knew everybody’s business and this book captures the essence of small town life with excellence. Eva reunites with a crush and that relationship develops throughout the course of the story. Their whole experience is tainted by the supernatural and I loved the way the author blended mystery and paranormal.
As a former psych nurse, I have to comment on the way mental illness was managed in this book. Ryan and Caden’s mom is afflicted…or is she? So many times what we regard as an unnatural feature in the way that the mind and spirit works is actually more natural than we realize. Given the mom’s grief reaction, the book was most believable and the author certainly did her research, or has had experience with those who have been affected by such trauma. I was most impressed with how this was handled.
Looking forward to reading more from Mae Clair.
It's my first time to read a book by Mae Clair and I plan to read many more. Deft writing, fascinating plot, well-developed and realistic characters--some to love and others to hate. What could be better?
A Thousand Yesteryears follows Eve Parrish, who returns to Point Pleasant when her aunt dies. She’s inherited more than just her aunt’s properties—she’s inherited mystery and danger, as well. Vandalism, threats, animal mutilation—it’s a good thing the boy next door used to be a cop. He also used to be the boy she had a crush on. Fifteen years later, those feelings come rushing back. And he returns them. Mixed up in the modern day mystery is the fifteen-year-old Mothman legend, the tragedy of the bridge collapse, and the disappearance of a reportedly “easy” girl. How the mysteries of fifteen years earlier and those of the current time period intersect are chilling. And the author ties it all together brilliantly.
Mae Clair weaves a masterful story full of well-conceived plot points. Her characters are three-dimensional and realistic, lovely people you want to meet and have dinner with (or sadistic villains you want to run from even in a sunny park or crowded church). The settings come to life, much more than sights but also sounds and smells. I relived the eighties through this work. And the ending is satisfying, yet is open-ended enough to so we can revisit these characters and this world again.
And I, for one, am looking forward to doing just that.
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After the accident, Eve’s mother decided a fresh start was needed and she moved with Eve far enough away to help forget the events of that night.
But now Aunt Rosie has died and left her house and the Parrish Hotel to Eve and so Eve has travelled alone back to her home town, to decide what to do with her inheritance.
Her first instincts are to sell and return back to her new home as soon as possible. The town has changed, weighed down under its reputation as a place of tragedy. But there are plenty of people that Eve still knows, the Flynn brothers, Caden and Ryan, .their mother Mrs Flynn and Katie Lynch whose sister Wendy disappeared. Events soon begin to take an ominous turn and conspire to keep Eve back in her old home.
This murder mystery; what really happened to Maggie and to Wendy Lynch, is woven into the paranormal tale of the bridge collapse and the legend of the Mothman, a creature said to roam the swampy area just out of town. Plenty of local people believe in the Mothman and some have seen it. Despite her early doubts, Eve begins to wonder if maybe the Mothman really does exist and if Maggie is trying to help catch a murderer from beyond the grave.
With a bit of romance thrown, in this is a great start to a series and a fluent, easy read.
When she published the first of the Point Pleasant series, 'A Thousand Yesteryears', I had no hesitation in putting it on my TBR list and I was not disappointed.
Well paced and appealing to lovers of psychological thrillers, romance, and mystery, Mae Clair's books are pure escapism. I love books that cross genres and this one does just that. As a lover of murder mysteries it was great to see a different type of murder mystery here. One wrapped up in myth and legend.
Mae Clair's books always have the focus on romance. Don't we all need a bit of that in our lives? They are character driven books and the relationships develop in a fairly predictable way but there's something very comforting in that and whilst all around them are loosing their heads, the main characters ride off into the sunset.
I was very impressed with the readability and the plotting of this book. I would have no hesitation reading another of Mae Clair's books. If mythical monsters, wholesome characters and a healthy dose of romance is your read, then don't miss out on Mae Clair.
I think the key ingredients that make this Clair's best work to date come from the prominent research she dedicated herself to. She visited Point Pleasant on more than one occasion to acquaint herself with the area, its history, and to study in depth, the urban legends surrounding the place. In particular that of the Mothman.
There are no shortcuts when it comes to Mae Clair's writing. She has skilfully weaved her research findings into a remarkable suspense-filled paranormal, murder/mystery.
My favourite parts of the story are Eve and Kate's experience in the igloo... The bunker down in the TNT from where all kinds of sightings have been reported. And, the mysterious phone calls... Be afraid folks; be very afraid!
This book would make a great movie!
Point Pleasant, the town on the West Virginia side of the bridge, is Eve’s home, but after the disaster her mother moves to Harrisburgh, and Eve will not return for fifteen years, when she is called upon to wind up her aunt’s estate. Unsuspecting, she stumbles into a web of intrigue and mystery surrounding her aunt and a supposedly mythical creature known as the Mothman.
This story gets its foot on the gas early and does not relent until the final page, so pack lunch and enjoy the excitement of the ride. Author Mae Clair’s characters fit perfectly into the small town culture of Point Pleasant, and she guides you around the twists and turns of the plot with fluent ease. I was captivated. Now I have read it I will miss it, but I have the consolation of knowing there will be more in this series. Watch this space!
A Thousand Yesteryears is not only a thrilling mystery story which is packed full of beautifully written characters, but has an underlying romance throughout too. I found myself grabbing my kindle whenever I could, to catch up with what was happening next. I wasn't disappointed and enjoyed every moment of this author's work. Packed full with tension, intrigue and historical details, this book has it all!