Adelaide and her sister Maggie
were abducted and abused by five men.
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.
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.
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.
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
beginning of the book is a bit choppy because we don't get to see everything
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.
enjoyed the Cherokee characters as much as I
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.
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.
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,
TO DREAM will satisfy those who enjoy an American historical journey with a