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The Dream Keeper's Daughter
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.
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.
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.
“One man can save another. Only you know how to wipe your heart clean of what stains it.”