Review: Rainy Day Dreams by Lori Copeland & Virgina Smith

April 30, 2014

Title: Rainy Day Dreams
Author: Lori Copeland & Virgina Smith
Publisher: Harvest House
Pages: 284
ISBN: 978-0-7369-5349-8
Publication Date: April 1st, 2014

Under Stormy Skies

It's 1856, and Kathryn is convinced her life is over. Her father has sent her to Seattle to find a husband, and the backwoods settlement offers none of the comforts and culture she was accustomed to in San Francisco. Will she find anyone who understands her love of painting? And can she really be expected to work as maid?

Jason has come to Seattle to work in the new sawmill and to escape painful memories of the life he knew before. He has no time for romance not with the rumors of a looming war with the Indians. So why can't he get Kathryn out of his mind?

Will there be a future for Seattle...and for Kathryn and Jason?
In Rainy Day Dreams we travel back to the settlement of Seattle. Four years have passed since the end of A Bride for Noah, the first book in the series. The town has grown. The biggest mill in the west is operating and business is booming. Men are traveling in a steady flow to find jobs and women are traveling to find husbands.

The set up for this story was great. I enjoyed looking deeper into a history that isn't widely known about outside of  Washington State. Even though quite a bit of time has passed, instead of becoming a quiet community, Seattle is now threatened by Indian raids from hostile tribes from surrounding areas, unhappy that their lands are being encroached on. The Navy is now in port to help with the threats.

The historical background was a perfect backdrop and was very entertaining. However, the pacing of the story made it feel like the story rode on a wave. There would be a little bit of action, then we would go back to the normal pacing of a day. Each chapter seemed to represent a day in the life of the lead Kathryn, and with that it was a little choppy in the pacing.

I had hard time connecting with Kathryn. She thought she was above the situation she had been placed in and argued about it and pouted for a time. Jason was a little easier to connect with, but he had secrets he carried around and it made him mystery. However, he enjoyed his job and was good at it. And reading about the joy he had for his job was a delight.

The relationship between Jason and Kathryn was a little hard to believe, I hate to say. For most of the story they argued and squabbled and Jason is still hurting from the secrets he carries. The relationship that formed happened very quickly near the end and was hard to flush out, with many surprises and revelations exposed.

It was an enjoyable story over all and it offered a wonderful look into an interesting time in history. I look forward to what the third book has in store.

3 out of 5

About the Author:
Lori Copeland is the author of more than 90 titles, both historical and contemporary fiction. With more than 3 million copies of her books in print, she has developed a loyal following among her rapidly growing fans in the inspirational market. She has been honored with the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, The Holt Medallion, and Walden Books’ Best Seller award. In 2000, Lori was inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame. She lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband, Lance, and their three children and seven grandchildren.

Virginia Smith is the author of more than 20 inspirational novels and 50 articles and short stories. An avid reader with eclectic tastes in fiction, Ginny writes in a variety of styles, from lighthearted relationship stories to breath-snatching suspense.

Thank you to Harvest House, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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