New Review~~The Dream Keeper’s Daughter by Emily Colin



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.


Nicole’s 3.5 Blush Review

Based on the description, Emily Colin’s The Dream Keeper’s Daughter had a lot of the elements that I enjoy in a book. There was a time slip that took me to Barbados in the early 1800s. There was a mystery involving the disappearance of 2 people close to the heroine. There was a woman doing her best to raise her daughter alone and just happened to be an archeologist. Not a bad combination of elements!

It was lost love storyline that the romantic in me couldn’t get enough of. His name was Max and he was Isabel’s one true love. They were going to spend the rest of their lives together until he walked into the woods and never came back. Life went on and Isabel didn’t just cope with her loss, she made a life for herself and her daughter. Imagine Isabel’s surprise and confusion when a piece of jewelry belonging to someone else she’d lost is discovered at a dig site she was on in Barbados.

And that is where the book kind of fell apart for me.

There were so many different elements that I couldn’t really get invested in them. I would caught up in the time slip, only to have it shift back to the present. I would be getting to know Max more in the past and then go back to the present where Isabel’s BFF was secretly in love with her. I really enjoyed the historical part of the book. I learned a lot about Barbados and its history. I enjoyed the characters in that time. I felt more connected to them than any of the present day characters, even Isabel. At the end of the book, I felt like there were so many loose ends that needed to be addressed for me to be satisfied by the ending. I also felt that there were lots of things that didn’t need to be in the story at all and actually kind of took away from the ending. I had high hopes for this book, but in the end, I felt like the book didn’t quite reach them.

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