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Winner of the 2016 Bookvana Religious Fiction Award! Alone and betrayed, American professor, Bonny Bryant longs for a haven of peace. She accepts a position at a small Christian college in Fort William, Scotland, craving escape from her painful past. The passionate love which develops when she meets fellow professor and sheep farmer, Kieran MacDonell, is something she never Winner of the 2016 Bookvana Religious Fiction Award! Alone and betrayed, American professor, Bonny Bryant longs for a haven of peace. She accepts a position at a small Christian college in Fort William, Scotland, craving escape from her painful past. The passionate love which develops when she meets fellow professor and sheep farmer, Kieran MacDonell, is something she never anticipated. Kieran harbors a deep anger toward God in the face of his own devastating grief. When Bonny returns to New Mexico for her best friend’s wedding, her former fiancé reenters her life. Four thousand miles away, Kieran’s loneliness draws him to an attractive former student. How will Bonny decide between her two rivals? Can they set aside the past to make way for a future? Land of My Dreams spans the distance between New Mexico’s high desert mountains and the misty Scottish Highlands with a timeless story of overwhelming grief, undying love, and compelling faith.


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Winner of the 2016 Bookvana Religious Fiction Award! Alone and betrayed, American professor, Bonny Bryant longs for a haven of peace. She accepts a position at a small Christian college in Fort William, Scotland, craving escape from her painful past. The passionate love which develops when she meets fellow professor and sheep farmer, Kieran MacDonell, is something she never Winner of the 2016 Bookvana Religious Fiction Award! Alone and betrayed, American professor, Bonny Bryant longs for a haven of peace. She accepts a position at a small Christian college in Fort William, Scotland, craving escape from her painful past. The passionate love which develops when she meets fellow professor and sheep farmer, Kieran MacDonell, is something she never anticipated. Kieran harbors a deep anger toward God in the face of his own devastating grief. When Bonny returns to New Mexico for her best friend’s wedding, her former fiancé reenters her life. Four thousand miles away, Kieran’s loneliness draws him to an attractive former student. How will Bonny decide between her two rivals? Can they set aside the past to make way for a future? Land of My Dreams spans the distance between New Mexico’s high desert mountains and the misty Scottish Highlands with a timeless story of overwhelming grief, undying love, and compelling faith.

30 review for Land of My Dreams

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Chapel

    Wow! I can easily say that so far this book is my best read of the year. Land of My Dreams is the authors first novel. I loved her writing style and how she made Scotland seem so vivid with her descriptions of the scenery and the land, as though I was there seeing it in person. And the love story so romantic but at the same time keeping it clean as all Christian Fiction should be. Most of the characters were Christians whose lives centered around God. This story was tastefully written and I can' Wow! I can easily say that so far this book is my best read of the year. Land of My Dreams is the authors first novel. I loved her writing style and how she made Scotland seem so vivid with her descriptions of the scenery and the land, as though I was there seeing it in person. And the love story so romantic but at the same time keeping it clean as all Christian Fiction should be. Most of the characters were Christians whose lives centered around God. This story was tastefully written and I can't wait to read Book two Within Golden Bands. Bonny Bryant lost both parents and a fiancee all within a years time. Losing Adam was the last straw for her and needing a change she excepted a job at a Christian College in Scotland. As the new school year approaches she meets a handsome Scottish Professor and finds herself smitten with him. He also is attracted to her. They begin to see each other but Kieran MacDonnell is still grieving the loss of his late wife and son. Bonny is healing from Adam breaking off their engagement so close to the wedding. The story has many twist and turns which kept this reader glued to the book. It covers about a year and a half span of time with a lot happening to keep your interest level high. It's a great escape for all readers of contemporary romance and Christian Fiction. I loved it and highly recommend it. I downloaded a Kindle ebook copy from The Kindle Owners Lending Library. A favorable review was not requested. All opinions expressed here are mine.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jim Riddle

