A Dream of Daring

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A ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist and winner of five literary awards.

In the South before the Civil War, one man's radical ideas and breakthrough invention threaten the townspeople's privileged way of life, based on slavery and power. The result is murder.

Tom Edmunton, the science-minded son of a cotton planter, has designed the precursor of the tractor in antebellum Louisiana. He foresees a new age of mechanized farming that will empty the...

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A ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist and winner of five literary awards.

In the South before the Civil War, one man's radical ideas and breakthrough invention threaten the townspeople's privileged way of life, based on slavery and power. The result is murder.

Tom Edmunton, the science-minded son of a cotton planter, has designed the precursor of the tractor in antebellum Louisiana. He foresees a new age of mechanized farming that will empty the fields of men and supplant the South's slavery system. But the planters of his town don't like his big ideas about changing their world or the intensity with which he's pursuing them.

As Tom hears the call of the new age, he also feels the pull of two women. Rachel, a senator's daughter, loves him, but will she break with her family to stand by his side if the town rebukes him? Solo, a rebellious mulatto slave, despises Tom, along with every other master. Rachel is free, but is her spirit chained? Solo is chained, but is her spirit free? Will Tom's romantic inclinations further uproot the town's conventions and notions of subjugation?

Tensions between Tom and the planters peak, and the tractor is stolen. "Then a shocking murder sets into motion inextricably linked events and revelations that will change life as they know it for Tom, Rachel, and Solo" (BOOKLIST).

Cold-blooded murder, scandalous romance, and the bitter clash of two ages unfold in this gripping mystery set during the tumultuous lead-up to the Civil War.

A DREAM OF DARING is a haunting tale of the Old South, with its lush fields of white-gold cotton, its majestic plantations, its elegant gentry, and its embattled slaves. Ingenious and original, the novel reveals a sweeping story of secrets, lies, forbidden love, and earth-shaking aspirations. It's an irresistible page-turner, packed with suspense and surprising plot twists. It's filled with ideas to stimulate the mind and passion to excite the spirit.

A DREAM OF DARING delves deeply into conflicts of the period that still plague the world today-the clash between progress and control, between freedom and servitude, between the limitless reach of the human spirit and the forces that work to suppress it- giving the story a relevance and immediacy in our own time.


ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist in Romance

Midwest Book Award Finalist in Historical Fiction

Midwest Book Award Finalist in Romance

Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist in Regional Fiction

Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist in Multicultural Fiction

"thought-provoking" BOOKLIST

"suspenseful...engaging...relevant for all generations" FOREWORD

"an enticing blend of mystery and romance...much recommended reading" MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW


"Grab your seat for a tumbling ride back to the high-stakes, hoop-flying, tumultuous time when cotton was king. Gen LaGreca takes you for a jaunt in her carriage through fields of fragrant words, luscious descriptions, and panoramic views. . . ." --Barry Farber, host of The Barry Farber Show

"I thoroughly enjoyed the plot twists and turns, the passionate interracial romance, the delicious rebellion against convention, and the challenge to subjugation of all kinds." --Marsha Familaro Enright, President, Reason, Individualism and Freedom Institute

"This is a heroic and inspiring novel that's also packed with rich insights, lessons-and warnings-for today." --John Blundell, author of Ladies for Liberty: Women Who Made a Difference in American History


Historical fiction, mystery, romantic suspense

US / Civil War history

Multicultural fiction

Historical literary fiction, literary mysteries

Also see Gen LaGreca's first novel, NOBLE VISION, a ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist and Writer's Digest Book Awards pick.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974457963
  • Publisher: Winged Victory Press
  • Publication date: 2/12/2013
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Genevieve (Gen) LaGreca is a Chicago writer whose first novel, NOBLE VISION, won a ForeWord magazine Book-of-the-Year Award and was a finalist in the Writer's Digest International Book Awards---two of the most prestigious national literary honors in independent publishing.

A DREAM OF DARING is Gen's award-winning second novel. It, like NOBLE VISION, is about an innovator at odds with his society. Both novels are tightly plotted, with strong romance and inspirational themes.

A DREAM OF DARING has been picked as a ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist in Romance, A Midwest Book Awards Finalist in Historical Fiction and in Romance, and a Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist in Regional Fiction and also in Multicultural Fiction.

Why does she like writing fiction? Gen explains. "I want to tell stories of people that we wish we could meet, people who are doing things we admire, and people who inspire us to reach for our dreams."

Gen is currently working on a third novel, and she has completed the screenplay of NOBLE VISION.

For more information, see www.genlagreca.com.

Gen can be reached at genlagreca@hotmail.com.

Follow her on:
www.facebook.com/genlagreca www.twitter.com/genlagreca

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

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    By: Gen LaGreca Published By: Wing Victory Press Age Recommende

    By: Gen LaGreca
    Published By: Wing Victory Press
    Age Recommended: Adult
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Rating: 5
    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.

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  • Posted March 30, 2013

    There were two hearts beating beneath the words in this book. Th

    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.

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  • Posted March 23, 2013

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    A Beautiful Historical MUST Read!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Truly carrying on the traditions, themes, and ideas of the great

    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).

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