Dreams of Savannah - eBookRoseanna M. WhiteBethany House / 2020 / ePub$9.99 Retail:4.5 out of 5 stars for Dreams of Savannah - eBook. View reviews of this product. 58 Reviews
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ReviewsByErin3 Stars Out Of 5Civil War romanceFebruary 21, 2021ReviewsByErinQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3Cordelia's fanciful imagination delights those around her. But with the War Between the States looming, she fears saying goodbye to Phineas Dunn, the man who has captured her heart. Will he return home safely? Do her ominous dreams hold any meaning in the real world?
Phin feels confident as he takes to the seas. Surely God will bless them as they protect their homes, their families. But hidden danger lurks, and aid may be found in a source he least expects.
I had a hard time getting into this novel. The characters are so blithe and naive at the beginning. However, both Cordelia and Phin go through challenges and grow tremendously as people, and the other point of view characters -- Cordelia's slave Salina and a free black man named Luther -- really helped draw me into the story.
The author tackles a lot of difficult subjects within these pages, slavery being the biggest one. I learned a lot about slave laws in Georgia which I had not known before. I think there is merit in having these discussions today, and I applaud White's willingness to tackle it. Although I personally found the moral discussions, about slavery or otherwise, a bit simplistic, I recognize that within the confines of a historical romance novel, there is only so much room for deep conversation on such matters. This is a great starting point.
Overall, if you are interested in such discussions, or if you enjoy fiction set in the Civil War, you won't want to miss this newest release from a trusted author.
I received my copy of the book from the publisher. All thoughts in this review are my own.
SignGirl5 Stars Out Of 5Creating Stories for EscapeFebruary 1, 2021SignGirlQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Delia Owens is more than a dreamer. Born into the life of a southern belle, with privilege and a personal servant, she constantly adapts hero and heroine stories in her head. As war has now begun between the States, her creativity not only comforts her, but is an escape for families in her war-ravaged town.
Phin Dunn, Delia's love interest, is a proper Savannah gentleman who sets sail on the Confederacy's first cruiser. His adventures become not only unexpected, but a full-out nightmare. He cannot even imagine himself out of the mess, much less make the journey home. His struggles are more than a physical barrier, but he now has a new awareness that can never be avoided.
A book of adventure, love, and the hard discussion of slavery are entwined in Roseanna M. White's twenty-fourth novel. Her story is always engaging, no matter the content, but it's wonderful how she tackles new eras, topics, and characters. Delia is my favorite character in Dreams of Savannah because her purity and yet open-eyed honesty makes her a memorable heroine in her own story. Be prepared to get connected to several other important characters, but I do not want to give away any details. The surprises are well worth picking up this book. Enjoy your own escape!
I received a complimentary copy of Dreams of Savannah from the publisher. I was not required to provide a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
AmandaUSAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A Story of ChangeJanuary 30, 2021AmandaUSAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleThis story courageously confronts the horrors of slavery head-on giving readers a glimpse into the past where people were treated horribly just because of the color of their skin. The reader gets to tag-along as both Phin and Delia's eyes are opened to what they have been taught about the slaves their families own. Many times change doesn't happen overnight, and it is a long steady process of choosing to think about the things we've just obeyed without thought because they have "always been this way." I thought Roseanna did a great job building a story with not only adventure and heroism, but also truth, awakening, and change. I would definitely recommend this book.
***I received this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
MeredithWT5 Stars Out Of 5A must read!January 30, 2021MeredithWTQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Dreams of Savannah is by far one of my favorite books thus far from author Roseanna M. White. Readers find themselves immersed in the Deep South in a time where uncertainty runs rampant. The civil war is raging around the country and families find themselves separated by war and beliefs. Cordelia Owens is the daughter of a prominent southern plantation owner. Like most in her town her family owns slaves but treats them with a measure of respect not often granted to the help. When her beau Phin is sent off to fight with the Confederates she keeps those left behind entertained with stories of heroism and bravery. When word comes that Phin has gone missing her well crafted stories become a beacon of hope. Meanwhile Phin finds himself marooned on a beach and rescued by a local black man. He immediately expects the mountain of a man to be a slave based solely on the color of his skin. But he soon realizes that he is indeed a freeman. Through compassion and kindness the freeman slowly begins to change Phins understanding of the worth of a man. Once he makes the journey home he is reunited with his beloved Delia. Through hardships and setbacks they both come to realize that every person has a story and worth regardless of the color of their skin. This book is a beautiful reminder of our countrys history, both the good and the bad. It is an absolute must read!
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Melmo2610Buffalo MOAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Story!January 28, 2021Melmo2610Buffalo MOAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was truly the BEST story! I adored Cordelia and her storyish personality. She is going to be one of my favorite characters ever. Part of what I also loved about her as well as Phin was the character growth through the book. I really appreciate Roseanna writing them the way she did and how their beliefs changed and grew throughout the book. Truly excellent writing. I also really enjoyed the character of Luther. He was a great addition to the story and I loved the banter between Phin and Luther, it was humorous while helping show Phin growing as a character. The story is completely immersive and just flat out wonderful. It will definitely be on of my absolute favorite 2021 reads. Don't miss this one!!
I received this book from the publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my honest opinion.