"Be prepared to be swept away."
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted April 24, 2016
Romance Time Travel | Romance Suspense | Novella / Short Story
Linda Howard is going to ask you to take a voyage of
sorts with her in LAKE OF DREAMS. You see LAKE OF DREAMS
is a masterful leap into a story steeped with mystique,
drama and fantasy all rolled up into one fabulous
novella. Candidly I can't believe how Howard fit a story
this large and wonderful -- absolutely dreamy -- no pun
intended -- into what is a short story, a novella. But to
classify LAKE OF DREAMS as a short tale minimizes its
impact. From page one to the end this story will enchant
even the most skeptical person. LAKE OF DREAMS takes us
through time and this is a trip you won't want to miss
The challenge of writing a review about a novella is to
avoid giving anything important away. Well in the case of
LAKE OF DREAMS Linda Howard has me stepping up my game.
I loved it. It was reminiscent of time voyages from some
of my very favorite authors. Stories that still remain
with me after many years. LAKE OF DREAMS is destined to
become another one of my all-time favorites.
Just think you can sit back with a cup of coffee or tea
and lose yourself in a story that depends on you
suspending disbelief -- big time. The reward will be
great. Trust me. As you join in this somewhat mystical
tale with Thea Marlow and Richard Chance the story gets
more detailed, robust and addicting. By the time you get
to the end you are absolutely mesmerized and then shocked
by the awe inspiring ending.
Thea Marlow has been bothered, even frightened by dreams
recently. She takes a trip to a summer house the Marlow's
enjoyed for many seasons. Growing up Thea enjoyed the
comradery of her warm, loving, boisterous family. And
especially loved the lake. Thea and her siblings swam
like fish so she is troubled by her sudden aversion to
water in particular that lake.
Thea decides the only way to conquer her fear and
hopefully rid herself of these very frightening dreams is
to face her demon -- the lake. Once there she has to face
another part of her dreams.
Linda Howard is definitely a favorite of mine. I rarely
if ever pass up one of her books. Thank goodness I got my
hands on LAKE OF DREAMS. What a wonderful introduction to
a major talent for someone who hasn't met Linda Howard.
House painter Thea Marlow hasn’t been sleeping very well.
Her nights are plagued by dreams, the setting by the water
and the mysterious man who appears in them always the same.
But the outcome of the dream changes nightly: sometimes the
man loves her...and sometimes he kills her. Desperate for
some much needed relaxation, Thea travels to her family’s
remote country lake house. Imagine her surprise when a knock
at the door reveals the man from her dreams...who happens to
have just rented the house next door.
So will he love her—or will he kill her?
Originally published in Everlasting
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