"A poignant and compelling story of family and love"
Mary Ellen O'Rourke's heart died with her husband and
infant daughter's death in a car accident and she felt no
purpose to life anymore. Nightly for over 6 years she
relives the accident in her dreams and wished she could
have stopped her husband from leaving that day. On impulse
one day, she decides to go into an old antique shop. While
waiting to cross the street she overhears others discussing
the news of three kidnapped girls. In the shop she noticed
a ring with the inscription "I promise you forever".
Spontaneously she slipped it on but the ring suddenly began
to burn and she felt dizzy. Then she was dreaming again
about the accident and this time she stopped her husband
from leaving the driveway. . . and then she woke up in the
In tears she yanks off the ring and leaves the shop. As
she starts to walk away she hears "Mommy!" and turns to see
her husband and her now 6-year old daughter. Thinking she
is still dreaming, she goes along until finally she
realizes that the past WAS changed. Now her family is more
precious to her, but she wonders what she has done to
deserve such a blessing.
When her daughter is approached by a strange man, she is
suddenly in the midst of the investigation of two kidnapped
girls. She remembers hearing the discussion before going
into the antique shop and realizes her daughter may be next
and that she has to change the future. Mary has not
regained her family just to have it taken away from her.
Stronger now after her years of grief, she is more than
willing to help stop the kidnapper.
THE WAY TO YESTERDAY presents the love, fears and joys of
parenthood and marriage. The a touch of grief and suspense
are realistic but not overwhelming the story of love. The
touch of time-travel is a different spin on "what if" that
was a pleasure. Mary is a believable character whose
thoughts and actions will touch your heart. Daniel is "a
keeper" as husband and father. You will want to read this
story for its happy ending and to join Mary in her life-
changing journey from grief to peace. Ms. Sala has written
a poignant and compelling story of family and love that I
can highly recommend.
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted September 8, 2002