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Review: Love's Golden Dream by Bobbie Shafer

Posted by [email protected] on October 16, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Love’s Golden Dream by Bobbie Shafer

457 pp

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From little rich girl to rebellious, beaten, and  poor runaway, Aimee McKay finds herself boarding a ship in San Francisco, CA. as her evil  live-in boyfriend, Marcus Alexandra threatens to find her.

She's lost everything now and has to sell the last piece of her mother's jewelry. How could she have ever loved him and run away with him? All he proved to be was a liar, thief, and abuser of women.

Aimee is withdrawn as she heads to Boston, yet her big heart decides to reach out to apoor old man, Abram Ginsberg. They spend time together drinking tea and sharing small talk.

Lucas Chase has also noticed this young beauty but believes she is married, and she’s extremely hard to talk with. He respectfully stays away from her, although he noticed Marcus shouting threats from the wharf as they set sail. 

Their ship gets caught in a hurricane and passengers must make hard choices. The gold laden ship begins to take on water, and the rich passengers begin to throw heavy items overboard. The women and children get into the few working life boats and hopes a rescue ship is nearby. To the belief of everyone, the men all went down with the sinking ship. 

Aimee arrives in Charleston where she purchases equipment to start a new life and takes off toward the east the following morning. She finds herself a few days later in Sycamore Grove. The first person she meets incognito, with the alias Mr. Mack Kaymey, is the banker, Ernest Gaines. She confides in him that she needs a new life and has the money to do it. She wants to deposit and get help finding property, and remains known as a male. She knows Marcus is relentless and is afraid he will find her if she reveals her true identity, and she is ashamed to go back to her family.

Things are going well until one day when Lucas shows up and buys the property next to hers. Amiee has a wonderful surrogate family of runaway slaves that live in the nearby woods. They help one another remain secret. Only Albert and Rose Washington know her true identity. Aimee feels threatened by Lucas, since sheknows he will recognize her. What can she do to remain friendly without being caught? Worse, she is beginning to feel somewhat attracted to him because he is genuinely nice and very handsome.

The plot thickens as Aimee finds herself struggling to keep up her charade. Things come to a headas "Mack Kaymey" falls, hitting his head and becomes helpless under the care of her friends and Lucas. They plot together to help her get her identity back. Based on gossip and talk around town, Marcus has arrived as agambler and is convinced the woman he is looking for must be nearby. He has hired a private detective and it's crucial that Aimee change something in herlife and quickly.

That's when agame called "Boomerang" comes into play. Aimee is once again under the control of other people in her life and must trust them to help.

Poor Mr. Mack Kaymey must go away and Aimee McKay return...but how?

This is a greatstory of cat and mouse. Rebellion, remorse, and repentance all intertwine inthis fast moving story of lies and deceit. Aimee gets a quick education in lifeas a young woman and you'll be looking for the next book in this series.Although I was very satisfied with the ending...I can't wait to read the nextbook!

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7 Comments

Reply Bobbie Shafer
11:00 AM on October 22, 2011 
What a wonderful review. This book was such a treat to write. I enjoyed every moment I spent with Aimee and her friends. I think you would get a kick out of traveling along with her. Thanks.
Reply Kim Fields
10:39 PM on October 26, 2011 
One of the best books I ever read. I loved. Great story, wonderful people in story.
Reply Kelly Waterhouse
9:43 PM on October 29, 2011 
Got my book and started reading. Can't put it down. I'm hooked. Good work, Bobbie Shafer/
Reply Penny Arrington
9:37 PM on November 2, 2011 
Your daughter told me about your new book coming out. I bought it and couldn't put it down. I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. I love the story and characters. Very exciting to read, and I look forward to the next one coming in January.
Reply Paulette Harris
10:26 AM on November 3, 2011 
Ditto! I can't wait to read the second book either. I loved the first one. :)
Reply Angie Johnston
11:01 AM on November 27, 2011 
I bought Loves Golden Dream at Bobbie Shafer's book signing. It was wonderful. I loved the people in the book and the exciting trip she made.
Can't wait to read Legacy of Eagle Creek and whatever else she writes.
Reply Pat La Vigne
10:57 PM on January 27, 2012 
Bobbie, I loved the storyline. You have several places that piqued my curiosity as to what would happen next as Aimee met one challenge after another. I thought Marcus's instant personality changes were especially well done (the rat!). Your characters are very believable, and I'm looking forward to book 2. Thanks for the entertainment.