    I'm the writer's cousin. Well, our grandmother's were sisters, you figure that out. Not only that, I'm an engineer much more comfortable with an Aubrey-Maturin novel or a James Michener tome in my lap, not to mention Stephen King. To me, romance books were those things with Fabio on the cover that I never bothered to pick up. Not this one. I can identify with a professor in New Mexico, having been one in Colorado, and making a decision to try something different someplace else for a year. You just I'm the writer's cousin. Well, our grandmother's were sisters, you figure that out. Not only that, I'm an engineer much more comfortable with an Aubrey-Maturin novel or a James Michener tome in my lap, not to mention Stephen King. To me, romance books were those things with Fabio on the cover that I never bothered to pick up. Not this one. I can identify with a professor in New Mexico, having been one in Colorado, and making a decision to try something different someplace else for a year. You just never know what might happen, and by golly, Bonny Bryant didn't either. You leave a totally known present for a future in which, at best, you know only a few people. It is in the meeting and relating to and with these people that this novel unfolds, at first slowly and then as the tangential but significant co-relationships unwind. It is not a linear tree of relationships but, in that scientific mind of mine, an interlinking of Venn diagrams made of spheres -- each sphere a world of its own and their intersections and unions providing as deep and complex a world as Norma wishes you to enter. Norma develops some characters to a great level of complexity in the short span of this book and deals not only with the typical family life and history things but artfully crafts the gaining, loss and re-gaining of a deep Christian faith, then goes on to show, without directly explaining, what we Christians forget that it is we who leave God not He who leaves us. If you have chosen not to be a Christian, you can still enjoy the book for its romance and you can also appreciate the "Venn sphere" of Christianity and its intersection/union of a different fashion with each of the characters and each of the subplots. Thinking this story out was not a mere outline, but must have driven her crazy at times! The descriptions of Scotland are overwhelming. I am ready to pack my bag and head for Skye right now, except I don't have anything to use to pay for a ticket and hitchhiking would be a bit dicey. I was also reminded of our own family history as it grew in New Mexico quite similarly to the MacDonnell clan and their sheep-cattle feuds. There is also an added element of a continuing family/clan feud, leaving a lot of speculation at the end of the book if you want to go that way, and the grounds for her next novel of Scotland and the MacDonnell family, which I hope will be coming very soon.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    Land of my Dreams by Norma Gail American Professor Bonny Bryant leaves her home in the high desert mountains of New Mexico and travels to the beautiful misty Scottish Highlands to heal from painful memories. However, she soon learns that those memories followed her there. Will she find healing or more heartache? Sheep farmer and professor Kieran MacDonell has his own painful memories. Can he let them go and allow God to heal his heart or forever grieve? I love the detailed descriptions of the bea Land of my Dreams by Norma Gail American Professor Bonny Bryant leaves her home in the high desert mountains of New Mexico and travels to the beautiful misty Scottish Highlands to heal from painful memories. However, she soon learns that those memories followed her there. Will she find healing or more heartache? Sheep farmer and professor Kieran MacDonell has his own painful memories. Can he let them go and allow God to heal his heart or forever grieve? I love the detailed descriptions of the beautiful Scottish countryside and felt as if I was right there. The characters face challenges and overwhelming grief that ultimately brings doubts in their faith-walk. The healing they so desperately seek depends on the choices they make. There are some surprising twists, unexpected crisis and dangers, as well as romance and love, second chances and an ending that is heartwarming. However, I found the story dragged a bit, especially in the middle, but picked up toward the ending. The use of the Gaelic language was interesting but became a bit much at times. There is a Gaelic translation guide at the end of the book, but I found it a bit distracting from the story to keep flipping to the guide. ~I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly A.

