Book Review: The Brightest of Dreams

Book Review: The Brightest of Dreams

About the Book:

Quinten Aspinall is determined to fulfill a promise he made to his deceased father to keep his family together. To do so, he must travel to Canada to find his younger siblings, who were sent there as indentured workers while Quinn was away at war. He is also solicited by his employer to look for the man’s niece who ran off with a Canadian soldier. If Quinn can bring Julia back, he will receive his own tenant farm, enabling him to provide a home for his ailing mother and siblings.

Julia Holloway’s decision to come to Toronto has been met with disaster. When her uncle’s employee rescues her from a bad situation, she fears she can never repay Quinn’s kindness. So when he asks her to help find his sister, she agrees. Soon after, however, Julia receives some devastating news that changes everything.

Torn between reuniting his family and protecting Julia, will Quinn have to sacrifice his chance at happiness to finally keep his promise?

My Thoughts:

When I received this book for review I did not realize that it was the third book in a series. Initially I did not have any trouble following the story, however in the last couple of chapters, there were interactions between characters that I did not understand that were clearly referring to back-story of which I was unaware. Therefore, I would recommend you read the previous novels in the series.

That said, I enjoyed the book despite these brief moments of confusion. Perhaps enjoyed is too strong of a word. Intrigued might be more accurate of a description. Some of the subject matter was quite heavy, including abuse of several varieties. I don’t enjoy reading about such things. Yet, the book offered hope and a future for its characters, with a suitable happily ever after ending.

Before reading this novel I was unaware of the number of British children who were sent to Canada as indentured servants. I appreciate the author’s research and the way that she has uncovered this rather dark segment of history and made it come alive in novel form.

I received a free digital galley of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.