The historical tidbits are plentiful in Shenandoah Dreams; whether they are from a twenty-first century captain taking high schoolers for a cruise or from an eighteenth century captain that is living the history instead of telling stories.
The heroine is a teacher that loves kids even though she doesn’t have any of her own. She has been through some tough times, but managed to get her life together and enjoys her camera and her cat. She is kind and thoughtful and careful of others feelings. I appreciated that when the heroine goes back in time the author doesn’t drop the contemporary side or give it a silly excuse. The people genuinely look for and mourn the character that traveled back through time.
The other characters are well written. The author obviously has a lot of knowledge about teenagers and the way they act. There are 2 heroes; one for each century featured in the book. Each one is responsible, caring, and worthy of the heroine’s love.
The religious content is low. There is mention of prayer, the Bible, more specifically the story of Ruth.
Overall the story made sense even though it is #3 of the series. There is an epilogue section that wraps up some of the stories from the other two books.
This book just didn’t sync with me. I know that it’s a lot of work for authors to write a book and have it published and I hate saying bad things about them, but I just didn’t like it. I felt like the whole book was paced slow and the first part is drawn out. I wish that there would have been more of the second part.
Here is the backcover copy:
What if she met the man of her dreams…in another century? Tisbury, Massachusetts, Martha s Vineyard. It s just a dream, Melissa Smith whispers as she stares into the intense eyes of a man dressed in Colonial clothes, as though stepping out of an American Revolution movie set. A school chaperone with Holmes Hole Elementary, she d boarded the old schooner Shenandoah for a weeklong educational sail. But they are not visiting Plimoth Plantation, the Boston Tea Party Museum, or the Concord Bridge reenactment. They re sailing the waters around the island of Martha s Vineyard. Yet, when she awakes in Cabin 8, the captain claims to be Isaiah Reed, who sailed the original Shenandoah in the eighteenth century. He cannot possibly be real, Melissa thinks. And traveling back in time is impossible. But days pass, and she s still in 1770. What if Isaiah, who is simply too handsome to be real, is real? What if the fire he ignites in her from barely a touch isn t in her imagination? Can a dream last for weeks on end? If so, how will she find her way home…to the twenty-first century? And can she bear to leave the one man who has captured her heart, when everything in her longs to stay? A Vineyard Romance Romance, history, adventure. Get swept into the exciting Winds of Change series.
You can find more information at the author’s site. You can read the first chapter at Where the Story Begins. Published by Oak Tara Publishers. This book was sent to me through Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for the book tour. The words are fully my own and my affiliate link is in this post.