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review 2016-08-02 02:36
Tides of Honour
Tides of Honour - Genevieve Graham

Danny Baker leaves his small fishing village of East Jeddore, Nova Scotia in 1916 for war-torn France.  While marching through France, Danny is fortunate enough to meet Audrey Poulin, an artist, free spirit and a woman who brings light and color to the bleak landscape of war.  Through an exchange of letters, Danny and Audrey fall in love and decide to marry.  However, at the battle of the Somme Danny loses more than he can imagine, most of his friends have died and he has lost part of his leg.  Now in a battle with his own emotions, Danny is sent home to Canada.  Audrey soon meets him there and they are married.  Danny struggles with his own shortcomings and the impacts of the war.  He decides that a move to Halifax and a job on the docks with his brother is for the best.  When catastrophe strikes again, this time in Halifax, Danny’s world is completely changed, but his love for Audrey will help him pull through.

 

A story of war, tragedy, love, family and transformation, Tides of Honour is  touching and powerful.  From the beginning, I knew that Danny was going to be a strong character, his journey, though tumultuous, is one that many veterans dealt with and still face today.  In alternating narratives, Danny's story is filled out and another needed perspective is seen with Audrey's view.  Audrey is a survivor as well and her story is just as  important.  The historical setting  was unique and well researched.  I was very happy to read about Canadian's fighting in the Great War, as they are often overlooked as well as the little known Halifax explosion.  I was very interested in this since my great-grandmother lived nearby at the time.  What impressed me the most was the incorporation of Danny and Audrey's love story into the events surrounding them.  Their love story is not perfect, but it is lasting.  Like the tides rolling in and out, Audrey and Danny's love is for better or for worse.  

This book was received for free in return for an honest review

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text 2014-03-25 23:52
Ebook Settlement One-Click Bonanza
Unlawful Contact - Pamela Clare
Live - Mary Ann Rivers
An Heir of Uncertainty - Alyssa Everett
Somewhere to Dream - Genevieve Graham
Sound of the Heart - Genevieve Graham
The Last Hour of Gann - R. Lee Smith
Mystic Cowboy - Sarah M. Anderson
Fairies in My Fireplace (A Monster Haven Story, #3) - R.L. Naquin
Redeeming Vows (MacCoinnich Time Travel) (Volume 3) - Catherine Bybee

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I got $62 back from the settlement, not as much as some, but more than I thought. So because I am a one click addict, I am spending as fast as I can. I bought 9 books so far and have only a little left now. 

I am putting links in to my loot. :) Don't they look pretty? 

 

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review 2013-12-30 00:23
REVIEW: Somewhere to Dream by Genevieve Graham
Somewhere to Dream - Genevieve Graham

A young women is taken in by the Cherokee with her sister, after a terrible tragedy. A young man is captured by the Cherokee and embraced as the soul of one of their lost warriors. Can two people with painful pasts find peace in a new way of life?

Review Courtesy of Romance Junkies and reposted at TBR Mountain Range, with a photo taken by me.

This is the third book in THE MACDONNELLS trilogy. I did not read the first two books, so my review may be completely different from someone who knows the back-story. We meet Adelaide, called Shadow Girl by the Cherokee, who tells her story for several chapters before we meet Jesse Black, a captive. This book mixes early American history with the paranormal in the form of visions.

Adelaide and her sister Maggie were abducted and abused by five men. The Cherokee attacked the men, killed them and took the two sisters to their tribe's village where they comforted them and healed their physical wounds. Healing their memories and their hearts is more difficult. The tribe grandmother helps the sisters with their gift as seers. Maggie readily accepts her gift of visions, while Adelaide has fought them since the beginning.

In a previous book, Maggie met her love and married, so Adelaide elects to stay with the tribe, letting her sister leave to be with her husband and his family. Adelaide is trying to be less afraid and work with her Cherokee grandmother on accepting her visions, but her past has been locked away out of fear. She knows a great white warrior is coming to the tribe before anyone else and keeps this knowledge to herself, afraid to let her vision go further because of mistakes she's made previously when misinterpreting her visions.

Jesse Black is captured by the Cherokee and all he can think about is how to escape. Jesse is curious about Adelaide from the first moment he sees her. He can't help but wonder why a blonde, young woman is with the Cherokee and acts as if she belongs with them. Jesse needs Adelaide as a translator but she is so shy and skittish that he can't stop wondering who hurt her. Jesse expects to be killed but Adelaide explains that the warrior who captured him thinks that Jesse has a fallen warrior's soul and has adopted him as his brother.

