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- File size : 3196 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 317 pages
- Publication date : November 10, 2020
- Publisher : Scrivenings Press LLC (November 10, 2020)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- ASIN : B08L9T5NV1
- Language: : English
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- Best Sellers Rank: #820,165 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is not my first time reading the author’s work. Previously, I was a reviewer for the second book in this series – “Promise for Tomorrow” (PFT) – the earlier part of this year (2/21/2020). Although I recently purchased the first book “Hope for Tomorrow” (HFT), I have yet to read it.
As stated, these books are part of a series and it would benefit the reader to read the first book “Hope for Tomorrow” all the way through to this one which is the conclusion of the series – or it certainly seems like it. It picks up right after book #2. Unlike that one, this didn’t have the same “standalone” read type feel and I was certainly glad I had read #2 before this one.
These are clean, Christian/faith themed reads, and the themes are very integral to the story as well as the lives of the main characters Logan and Karen told in third person from each one’s POV.
The first two books have covers that seem to go with the time the books are set in (1910’s); this cover seems a bit too modern for me.
The characters, Logan and Karen, were introduced in the first book (HFT). There are some returning favorites (mainly Logan and Karen’s family) and some new people in this book. One of the new characters I grew to love and then tragedy struck. I was almost left in tears at the sobering reality of childbirth mortalities back over 110 years ago.
Some of the characters from PFT do not return and I was eagerly awaiting a conclusion to the school fire and what was to become of the school in Silver Grove, as well as a theft and the fallout from that. While there was someone in jail, I wanted to see how the families were fairing. None of the non-family characters from HFT or PFT return nor are they mentioned. There is more focus on Karen’s family this time though.
The blurb on the back of this book states something about Logan being “popular and eligible” those this isn’t the case. Logan was technically engaged to Karen by the end of HFT, only he didn’t have a ring nor did he announce it. HFT continued on from there. Anyone who has read the entire series is sure to pick up on that.
This begins with him not only trying to adjust to new glasses. Those who’ve worn glasses most of their lives (uh-huh … me, over 30+ years) can relate to this. Even more so with a new prescription if it’s been a few years, or not.
In addition, Logan is trying to fend off Flora Mae’s (Florence) advances and trying to convince her he is engaged. Yet she ropes him into a pageant. This was a character I wasn’t familiar with as I didn’t recall her in PFT. I will have to read HFT to see if she appears there. But, it is apparent she and Logan seem to have a history.
Logan had planned a more formal statement to his congregation regarding the engagement, but had yet to do it.
Most of this story goes through what was already established in PFT – Logan is back in Oswell City to minister, Karen is in Chicago teaching to earn money for their new life while getting everything ready for their wedding in January.
Logan’s church gets an orchard as a donation, and he meets up with Nellie Ackerman the resident of the house. While cranky, she has a lot to tell about love. It is in remembering that she heals and Logan helps her by listening to her.
Logan eventually travels to Chicago to see Karen and her family, but runs afoul of her Uncle Henry who doesn’t like preachers because of Karen’s father. He even goes so far to give Karen “regrets” during a dinner and insists Logan will mess up. And when something goes missing – Logan is to blame.
Logan heads home and continues his work, along with what to do with the orchard, though it seems the plans are already there when immigrant families show up. The orchard has a chance to become a transitional housing along with being profitable.
It isn’t until the Millerson family heads to Oswell City that Henry sees Logan’s true character during a crisis and comes around, even giving his blessing. Henry admits that he later found what he accused Logan of stealing – it was misplaced.
This, like PFT, has some drama that while minor – has series consequences for those involved. When the “crime” has been solved, this story goes back to focus on the wedding and an upcoming pregnancy.
There is a tragic moment in this that is absolutely gut-wrenching and tears at your heart. I would’ve liked to have seen how the family was doing at the end of the book.
The author crafts this story in short chapters which definitely made it easy to read and keep up with the story without losing interest. There were some areas that lagged and others that sped up a bit. De Bruin’s writing is definitely descriptive and vivid which draws the reader so far into the story they almost feel like they’re there with the characters.
There was one issue where I felt Karen overreacted to a decision Logan made without her. How he dealt with it was loving and sweet. It served as a reminder that communication is another element of a good marriage (or relationship).
Overall, I really enjoyed this beautiful, poignant, endearing saga of love; that added a devastating, and heart-breaking reality of immeasurable loss.
Fans of the author, genre, and those who’ve read the two previous novels are sure to enjoy this story.
Dreaming of Tomorrow is the third book in the Tomorrow series where Karen Millerson and Logan De Witt are finally ready to get married. The book goes through them working through the challenges of ministering a community, interfering family, and the trials and joys of life. It shows a realistic view of how while there is great joy in life there is also great sorrow, but God is faithful through it all.
Karen and Logan were both wonderful characters, and while they were mature, they always balanced it with some faults that made sense. It was sweet though to watch their faults and their strengths balance each other out. They were truly in love with each other, and I liked seeing such a strong relationship go through without any of the normal petty jealousies. Another thing that I liked was that we were able to see their relationship after the wedding too. It was all extremely appropriate even for a younger reader, but it simply showed how marriage requires work after you say your vows. Logan and Karen did not stop trying to love each other because they were married, but they instead worked even harder to love one another.
The community that rallied around them was also beautiful to see. Logan was the pastor of his town, and it was so sweet as they worked their hardest to show how much they appreciated him. I think that while this book was so cute I would have liked to see a bit more conflict. There were not a lot of realistic struggles that come from being in a community of sinners, but it was still an adorable read that showed how much God can use two people who are willing to work for Him. It was very clean, and there was no violence, language, or sex. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes slice of life books!
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.
Although I have not read the previous book(s) in the series, I had no trouble reading this. Logan and Karen share sweet chemistry. The author narrates their love beautifully. Even when they are not with each other at the beginning of the story, you can still feel their connection for one another. Moreover, the author describes the plot in a simple yet elegant manner where you cannot help but fall in love with the citizens of Oswell City. I loved all the supporting characters like Florence Mae, Nellie, Dr. Kaldenberg, and Uncle Henry.
Furthermore, Logan and Karen face quite a lot of adventures. I loved many scenes like Logan meeting Nellie at Akerman Place, their wedding, and their preparation for the wedding. Some of the scenes are emotional and heartwarming that revolves around Angelien and Nellie.
Another thing that I appreciate in the tale is how the story talks about God but doesn’t make it sound preachy and stagger from the plot. I also liked how the book brings out a close-knit community where everyone supports one another. Had I read the earlier novels in the series, I would have indeed enjoyed it more! Overall, I thought this was a sweet story that can be read even as a standalone.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.