Land of My Dreams

Land of My Dreams

by Norma Gail


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Alone and grieving, American professor, Bonny Bryant longs for a haven of peace. She accepts a position at a small Christian college in Fort William, Scotland, craving escape from her painful past. The passionate love which develops when she meets fellow professor and sheep farmer, Kieran MacDonnell, is something she never anticipated.

Kieran harbors a deep anger toward God in the face of his own devastating grief. When Bonny s faith begins to grow, he chooses deception to keep from losing her. As his dark depression worsens, he sends her away, ending his only chance for happiness.

When Bonny suffers life-threatening injuries in a terrible accident following her best friend s wedding in New Mexico, her former fiancé forces his way back into her affections. As her life hangs in the balance, Kieran arrives and she must decide between the two rivals.

How will Bonny determine where her heart truly lies? Can Kieran put aside his rebellious pride and return to the faith he once professed? Will Adam convince Bonny to trust him again and remain in the safety and familiarity of home?

Land of My Dreams spans the distance between New Mexico s high desert mountains and the misty Scottish Highlands with a timeless story of overwhelming grief, undying love, and compelling faith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941103173
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Publication date: 03/24/2014
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

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Land of My Dreams 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
Land of My Dreams by Norma Gail American Professor Bonny Bryant leaves her home in the high desert mountains of New Mexico and travels to the beautiful misty Scottish Highlands to heal from painful memories. However, she soon learns that those memories followed her there. Will she find healing or more heartache? Sheep farmer and professor Kieran MacDonell has his own painful memories. Can he let them go and allow God to heal his heart or forever grieve? I love the detailed descriptions of the beautiful Scottish countryside and felt as if I was right there. The characters face challenges and overwhelming grief that ultimately brings doubts in their faith-walk. The healing they so desperately seek depends on the choices they make. There are some surprising twists, unexpected crisis and dangers, as well as romance and love, second chances and an ending that is heartwarming. However, I found the story dragged a bit, especially in the middle, but picked up toward the ending. The use of the Gaelic language was interesting but became a bit much at times. There is a Gaelic translation guide at the end of the book, but I found it a bit distracting from the story to keep flipping to the guide. ~I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I almost set this book aside multiple times, but I persevered to the end. The setting is lovely and the premise is good. Descriptions are well done, and, especially in the first half, the text is pretty well free of typos and errors. But it is LONG. Too long with so many repeated reversals. Why the hero, Bonny, gave the time of day to either of the men competing for her attention, I'm not sure. Even the hero, Kieran, should've been kicked to the curb multiple times - not for his lack of faith but for his harsh treatment of his supposed love. The biggest obstacle to my enjoyment was the dialogue, which often sounded unnatural or would shift without warning from one topic to another with no internal thought or action by the character to connect the dots. It made the narrative abrupt and disjointed and only lent to the chaotic reversals in characters' actions - particularly those of Kieran. Heavy reliance on hackneyed plot devices also lessened my enjoyment. Land of My Dreams is not without bright spots. I think a good developmental editor and dedication by the author could transform it into a very good book.
AnnE42 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a beautiful love story and I was pulled into the Bonnie's life from the first pages. The author did an outstanding job of making me feel as if I was experiencing the land of Scotland with the characters. It is also a wonderful story of people learning to put the hurts of the past behind them and learning to trust God with their future. This is the first book I have read by this author, and I certainly will be looking forward to reading more by her.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Land of My Dreams is a contemporary book set in Scotland. The two main characters, Bonny Bryant, an American professor, and Kieran MacDonell, a sheep farmer and professor, are well developed and very real. You feel their frustrations and joys although, at times, I wanted to shake both of them. The descriptions of Scotland scenery are wonderful and brought back memories of my trip to that area. I enjoyed learning more Scottish customs. The book is well written. It was a slow read as I felt I had to read every word rather than skipping over some as I usually do. The ending seemed a little too drawn out but overall I truly enjoyed the book and recommend it to others. I received Land of My Dreams by Norma Gail in a giveaway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since my opinion of romance novels was pretty low, I didn't expect to enjoy a Christian romance novel. In some regards, I think the two words shouldn't go together. But reading Land of My Dreams has cured me of my wrong opinion and helped me to see that those two words can go together and even glorify God. I found Norma Gail's handling of the "romance" part very healthy and realistic--and appropriate. And she is an expert at developing and revealing the motives and qualities of the characters. I understood why each one made the choices they did and it seemed reasonable for the story line and plot. Plus, the obstacles within the plot were realistic and believable. Thanks, Ms. Gail for helping me to see the purposes of Christian romance. 
Mary65MW More than 1 year ago
