Sunday, 27 November 2022

Y YA Perspective

YA Perspective: Shenandoah Dreams






A Vineyard Romance


Romance, history, adventure.


Get swept into the exciting Winds of Change series

What if she met the man of her another century?

Tisbury, Massachusetts, Martha s Vineyard.

"It's just a dream," Melissa Smith whispers as she stares into the intense eyes of a man dressed in Colonial clothes, as though he'd stepped out of an American Revolution movie set. A school chaperone with Holmes Hole Elementary, she'd boarded the old schooner Shenandoah for a weeklong educational sail. But they are not visiting Plimoth Plantation, the Boston Tea Party Museum, or the Concord Bridge reenactment. They are sailing the waters around the island of Martha's Vineyard. Yet, when she awakes in Cabin 8, the captain claims to be Isaiah Reed, who sailed the original Shenandoah in the eighteenth century.

  Melissa knows he cannot possibly be real. And traveling back in time is impossible. But days pass, and she's still in 1770.

        What if Isaiah, who is simply too handsome to be real, is real? What if the fire he ignites in her from barely a touch isn't in her imagination? Can a dream last for weeks on end? If so, how will she find her way home . . . to the twenty-first century? And can she bear to leave the one man who has captured her heart, when everything in her longs to stay?



Shenandoah Dreams by Lisa Belcastro

From a YA POV...

Schoolteacher Melissa Smith was content in Martha’s Vineyard. She had just gotten her life under control, after having it turned upside down by her husband. While chaperoning for the annual elementary school sailing trip she started having inexplicable dreams while sleeping in cabin 8. One day, she finds that her dreams of the 18th century have suddenly become something from which she can’t wake. She has to know if she is simply stuck in her own dream world, or if she has indeed become a reluctant time traveler. When she starts to fall in love with the Shenandoah’s ship captain, Isaiah, in the year 1770 she fears that the “dream” may end, and she will wake to find herself in the 21st century again.

Shenandoah Dreams is the third in the Winds of Change series, about the Shenandoah, an 18th century ship and the mysterious powers of its Cabin 8.

Shenandoah Dreams is a unique novel, chock-full of historical facts, romance, and mystery. I enjoyed how much the main character, Melissa, relied on God and prayed to Him about her situation. Author Lisa Belcastro wrote a great novel, and I’m excited to start reading more in the series!


Columnist: Sarah Heath



Sarah Heath is a 20 year old college student from Dallas, Texas. She is currently obsessed with planning her perfect, dream wedding via pinterest (even without a groom a girl's gotta start planning sometime!), driving her convertible around town, and hanging out with her girlfriends. She enjoys drinking a tall glass of sweet tea while sitting down to read a good book or writing about her life on her blog

She has written reviews for publishers such as, Navpress, Thomas Nelson, and Bethany House. She is a member of FIRST Wild Card book review Bloggers. Her reviews can be found at Reviews by Sarah Katie. 


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