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My Story for His Glory

Shenandoah Dreams by Lisa Belcastro July 15, 2014

Filed under: Book Reviews,Tuesday Thoughts — Melissa Finnegan @ 12:39 pm
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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Shenandoah Dreams
OakTara Publishers (July 1, 2014)
Lisa Belcastro


Lisa Belcastro lives with her family on Martha’s Vineyard. She loves chocolate, gardening, outdoor activities, cooking, laughing, reading, traveling, a healthy dose of adventure, and her cat Ben, who keeps her company while she spends hours working at the computer.

She was inspired to write Shenandoah Nights, the first book in the Winds of Change trilogy, while chaperoning two Tisbury School summer sails with her daughter, Kayla, aboard the schooner Shenandoah. The weeklong adventure, sans electricity, Game Boys, iPods and modern conveniences, kindled her imagination to dream of an altogether different voyage.

In addition to writing romance novels, Lisa currently pens the cuisine column for Vineyard Style magazine. She has worked as a staff and freelance reporter and photographer for The Chronicle of the Horse and as assistant editor at The Blue Ridge Leader. She has written articles for USA Today, Dressage (London), USA WEEKEND Magazine, The Blue Ridge Leader and Sidelines.

When she’s not at her desk, Lisa is living in paradise, volunteering at her daughter’s school, serving in her church community, planting and weeding her numerous gardens, trying to run a marathon a month, or walking the beach looking for sea glass.


What if she met the man of her dreams…in another century? Tisbury, Massachusetts, Martha s Vineyard. It s just a dream, Melissa Smith whispers as she stares into the intense eyes of a man dressed in Colonial clothes, as though stepping out of an American Revolution movie set. A school chaperone with Holmes Hole Elementary, she d boarded the old schooner Shenandoah for a weeklong educational sail. But they are not visiting Plimoth Plantation, the Boston Tea Party Museum, or the Concord Bridge reenactment. They re sailing the waters around the island of Martha s Vineyard. Yet, when she awakes in Cabin 8, the captain claims to be Isaiah Reed, who sailed the original Shenandoah in the eighteenth century. He cannot possibly be real, Melissa thinks. And traveling back in time is impossible. But days pass, and she s still in 1770. What if Isaiah, who is simply too handsome to be real, is real? What if the fire he ignites in her from barely a touch isn t in her imagination? Can a dream last for weeks on end? If so, how will she find her way home…to the twenty-first century? And can she bear to leave the one man who has captured her heart, when everything in her longs to stay? A Vineyard Romance Romance, history, adventure. Get swept into the exciting Winds of Change series.

If you liked to read the first chapter of Shenandoah Dreams, go HERE.




My thoughts:

I love the premise of this book, I like things that are a bit different,  a little out of the box so I was interested to read this book.

Lisa obviously did a lot of research about the Shenandoah and the time period that Melissa gets taken to. It was interesting to get taken to a time period that we read about in history books in school.

Unfortunately, though, I didn’t connect with the characters in this book or the story as much as I hoped, which was interesting considering I am a teacher and my name is Melissa. It seemed to take a really long time for anything big to happen. Melissa had a couple of dreams but it took awhile to get to the point of no return.

I also had no clue how old Melissa was until quit a ways into the book. I kept picturing her to be my age or younger but I think she must have been a little older, I just never got a good picture of her.

It was fun being on the ship and I could really feel the wind in my hair and see the water, Lisa did a great job with that. And I do like how the book ended, very satisfying.

As always this is only my opinion, this book has gotten good reviews from other people and this might be one you like and just didn’t work for me. If it sounds interesting to you I encourage you to give it a read and see what you think.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.


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