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Thursday, June 1, 2017

History Corner / Book Review: The Dream Keeper's Daughter by Emily Colin

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge,from Random House via netgalley for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

And now for a fictional entry into History Corner!

A woman discovers an impossible connection that transcends time and place in this stirring, unforgettable novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Memory Thief.

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Isabel Griffin has done her best to move on since her boyfriend, Max Adair, vanished without a trace eight years ago, leaving her heartbroken—and pregnant. Eerily enough, this isn’t the first time someone Isabel loves has gone missing. When she was sixteen, her mother disappeared, and her father became obsessed with finding his long-lost wife—at the expense of parenting Isabel.
Determined not to repeat her father’s mistakes, Isabel works hard to become a respected archaeologist and a loving mother to her daughter, Finn, a little girl with very unusual abilities. But while Isabel is on a dig in Barbados, she receives a disturbing phone call. The hauntingly familiar voice on the other end speaks just four words—“Isabel. Keep her safe.”—before they’re disconnected.
Isabel tries to convince herself that the caller can’t possibly be Max. But what if it is, and Finn is in danger? As one mysterious event after another occurs, she can’t shake the feeling that, despite what everyone else believes, Finn’s father is alive—and he’s desperately trying to reach her.


Emily does a great job taking the reader back and forth in time, as she runs the parallel story lines of Isabel and Max. Add in archeaology and romance, and you have a book that tugs at the heart on more than one occassion. The subject matter in the past time is not an easy one, but the author does good job in making it relatable and makes history come alive. Emily does a great job in bringing her characters to life off the page and making them seem like people you know. isabel could be your best friend, the single mom in your daughter's class,  or the one you joke with at the local coffee place. Despite all that though, it can be slow going, and I did find myself putting it down multiple times, but then willing to give it another chance. So it took me about 4 times picking it up to get it read. It's not that it doesn't flow, but there just seemed natural stopping points within the book. Not sure if the author meant for those to be there, it might just have been a sophomore writing block thingy. It's a decent story if you can stay with it, with a different twist on an age old story telling technique.

About the Author:

Emily Colin holds a BA in Psychology, with a second major in Literature/Media Studies, from Duke University, and an MS in Family Studies and Human Services, with a specialization in Youth Development, from Kansas State University. She is the Associate Director of DREAMS of Wilmington, a nationally award-winning nonprofit dedicated to building creative, committed citizens by providing youth in need with high-quality, free-of-charge arts programming. 

Prior to coming to DREAMS, she served as Editor-in-Chief of Coastal Carolina Press, a nonprofit publishing company dedicated to preserving the history, culture and activities of the North Carolina coast, and co-founder of Carolina Women’s Partnership, a nonprofit organization.

This is her second novel

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