A Kiss and a Dream by Linda Andrews

A Kiss and a Dream by Linda Andrews
Love’s Great War #6
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (323 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Poinsettia

She escapes with a dead woman’s name and finds sanctuary with a widower reeling from his wife’s betrayal. Can a love built on lies survive the truth?

Gretchen Foltz honors her late father’s request and ends up locked in the workhouse by her greedy brother. Dreaming of a home and freedom, she embarks on a dangerous winter journey only to awake in a stranger’s home. Hiding behind a lie, she discovers a man worthy of her trust. But at what cost?

Kian Bryne is struggling to feed his four children. The last thing he needs is to rescue a woman stranded on the ice and running from her own demons. With his rich in-laws threatening to take custody of his children, he’ll make a desperate alliance to keep his family together. When a simple kiss shatters their agreement, he’s left yearning for more.

Can they untangle the lies before someone separates them forever?

A Kiss and a Dream is part of a series of clean romances set during the Great War. If you like characters that walk off the page, unique settings, and romance mixed with adventure and intrigue, then let Linda Andrews take you to a time when only the brave possessed the courage to risk all for love.

Kian’s heart has been broken by a liar before.

When Kian stumbled on Gretchen and two young children nearly frozen to death, none of them could have imagined how much all their lives were about to change. Gretchen has narrowly escaped the nightmare of the workhouse, and Kian is struggling to survive in a small town that has turned its back on him. Neither of them have dared to think about love and happiness for a very long time. However, winter has always been good to Kian, and he can’t help but wonder if Gretchen is the blessing he’s been looking for. Unfortunately, Kian isn’t the most popular man in town, and some will stop at nothing to see him ruined.

I admire Gretchen very much. She is an extremely strong, hardworking woman who has survived against the odds many times, but she met her match on a frozen lake in Michigan. Gretchen is understandably cautious when she wakes up in a strange place, but Kian is the very definition of a hero and shows her kindness and respect from the moment she opens her eyes, and it was very easy to imagine them as a couple even in these early moments of their relationship. Gretchen and Kian find themselves in a mutually beneficial arrangement. Gretchen cleans, cooks and takes care of the children in exchange for a home and food. It was supposed to be a simple arrangement, but a kiss complicates everything. Gretchen quickly learns that Kian’s late wife was a devious woman, and some of her secrets still have the power to hurt Kian. Gretchen does her best to protect the man she loves, but as I read I couldn’t help but wonder if she was making the situation worse by hiding the truth from him. Would Kian be able to forgive her lies or will she lose the first man she’s ever loved?

In addition to creating likable characters, Ms. Andrews did an excellent job developing the setting of her story. I enjoyed following Gretchen through her daily routines, and I could almost smell the gingerbread she baked as a treat for Kian and the children. Ms. Andrews’ attention to detail let me fully immerse myself in the story, and I thoroughly enjoyed spending some time in Hope’s Point.

I must say that the ending wasn’t quite what I expected. There were quite a few loose ends that needed to be tied up in a short amount of time. I wasn’t sure how it all could be accomplished. There was one problem that had the potential to be truly heartbreaking, however Kian’s quick thinking saved the day in a very creative and satisfying way.

I’m very glad I had the opportunity to read A Kiss and a Dream. While this is the sixth book in a series, it stands alone very well. Looking for a warm, sweet romance sure to leave you with a smile on your face? Pick up a copy of A Kiss and a Dream today.

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