By May Nicole Abbey
Genre: Inspirational Romance (Subgenre: Time Travel & Light Historical)
A dream in the night. A leap of faith. A quest for truth and treasure.
From term papers and instant coffee to blood-thirsty pirates and buried treasure, Rachel Madera, a gifted university professor, finds herself travelling through time on a journey of discovery and danger, all because of a simple dream. Despite the threat, Rachel is undaunted, certain she holds the keys to unlock the mystery of a Pharaoh’s treasure … and alter the course of history.
The only thing that stands between her and peril is Captain Mallory Tucker, a man with a tragic past and intractable moral code. Born of the sea, he is among the leading mariners of 18th century Europe. But the derelicts who make up his crew and the capriciousness of the ocean have taken their toll, and Captain Tucker is tired and jaded. The last thing he needs is a precocious young woman dropping onto his ship and creating havoc. But he’ll fight to the death for her honor, her beliefs…and her love.
Caroline Gregory and Shawnette Nielson were born in Southern California to a tight-knit family. Caroline earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Brigham Young University in 1999, supervising and managing a bookstore during and after college. She currently has three children’s picture books that are in the process of getting published.The first one, Puppy Stew, can be found on Amazon. Now a stay at home mom, she resides in Oklahoma with her husband and four young sons.
From gymnastics and acting to wrestling and construction work, Shawnette quickly realized that she had a flair for the unusual. At the age of 13 she started gymnastics only to switch it out for wrestling on the boy’s team her sophomore year in high school. After graduating she held a variety of jobs and worked as a nanny in the summer months. Although in essence a tomboy, Shawnette always longed for a feminine role model in modern media. At the age of 21, she went to St. Louis, Missouri to serve a mission for her church. She now lives in Arizona with her husband and three children.
Frustrated with the morals and messages found in much contemporary fiction, unable to find heroines with which they could relate, and discovering many of their family and friends felt similarly, Caroline and Shawnette teamed up to write a wholesome story that contained page-turning adventure and passion, but with a strong, moral message of God and honor.
The sentence, “I had a dream once that I flew” came to Shawnette’s mind one summer afternoon in 1997. Rushing around for a pen and paper, and unable to find either, she finally settled for a computer with a printer that was out of ink. The words tumbled forth without control and Shawnette’s fingers flew to keep up. Thus was born the beginning of “Once I Flew”. In later years, she read those first few pages to her sister Caroline, and together they developed the character of Rachael (POV) as well as the adventurous story and path of growth that she goes on. They both feel Rachael will be an inspiration to many.
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My 5 Star Review
Inspirational adventurous and filled with action and romance is what make a good book. Well that is what I look for in a book and "The Dreamer" is all that and more. Always finding the meaning behind the story without being in your face or preached.
This is what I found in this book so eloquently written and descriptive in between its pages. It allows your imagination to sore with possibilities of a live lived in the past. I know I have often wondered what would we do if we could go back in time with all the knowledge we have. But as we can see all the knowledge in the world helps you nothing if you do not apply it with wisdom.
Rachel a modern day young woman found her in this position. Challenged by the 18th Century lifestyle with a modern day mind set, after a dream. Searching for answers until she was shun from the very walls of learning she embraced with vicar Her knowledge taking her to places and experiencing life as we will never do. We get to know her as the observer meticulously penning down every situation, every facet of live for future studies. Thinking that she will return one day and people will acknowledge her accomplishments. We learn about her stubborn and head strong character not flinching in the eye of danger. Intellectual that drove every one around her crazy, but yet draw the most interesting characters to her.
She meet Pirates, Captain Fredrick flamboyant in every detail and Dukes, Charles Dubois, Duke of Norcross. A deceiver extraordinaire. Ladies of the Ton, Lady Alistair, finding her feet in an unfamiliar world with no one to understand her.
And of course Captain Mallory Tucker, larger then life. A man with integrity and a past that has made him the man that he is.
But her biggest down fall was her Illusion of Grandeur reminding every one she met she is there for a purpose. Almost loosing the one person, her true purpose in the end. Her goal fixed on one thing only but cost her her objective, to become a woman in the true sense of the word.
However circumstances had a way of working within her, humbling her and she found that she have fallen in love with a rigid, disciplined Captain that controls his ship with superiority and skill. Unwavering in his decisions that saved her countless times.
The romance between these two were interesting to watch as it unfolds and come to a wonderful end. Tying all the questions together in a wonderful ending.
But the biggest message that stood out was from a cowardly man John Finley that would give her up twice to safe his own skin but sacrificed himself to safe her at the very end. A cross always around his neck, fingering it too remind him of the message.
The message of the cross very clear.
It is foolish for those who do not understand its meaning but a peace for those who does accept its grace.
Beautifully written and a book I greatly enjoyed.