This is the fourth book in the Inspiration in Cologne series, but can be read as a standalone book. I want to thank Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for my invitation to read and review this book.

Reformed Dreamer (Inspiration In Cologne #4) by Deborah King

​Published September 23, 2020 by Liberation Publishing

Genre: Sweet and Wholesome Romance

About the Book: She’s wreaked havoc in everyone’s lives. Can she find forgiveness… even from within?

Former drug addict Melinda desperately wants to make amends for years of misguided aggression. Fresh out of rehab and in control of her type of bipolar disorder, she’s grateful to have a secure job and a safe homestead for her long road to recovery. Welcomed by a glorious cliffside sunset and her handsome rancher host, she’s surprised by their instant attraction.

Determined to excel at her work, Melinda does her utmost to display kindness and forges a healthy connection with the horses. And when her dedication warms the heart of the steeds’ drop-dead gorgeous owner, she starts to believe in the possibility of unexpected love and a new future.

Can Melinda truly conquer the demons of her past to find redemption?

Reformed Dreamer is the fourth and final book in the sweet Inspiration in Cologne women’s fiction series. If you like hard-won second chances, surprising romance, and rising above mental health hurdles, then you’ll love Deborah King’s touching story.


Reformed Dreamer is the fourth installment of Deborah King’s Inspiration in Cologne series, but it is the first in the series that I have read. There were times I felt I had missed something, but overall, it read fine as a standalone story. Reformed Dreamer tells the story of Melinda, fresh out of rehab and dealing with a mild form of bi-polar disorder. Melinda moves in with her sponsor, Darius, and will be working with him and his team on the ranch that he manages. She is also on a new medication to deal with her bi-polar disorder as well. She has returned to Cologne, a place where she burned a lot of bridges, and knows she needs to make a lot of amends. As well as all that Melinda is dealing with, Darius is an introvert and has issues of his own. They will be spending a lot of time on the ranch, which suits Melinda just fine. Can she move forward with her new life and restore old and damaged relationships? How will she be treated by some of the townsfolk who will always see her as a drug addict? How will things work out with her new and unknown “warden” who she will reside with and work for during the next year?

This was a well-developed and plotted story. I liked the various characters that populated Cologne and the area around the town. The close-knit community rallied around Melinda and supported her in her new life. Darius is a gem. He not only sponsored Melinda, but two of his loyal employees were also addicts at one time. He has his own issues, but is a strong, handsome, hardworking, caring and loving man, quite the hero in fact. There were times that I thought these people are too good to be true, but I do believe there are many people out there that would do the same things. The addition of the horses and how they reacted to both Darius and Melinda was beautiful. When I came to the end I wanted more, and am assuming that their story will pick up in the next series. This is a story of love, honesty, redemption, hope, respect and forgiveness. It was a beautiful love story, not romance, that develops into a beautiful relationship. The way Deborah King deals with mental health is honest and realistic and it is woven well into the story. If you enjoy clean, wholesome love stories with some meat to them, this is a good one. I was gifted a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.

Purchase Links: US Kindle – UK Kindle – UK Paperback – US Paperback

Reformed Dreamer will be .99 c /p on kindle until 4th October.

About the Author: Deborah King is a spirited woman who was inspired to pursue her dreams due to her mother’s death from early onset Alzheimer’s disease. She has the unique ability to read people and tackle life’s hardships.

Deborah is an acclaimed, distinctive new voice in romantic women’s fiction. After raising two children, working with a not-for-profit wildlife rescue organization, and reading too many books to count, she retired from her personal training and weight management business to follow her dream of writing.

She is extremely grateful for having the opportunity to work with many different people sharing and teaching what inspires her, which you’ll catch glimpses of in her books.

Deborah’s lived in several diverse areas in her city as well as three years in a rural setting. She lives in Missouri with her supportive husband, two rescue cats, who believe they’re dogs, her mini fitness store, and her eclectic collection of books

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