    4.5 out of 5 stars for Land of My Dreams, a contemporary Christian Romance, by debut author Norma Gail. I truly enjoyed this book with its sweeping vistas from New Mexico to Scotland and even to Afghanistan. I was hooked as soon as I started reading, finding myself able to relate to both Bonny, who is running away from her past, and Kieran, who cannot break free of his past. Sometimes, I do not always care for either the heroine or the hero in a Christian romance, but that certainly wasn't th 4.5 out of 5 stars for Land of My Dreams, a contemporary Christian Romance, by debut author Norma Gail. I truly enjoyed this book with its sweeping vistas from New Mexico to Scotland and even to Afghanistan. I was hooked as soon as I started reading, finding myself able to relate to both Bonny, who is running away from her past, and Kieran, who cannot break free of his past. Sometimes, I do not always care for either the heroine or the hero in a Christian romance, but that certainly wasn't the case with this book. I was equally invested in both Bonny and Kieran, who both felt real from their struggles to their love for each other and I was cheering them on, not only in their love for each other but also as they struggled to heal in their relationships to God. Because I have read many, many books set in Scotland, one of the most irritating things for me is when I come across scenes stuffed with Scottish clichés or characters who feel like they are carbon copies of Scotty from Star Trek. Therefore, I was extremely relieved to find those clichés and "Scotty" were absent from Land of My Dreams. There are definitely kilts (but only when appropriate such as during the local Highland Games), Scottish burrs, and Scots Gaelic slipping into conversations, but it feels natural and not like the author randomly shoved some Scots Gaelic words to make the book (or characters) "Scottish." You can certainly tell that Norma Gail has a deep respect for Scotland and her varied inhabitants. The influence of her own experiences in Scotland brings that extra touch of authenticity to her book. A big, big bonus for me was how the beta couple/s were treated in this book. Some romance books can have tunnel vision and focus only on the main couple and maybe the villain/rival, leaving the potential threads of the beta couples undeveloped or they and the rest of the background characters come across as flat one-dimensional mock-ups compared to the fully fleshed out main couple. But, I did not find that to be the case with Land of My Dreams. Instead, I just as excited about the beta couples who have their own little underlying storylines (and in one case, not so little) as I was about Kieran and Bonny. Norma Gail spent just as much time breathing life into the background and secondary characters as she did the main characters, which was an absolute delight to read! I highly recommend this book for enthusiasts of Scotland, New Mexico, Christian Romance, and those who have enjoyed the works of other big names for Christian books set in Scotland such as Michael Phillips. Note: I received an ARC of Land of My Dreams due to being a beta reader for Norma Gail. I was not paid to read the book nor was I paid to write a positive review. My review is my own opinion.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Linda Klager

    What an interesting story. The main characters were Bonny Bryant and Kieran McDonnell. Bonny Bryant's parents passed away in a short amount of time. Then her fiance decided to have an affair with someone in the law office where he worked. Bonny had visited Scotland as a child and remembered so many good times spent there. Bonny took a position as a professor at an university in Scotland. Bonny and Kieran met and were immediately attracted to each other. Kieran was suffering from loss, too - his wi What an interesting story. The main characters were Bonny Bryant and Kieran McDonnell. Bonny Bryant's parents passed away in a short amount of time. Then her fiance decided to have an affair with someone in the law office where he worked. Bonny had visited Scotland as a child and remembered so many good times spent there. Bonny took a position as a professor at an university in Scotland. Bonny and Kieran met and were immediately attracted to each other. Kieran was suffering from loss, too - his wife died in childbirth and their baby was stillborn. Both Bonny and Kieran blamed God and had a very difficult time praying to God. The author did so much research - she mentioned many places and areas of Scotland and also she wrote of the way Scottish people speak. This was a good education for me to learn more about this culture. There is a glossary of Scottish words at the end of this book. There was much drama in this book and sometimes I was very concerned that the main characters would live because of all that they went through. If you would like to escape to Scotland and learn more about the area and the people, this book is a very good way to travel without a lot of expense.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis Freeman

