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A Dream Within a Dream (Coffey & Hill #3)

BOOK REVIEW

BOOK BY: Mike Nappa and Melissa Kosci

Wow. This was an intriguing novel and ended too quickly for me.

The Dream is an artist who appears at the beginning of the novel in a slam bang opening scene. For the majority of the book, we’re not certain of his real name or how he got it. All we know is that he is of value to the FBI and has some sort of connection to a decades old unsolved art theft.

The poor man has lost his memory and we catch glimpses of what really happened in the past as he struggles to remember. We begin to see his true colour and a reader can’t help but to root for him.
Trudi is a private investigator who is divorced from Samuel, an ex-CIA operative turned Atlanta Police Detective. Samuel has gone missing and the FBI think Trudi knows where he is. What begins as a simple conversation turns into pages of intrigue, action and adventure as Trudi races to find Samuel and protect Dream from those trying to kill him.

Yeah. The connections aren’t clear until the end and just when the reader figures it out, another twist is thrown in our direction leaving us with more questions than answers. I’m assuming there is another book coming, since there are quite a few loose ends left untied. BUT if in fact it is the end of the line for these characters, I will be hugely disappointed. I didn’t want it to end the way it did.

But I’m an optimist so I’m hoping for an explanation of what really happened in the Boston Common at the end of A Dream Within a Dream.

The narrative is well done. We receive a first hand account from Dream, but everyone else is in third person so it’s relatively easy to follow. I enjoyed how the reader experiences the discovery of memories with Dream.

There is a ton of action in this book. Lots of fight scenes and lots of chases – though one scenario seemed to be a bit of a stretch. Oh yes, and no one is trustworthy. People aren’t who they always appear to be.

Edgar Allan Poe is key to unlocking the mystery. One of his poems is referenced quite a bit, and is where the title of this novel is taken from. Poe fans would enjoy the connections made.

The spiritual thread was really weak (in fact, the Poe thread was much stronger). The only person who seemed to have faith was Dream, but then it was only glimpses from the past, not a solid faith by any stretch of the imagination. At one point there is a church scene where Trudi prays a quick, God forgive me for doing what I’m about to do, kind of prayer, but that’s it. So don’t count on having a solid message if you pick up this book.

What you will get is a book that will keep you turning the pages.

I received an ecopy from the publisher through Net Galley. All opinions expressed are my own.

Bride of Convenience (The Brideships #3)

BOOK REVIEW

BOOK BY: Jody Hedlund

This third book in The Brideships series is an excellent follow up. I don’t think I’ve ever read a series where each book is equally as engaging as the first, nor as connected.

The story begins with the wedding kiss of Peter and Annabella (from book 2) and Pastor Abe’s obvious discomfort in watching the kiss. This is Pastor Abe’s story of a childhood love, betrayal, hasty decisions, a marriage of convenience and awkward situations that point him to his happily ever after.

Zoe is a mill worker from Manchester, determined to find the twin brother who’d fled England in anger. She sets sail on a bride ship in hopes of finding a man who would take her up the rugged mountain terrain to locate her brother. She’s willing to become a bride of convenience to get to him.

I loved both characters. Pastor Abe has always been a delightful character in previous books, but we get to see his heart in this one. He struggles with self-worth and his goals of becoming a bishop sees him working through a strenuous relationship with the Bishop of the Church of England who is rigid in his ways. It’s an interesting contrast between a servant heart and ministering to all the needs of the people vs what organized religion stands for.

Zoe is an outspoken character who fights for the poor and cares for the orphans. Her quick wit and generous spirit wins her over with the townspeople of Yale. She’s quick to take in stray children without thought of provision or how she’ll meet their needs, and she has a huge heart for the oppressed.

Through a misunderstanding, Pastor Abe and Zoe form a quick union and the rest of the story follows them trying to work through their new arrangement.

There’s some action and quite a bit of intimate tension, a bit more than one would expect for a Christian Fiction novel, however within the context of marriage it is appropriate.

I received an ecopy from the publisher through Net Galley. All opinions expressed are my own.

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