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Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Dream of Home

Madeleine has inherited her grandparents' home and moves into it for a change of scenery and for the quietness it promises. She has lost her fiance' in the worst way possible. Because of her training as a nurse and her military experiences, she has many nightmares about her fiance' and needs the changes her grandparents' home will bring her.

Saul and Emma live behind Madeleine, but Saul wants Emma to stay away from Madeleine. He doesn't want his daughter influenced by Madeleine's English ways. The only problem is that Emma wants to be Madeleine's friend, and Madeleine wants Saul to build her some new cabinets for her kitchen. Their paths can't help but entertwine, in spite of Saul's desire to keep his little family separate.

Amy Clipston has written a novel that will resonate with any romance reader. Madeleine's military experiences, especially seeing her fiance' with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, give rise to the PTSD that so many of our veterans suffer from. The conflicts that Saul and Madeleine go through are common for people who have been through traumatic events. This is what makes Amy's novel so readable and very un-put-down-able. Amy has not concentrated her descriptions on physical traits, but more on the souls of her characters. All Madeleine dreams of is a place to call home, to feel that peace home brings, and that safety of being "at home." Even the less important characters all mesh together with their own faults and foibles and bring a sense of community to the novel.

Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a home worth dreaming about.

This book was provided for my reading pleasure by Zondervan in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own, and I was not compensated in any way for them.

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