Friday, January 11, 2013

Review: Hidden in Dreams

Hidden in Dreams by Davis Bunn
Book of Dreams #2
Howard Books – July 3, 2012
256 Pages – Fiction. Christian, Adult, Supernatural/Fantasy
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Source: Publisher for review

From Goodreads: It’s not about understanding the prophecy. It’s about outliving it. Dr. Elena Burroughs’s life is spiraling out of control. Her controversial stance on dream interpretation has cost her a job, a romance, and all credibility in academic circles. Her literary agent tries to leverage the outcry into a publicity tour, which soon attracts a quirky following. Among the skeptics and mystics is a condescending scientist. But Elena finds his research holds ominous parallels with her own. A certain dream pattern has foretold every major catastrophe stretching back to the dawn of civilization. And now this dream is repeating itself in countless nightmares across the globe. Elena is confronted with a harrowing realization: the clock is ticking down to a cataclysmic financial collapse. Her desperation mounts as the prediction infiltrates her own dreams. Will this scientist become an unlikely ally—and maybe something more? Could an ancient biblical secret about the power of dreams and visions offer them an escape?

My Thoughts:         
     I am not sure what I expected, but I was not disappointed. Not that I’m surprised since I really enjoyed Book of Dreams. Dr. Elena Burroughs returns and another journey starts with someone having a strange dream.  This journey takes her back out of her comfort zone and there seems to be a lot more at stake. But Elena is not the same person we met in the first book.  She has grown in some amazing ways. Elena is the only primary character that appears in the second book. The hopeful romance that was budding in the first book didn’t turn into anything. But it opened her up, making her receptive to the unexpected one she finds in this story. This pairing seemed closer to right, it was comfortable and not something born out of stress and being thrown together.
Besides the romance, the questions of faith are deeper. The leap of faith that Elena is asked to make is much more risky. I am happy to report that Elena has deeper strength that makes her more capable of facing the unknown this time around.  I think the events in the previous book made her that way, so it was nice to see some growth.  While I don’t want to ruin the “big reveal” , I have to admit that I wasn’t surprised by it. This was a very enjoyable read.

What's Next? This is the end of Elena's story. But Davis Bunn next work is  Lion of Babyon

3 stars * * *
I received a copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest review. 

Always Shine,
Starr K

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