Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Dreaming Beauty by Anneka R. Walker, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m a big fan of fairy tales and retellings, so I knew I had to sign up for this tour 🙂
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About the BookThe Dreaming Beauty
Published by Convenant Communications
on July 11, 2022
Genres: Fairy Tale, Clean & Wholesome, Fiction / Romance / Clean & Wholesome, Historical, Regency
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Once upon a dream, two cursed people fell in love . . .
Tansy White doesn’t want to end up alone like her three aunts who raised her, but when she is betrayed by her would-be betrothed, she fears she might never change her fate. At her aunts’ suggestion, she seizes the chance to visit Rose Cottage, the country home of her late mother. For years, dreams of the cottage have haunted Tansy, and she is convinced it holds the answer to her hidden past. But after getting caught in a terrible storm, she meets a man who is just as determined as she is to learn all her secrets.
Marcus Taylor, brother to the Duke of Westmorland, is also troubled by vivid dreams. On a sleepless night, as a tempest rages outside his brother’s estate, he makes a discovery far more mysterious than any dream: a young woman, cold as ice, lies unconscious in the library, and he is sure she is the key to solving his problems. When she wakes, what begins as a shared quest for information turns into an unexpected friendship. As they piece together the fragments of their pasts, they discover a tangled web of lies, and their feelings for each other become just as entwined. But is their love as strong as their dreams . . . or their fate?
The Dreaming Beauty is an interesting retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Walker did a great job of making this story her own. She held true to the basics of the beloved story we know, but twisted the tale in a way that I thought was creative and fun. Tansy and Marcus were well written characters that I grew to love.
I will admit the story started out a little on the slow side for me. I would have preferred a faster pace, but that is just my opinion. I stuck with it, and I am glad because by about the midway point or a little sooner even, it picked up and I became invested in the storyline. I appreciated the way the author wrote Tansy and Marcus’ relationship. Friends first really. I think it made the story better all around instead of them just swooning over each other, which would have spoiled the storyline for me.
All in all, this was a fun retelling that I think readers will enjoy. It’s got all the things you want in a fairy tale, with some surprises along the way. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Anneka Walker is an award-winning author raised by a librarian and an English teacher turned judge. After being fed a steady diet of books, she decided to learn about writing. The result was a bachelor’s degree in English and history. When she isn’t dreaming up a happy ending for a story, she is busy living her own with her husband and adorable children.
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(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card, The Dreaming Beauty, signed book plate, matching bookmark, stickers, and button!
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