TO CATCH A DREAM by Audrey Carlan
Expected Publication March 9, 2020 by HQN Books
About the Book: The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the worldwide phenomenon Calendar Girl series brings readers a poignant and honest look at life’s most complicated relationships.
When their mother passed away, Evie Ross and her sister were each given a stack of letters, one to be opened every year on their birthday; letters their free-spirited mother hoped would inspire and guide them through adulthood. But although Evie has made a successful career, her desire for the stability and security she never had from her parents has meant she’s never experienced the best life has to offer. But the discovery of more letters hidden in a safe-deposit box points to secrets her mother held close, and possibly a new way for Evie to think about her family, her heart and her dreams.
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Evie Ross is a mess. She basically took care of her little sister all her life as her father was in the military and constantly deployed, and her mother was a wandering spirit that often left her children with her father while she was gone for long periods of time. When she returns home, Evie is 15 and her mom has stage four cancer. She takes Evie and Suda Kaye to Pueblo, Colorado where they live for four years until she dies. Evie struggled after her mother passed away and her sister moved away and took on the vagabond life their mother did. In Evie’s mind she is not good enough for anyone she loves to stay. When Suda Kaye convinces Evie to fill in for a belly dancing performance, she was actually trying to set her up with Milo, her crush since she was only eight year old. Milo, had decided it is time to claim Evie as his own. She tries as much as she can to steer clear, but those feelings are still there. Will they be able to deal with the issues between them to have a relationship?
There were so many things I loved about this book, but the couple niggles I had caused me to rate this one a bit lower. First, I really wish I had read the first book in this series, I think I missed a lot of back story that would have made a few things clearer. Evie has so many negative emotions and feelings about herself. She is extremely insecure and Milo wants her to understand that she is perfect just the way she is. She is half Native American and half blonde, blue-eyed European American. She refers to having a foot in two worlds and not belonging in either. Milo is full-blooded Navajo and his mother is not happy with his relationship with a woman who reminds her of his first wife who treated him badly. Milo doesn’t back down and also sticks up for Evie. In business Evie is smart and savvy which I did like, as she was a well-respected and smart business owner. Milo was a swoon-worthy hero, but better suited to Victorian times. That is the one thing I didn’t like about this book. He was a bit like a caveman when it came to his relationship with Evie and that rubbed me the wrong way. I love Toko, Evie’s grandfather who did not leave the reservation. He is her rock and anchor, the one she turns to when she needs some grounding. As the story progresses, there are a lot of things that had me tearing up, but you will have to read this book yourself to what they are. The final plot twist was unexpected, but sets up the final book in this trilogy. I learned a few things about Native American life and culture, which seemed to be well-researched. Overall, an enjoyable story, that I recommend to those who enjoy contemporary romance. I will warn you, there are a few rather descriptive sexual encounters, so be prepared. I was gifted a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.
Author Bio: Audrey Carlan is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over 40 novels, including the worldwide phenomenon Calendar Girl serial, and her books have been translated into more than 30 languages across the globe. Audrey lives in the California Valley with her two children and the love of her life.