Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’ Random resources for my place on the blog tour for this sweet and moving story of second chances both in love, friendship and life.
She’s wreaked havoc in everyone’s lives. Can she find forgiveness… even from within?
Former drug addict Melinda desperately wants to make amends for years of misguided aggression. Fresh out of rehab and in control of her type of bipolar disorder, she’s grateful to have a secure job and a safe homestead for her long road to recovery. Welcomed by a glorious cliffside sunset and her handsome rancher host, she’s surprised by their instant attraction.
Determined to excel at her work, Melinda does her utmost to display kindness and forges a healthy connection with the horses. And when her dedication warms the heart of the steeds’ drop-dead gorgeous owner, she starts to believe in the possibility of unexpected love and a new future.
Can Melinda truly conquer the demons of her past to find redemption?
Reformed Dreamer is the fourth and final book in the sweet Inspiration in Cologne women’s fiction series. If you like hard-won second chances, surprising romance, and rising above mental health hurdles, then you’ll love Deborah King’s touching story.
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Melinda Moore’s story told by Deborah Kinfg in Reformed Dreamer is the fourth book in the Inspiration in Cologne series. The previous ones, Daring Dreamer, Bedazzled Dreamer and Determined Dreamer tell respective stories of Janna, Shelby and Kalie. brave, strong and loyal women. They also happen to be Melinda’s friends, people who stand by her no matter what. While it is possible to read Reformed Dreamer as a standalone, if you want to appreciate their complex relationships and character development, it is probably better to read the books in order.
We meet Melinda as she comes out of rehab and is about to move back to her home town where everybody remembers her difficult past. Like her late father, she has a form of bi-polar disorder and needs to take regular medication. Melinda is about to start a year of living and working on a ranch with her sponsor Darius. Melinda relies on Darius and her friends to help her recognise if the medication doesn’t work and needs to be adjusted. The work with horses is physically demanding and she has to learn a lot in order to do it in the best way possible, but Melinda is a hard worker and finds out she loves taking care of horses. Her biggest challenge is of a daily kind, it is simply living her new life, building new relationships and restoring the ones she damaged before.
I love second chance stories. This one is more about life, accepting oneself and the others around you and being kind to each other. Darius was such a great character – strong, caring, unassuming. Even when he realises he has feelings for Melinda, he thinks about her needs first. It takes time to heal after what Melinda has been through and Darius is the kind of person who takes care after people and helps them get to the place where they heal themselves. There are other characters in the book he sponsored before, so Melinda can see successful examples of living the best life possible after the rehab. I really enjoyed reading about Thunder and Spirit, the two horses she connected with the most and the way she interacted with the animals with so much love, trust and care.
If you enjoy reading women’s fiction and stories about friendships that evolve in complex life circumstances or would like to read a book with a protagonist who learns how to live with her bi-polar disorder, Reformed Dreamer has all this aspects. It is also set in a beautiful place, filled with loyal characters, and has a clean and wholesome romance in it. If you are a fan of all these things, give this interesting and touching series a go.
Thank you to the author and Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for the review copy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.
About Deborah King:
Deborah King is a spirited woman who was inspired to pursue her dreams due to her mother’s death from early onset Alzheimer’s disease. She has the unique ability to read people and tackle life’s hardships.
Deborah is an acclaimed, distinctive new voice in romantic women’s fiction. After raising two children, working with a not-for-profit wildlife rescue organization, and reading too many books to count, she retired from her personal training and weight management business to follow her dream of writing.
She is extremely grateful for having the opportunity to work with many different people sharing and teaching what inspires her, which you’ll catch glimpses of in her books.
Deborah’s lived in several diverse areas in her city as well as three years in a rural setting. She lives in Missouri with her supportive husband, two rescue cats, who believe they’re dogs, her mini fitness store, and her eclectic collection of books.
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Sounds like a sweet read. Lovely review. I have seen most of us loving gentler reads now
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Thank you, Shalini! You’re right, I also noticed the shift. Gives us an illusion of control? At least we can choose happier, more optimistic reads…😁
I like stories where the hero/heroine aren’t perfect. This sounds good- great review!
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Thank you! Perfect hero/heroes are very difficult to relate to…
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