About Valley of Dreams
She’s come to build a future. He’s running from his past.
Patrick O’Connor has seen far too much of the cruel and unforgiving world. Life has beaten him down relentlessly. Out of hope and out of options, he makes the terrifying and desperate decision to return home to the family he has lied to for years, the family he knows will never forgive him.
Widowed and nearly unable to care for her tiny daughter under the weight of extreme poverty, Eliza Porter jumps at the opportunity to leave behind the slums of New York City for the promise of a new life and a new beginning in the frontier town of Hope Springs.
Fate tosses the two of them together more and more often, while the burden of his tightly-held secrets and the ache of her abandoned dreams pull them further and further apart. Clinging to the whispered possibility of something more than the pain life has offered them thus far will require every bit of hope they can find in this peaceful but precarious valley of dreams.
Ever since I read Hope Springs in 2014 this has been my favorite series. This one may be my very favorite of all! I’m going to say that on these, you should read them in order. Otherwise, you’re going to be very confused about some of the story.
This one features Patrick O’Conner. He’s been kind of lost. In fact his family thought he died at the same time his older brother did. But he didn’t die, he did allow them to think he had, however. I liked Patrick. He feels a lot of guilt for things in his past. Most of that guilt wasn’t necessary. But he uses the guilt to let it drive his family away. When he really should be pulling them closer.
Then there’s Eliza. She was the roommate of Maura O’Conner. Her story is told in Long Journey Home. She’s come to Hope Springs to be the housekeeper for the Archers. And she has dreams, big ones. I love the way she works for those dreams. She also works equally hard to get Patrick to open up to not only her, but his family. I LOVED her character.
And Hope Springs….it’s almost like coming home for me. It’s definitely my happy place in book worlds. I can’t wait to get to read more of these.
I was sent a copy of Valley of Dreams as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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