Thursday, November 7, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Somewhere to Dream by Genevieve Graham

Somewhere to Dream (The MacDonnells, #3)

Somewhere to Dream
Genevieve Graham
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Source: Publisher

From Genevieve Graham, author of Sound of the Heart, comes the tale of two strangers living with the Cherokee—one with a warrior’s heart; the other with deadly dreams…

The Cherokee call her Shadow Girl. A white woman adopted by Indians, Adelaide is haunted by the dark dreams she hides—of her murdered family, of the men she fears, and most of all, of the ones that foretell the future. After her visions cause her to make a terrible mistake, she renounces her power and buries her dreams deep in her soul.

Until Jesse Black is captured by the tribe. His life is spared because the Cherokee believe his warrior spirit belongs to their fallen brother. Though he hates all Indians, Adelaide illuminates their way of life for him, just as he shines light into her shadowed heart. But when her dreams return, Jesse must help her face them…or die trying…


I don’t read a lot of historical fiction. *Maybe it has something to do with HR covers?* It’s not that I don’t like the genre it’s just not something I find myself pulling from the shelves that often. More than a year ago I read an amazing review that turned me onto this series by Asheley @ Into The Hall Of Books. After I read Sound of the Heart, the second book in The MacDonnells series, I knew I would be reading anything Genevieve Graham came out with! Graham builds stories that are so character driven that after just a few pages I become completely invested and can’t put the book down.

Somewhere to Dream is a heart wrenching story about two people who need each other to truly heal from the horrors of their past.

Adelaide is saved by the Cherokee and adopted into their family after a horrible attack on her own family. The Cherokee treat Adelaide as one of their own and do everything they can to help her heal from her past trauma. But Adelaide has more than the attack on her family to heal from she has to learn to use a special ability she has and stop being afraid of everything she sees. I loved the slow progression of Adelaide’s character throughout Somewhere to Dream. It was so nice to see a character really work to get from one place to another.  

Jesse Black is taken by the Cherokee in a raid because one of the Cherokee men believe he has the spirit of his dead brother inside him. Jesse is an angry and prejudice young man who hates all Indians due to the murder of most of his family. It takes Jesse time but he does adjust to being taken in by the Cherokee, but always seems somewhat out of place in both worlds.

This is where I want to start giving you all kinds of spoilers… But I must resist!
Moving on.

The romance between Jesse and Adelaide is *Big Smile* this slow burn start that has you wanting to push the both of them for pages, but I would not have wanted their relationship any other way. Graham new what she was doing with these two, allowing each character to be slowly healed by the help of the other. Mmmm it’s so good y’all.

If you are reading this and thinking: “Well this is a series and I don’t have time to read, two books to get to this one.”  You don’t have to read The MacDonnells series in order! Each book in the series works just as well as a stand alone book as it does as a collective work. I don’t think you will feel like you’re missing out on anything if you start with Somewhere to Dream, but my guess is that after you read Somewhere to Dream you will enjoy it so much that you will read the rest of the series anyway. I will say that this is my favorite book in the series thus far. I think it’s the way Adelaide’s special gifts worked into the story and the relationship between the characters that has me so hooked on this installment.   

Happy Reading,

5 Moons: I loved this and will be rereading it.
Even if historical romance is not your thing I think you could enjoy this.

What Genevieve is giving away:

  • Four "Dream Series" cds - these are wonderful. My childhood friend Cori Ashley and her husband (also my childhood friend) make them. They're relaxation cds with sounds of nature in the background. You can hear a sample here.
  • Candle from PartyLites
  • Bath salts or something like that from a friend of mine out here in Nova Scotia, She makes all her own things atLittle Luxuries Soapworks.
  • A bookmark that I made (I kinda think it's pretty ... )
  • An autographed set of my three books.
a Rafflecopter giveaway


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