Kian’s heart has been broken by a liar before.
When Kian stumbled on Gretchen and two young children nearly frozen to death, none of them could have imagined how much all their lives were about to change. Gretchen has narrowly escaped the nightmare of the workhouse, and Kian is struggling to survive in a small town that has turned its back on him. Neither of them have dared to think about love and happiness for a very long time. However, winter has always been good to Kian, and he can’t help but wonder if Gretchen is the blessing he’s been looking for. Unfortunately, Kian isn’t the most popular man in town, and some will stop at nothing to see him ruined.
I admire Gretchen very much. She is an extremely strong, hardworking woman who has survived against the odds many times, but she met her match on a frozen lake in Michigan. Gretchen is understandably cautious when she wakes up in a strange place, but Kian is the very definition of a hero and shows her kindness and respect from the moment she opens her eyes, and it was very easy to imagine them as a couple even in these early moments of their relationship. Gretchen and Kian find themselves in a mutually beneficial arrangement. Gretchen cleans, cooks and takes care of the children in exchange for a home and food. It was supposed to be a simple arrangement, but a kiss complicates everything. Gretchen quickly learns that Kian’s late wife was a devious woman, and some of her secrets still have the power to hurt Kian. Gretchen does her best to protect the man she loves, but as I read I couldn’t help but wonder if she was making the situation worse by hiding the truth from him. Would Kian be able to forgive her lies or will she lose the first man she’s ever loved?
In addition to creating likable characters, Ms. Andrews did an excellent job developing the setting of her story. I enjoyed following Gretchen through her daily routines, and I could almost smell the gingerbread she baked as a treat for Kian and the children. Ms. Andrews’ attention to detail let me fully immerse myself in the story, and I thoroughly enjoyed spending some time in Hope’s Point.
I must say that the ending wasn’t quite what I expected. There were quite a few loose ends that needed to be tied up in a short amount of time. I wasn’t sure how it all could be accomplished. There was one problem that had the potential to be truly heartbreaking, however Kian’s quick thinking saved the day in a very creative and satisfying way.
I’m very glad I had the opportunity to read A Kiss and a Dream. While this is the sixth book in a series, it stands alone very well. Looking for a warm, sweet romance sure to leave you with a smile on your face? Pick up a copy of A Kiss and a Dream today.
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