Arabella Angarrick is heartbroken. Exiled from her beloved Cornwall, she must come to terms with life on the Canadian prairies and her arranged marriage to D’Arcy Rowan. She struggles to reconcile herself to life on a remote ranch with a man she barely knows. He knows he’s getting a two for one deal and Bella is thankful he is happy to welcome her unborn child into his home. D’Arcy is a kind man, but try as she might, Bella just can’t bring herself to love him. Her heart still yearns for Vear Du, the father of her baby. Will she ever stop dreaming of the selkie?
A contemporary romance with a paranormal flair made Arabella Dreams an interesting read. I was somewhat lost in the beginning, since I hadn’t read book one. I didn’t know what a Selkie was but as the story progresses the reader gains insight into all that happened while reading Arabella’s thought processes. Even though the train ride scene to her new destination as a mail order bride was a little long in my opinion, we do gain insight into Arabella’s character; low self esteemed and scared. It’s when she reaches her destination and meets the man who “bought” her, the feisty side of her personality presents itself. She does make some poor choices that may have come off as a little selfish and I did get annoyed with her; constantly asking if D’Arcy hated her and thoughts of that nature. But then it had me thinking, I probably would have done the same thing as well. The reader does find out about her past and her father being one of the reasons why her life fell apart. Some compassion towards Arabella was warranted.
I liked D’Arcy; he was gruff and kinda sexy. I really liked how he handled Arabella and her tantrums and their love scenes were hot. His gruff exterior was just a barrier to a kind hearted character that he turned out to be. Arabella and D’Arcy learn to love each other throughout the course of the story and her hang ups from the past become a sort of distant memory. I liked that she learned not to let it rule her life. Arabella grew as a character and I liked her at the end.
The paranormal plays a role toward the end of the story and it’s clear that Arabella’s story is not finished yet. So it’s interesting to see where it leads.
*I received an copy of this story in exchange for an honest review*
“Your buggy awaits, Mrs. Rowan.” He walked her down the path that opened through the crowd in front of them. His dark head dipped toward her. “For the love of God, would you smile, woman?”
Raising her chin Bella pasted a fake smile on her face and moved as slowly as possible. It was childish, she realized, but she wanted to postpone whatever was coming for as long as she could. Reaching the buggy she hesitated and started to gather the long skirts of her wedding gown in shaking hands. A squeak of protest elicited more laughter when her husband picked her up and deposited her in the shadowed interior. He climbed in beside her and shut the half door. Red was perched on the drivers box, he waited for D’Arcy’s signal before clucking to the horse and setting the buggy in motion. D’Arcy waved out the window and then sank back with a sigh.
“Thank God that’s over with,” he said. One hand rubbed his injured leg stuck out in front of him. “I don’t think every one of our guests realized you’re the most unhappy bride ever seen in the MD of Pincher Creek.”
Nancy M Bell is a proud Canadian and lives near Balzac, Alberta with her husband and various critters. She is a member of The Writers Union of Canada and the Writers Guild of Alberta. Nancy has numerous writing credits to her name. She has had her work recognized and honoured with various awards. Nancy has presented at the Surrey International Writers Conference in 2012 and 2013, and at the Writers Guild of Alberta Conference in 2014. She has publishing credits in poetry, fiction and non-fiction.