Saturday, September 15, 2012

Book Review: Valley of Dreams

Valley of Dreams. Lauraine Snelling. 2011. Bethany House. 342 pages.

Valley of Dreams is the first in a new series by Lauraine Snelling. Cassie Lockwood has to rethink her life after her father's wild west show closes due to financial problems and mishandling by her father's partner. She decides to go to her father's "dream valley" in South Dakota and try settling down. Along on her trip are two trusted friends and guides--Micah and Chief. (They also find an injured Native American woman on their way to the valley that they add to their number.) Most of the novel chronicles their trip to this South Dakota valley. The other half of the novel chronicles the life of a family already settled in that valley. Readers meet two brothers (Ransom and Lucas) who are very different from one another.

While this novel isn't satisfying on its own--the story has barely begun when it ends--I found it to have potential. It is set in 1906, I believe. I thought the characters were interesting and it will be interesting to see how these two stories connect and how relationships are formed. I do think the story will improve with the second in the series, and I do think it will all be worth reading in the end.

I look forward to reading the next book.

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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