    When Professor Bonny Bryant lost her parents within months of each other and endured the recent betrayal of a fiancé, she was disillusioned with life and in her faith. How could she go forward with her troubling memories? Then she received a call from her father’s colleague asking her to come to the Christian college in Fort William, Scotland. She was to be on staff and teach the American History and Literature curriculum which she helped her father to develop. Bonny left all that was familiar in When Professor Bonny Bryant lost her parents within months of each other and endured the recent betrayal of a fiancé, she was disillusioned with life and in her faith. How could she go forward with her troubling memories? Then she received a call from her father’s colleague asking her to come to the Christian college in Fort William, Scotland. She was to be on staff and teach the American History and Literature curriculum which she helped her father to develop. Bonny left all that was familiar in Albuquerque, New Mexico to recover from her grief. She was thrilled to settle in a rugged and mountainous land for a school year. Rushing waters, rolling hills, and sounds of Scotland soothed her soul. Norma Gail well portrays the struggle taking place in Bonny’s heart. Kieran (a Scottish hero) met Bonny and they each tried to work through their human frailty. The book exposes the guilt, frustration, and feelings of being rejected by God which Kieran experienced. He had lost a wife and infant years ago but was drowning in his grief, self-pity, and anger. While in Scotland, Bonny fell in love, was hurt to the core of her soul, and gradually regained her faith. Bonny’s heart and health struggles brought her closer to God than ever before. She made difficult choices between her love in Scotland Kieran and her persistent suitor in America Adam. She learned that God would give her gentle nudges to guide her. Even though the details, dates, and historical information were a bit heavy for me, I did feel I could learn to appreciate this genre. The story is compelling, characters believable, and the spiritual message was powerfully administered without being preachy. I was given this book for my honest opinion. You’ll enjoy this read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary Hines

    Land of my Dreams If you’ve ever lost a dream only to discover God had a better one in mind, you will relate to this tale of two brokenhearted dreamers brought together in a land of beauty and romance. Bonny Bryant flees her home in New Mexico after her fiancé breaks off their engagement. Making a bold move to Scotland, where she has secured a teaching position at a Christian college, she carries on her father’s legacy as a history instructor. Although raised a believer, her parents’ deaths and th Land of my Dreams If you’ve ever lost a dream only to discover God had a better one in mind, you will relate to this tale of two brokenhearted dreamers brought together in a land of beauty and romance. Bonny Bryant flees her home in New Mexico after her fiancé breaks off their engagement. Making a bold move to Scotland, where she has secured a teaching position at a Christian college, she carries on her father’s legacy as a history instructor. Although raised a believer, her parents’ deaths and the death of her relationship with the man she loves challenge her long-held beliefs and causes her to pull back from God. In Scotland, she encounters another professor with his own spiritual struggles. Having lost his beloved wife and infant son to a tragedy during childbirth, Kieran MacDonnell is also holding God at a distant arm’s length. He buries himself in his work at the college and on the family sheep farm as he pushes his pain deep inside where it cannot be touched. By the hand of God, these two lost souls find each other and begin the tentative process of rediscovering hope. But many barriers arise, and the difficulties they face could lead to the loss of a chance to love again. Norma Gail’s Land of my Dreams is a captivating story of deep struggles in the human soul. Her poetic prose and masterful use of metaphors transport the reader on a journey to Scotland where the lush green hills, the cerulean lochs, and the cooling mists create a backdrop to a love story that will capture hearts and restore hope to dreamers young and old.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Land of My Dreams was a page turner throughout this wonderful story from the high desert in New Mexico to the lush countryside of Scotland. Norma Gail writes so vividly with her words and description of the land that I felt like I was right there. I want to travel to Scotland just as Bonny did in this top notched book. I’ve read other books set in Scotland but this is the best descriptive one I’ve read along with a glossary of Gaelic words woven into the story. The depth of the story with multip Land of My Dreams was a page turner throughout this wonderful story from the high desert in New Mexico to the lush countryside of Scotland. Norma Gail writes so vividly with her words and description of the land that I felt like I was right there. I want to travel to Scotland just as Bonny did in this top notched book. I’ve read other books set in Scotland but this is the best descriptive one I’ve read along with a glossary of Gaelic words woven into the story. The depth of the story with multiple plots, loving and well developed characters that were facing real life issues and a never failing God that brought healing, forgiveness, restoration, love and second chances into lives keep me absorbed until the last word was read. I loved reading about the history of Kieran MacDonell’s family along with the informative words of raising sheep and the various types his family had grazing on their land. Land of My Dreams definitely reveals the depth and hours of research Norma Gail put into her debut novel. I cannot wait to read the sequel. I must know what is happening in the lives of Bonny, Kieran, Dan, Kari, Kieran’s parents and all the hired help on the sheep farm; as well as the new church that is starting to grow as a result of characters dedicating their lives to serving Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior. Norma Gail has interwoven the Word of God in beautifully ways that shows God’s love and power to deliver from past heartbreak and deep wounds to new life with second charges.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rosehall

