WHERE DREAMS BEGIN
Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
Rating: 3 Cups
Luke Starns is the director of Lost Angel, a shelter for homeless teens. While many find his ways to be impartial and unemotional, Luke knows that while he has tried to stay detached from the teens he has not always been successful.
Catherine Brooks was a teacher who stopped once she married her husband due to his hectic job as an attorney. Tragically, he died and after a year of mourning, she knows she needs to get back to teaching or she will go crazy.
Deciding she needs to learn what teens are like nowadays versus what they were like ten years ago, Catherine goes to Lost Angel to volunteer, and finds herself going toe to toe with Luke. He sees her as a pampered princess who will take one look at the kids who come to the shelter and run the other way. When she digs in and starts helping whatever way she can, Luke finds he has mistakenly judged her. The passion between them continues to rise, but Luke is afraid to love again after he lost his daughter and thereby his wife. Between the hectic life at the teen shelter and their rocky relationship, Luke and Catherine’s lives are already unsettled enough, but throw in a murderer and it suddenly becomes chaotic.
There are moments in Where Dreams Begin that had me right on the edge of my seat. However, Luke and Catherine’s tumultuous relationship kept me from enjoying this novel fully. The emotional teeter-totter that Luke kept riding pretty much had me disconnecting from the story as I found it became tedious the further in the novel I read. Ms. Conn includes some very realistic lifestyles when she wrote about how the teens are today as well as how they would react to certain circumstances. In closing, I would like to state that this is an average book that does have its moments and there are enough of them that you will be able to savor them.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More