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Posted May 10, 2013
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By: Gen LaGreca
Published By: Wing Victory Press
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
"A Dream of Darling" by Gen LaGreca was some historical suspenseful murder mystery. This read was definitely one that keep me reading with all of its twist and turns and wow... that surprised ending. With all that was going on I found this read somewhat inspirational. In this read taken from 1859 you will get a little of all from 'Southern intrigue, political corruption, murder, slavery, horrible cruelty, forbidden love and then to the 'real romantic heroism' in Louisiana. The author does a good job with this historical part entering in about the 'south before the civil war.' These characters were all so real and well developed that really helped make this read quite interesting. "A Dream of Daring" may start out slow but with all of the adventure, suspense and mystery will keep you interested in seeing this 'American history' read unfold as it is so very important and relevant today. Would I recommend this read? Yes, especially if you are interested in a 'beautifully' well written historical romantic mystery murder.
Posted March 30, 2013
There were two hearts beating beneath the words in this book. The one that wants to tackle history and events that shaped the past and in doing so the future. Then there is the one that just wants to tell the reader an enjoyable story. It is often quite hard to do that simultaneously. The end result is a combination of the history of the South (US) with a grand portion of agricultural history and topped off with a murder mystery set in the pre- civil war era.
I enjoyed the information on the first engine driven farm machinery in relation to automated labour vs slave labour and the way the plantation owners not only refused but also halted a natural progression into a new age. The author also made an attempt to lay bare an understanding of how the slave owners thought of their slaves. At the same time the main character is introduced as a person opposed to the inequality of those times. A man who strives to create an equal setting for the slaves, although be it with his often condescending nature, the point he is trying to make is heard loud and clear.
The main character tended to go on and on about his invention so much so that it became repetitive. There was no need for the reader to go over that information multiple
Overall I found the story enjoyable but a little overdramatic at times. I didn't let that keep me from the by-product of info which I took from the story.
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley.
Posted March 23, 2013
It’s the mid-nineteenth century in antebellum Louisiana where slavery thrives, racism is a way of life, and people are set in their ways. Along comes a creative genius who thinks outside of the box, threatening to upset the “Southern” way of life. Upon a death in his family, Tom Edmunton has come home after years spent living and embracing the lifestyle and ideals of the North. He invents a motorized tractor that will revolutionize the way of planting and reduce the need for so many slaves. But it also threatens to shift the balance of power that has existed for so long and he meets with vehement resistance, a mysterious murder and the theft of his invention.
An intelligent, young mulatto woman has caught his eye and his heart, with her fiery resolve in the face of discrimination, kept in her place because of the color of her skin. Even she does not believe fully in his dreams for the future. They become adversarial misfits drawn to each other in a forbidden love.
As the story slowly builds, we are given a stark view into the archaic attitudes, the brutality of slavery, as well as the fear of change and the unknown so great that man will go to extremes to prevent it. The culmination of these events brings shocking revelations and will tear at you emotionally.
Gen LaGreca has crossed genres with her historical/mystery/romance that provides colorful scenic background descriptions as well as a depth to each character’s personality that drew me in with uncomfortable interest. The acceptance of racism, a ‘caste’ system, if you will, was appalling. Her epilogue, while wrapping things up well, also drove home the point that what society accepts, is of our own making. This is an eye-opening-must read for everyone!
Posted March 2, 2013
Truly carrying on the traditions, themes, and ideas of the greatest author of our age: Ayn Rand -- From the first paragraph to the last, it was like sitting down to a gourmet yet not overwhelming feast. While some of the plot elements (a love triangle and professional rivalries) are not new, they were built on a solid foundation of a logical epistemology and philosophy of life, one that is positive but not full of doe-eyed utopianism.
It is rare these days for a novel to move me emotionally and intellectually. This one did. The characters are real and the action believable. The writing style and editing are first rate. We hope to see many more novels from this writer who is quickly gaining a reputation as a true descendant of Ayn Rand (intellectually speaking).