    Land of My Dreams by Norma Gail is a book set in modern times in Scotland and in New Mexico. A young lady, dealing with disappointments in life, such as death of loved ones, betrayal by her fiance, and a loss of a relationship with God, escapes to Scotland for a new beginning. There, she falls in love, with the land and history of Scotland and with a widower with his own set of problems. She learns to know herself better, but there are many twists and turns in her life that cause her confusion a Land of My Dreams by Norma Gail is a book set in modern times in Scotland and in New Mexico. A young lady, dealing with disappointments in life, such as death of loved ones, betrayal by her fiance, and a loss of a relationship with God, escapes to Scotland for a new beginning. There, she falls in love, with the land and history of Scotland and with a widower with his own set of problems. She learns to know herself better, but there are many twists and turns in her life that cause her confusion and uncertainty. She is presented with many challenges including deciding whether she still loves her former fiance who wants her back. Anyone who reads this book will identify with the emotions experienced by the characters in this book. The conclusion is a surprise until the very end. There is much to be learned by reading this book. It has been very well researched and vividly brings to life the beauty of life in both Scotland and in New Mexico. I highly recommend the book. After reading the first few chapters, I could not put it down, and normally I don't get into reading books set in other countries. Scotland, though, is so poetic and romantic! I would not be true to myself if I did not tell you, also, that as a Christian, I can appreciate the theme throughout that shows that God is there, even when we pull away. The book reinforced to me, that He will take us through our problems. Sometimes we must wait for His timing. Great job, Norma Gail!!!!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Gaul