Land of My Dreams is a book about deep loss and how if affects our faith in God. Norma's character development is wonderful and everyone who reads this book will be able to relate to their feelings of betrayal, loss, confusion, anger and lack of trust. The book is also an encouragement to anyone who is going through issues of loss or betrayal. It shows how beautifully God can and does work in our lives when we turn to Him in faith. This truth is woven into the book without seeming "preachy". The book was a pleasure to read, is well written, and I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Norma Gail's Land of My Dreams draws readers into the love that develops between American Professor Bonny Bryant and Kieran MacDonell, a Scottish sheep farmer and fellow professor as they each struggle through their own devastating losses and betrayals.The resulting crisis of faith in each is something readers may recognize in themselves, identifying some of their own doubts and questions. As they see how Bonny and Kieran learn to accept and overcome life's challenges and temptations, they may find hope for themselves.   Not only does Norma Gail describe the love between Bonny and Kieran, amidst conflict and opposition, she draws readers into a romance with her native New Mexico, and Scotland--the land of her dreams-- and presents somewhat of an ongoing travelogue of all things Scottish.    This is an enjoyable and refreshing offering in the Contemporary Christian Romance Genre as an example of God's sovereignty and faithfulness to those who are seeking His best for their lives.
LoriBennett More than 1 year ago
This is a tender love story between two broken people, with the Author of love wooing them back to Himself. Norma Gail captures your attention with beautifully vivid scenes of the Land of Enchantment (New Mexico) and Scotland - the land of green hills and of blue locs. Then, with tender details of loss, pain, and finally, renewed hope, the excitement of new love unfolds and draws you in. The Author of Life and Love is behind the scenes weaving together their tapesties of real life, and drawing them to Himself. Thank you Norma Gail!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A truly beautiful story of healing and redemption, Land of My Dreams drew me in more and more the farther I read. I knew I'd love the Scottish and New Mexico settings, but I also grew to know and love the main characters, Bonny and Kieran, and was moved and ministered to in ways I didn't even expect by their struggles and journey of learning to trust God despite, and even through, trials and heartache. A line one character speaks to another has come back to me multiple times: "Just because you can't see it doesn't mean God can't do it." I loved how Norma Gail didn't tie up Bonny and Kieran's romance easily with a nice little bow but let them truly wrestle and struggle with their past hurts and doubts and present heartaches, just as we humans really do...and yet she showed the overcoming truth and power of Christ through it all. The characters are real and deftly drawn, and the ending will keep you on the edge of your seat--at least it did me! Check out Land of My Dreams even if you're not typically drawn to contemporary romance...I think you'll be blessed.
RosemaryHines More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read! If you’ve ever lost a dream only to discover God had a better one in mind, you will relate to this tale of two brokenhearted dreamers brought together in a land of beauty and romance. Bonny Bryant flees her home in New Mexico after her fiancé breaks off their engagement. Making a bold move to Scotland, where she has secured a teaching position at a Christian college, she carries on her father’s legacy as a history instructor. Although raised a believer, her parents’ deaths and the death of her relationship with the man she loves challenge her long-held beliefs and causes her to pull back from God. In Scotland, she encounters another professor with his own spiritual struggles. Having lost his beloved wife and infant son to a tragedy during childbirth, Kieran MacDonnell is also holding God at a distant arm’s length. He buries himself in his work at the college and on the family sheep farm as he pushes his pain deep inside where it cannot be touched. By the hand of God, these two lost souls find each other and begin the tentative process of rediscovering hope. But many barriers arise, and the difficulties they face could lead to the loss of a chance to love again.  Norma Gail’s Land of my Dreams is a captivating story of deep struggles in the human soul. Her poetic prose and masterful use of metaphors transport the reader on a journey to Scotland where the lush green hills, the cerulean lochs, and the cooling mists create a backdrop to a love story that will capture hearts and restore hope to dreamers young and old.  
MB1031 More than 1 year ago
This was a great debut novel from Norma Gail. I loved the depth of character as well as the way the message stood out. It is unapologetically faith based which was a great selling point for me. The descriptions of Scotland and the romance won't leave you wanting either. Good read. 
Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
As a debut novel, this one is wonderful. It grips your heart--whether it's the romance or whether it's the descriptions of Scotland. Two people, reeling from hurt and disillusionment. First Bonny Bryant's mother and then her father had died within months of each other, and immediately following, her fiance dumped her. She and her father had come up with a history curriculum before he had passed, and she had been offered a position at Fort William Christian College in Scotland. Kieran MacDonell, who taught math at the same school, nursed a deep hurt of his own. His beloved wife, Bronwyn had died giving birth to their son, a storm preventing emergency help from getting to their remote farm. Their son also died. Both Bonny and Kieran disillusioned by what they perceive as God's desertion of them when they needed Him most--what were they doing teaching at a Christian college? Despite their deep hurts and desires to avoid any romantic entanglements, they find themselves almost immediately attracted to each other. What will happen if one of them rediscovers God and the other doesn't?