Everything I’ve Dreamed Of by Norah Bennett (Review by #NerdGirlJulie)

Title: Everything I’ve Dreamed Of 

Author: Norah Bennett 

Published Date: January 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance


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Kate Willowbrook dreams of a life filled with beauty –– a man who loves her, friends, and a home. At eighteen, Kate’s dreams are replaced by nightmares when she witnesses a crime. Kate runs, never settling down or trusting anyone. Ten years later Kate discovers the small town of Lakes Crossing and Noah Reed.

When Noah’s wife is killed in an accident, he buries himself in work and family obligations, believing he will never find love again until he meets Kate. The more he learns about her, the more he is drawn to her and his protective instincts kick into overdrive.

Noah is everything Kate has ever dreamed of, but his take-charge attitude is scaring up old demons she fought hard to bury. If they can’t find a way to strike a balance that satisfies both their deepest needs, they could lose their second chance at love.

***Adult Warning – Contain Violences  Caution Advised***
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***#NerdGirlJulie’s  Review***

Everything I’ve Dreamed Of by Norah Bennett is a second-chance-at-love romance. Ms. Bennett’s contemporary romance is filled with empathetic main characters, over-protective siblings, and small-town politics, which makes it a deliciously rich read.

Kate Willowbrook grew up surrounded by physical and emotional abuse. Her abusive father, neglectful mother, and the gangs tormenting the school each made her life a living hell. Kate’s only escape is to run away. Her escape leads her on a long and winding path to Lakes Crossing where she finds friendly people and a sense of peace. At least, it is peaceful until Noah Reed happens into her bookstore. Noah Reed runs his family’s business out of Manhattan, and that business can make you too busy to spend time with your family or think about your mistakes if you’re trying to avoid them. Noah is trying to avoid the painful memories of his late-wife and the confused feelings toward his close, protective family. Trying hard to be a womanizer instead of getting involved again, Noah sets his eyes on Kate.

The story easily flows through Noah’s increasingly intense pursuit and Kate dispassionately declining each of his attempts. She can’t afford to mess up her simple life in a small town by dating the son of a prominent family. Noah’s booking-loving niece, Emma, becomes their excuse to spend some time together. Both guarded because of their pasts, the two have a definite attraction, but I didn’t feel a strong chemistry. It is a different prominent family’s son who proves to be the most problematic for Kate. That juvenile delinquent provides the exclamation point on the story climax!

Everything I’ve Dreamed Of is an emotionally-charged romance between two broken people. Ms. Bennett created realistic characters whose journey to emotional healing grabbed my heart. I loved that the main characters talked to one another about their situation and fears instead of hiding them and fretting silently. There was no angst, just raw emotion from their painful pasts. I rooted for Kate and Noah to overcome their fear and open themselves up to the possibility of love.


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