SOMEWHERE TO DREAM follows the developing love between two people with very painful pasts. Will their love help them overcome their fears and learn to love each other beyond what's in their history?

The beginning of the book is a bit choppy because we don't get to see everything while Adelaide represses her past out of fear. I'm guessing that I would have understood it better by reading the other books. Eventually, all is revealed so this book can be read as a standalone, but would probably be enjoyed more if read in order as a trilogy.

Adelaide and Jesse both give an interesting perspective in regards to the Cherokee customs and how they react to them, accept them or are appalled by them. Parts of the story depict the violence of the times in raw detail. Also, Adelaide eventually describes what happened to her and her family so if violence against men or women is something that disturbs you, you might want to avoid this book. It's realistic and it's all for valid reasons, giving insight into the characters' past, but it might be overwhelming to a sensitive reader.

I enjoyed the Cherokee characters as much as I enjoyed Adelaide and Jesse. Even one particular Cherokee troublemaker, who has a grudge against Jesse, becomes an excellent part of the story. We also get to know some of the whites in town, as well as have a couple visits with Maggie, so those who have read the previous books will enjoy a catch-up with the characters.

I enjoyed Adelaide and Jesse's interactions with the tribe grandmother the most. She's a wizened old woman who sees into their connection more than they see for themselves. Jesse was very angry at first so he acted out in ways that made me dislike him. Adelaide always showed a reserved front that was likeable, even when she experienced the most fear. Jesse does redeem himself later as he matures into a strong warrior and as a safe haven for Adelaide.

The tribe life really intrigued me and it was the part that I enjoyed the most. The Cherokee friendships were well-drawn and believable. I could sense the urgency of this couple's future and how their relationship might heal them both. There are some really heartbreaking moments that make this book hard to describe, as well as hard to rate. I enjoyed the relationships but the main characters faced so much violence in their past and present that I wasn't ready to let go by the end. I guess I needed a “vision” of more of their future. A book four about one of the Cherokee, perhaps?

SOMEWHERE TO DREAM will satisfy those who enjoy an American historical journey with a paranormal twist.

More reviews by Dorine and contests at TBR Mountain Range.

Source: romancejunkiesreviews.com/artman/publish/historical/Somewhere_to_Dream.shtml
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text 2013-11-04 20:48
The lengths we'll go to to make sure our romance heroes and heroines remain white.
Somewhere to Dream - Genevieve Graham

Here we have a romance set among the Cherokee, but both protagonists are whiter than white. From what I can tell from the cover copy and ludicrously high-production-value book trailer, the plot goes through some pretty amazing twists to make sure two white people end up together -- for instance, the heroine is initially betrothed to an Indian warrior. When he is killed in battle and the hero captured, the white hero's life is spared because the Cherokee believe he holds the spirit of their fallen brother, or something. Just in case you were worried the heroine wasn't going to end up falling in love with a white man. 

 

I have to wonder if at any point the author even considered making her hero Cherokee. I know it can be intimidating to write characters of another race or culture, but this is not really a defensible solution to the problem of whitewashing in romance.

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review 2013-10-16 00:00
Somewhere to Dream
Somewhere to Dream - Genevieve Graham We return to the Cherokee village once more, but this time we are along side Maggie’s sister Adelaide – also known as Shadow Girl. Timid and fearful, young Adelaide has struggled with her gift, her life with the Cherokee and her sister moving away to a near by town.

A vision changes everything for Adelaide and the lives of the Cherokee. The man she was destined to marry is killed, and a captive is taken. The moment she sees Jesse she knows things will never be the same. The Cherokee believe that he is the reincarnation of her lost husband to be.

These two are interesting and are very troubled characters. Both of them have tragic pasts that haunt them and aren’t quite ready to let go of yet. As they befriend one another, Jesse sees another side of the people he’s been taught to hate and she sees that not all men are going to hurt her.

As they progress in their friendship they being to fall in love with one another, which plays right into the Cherokee’s plans – they want them together! Adelaide isn’t sure she’s ready for marriage and all it entails, and fights against the push.

This is probably one of my favorite books by Genevieve. The characters have such depth and such troubled souls – it was great seeing them learn to love and break free of what held them for so long. Adelaide is so much more intense then Maggie, she had a darkness that she fought free from. I loved her character right from the beginning!

Would I recommend this book? In a heart beat – Genevieve is such a talented writer who had me hooked from the beginning of this series until the last page of this book. I can’t wait to read more by her.
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