March 31, 2004
Within the social lands of
England, Martha McGuire, an impetuous, stubborn young woman and at the tender age of eighteen is forced by her father's hand
to marry a much older man, Jebediah Whittaker. Jebediah is a widower, as well as the father of three young boys: Ezekiel,
Abraham, and Isaac.
Unbeknown to all that just
beneath the surface, is a ruthless and despicable man who aims to destroy Martha.
Jebediah, having pulled
off the deal of a lifetime takes his new unwilling bride and children and board The Salvation. The ship sails
across the Atlantic Ocean for weeks, bound for the Americas, a voyage that reveals Jebediahs true, horrific intentions.
The Whittaker's journey
continues as they leave the east coast joining a wagon train of immigrant homesteaders, moving
west. For these souls no longer a paradisiacal land of fable, dream, and imagination, the West was to become for the settlers,
the promise of a new life. Destination Wyoming.
Upon Jeremy's return - Jebediah's brother, his evil deeds are uncovered. Martha's
father, John McGuire is agog over what has happened. The pain of it all causes John extreme heartache. He suddenly takes ill
and quickly calls for help. Guilt ridden, he will pay any price to get his daughter back!
What awaits readers
between the pages Of Dreams and Nightmares? An era of aristocracy, rogue heroes,
a charmer and trickster, hard toil and suffering, a heroine of the plains, but most importantly a
clear picture of a time and place in which classic stories take place.
author's research shines through for this period with captivating three-dimensional characters readers will easily
relate to. Of Dreams and Nightmares is a well-written novel of which readers will admire,
specifically content and delivery of this story.
Overall, the feel of this
romantic tale is of epic proportions, moving at a fast, intriguing pace, that will keep readers glued to each page, lusting
for more, even after they reach the end!
Reviewed by M. Romero, author of Caleng
and the Moonstone Pearl