Sunday, November 27, 2011

Dance of the Dandelion by Dina L. Sleiman

Love's Quest leads her the world over. 

Dandelion Dering was born a peasant in the English village of Arun, but her soul yearned for another life, another world. One filled with color and music, with adventure and passion...with more. Haunted by childhood memories, Dandelion determines to find a better existence than the life every peasant in the village contents themselves with. Even if her sweetheart William's predictions prove true, and her journey leads straight to heartache.

From her sleepy hamlet to the intrigue of castle life, from the heart of London to the adventurous seas, Dandelion flees from the mistakes of her past, always seeking that something, that someone who will satisfy her longings.

Will Dandelion ever find the rhythm to her life's dance...or did she leave her chance for true love at home in Arun Village?


This book is not your typical romance. It is not always clear that "the" happy ending is on the horizon. In fact, you wonder all through the book what her happy ending will be. The characters are very vibrant and alive. I could not put the book down once I picked it up. I had to find out what the next choices were and how they affected her life. It is so true to real life and how sometimes we think the choices we are making are the right ones and exactly what we want and it turns out not to be so.

As I walked through this book with Dandelion I couldn't help but understand how she felt through each new adventurous turn her life took. I felt her sorrow, disappointment, excitement and joy. This is a book you should have plenty of time to sit down and get lost in. It keeps you wondering where her choices will take her all the way to the last page of the book. It is hard to believe this is a first novel for Dina. I look forward to many more!


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Dancing After the Wind: coming early 2012

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Highland Sanctuary by Jennifer Hudson Taylor

A Sanctuary of Secrets...

Gavin MacKenzie, a chieftain heir who is hired to restore the ancient Castle of Braigh, discovers a hidden village of outcasts who have created their own private sanctuary from the world. Among them is Serena Boyd, a mysterious and comely lass, who captures Gavin’s heart in spite of harboring a deadly past that could destroy her future. 

The villagers happen to be keeping an intriguing secret as well. When a fierce enemy launches an attack against them, greed leads to bitter betrayal. As Gavin prepares a defense, the villagers unite in a bold act of faith, showing how God’s love is more powerful than any human force on earth.


Highland Sanctuary is book two in the series. I loved book one, Highland Blessings. This one is with the brother of the lady in book one. I loved this one just as much. Jennifer is able to make the characters come alive and the setting seem as if you are right there with them. 

In Highland Blessings you meet Gavin. He is actually one of my favorite side characters in that book. I am so glad he got his own story. He is a strong and compassionate person. Serena is a sweet and caring young woman who is intelligent and loving. Her friends are loyal to her and she earns the love and respect of two powerful men. But who will win her heart?

The Village of Outcasts was one of my favorite parts. I loved meeting all of the people who lived there and watching how they cared for each other like a family. It is the age old lesson of treating others as creations of God and not looking down on them because they are different. 

This is a great book for any age. Another great Christmas gift for those who love to read historical romance. Take a journey to 1477 Scotland and see how Gavin and Serena meet and fall in love. 


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