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.
I didn't realize when I started this book that it was a fantasy time travel story which is way outside my normal reading. I must say though I really enjoyed it. It had good strong characters, excellent writing, and the storyline was intriguing. It didn't quite convert me to reading this type of story again but I'm definitely glad I read this one.
Isabel Griffin has suffered her share of loss. Her boyfriend simply vanishes leaving her alone to raise their daughter he never knew. Suddenly strange events occur that lead her to believe that Max is near. Max is stuck back in time struggling to find a way back to Isabel and their daughter.
Definitely an enjoyable book and one I would recommend.
Lackluster and flat!
The Dream Keeper’s Daughter by Emily Colin is a book about two people who wish to find each other. Dr. Isabel Griffin lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her seven-year-old daughter, Finn. Finn’s father, Max Adair disappeared eight years ago, and Isabel has not heard from him since. This is the second time this has happened to Isabel. Her mother, Julia disappeared in a similar manner six year prior to Max’s disappearance. While on a dig in Barbados, Isabel receives a call from Max telling her to keep Finn safe. Hope surges within Isabel that Max is still alive. Where is he? Later, one of the students uncovers part of her mother’s custom-made necklace. How did her necklace end up here? Isabel heads home to Finn, her dad, and her best friend, Ryan Baxter. Strange events occur that convince Isabel that Max is alive and trying to reach her. Will they ever be together again?
The Dream Keeper’s Daughter was a missed opportunity. I liked the core idea, but I was not a fan of the completed novel (I finished it and said “meh”). The story alternates chapters between Isabel in the present and Max in the past. I would just settle into Max’s story when we were back to Isabel. While in the present with Isabel, she would then reminisce about her past with Max (it could get confusing at times). In the past with Max, he would remember his time with Isabel. I was not enamored with Isabel (did not like her at all). Isabel came across as obsessed (in finding Max) and unable to move forward with her life emotionally. The time difference is never really explained. Max disappears and is gone eight years, but it is only two weeks for him. I wish the author had played up Finn’s special abilities. The supernatural elements were not emphasized or brought to life. My rating for The Dream Keeper’s Daughter is 2 out of 5 stars. I thought the story was lackluster and flat (this is one of those books I did not want to finish). The ending was disappointing and expected. Readers are left with many unanswered questions (I would be more detailed, but then I would give away key details). The descriptive relations between Max and Isabel unnecessary (though predictable). I do want to mention that the book does contain foul language and violence. The Dream Keeper’s Daughter comes across as a first draft instead of a published novel.