Book Review: Dragonfly Dreams

Dragonfly DreamsIn 1880 Topaz Woo dies in childbirth in Fresno, California. She will be allowed to watch over and “raise” her child for ten years in exchange for making sure she lives by the Ten Commandments, but she has no idea what that means, or that everything she knows about love, revenge, and honor will be changed forever.

I absolutely loved this book. The characters were easy to identify with and as I got to know them I felt like they were part of my own family. They were all believable and felt true to life, and as the book went on they changed and grew in different ways. Topaz was flawed, but nothing more than you might expect of a seventeen year old robbed of raising her child, leaving her family to try and do it for her. Her love for her daughter and wishes to take care of her were heartbreaking at times, and I found myself loving her more and more through the whole book.

To he honest, I was expecting something a little different when the blurb referenced the Ten Commandments – maybe something a bit more religious – but I really liked the way the author worked them in. Topaz, who had no experience with religion, was allowed to set the meaning and boundaries of the rules, and the twists and unexpected outcomes of some of them reminded me of The Monkey’s Paw. It did leave me wondering whether or not those rules were still in effect at the end of the book, something that was never really discussed.

I am a big fan of historical novels and I was completely immersed in the culture and setting, making me a little sad when I finished. My “speciality” is Texas in the late 1880s so I was drawn to this one immediately and ended up learning quite a bit about Fresno.

This is a relatively short book, so I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to try out Ms. Chow’s work. It’s a joy and one I plan to read again for sure. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go hunt down her other books!

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Some Exciting News!

Now that the contract has been signed I can officially announce that I have signed with Sinnful Ebooks! My historical romance, The Detective’s Brother, will be published through them soon. They’re a new publishing house based in Canada and although they only have a few authors now, everyone starts somewhere!

I’m looking forward to publishing this book so people can read it and fall in love with the characters as much as I have. I hope lots of people read and enjoy it because I have two other historicals set in the same world and I’d like to get them out there. The more romance in the world the better, right?

Keep checking back here for release dates, a cover reveal and more info about my new book. Maybe I’ll even have a little bit of a teaser! You can also follow me on Twitter @becca_el or like my (just created) Facebook page, I’ll be posting things as soon as I know them and I hope you’re looking forward to these huge changes as much as I am!