The Dreamcatcher

Maggie Christensen,
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Available from Annie’s Books On Peregian

Maggie’s stories revolve around women 50 and beyond, who make major changes in their lives, primarily romantic.  

The Dreamcatcher follows Ellen, a minor character in The Sand Dollar, her second book. Ellen is a Native American bookshop owner who has the gift of being able to foretell the future, but is at a loss to  explain her recent nightmares.

When this is followed by the arrival in her life of an old friend of her brother, she links the two. However, there are other surprises in store and Ellen has a difficult journey ahead of her before all is  resolved.

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Local Book Reviewers

Elizabeth Pascoe
The front cover of this book is delightful and the title is charming and full of promise for an intriguing story.  
This is  a gentle read and the main characters are believable, but I found the dialogue between participants to be rather stilted so I could not engage totally with them and have empathy for the various  problems they encountered along the way. Of the  relationship between Ellen and Travis,  it was quite lovely but I would have liked to read more descriptive  passages  about  the town in Oregon where they  were living, which one  recent visitor described as “rugged rocky and gorgeous”. Coffee, coffee and more coffee, seemed to be the panacea for most of the problems encountered. A book for the holidays at the  beach or travelling around in the caravan.

Tony Harrington
I loved this book. The story, the setting and the characters all hit the sweet spot for me.  Finding love, fighting off evil developers, dealing with ageing and dementing parents are a good mix for a great tale.  The characters are so believable that they seem like your friends or family. The Oregon coast setting is a place I love and know well as I have cousins there and have visited on several occasions.  Dreamcatchers always hung above my two girls’ beds when they were young. We all have good and bad dreams. This book is a good dream.  Please dream up another one.

Well done, Maggie Christensen. 9/10.

John Kleinschmidt
I am no expert on “chick flicks” but I am fairly sure that The Dreamcatcher is a book equivalent.
The author takes two-thirds of the book to bring our mature-aged heroine and hero together despite their personal misgivings about whether they have anything to offer each other in a relationship. The author  initiates a few sub-plots – a nasty developer to harass our heroine, identity deception by our hero and litigation against him for the death of his first wife and child.  Unfortunately the author fails to  fully develop any of these and they evolve as nothing more than a distraction.

This book may well be one for the ladies but certainly not for me.

Mary Barber
Romance is not my preferred genre but hey, here goes. The setting of this book in small town Oregon was vivid and believable. Christensen painted a complex family struggling with common issues, such as  ageing parents with failing health.  She worked their Native American culture into the story in a plausible way.

It was positive to read a story about a middle-aged pair who found love blossoming when they had both given up on romance. Ellen and Travis make a beautiful couple.  The dialogue was sharp too.

It seems every time there was a crisis, someone was given a cup of coffee. More caffeine? Really?  

Sheila Bryden
This book, the second in the Oregon Coast Series, is obviously written for a particular market – readers of light, romantic tales.  

Here we meet the protagonist Ellen, a mature independent woman generally satisfied with her life although troubled by disturbing dreams. And then into her life comes a dark brooding stranger, Travis.

Ellen’s immediate and uncharacteristically passionate response to this man threatens to unsettle her equilibrium.  Can you guess where this is going?  Such a predictable plot (love, even love in the autumn  years, triumphing over all odds ) was not offset by enough twist and turns, surprises and setbacks in the storyline to hold this reader’s interest.

I felt frustrated by the excruciatingly slow pace of the narrative and lack of depth in the character development.  However, I did like the author’s portrayal of Ellen as a strong woman willing to take a  stand.

Jo Bourke
This is guaranteed light reading. Within a few chapters all characters have been introduced and the scene is set for romance and thwarting the developers.

This romantic genre will appeal to many readers but personally I found it trite and predictable.