Type: Historical Romance
My Copy: Sent
The Cherokee call her Shadow Girl. A white woman adopted by Indians, Adelaide is haunted by the dark dreams she hides—of her murdered family, of the men she fears, and most of all, of the ones that foretell the future. After her visions cause her to make a terrible mistake, she renounces her power and buries her dreams deep in her soul.
Until Jesse Black is captured by the tribe. His life is spared because the Cherokee believe his warrior spirit belongs to their fallen brother. Though he hates all Indians, Adelaide illuminates their way of life for him, just as he shines light into her shadowed heart. But when her dreams return, Jesse must help her face them…or die trying…
Somewhere to Dream is a rich, sweeping story that weaves a fictional love story with American history. Ms. Graham’s writing is so descriptive that we feel we are watching a time in history that can be beautiful as well as brutal.
Adelaide’s life changed when she was sixteen, a brutal attack on her family left her mother and youngest sister dead and Addy and Maggie at the mercy of evil men until the unthinkable happened and they were rescued by the Tsalagi or Cherokee.
The Cherokee healed the two girls, taught them their language and lessons. The people were in awe of Maggie and her dreams and Maggie took to the people and became Tsalagi in every aspect. It took Addie longer because she always feared the dreams and did not embrace them as Maggie did.
Wah-Li is like a grandmother and taught Addy how to use her gift; they called her, Shadow Girl. But Addy was always impatient with her dreams, there were times she did not finish the dream to find out what happens and unfortunately this led to the death of Wahyaw, a warrior who was to marry her. Soquili and Wahyaw were brothers and he was devastated when Wahyaw died, but the ways of the Cherokee are intriguing and Soquili found his brother’s soul in another warrior and brought him home, a white man named Jesse Black.
Jesse was an angry man, most of his family had been murdered by Indians and although he had to prove himself to the family, he found something in the village that had been missing in his life.
This story is so compelling, the writing and depths of the characters are amazing as we are swept up in the drama that brought me into a different world, the world of the Cherokee. I have not read many American historical books lately, so reading about this era was refreshing. I laughed and thoroughly enjoyed hearing about how the Cherokee lived and embraced their families and cringed at how they treated prisoners, yes life can be brutal and it is hard to read about sometimes.
I enjoyed Addy and Jesse together as they heal one another from their hurtful pasts. Jesse was a bit brash and very prejudice in the beginning, I was not sure I would like him, I thought it would take him a lot longer to acclimate himself with the tribe, but he changed and I enjoyed who he became. The secondary characters are wonderfully written and add much to the story and I like how we get to see Maggie and her family. I also enjoyed learning of Addy’s dreams; how she always feared them but then with help she embraced them.
This is the third book in the series but can easily be read as a stand-alone. I am looking forward to more from this author; I enjoy her voice and wonderful storytelling. I recommend this for anyone that enjoys historical fiction with romance.
I give Somewhere to Dream by Genevieve Graham 4 stars!
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