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The Dream Keeper’s Daughter by Emily Colin

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

The Dream Keeper's Daughter

The Dream Keeper’s Daughter by Emily Colin
by Emily Colin
Published by Ballantine Books
on July 25th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Time Travel
Pages: 482
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 3 Stars



Isabel Griffin has done her best to move on since her boyfriend, Max Adair, vanished without a trace eight years ago, leaving her heartbroken—and pregnant. Eerily enough, this isn’t the first time someone Isabel loves has gone missing. When she was sixteen, her mother disappeared, and her father became obsessed with finding his long-lost wife—at the expense of parenting Isabel.

Determined not to repeat her father’s mistakes, Isabel works hard to become a respected archaeologist and a loving mother to her daughter, Finn, a little girl with very unusual abilities. But while Isabel is on a dig in Barbados, she receives a disturbing phone call. The hauntingly familiar voice on the other end speaks just four words—“Isabel. Keep her safe.”—before they’re disconnected.

Isabel tries to convince herself that the caller can’t possibly be Max. But what if it is, and Finn is in danger? As one mysterious event after another occurs, she can’t shake the feeling that, despite what everyone else believes, Finn’s father is alive—and he’s desperately trying to reach her.

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Take everything you know about time travel and throw it out the window. The Dream Keeper’s Daughter had me on my toes the whole time. I really could not tell where the story was going and I kind of liked that.


The minute we are introduced to Isabel we are shown a character that can be vulnerable and tough at the same time.The first chapter sets the tone for the story and gets the imagination flowing. What happens next? What happened to Max? Why was she so freaked out to get his call? Those are the questions that instantly ran through my mind. I just knew I had to stick ’til the end to get some answers.


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Some of the answers were shocking…

As time goes on in the story, I found myself getting impatient with Isabel. Her flip-flopping emotions really turned my head around way too much. There are two men in Isabel’s life; one of them happens to be in the past (Max) and the other is a father figure to her daughter (Jake). It was kind of a weird relationship. At times it felt like Isabel was using Jake. She comes off tough (she does Karate after all) and emotionally stunted. Okay, I get it, she thinks she was abandoned by her boyfriend. I could understand why she doesn’t want to let anyone in, but it was kind of wrong the way she was playing Jake. He was heartbreakingly in love with her and she…well…hell if I know. Even towards the end it was like pulling teeth to finally get her to say something along the lines of “I love you.”

Another man who I felt totally sorry for? Max. It wasn’t his fault. True, he does have the selfish type of personality, but he honestly did not know how the heck he ended up in the past and how long he actually spent there. The majority of the story goes back and forth between the past and present. However, it’s towards the end where I think the story dragged a little bit. It turned into a love triangle type of thing and I felt bad for both men.

Ultimately, it really was an interesting read. I loved Max’s scenes from the past. The author really did a great job with research. The setting was realistic.

There was a paranormal aspect to this story that kept me interested long after I became tired of Isabel. I really hope we get more of Max’s story, because the ending? Well, it’s kind of bittersweet.

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“One man can save another. Only you know how to wipe your heart clean of what stains it.”


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Jess@Fairday's Blog

This sounds interesting! Time Travel books can be very exciting. Thanks for sharing your review. 🙂

Terri @ Alexia's Books and Such

Love time travel stories so will give this one a look, even with a wishy-washy MC!

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

Unpredictable stories usually make for good reads, but it’s definitely frustrating when characters do that emotional flip-flopping thing. And I don’t like when they use other characters the way you described her one relationship. The premise for this one does sound pretty interesting, and I like love triangles, but I tend to avoid time travel books, so I probably won’t read this one. Great review though!

Mary Kirkland

That sounds really good.

Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous)

I like that this is unlike any other time-travel book you’ve read. However, I’m not too keen on the love triangle and how the MC handles it. :\

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

Wow, I really, really like the sound of this one. I love a good time travel romance but I have to admit I’m a little hesitant since the MC sounds rather frustrating. It’s too bad she was written so wishy-washy because otherwise this sounds so good! I might still give it a try because besides the MC this one really has piqued my interest.


I enjoy time travel. This is new to me, and I kind of like that you didn’t know where it was headed. Isabel might me a tad crazy, but you have me curious.

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