    A few nights ago, my husband and I went out for dinner to a new restaurant. The food was delicious, prepared perfectly and plated with flair. Days have passed, and I’m still thinking about the meal, and smiling. That sums up how I feel about Land of My Dreams. It leaves a rich satisfaction that stayed with me for days after finishing the book. I enjoyed all the characters, especially Kieran and Bonny as they faced their challenges. And I have a new-found fascination with Scotland and their quain A few nights ago, my husband and I went out for dinner to a new restaurant. The food was delicious, prepared perfectly and plated with flair. Days have passed, and I’m still thinking about the meal, and smiling. That sums up how I feel about Land of My Dreams. It leaves a rich satisfaction that stayed with me for days after finishing the book. I enjoyed all the characters, especially Kieran and Bonny as they faced their challenges. And I have a new-found fascination with Scotland and their quaint speech mannerisms. The author clearly and smoothly inserts some of the language into the story, making the setting even more realistic. I almost feel like I’ve been there! Now for the story itself: Bonny and Kieran are both battling grief in their own ways, on opposite sides of the world, when she decides to take a teaching position at a college in Scotland. The area is bathed in history, and she quickly falls in love with it. Kieran is a gentleman sheep farmer who also teaches at the college part-time. The two seem made for each other, despite cultural differences and their pain-shrouded pasts. But faith is an important component in this lovely novel, and hints of unequal yoking kept me turning pages, tension mounting as I waited on the consequences. I won’t give away the ending, but will say this is a compelling, Christ-filled book that left me deeply happy. I highly recommend it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It is set in Scotland and the way the author describes it, it is just like I had actually been there. The struggles many of us face, as Christians are often swept under the rug under a huge weight of condemnation that usually sounds a little something like "if your faith were stronger ... you wouldn't be struggling so much..." I have always bristled at that stance and it has in fact had me running my own marathon away from God at times. It has taken many years a I really enjoyed reading this book. It is set in Scotland and the way the author describes it, it is just like I had actually been there. The struggles many of us face, as Christians are often swept under the rug under a huge weight of condemnation that usually sounds a little something like "if your faith were stronger ... you wouldn't be struggling so much..." I have always bristled at that stance and it has in fact had me running my own marathon away from God at times. It has taken many years and many struggles but also much love from what seems to be a new Christian way of thinking in regards to doubt and fear, anger and out right hostility... "Land of My Dreams" takes that new stance and basically says, Go ahead, be angry, be hurt, God can take it and if you'll let Him; He'll take this struggle, this trial, this crisis of faith and He'll mold it and use it into something new. This concept of a loving Father God is interwoven into a love story between two deeply hurting and broken people, but deeper than that it is a love story about how very much the Father loves us... God pours His love into a broken vessel,and because its been broken; His love can pour through us and on to others who are hurting... I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance without the normal worldview. Thank you for the opportunity to preview this work.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marcia

    Land of My Dreams by Norma Gail is an enchanting story of a young college professor who has suffered great loss and betrayal causing her to feel she has lost all faith in God. So she leaves her hometown for Scotland to teach at a small Christian college. There she meets another professor who too has suffered great loss and feels abandoned by God. This is their story of love…theirs and that of the God who never stopped loving and leading them both. Norma Gail has vividly and beautifully describes Land of My Dreams by Norma Gail is an enchanting story of a young college professor who has suffered great loss and betrayal causing her to feel she has lost all faith in God. So she leaves her hometown for Scotland to teach at a small Christian college. There she meets another professor who too has suffered great loss and feels abandoned by God. This is their story of love…theirs and that of the God who never stopped loving and leading them both. Norma Gail has vividly and beautifully describes Scotland, transporting us through lovely landscapes, interesting history, and use of the Gaelic language. The story develops at a good pace, taking us along as God uses friends and colleagues to show His love. While we hope as we read that the two main characters will find their way to a lifetime together, the story unfolds in surprising and thought-provoking ways. As much as I felt the tears in my eyes for both sad and happy events in the book, I could not help but be reminded of my own experience with loss and betrayal, my own sense of wondering where God was, and my own re-discovery of His unfailing love and presence. I highly recommend this book! Norma Gail has written what Christian fiction should be – a witness to God’s great love!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I had many reasons to read this book. First, a friend asked me to check it out. Second, I’m a Christian. Third, my DIL is from New Mexico. Fourth, we are a military family with teaching in our hearts. Last, Scotland is on my bucket list of places I want to visit. It didn’t take me long to become addicted. I love the intricacies of the character’s personalities. You can feel the hurt and disappointment that life has handed Bonny & Kieran. You can also feel the compassion those around them show as I had many reasons to read this book. First, a friend asked me to check it out. Second, I’m a Christian. Third, my DIL is from New Mexico. Fourth, we are a military family with teaching in our hearts. Last, Scotland is on my bucket list of places I want to visit. It didn’t take me long to become addicted. I love the intricacies of the character’s personalities. You can feel the hurt and disappointment that life has handed Bonny & Kieran. You can also feel the compassion those around them show as they share life. I also love how the characters are spread out across the globe, but their lives are closely woven together. Our military family lives on 3 continents. I don’t like sugar coated books because life just isn’t that way. Bonny & Kieran faced hard problems that aren’t solved overnight. God did not stop the hard things from happening, but He also didn’t leave them. He doesn’t turn His back and walk away. He picks us up and carries us… Just like he picked up Bonny & Kieran. I haven’t read a Christian romance novel is a while because I just got tired of reading the same thing over and over. I was pleasantly surprised at the depth of the book and the characters. This is Norma’s first book, but I know there will be many more. I highly recommend the book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Cooper

