A woman discovers an impossible connection that transcends time and place in this stirring, unforgettable novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Memory Thief.
“A splendid mix of time travel, romantic yearning, and moving on after grief.”—Publishers Weekly
Isabel Griffin has done her best to move on since her boyfriend, Max Adair, vanished without a trace eight years ago, leaving her heartbroken—and pregnant. Eerily enough, this isn’t the first time someone Isabel loves has gone missing. When she was sixteen, her mother disappeared, and her father became obsessed with finding his long-lost wife—at the expense of parenting Isabel.
Determined not to repeat her father’s mistakes, Isabel works hard to become a respected archaeologist and a loving mother to her daughter, Finn, a little girl with very unusual abilities. But while Isabel is on a dig in Barbados, she receives a disturbing phone call. The hauntingly familiar voice on the other end speaks just four words—“Isabel. Keep her safe.”—before they’re disconnected.
Isabel tries to convince herself that the caller can’t possibly be Max. But what if it is, and Finn is in danger? As one mysterious event after another occurs, she can’t shake the feeling that, despite what everyone else believes, Finn’s father is alive—and he’s desperately trying to reach her.
Advance praise for The Dream Keeper’s Daughter
“Moving effortlessly between modern-day South Carolina and nineteenth-century Barbados, Emily Colin takes her readers on a passionate and sweeping tale of a woman haunted by a loss she can’t explain, and a future she can’t yet choose. Lavishly plotted and expertly paced, with characters as richly drawn as their settings, The Dream Keeper’s Daughter explores what it means to follow our hearts—even at the risk of losing what we hold most dear. I was captured from the first page and, like Colin’s lovers who are fighting time and space to be reunited, came up for air only after the remarkable journey was complete.”—Erika Marks, author of The Last Treasure
“In The Dream Keeper’s Daughter, Emily Colin thins out the line between present and past, dream and reality, and allows you to cross over into a haunting world that will make your heart race, weep, and celebrate things that are lost and found. This story immerses you in a time that should not be forgotten and explores the infinite rippling effect of decisions, guilt, accountability, and love.”—Samantha Sotto, author of Love and Gravity
Praise for Emily Colin’s The Memory Thief
“Mesmerizing . . . dazzlingly original and as haunting as a dream.”—Caroline Leavitt, author of Pictures of You
“[A] richly emotional tale . . . a writer to watch.”—Joshilyn Jackson, author of A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty
Colin's second novel (after The Memory Thief) is a splendid mix of time travel, romantic yearning, and moving on after grief. Eight years after Max Adair disappeared without a trace, his lover, Isabel Griffin, has tried to move on, raising their daughter, Finn, and leaning on her best friend, Ryan. Max, meanwhile, has somehow wound up in Barbados in the 19th century, just before a massive slave rebellion. He has to stay alive while trying to figure out how to get messages to the future and find a way back to 21st-century South Carolina. The narrative shifts perspectives, juxtaposing Max's terror and dramatic events in Barbados with Isabel's staid life. The historical details of Max's adventure, including food, music, language, and the lush setting, have excitement and energy missing from Isabel's life. The steady pacing and deft plotting keep the two timelines in sync, and Colin also links them by connecting Max with Finn through their dreams. But Ryan, the only father Finn's ever known, doesn't like her insistence that Max is alive, and their complicated relationship adds yet another intricate layer to this complex and engaging story.