Book Review: The Dreaming: Walks Through the Mist by Kim Murphy

Title: The Dreaming: Walks Through the Mist
Author: Kim Murphy
Details: Paperback, 330 pgs.
Published: January 1, 2011 by Coachlight Press, LLC

isbn: 0971679096 (ISBN13: 9780971679092)
Reading Level: Adult
Source: Author, for review

Witch trials in Virginia? Salem wasn’t the first… Psychologist Shae Howard treats a patient who claims to recall nothing of the current century. Under hypnosis, Phoebe Wynne tells an astonishing tale of an ocean crossing to Colonial Jamestown, followed by near starvation and a daring escape to a nearby Indian tribe.
Although Shae’s ex-husband, seasoned police detective Lee Crowley, is intrigued by Phoebe’s story, he remains skeptical regarding her claim that she’s from the seventeenth century. A Native American himself, he does, however, admit to feeling a kinship with Phoebe. How is it that she seems to understand his pain and anger at being caught between two cultures?
Phoebe shows Lee “the dreaming,” which reveals a misty world where the Powhatan people and Colonial Jamestown come to life… and connects him to his own past. Is Phoebe delusional? A witch? Or has she indeed traveled through time?

My Thoughts:

I thought this was a great idea for a story.  I like the story line quite a lot, but at times I found myself a bit confused and it wasn’t all smooth going when reading it.
I had a hard time connecting with the the romance, I didn’t feel the connection between the two characters.  However I liked the characters themselves and I loved when we went back in time with Phoebe.  Sometimes I found it a little confusing because when she was in the dreaming I thought that she was suppose to be looking on at events that happened, rather then participating in those events.  It’s rather difficult to explain but for some reason I felt confused a time or two.  And part of that is because when Shae hypnotized her we also went back in time but it was a little different.   The time we spent in the 1600’s was fascinating.  Learning about the Native American’s and seeing things more from their point of view was very interesting.  Especially seeing how a white woman lived with them.

I spent the whole time just waiting to see the proof that Phoebe really was from the past and had traveled back through time.  I just wanted Shae to see that Phoebe was, in fact, telling the truth.
Overall this was a good story and the history was fantastic.  I love the time travel aspect as well.  If you enjoy time travel and historical fiction then give this one a try.
I give it 3/5 moons.

You can find Kim Murphy on her website.

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