A Kiss and a Dream by Linda Andrews
She escapes with a dead woman’s name and finds sanctuary with a widower reeling from his wife’s betrayal. Can a love built on lies survive the truth?
Gretchen Foltz honors her late father’s request and ends up locked in the workhouse by her greedy brother. Dreaming of a home and freedom, she embarks on a dangerous winter journey. She awakes in a stranger’s home. Hiding behind a lie, she discovers a man worthy of her trust.
Kian Bryne is struggling to feed his four children. The last thing he needs is to rescue a woman stranded on the ice and running from her own demons. With his rich in-laws threatening to take custody his children, he’ll make a desperate alliance to keep his family together. When a simple kiss shatters their agreement, he’s left yearning for more.Can they untangle the lies before someone separates them forever?
In this scene, Gretchen learns that Kian has a secret dream to be a carriage driver on the island. She has a dream of her own and knows the power of them, so she is determined to help him achieve his goal.
"It was a stupid dream. I should sell it, ta pay ya." Kian jerked the covering into place and turned away.
"Nein. No." She followed him. "Dream is not stupid. Dream is good."
She slowed down to hit the correct sound at the end. Just so he understood.
He yanked pieces of oak from the pile near the door and dropped them into her pail.
"I help you vith your dream." She pulled out the bigger pieces and returned them to the stack before tugging the handle from his grip. Selecting the right size for the cook stove, she filled her bucket. "You see."
"Why?" He stared at the wood pile and huddled in his jacket.
She didn't want to think too hard about the why. Instead, she clasped the pail to her chest and hustled for the door.
He beat her there and pushed back the snow, so she could squeeze through the opening. Before she exited, he stayed her with a hand on her arm. "Why?"
"Because I have the dreams, too. And you are helping to make them true." She ducked under his arm and walked into the cold. More than he knew. Maybe more than was safe for her heart.
This is a sweet historical romance set during WWI in America. The story of Kian and Gretchen isn't a straight, easy road to love. Trust doesn't come easy, but desperation brings them together - they truly need each other. Both have things from the past that threaten their tenuous relationship. But something is amiss in the little town of Hope Point. There seems to be a thief amongst them, not to mention the suspicions some hold about Kian's former wife's death and the fact that Gretchen speaks with a German accent. While not a fast paced story, it does tell a compelling story and brings to life the time and bleak conditions that were a reality during WWI.
FYI ~ clean read
Honest disclosure ~ I received a review copy in connection with this blog tourAuthor Linda Andrews Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: “What else would she write? She’s never been normal.” All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion and she’s followed that passion into history, the future, and beyond. Sometimes, she incorporates her science background and other times, she allows the magic of love to take center stage in sweet historicals.
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