    Reading Christian romance is always a pleasure, as you know the scenes will not be overly explicit. Author Norma Gail comes through, yet still manages to fill “Land of My Dreams” with many sigh-worthy scenes that will nourish a romantic heart without offending one’s Christian values. Set in beautiful Scotland, this novel fills a reader’s mind with scenes of the lovely countryside, described in such detail that a reader feels they are there. The characters are both charming and flawed, suffering Reading Christian romance is always a pleasure, as you know the scenes will not be overly explicit. Author Norma Gail comes through, yet still manages to fill “Land of My Dreams” with many sigh-worthy scenes that will nourish a romantic heart without offending one’s Christian values. Set in beautiful Scotland, this novel fills a reader’s mind with scenes of the lovely countryside, described in such detail that a reader feels they are there. The characters are both charming and flawed, suffering from emotional wounds that have drawn their previous faith into the depths of doubt. Their healing depends on their choices. There are various twists in the plot that take a reader by surprise, but the ending is satisfying. While I was caught up in this story, at times it dragged. Rather than 400 plus pages, 300 would have been sufficient to tell the story. The biggest area of interrupting the reading flow was the excessive use of the Gaelic language. While a little goes a long way, too much becomes distracting. I ended up leaping over passages and ignoring it. Having a “Gaelic guide for translation” at the end of the book was not helpful, especially when you’re using a kindle. Overall, a sweet story with a faith-building message of putting the Lord first in our lives.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anne Campbell

    As a debut novel, this one is wonderful. It grips your heart--whether it's the romance or whether it's the descriptions of Scotland. Two people, reeling from hurt and disillusionment. First Bonny Bryant's mother and then her father had died within months of each other, and immediately following, her fiance dumped her. She and her father had come up with a history curriculum before he had passed, and she had been offered a position at Fort William Christian College in Scotland. Kieran MacDonell, who As a debut novel, this one is wonderful. It grips your heart--whether it's the romance or whether it's the descriptions of Scotland. Two people, reeling from hurt and disillusionment. First Bonny Bryant's mother and then her father had died within months of each other, and immediately following, her fiance dumped her. She and her father had come up with a history curriculum before he had passed, and she had been offered a position at Fort William Christian College in Scotland. Kieran MacDonell, who taught math at the same school, nursed a deep hurt of his own. His beloved wife, Bronwyn had died giving birth to their son, a storm preventing emergency help from getting to their remote farm. Their son also died. Both Bonny and Kieran disillusioned by what they perceive as God's desertion of them when they needed Him most--what were they doing teaching at a Christian college? Despite their deep hurts and desires to avoid any romantic entanglements, they find themselves almost immediately attracted to each other. What will happen if one of them rediscovers God and the other doesn't?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Deba

