Book Review: Dream Country
by Luanne Rice
What treasure does a library hold? I found one this week when I selected Dream Country by Connecticut author Luanne Rice. While there was a broad selection of her books on the shelf at my local library I was drawn to this red-gold cover. When I read the description I knew why. The setting of the book was Connecticut and Wyoming. After reading Green Grass of Wyoming, My Friend Flicka, and other Western stories, I dreamed of that big sky country as a child. They planted a seed that fed my need for the outdoors that has lasted a lifetime. This book reignited that flame.
I read Dream Country with rapt attention. The characters were intriguing, especially Daisy with her mystical powers to craft jewelry with powers of love. Woven into the story was a thread of Native American beliefs, and powers that Daisy had acquired. As the story unfolds and moves across the continent a gripping strand of events leaves the heart palpitating and the reader flipping pages. There was a mystery that drove my curiosity to find a resolution, to solve the anguish of a family. The ending drew all the strands together much like a Native American blanket it was an intricate, and tightly woven tale.