Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Book Review: The Dawn of a Dream

Dawn of a Dream, The

      Ann’s mother always wanted to write a book about her ancestors. She felt there was enough material in her collection of family memoirs, which dated back to the 1600’s, to make fascinating reading.
When Ann’s mother died in 1994, she passed those memoirs on to Ann. Over the next several years Ann put stream-of-consciousness reminiscences into chronological order and followed up each “remembered fact” with necessary research.
     Thanks to the computer age, she wrote the book her mother had envisioned and in the late 1990’s distributed it to family and interested historians.
     In the process of researching her family history, Ann discovered that all of the collected memoirs had been written by men. Memories of the American Revolution, the Mexican and Civil Wars, and the westward migration were all told from the male perspective. What was life like for the women who maintained the homes, reared the children, and followed their husbands from place to place? That question sparked her interest in writing fiction to fill in the gaps. Over the next several years Ann learned her craft by attending classes, reading books, and, yes, collecting a few rejections. 

  (Taken From Back Cover)

  Her Dream is within her grasp-but can she leaver her past behind?
Luellen O'Connell is stunned when her husband of just one month tells her he is leaving-and his reason devastate her.  Deeply wounded by his betrayal, Luellen decides to follow her dream to become a teacher, a desire she had set aside when she married.  But can she truly hide her past?  Or will it destroy her ambitions forever?

Loved this book....a new story line instead of just husband leaves, wife is sad and finds new man!  This book had some depth and adventure.  Luellen is one woman who simply is NOT going to give up her dreams and fights for herself even when the odds are against her.  Luellen is definitely not a weak character but one who has gumption and I think you will like her, as well as the other characters, although she does have a rather silly sister, but then again if everyone in the book had the same personality it would make for a pretty boring book!  This book does have a few different stories going on at once but they are all intermixed and make for a very good read.  The only think I didn't like about this book was that it ended! 

* I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing.


1 comment:

  1. Hi LuLu, I'm so glad you enjoyed The Dawn of a Dream! I had fun writing about the characters. I was sorry to say good-bye when the story ended.


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