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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Shattered Dreams

Shattered Dreams by Margaret Tanner
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Rating
Review by Camellia

Three young soldiers leave a shattering legacy as they pass through Lauren Cunningham's life. Danny, her childhood sweetheart, is killed in action in 1915. Captain Blair Sinclair returns from the war with amnesia and believes Lauren to be his fiancée. Dick McKinlay is a shell-shocked soldier who is prepared to marry Lauren to hide a terrible secret.

Even if Blair can forgive Lauren for being an impostor, will she always be haunted by the ghost of her lost first love and tainted by the scandal surrounding her marriage to Dick?

Shattered Dreams is a story of young people coming of age in a time of war and finding love in spite of all the heartaches and misery that the world foisted upon them. The fighting of the First World War was far removed from Australia geographically but its impact on the lives of the people there was horrific as their young men traveled half a world away to fight.

Margaret Tanner tells a story of Laurie, a teenage, motherless girl, who becomes a woman as she deals with the fall out of less-than-wise decisions she makes during these war years. Ruled by emotions rather than common sense, Laurie risks the displeasure of her father and her reputation to be with her boy friend Danny before he is deployed to Turkey. From that point forward, her life is changed.

Ms. Tanner takes Laurie from a small, out-of-the-way town to Melbourne then to the prosperous station of Coolibah. This once naïve girl travels an emotionally devastating road as she deals with Danny, Dick, and Blair and with lies, the cruelty of people she once called friends, and with deaths of people dear to her heart.

The memories and the wounds that the young men bring back from the war become quite real with Ms. Tanner’s descriptions. Since I have not read many stories set in this time period, Shattered Dreams revealed a time in history and in the lives of people who lived then that took me on an emotional roller-coaster ride.

The kind of love that survives such traumatic times leaves a lasting impression. Shattered Dreams is truly a page-turning story.