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review 2018-03-17 08:10
Cold Dream Dawning
Cold Dream Dawning (Pale Queen Series) - A. R. Kahler

I haven't read the first book in the Pale Queen series, and neither any of the other trilogies by A.R. Kahler, but besides some minor confusion during Cold Dream Dawning this didn't bother me, and it could also be read as a standalone.

The beginning was rather slow, and it was a bit harder to keep focused on the book but once the pace picked up it was an entertaining read. The characters were quite nice and I'm considering reading the next instalment in the series to see where it is going.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2017-04-07 21:13
Colorado Dream (The Front Range Series) ... Colorado Dream (The Front Range Series) (Volume 4) - Charlene Whitman

Angela had been slapped again by her father Giusepe Bellini when she said she would not marry Pietro no matter how rich his family was. No matter how long her father and his father had planned the wedding. Angela’s father said she would marry Pietro that she was twenty and that was their way. Angela would be gone ten maybe twelve days and she knew the punishment waiting for her on her return. Angela got the money she had saved and hoped it was enough for the violin she wanted to buy. She had to face the audition committee with the violin on her return to N.Y.. The director had told Angela to come back when she had a appropriate instrument. Every Christmas Angela had asked her father to purchase a new violin for her but he didn’t. Angela’s dream was to play in the New York Philharmonic to play on the stage before a live audience. Her aunt had given her  the violin she had that had ignited the dream in her heart.  Brett was a cowboy and had been at a cowboy contest and had some money from that and it would keep him going until he ended up in another cow-punch outfit. Brett felt his lot in life was always to be on the move, never staying long in one place . trouble seemed to find Brett wherever he went.

I could not get into this story it just didn’t hold my interest. I didn't even complete the story just could not force myself to when there are so many books to read. As I simply found this boring. I thought it started out good but in the end I just didn’t enjoy it enough to keep going

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review 2016-07-06 20:49
A Dream Of Miracles (Amish Wonders #3) by Ruth Reid
A Dream of Miracles (The Amish Wonders Series) - Ruth Reid

Mattie Diener can barely keep it together. A young Amish widow and mother of two young children, she faces the lingering heartbreak of lost love, her son’s mysterious illness, and a torrent of accusations that threaten to undo her. Bo Lambright is a fast-rising social services investigator whose high-society mother won’t rest until she finds his Mrs. Right. Despite Bo’s worldly success, the raw ache of a shadowy past and a series of unsettling dreams have left him reeling.

When Mattie and Bo cross paths, all signs point to disaster. Yet as they face a crucible of trials and tragedies together, longings begin to stir that seem destined only to end in more heartbreak. Is a miracle possible—not only of healing but of forbidden love? What secrets lie in Bo’s dreams? And will Mattie find the courage to face her uncertain future . . . or will she simply run away?

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Mattie Diener is a young Amish widow with two small children, a daughter and a son. Her son Nathan has been sickly since birth, battling a mysterious illness no doctor can seem to entirely identify. One particularly bad episode has the toddler experiencing a high fever, low appetite and a rash of unknown origin. Mattie rushes him to his pediatrician only to find the doctor is on vacation. A new female doctor filling in for him looks over the little boy, finds blisters inside Nathan's mouth that Mattie can't explain. Even with little evidence to go on (since the boy's tests come back largely inconclusive), this doctor seems quick to proclaim this is a case of Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy (MSP) and immediately calls in Child Protective Services to investigate Mattie's mothering for evidence of child abuse. Social worker Bo Lambright is assigned to the case and, after an initial interview with Mattie, figures it's a open & shut case of a simple misunderstanding. But when Mattie's son soon ends up in the hospital yet again, some doubts and questions begin to cloud his initial impression. 

 

Bo teams up with fellow social worker Erica Davis, a senator's daughter who claims she wants to bulk up her field experience a bit before she heads off for Harvard Law. Though he's friendly with Erica on a personal basis, when it comes to work he questions where her heart and motivation lies. Erica seems to go in to the investigation of Mattie's life and home with a bias, already assuming the woman is guilty. As the investigation continues, Bo sees signs that Erica might have ulterior motives behind so easily condemning Mattie.

 

It's sometimes tempting to dismiss many Amish themed stories these days because the genre has been pretty heavily saturated over the years and so many I've read seem to share a too-similar story arc with generic, cutesy, wholesome characters that come off as over-the-top perfect. This novel, I was pleasantly surprised to find, mixed things up a bit bringing in some unique and controversial topics to the genre. Not only does the reader get the Munchausen Syndrome mystery (is it or isn't it? must read to find out) but Reid also manages to believably work in the topic of fracking. Certainly never something I would expect to come across in an Amish novel, but the way Reid works it in, I could actually see it being an issue! 

 

I also found the characters to be really nicely crafted. It's easy to feel for Mattie's struggle and her grieving process as a young widow having to raise kids on her own. Bo has a nice chill way about him but every so often you also see his strong side in the way he honestly cares about the futures of the kids he works with in his social work. He's always quick to be there as a reliable figure when some of them start to veer toward lives of petty crime.  There are also hints at his mysterious past he seems so intent on keeping covered up from pretty much everyone. Granted, the "hints" are pretty heavy-handed, so it won't take much guessing to figure out what his secret is, but learning the details behind his story was still fun. And ugh, Erica. Did that girl have a personality that kept me cringing and fuming! But her manipulative nature provides a nice balance to the "good guys" of the story to keep everything interesting. 

 

One story element that I was a bit meh about were Bo's brief dream sequences interspersed throughout the main plot. I get that these scenes were meant to be symbolic for events that unfold following each dream, but for me they didn't add any extra depth and I think I would've liked the story just the same had they been omitted completely. Or maybe they were just too short. Maybe if those sequences were expanded with more imagery with deeper, more thought-provoking (less surface level) symbolism ... perhaps that would've worked for me. But as is, yeah ... didn't do anything special for me. 

 

Note To Readers: This is Book #3 in Reid's Amish Wonders series. I have not read the first two, but had no trouble with this storyline so I would say that each in the series can easily be taken as a stand-alone read. 

 

FTC Disclaimer:  TNZ Fiction Guild kindly provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions above are entirely my own. 

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review 2016-05-03 21:51
Light by Adrienne Woods
Dream Casters: Light (Dream Casters Series Book 1) - Adrienne Woods

I thought that this book was okay.  I had never really read a book that focused on sandmen and dreams.  It was interesting to read, but it was just okay.  Some of the characters annoyed me and I felt like there were unnecessary events.  The plot was a bit predictable but still interesting.  

I received this book for review through netgalley.com

 

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text 2016-04-10 22:09
Part One: Flight of the Vessel (Vision Dream Series) - Robert Storey,Nick Deligaris,Rich Cooley

More than a woman; more than a woman to me...

 

A princess, a wizard, and the key to the world's survival!

Angelterra. Meet her and share the adventure on #Amazon right now! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009XGVBDM

 

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