Author: Lucinda Whitney
Publisher: Lange House Press
Paperback: 256 pages
FTC FYI: I received an ebook copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Mindy
Sometimes the dream you never planned for is the one you can’t live without.
Six years after a painful divorce, Josh Conrad is happy traveling the world as a photographer. When he arrives in Portugal, he plans to complete the assignment as quickly as possible. What he doesn’t plan for is Sofia, the girl he baptized eleven years earlier on an LDS mission, and soon he’s making excuses to prolong his trip.
Sofia Monteiro leads a structured life in Braga, Portugal, teaching high school by day and caring for her mother by night. After she reconnects with Josh through mutual friends, the memory of a failed relationship and her new graduate program are enough reasons to stay away from him.
As they collaborate on a project, Josh is wary of repeating his old mistakes and Sofia hesitates to spend time with an American who’s only passing through.
Can two people with wounded hearts bring themselves to trust their dreams to each other?
The Secret Life of Daydreams is a clean and wholesome contemporary LDS romance set in Portugal.
A great solid effort by the author for her first book. I enjoyed the story and the characters. However, at times, I felt some scenes went on too long and there was a lot of unnecessary details that didn’t need to be there, and it did take awhile to get the resolution. I appreciated the care the author took with her characters, though, and the setting descriptions. I could see Portugal through the character’s eyes and can only imagine what a beautiful place it is. The Portuguese words thrown in fit the story, but I was distracted as I wasn’t able to understand most of them. I did really like Sophia and Josh and what they were able to overcome individually. The cover is beautifully well done and it fits the story well.
3 1/2 stars, which I will round to 4 in Goodreads and Amazon.