by Fiona Hood-Stewart

March 2003
ISBN: 1-55166-670-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

The Lost Dreams is an emotionally, compelling novel penned by Fiona Hood-Stewart. It is a tale of lost love found and family secrets.

After a devastating accident, Charlotte MacLeod moves herself and her 12-year-old daughter Genny back to her childhood home, Strathaird Castle, in Scotland on the Isle of Skye.

Charlotte`s fragile world is suddenly uprooted with the presence of Bradley Harcourt Ward, the irresistibly handsome American, that Charlotte almost found incredible passion with. Brad is in Scotland to claim his birthright as Laird of Strathaird Castle. Brad`s arrival brings to light a hostility within the family that has been breeding for years ready to be unleashed for all those that are involved.

This is my first read by Ms.Hood-Stewart. It is a beautifully well written novel but this reader became a bit frustrated with some of the characters. Charlotte was referred to many times as being "flighty"; even though I thought she was a bit unsure of herself at times, she was never really flighty. Charlotte was involved in a bad situation with a husband that was not the best man in the world, and felt guilt over something she thought that she was responsible for. Despite all these "faults" that Charlotte thought she had, Brad was a steadfast rock and remained by her side lovingly. And when all the family secrets were revealed he was there to help - and I thought he was a wonderful hero.

The novel is filled with some really great secondary characters. Moira, Charlotte`s friend and business partner; Armand, a cousin whose strange behavior is fun to read; and last but not least, Genny, Charlotte`s daughter who we don't hear much from but is still an important part of the story.

I enjoyed the novel and the story seems to really come alive in the end. This is a good follow-up to The Stolen Years and I'm looking forward to Silent Wishes, the story of Sylvia, Brad's spunky ex-finacee.

Reviewed in March 2003 by Ronica.

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