Saturday, January 25, 2014

Dreaming of a Laughing Hawk by Linda Katmarian

Title:  Dreaming of a Laughing Hawk
Author:  Linda Katmarian
Published:  January 17th 2013 by Scheherazade Bookworks
Length:  472pgs
Format:  ebook
Genre:  NA romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In 1964 Elizabeth Leigh, aspiring artist, is looking forward to college, escape from her unhappy home, and the fulfillment of her dreams. Adventure. Love. Her place in life. On a restless afternoon, she leaves school early and discovers her mother is packing to run off with a lover, abandoning Elizabeth and her stepfather. Worse, she learns her mother has squandered the college money her grandfather left her.

A fortuitous invitation from her cousin Melina to come to Los Angeles rescues her from an uncertain future. In Los Angeles, Elizabeth finds security in the embrace of her aunt’s family and is introduced to the man who soon becomes her fiancé, Collin Greenslade, an ambitious, up-and-coming real estate developer. Life could not be more perfect.

When her cousin’s boy friend, a civil rights activist, has his Thunderbird vandalized in Mississippi, he enlists his roommate, Mark Laughing Hawk, to tow his car back home. Melina insists that she and Elizabeth should come along for the ride, but what starts as a fun romp across the country becomes a journey of the soul that complicates love and endangers lives.

Dreaming of Laughing Hawk is a contemporary novel of romantic suspense that explores the desire for love, power, and higher purpose and the lengths we will go to attain them.

My Review:

This story was intricate and detailed. It really touched me to the core. Katmarian’s approachable writing style was so down to earth that I was able to focus completely on the storyline itself. The subtle intensity of the story draws you forward. There are also many layers to this story. I love how many different social events worked their way into the storyline, making you think and feel, even if you’ve never lived through them. The author tactfully switches perspectives from character to character. She keeps everything clear while giving the full impact of the time and the events at hand. Katmarian keeps you on your toes while simultaneously lulling you. This novel may be long, but it was phenomenal and I didn’t put it down once.

Katmarian has developed a cast of easy to relate to and understandable characters. She made me wish I were as strong as these characters. They were honest, hard hitting characters (or dishonest, hard hitting ones, depending). Some may have been over the top with their reactions, although this fit perfectly with the way that they were developed. At the same time, the main characters followed their hearts and what they believed in, even if it did take them a while to figure out what that was.

As a whole, this was a brilliant tale that I would definitely recommend to those who want a realistic escape from reality. I loved it and can’t wait to read more from this phenomenal author.

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