Somewhere to Dream

Author: Genevieve Graham

Publisher: Berkley

Release Date: November 5, 2013

Blue Ribbon Rating: 3.5

Format: PRINT

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This is the third book in THE MACDONNELLS trilogy.  I did not read the first two books, so my review may be completely different from someone who knows the back-story.  We meet Adelaide, called Shadow Girl by the Cherokee, who tells her story for several chapters before we meet Jesse Black, a captive.  This book mixes early American history with the paranormal in the form of visions.

Adelaide and her sister Maggie were abducted and abused by five men.  The Cherokee attacked the men, killed them and took the two sisters to their tribe's village where they comforted them and healed their physical wounds.  Healing their memories and their hearts is more difficult.  The tribe grandmother helps the sisters with their gift as seers.  Maggie readily accepts her gift of visions, while Adelaide has fought them since the beginning.

In a previous book, Maggie met her love and married, so Adelaide elects to stay with the tribe, letting her sister leave to be with her husband and his family.  Adelaide is trying to be less afraid and work with her Cherokee grandmother on accepting her visions, but her past has been locked away out of fear.  She knows a great white warrior is coming to the tribe before anyone else and keeps this knowledge to herself, afraid to let her vision go further because of mistakes she's made previously when misinterpreting her visions.

Jesse Black is captured by the Cherokee and all he can think about is how to escape.  Jesse is curious about Adelaide from the first moment he sees her.  He can't help but wonder why a blonde, young woman is with the Cherokee and acts as if she belongs with them.  Jesse needs Adelaide as a translator but she is so shy and skittish that he can't stop wondering who hurt her.  Jesse expects to be killed but Adelaide explains that the warrior who captured him thinks that Jesse has a fallen warrior's soul and has adopted him as his brother.

SOMEWHERE TO DREAM follows the developing love between two people with very painful pasts.  Will their love help them overcome their fears and learn to love each other beyond what's in their history?

The beginning of the book is a bit choppy because we don't get to see everything while Adelaide represses her past out of fear.  I'm guessing that I would have understood it better by reading the other books.  Eventually, all is revealed so this book can be read as a standalone, but would probably be enjoyed more if read in order as a trilogy.

Adelaide and Jesse both give an interesting perspective in regards to the Cherokee customs and how they react to them, accept them or are appalled by them.  Parts of the story depict the violence of the times in raw detail.  Also, Adelaide eventually describes what happened to her and her family so if violence against men or women is something that disturbs you, you might want to avoid this book.  It's realistic and it's all for valid reasons, giving insight into the characters' past, but it might be overwhelming to a sensitive reader.

I enjoyed the Cherokee characters as much as I enjoyed Adelaide and Jesse.  Even one particular Cherokee troublemaker, who has a grudge against Jesse, becomes an excellent part of the story.  We also get to know some of the whites in town, as well as have a couple visits with Maggie, so those who have read the previous books will enjoy a catch-up with the characters.

I enjoyed Adelaide and Jesse's interactions with the tribe grandmother the most.  She's a wizened old woman who sees into their connection more than they see for themselves.  Jesse was very angry at first so he acted out in ways that made me dislike him.  Adelaide always showed a reserved front that was likeable, even when she experienced the most fear.  Jesse does redeem himself later as he matures into a strong warrior and as a safe haven for Adelaide.

The tribe life really intrigued me and it was the part that I enjoyed the most.  The Cherokee friendships were well-drawn and believable.  I could sense the urgency of this couple's future and how their relationship might heal them both.  There are some really heartbreaking moments that make this book hard to describe, as well as hard to rate.  I enjoyed the relationships but the main characters faced so much violence in their past and present that I wasn't ready to let go by the end.  I guess I needed a “vision” of more of their future.  A book four about one of the Cherokee, perhaps?

SOMEWHERE TO DREAM will satisfy those who enjoy an American historical journey with a paranormal twist.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Dorine Linnen

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