    I absolutely enjoyed reading "Land of My Dreams". I confess, I was suppose to keep up with my cousin in reading this book, but I could not stop reading, so, I do not know where she is in these pages of this most delightful book, But I will tell you that once I picked it up, I did not want to put it down, Since she is on vacation, I have not heard from her, but I am sure she feels the same way. I do hope the author writes a sequel. I am waiting in a hopeful mood. Just incase, it was a wonderful r I absolutely enjoyed reading "Land of My Dreams". I confess, I was suppose to keep up with my cousin in reading this book, but I could not stop reading, so, I do not know where she is in these pages of this most delightful book, But I will tell you that once I picked it up, I did not want to put it down, Since she is on vacation, I have not heard from her, but I am sure she feels the same way. I do hope the author writes a sequel. I am waiting in a hopeful mood. Just incase, it was a wonderful read, I wish them well. I do appreciate the fact that when she could have ended the story, the author gave a little bit more, So, I am hopeful that she is in anticipation of continuing with the lives of these most unforgettable characters. This book captured my interest and had a beautiful arc, whereby the conflict and trauma was positioned in a way that made you want to read more of the story. The characters are believable and the honesty with which the story develops is so real that you'll find yourself crying and laughing alongside them. Congratulations to the author, Norma Gail, for creating this lovely story to help us escape into her characters' world.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kiersti

    A beautiful story of healing and redemption! Land of My Dreams drew me in more and more the farther I read. I knew I'd love the Scottish and New Mexico settings, but I also grew to know and love the main characters, Bonny and Kieran, and was moved and ministered to in ways I didn't even expect by their struggles and journey of learning to trust God despite, and even through, trials and heartache. A line one character speaks to another has come back to me multiple times: "Just because you can't s A beautiful story of healing and redemption! Land of My Dreams drew me in more and more the farther I read. I knew I'd love the Scottish and New Mexico settings, but I also grew to know and love the main characters, Bonny and Kieran, and was moved and ministered to in ways I didn't even expect by their struggles and journey of learning to trust God despite, and even through, trials and heartache. A line one character speaks to another has come back to me multiple times: "Just because you can't see it doesn't mean God can't do it." I loved how Norma Gail didn't tie up Bonny and Kieran's romance easily with a nice little bow but let them truly wrestle and struggle with their past hurts and doubts and present heartaches, just as we humans really do...and yet she showed the overcoming truth and power of Christ through it all. The characters are real and deftly drawn, and the ending will keep you on the edge of your seat--at least it did me! Check out Land of My Dreams even if you're not typically drawn to contemporary romance...I think you'll be blessed.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Azalea Dabill

    Land of My Dreams was a treat. Not often do I find a romance with interesting plot lines, intriguing characters, and un-preachy spirituality combined with adventure in the Scottish Highlands. Bonny lost all those dear to her inside six months. Then her fiancé left with another woman. She cannot face her best friend's wedding to the love of her life. Bonny takes a teaching position in the Highlands, hoping to escape memories and build a new life. She meets a troubled professor and finds love bloo Land of My Dreams was a treat. Not often do I find a romance with interesting plot lines, intriguing characters, and un-preachy spirituality combined with adventure in the Scottish Highlands. Bonny lost all those dear to her inside six months. Then her fiancé left with another woman. She cannot face her best friend's wedding to the love of her life. Bonny takes a teaching position in the Highlands, hoping to escape memories and build a new life. She meets a troubled professor and finds love blooming again. Secrets, a dividing world-view, and her past threaten their love. Will choosing to truly love drive their hearts apart, or bind them together forever? A solid, good read. Keep writing, Norma, I'm waiting for more! Though I know it takes a while to write a good book like this. And I thank you. Azalea Dabill Editor and Author Crossover: Find the Eternal, the Adventure Mythic Fantasy [email protected]

  19. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Land Of My Dreams by Norma Gail is the story of Bonny and Kieran, two hurting people who are both angry and disappointed with God who failed to intervene and prevent tragedies happening in their lives. Bonny, an American travels to Scotland to teach in her uncle’s school in Fort William, which is where she meets fellow teacher Kieran. Bonny soon rediscovers a God, who loves her, and she prays that Kieran will let go of his past anger, to move forward to his future. Bonny returns to America for h Land Of My Dreams by Norma Gail is the story of Bonny and Kieran, two hurting people who are both angry and disappointed with God who failed to intervene and prevent tragedies happening in their lives. Bonny, an American travels to Scotland to teach in her uncle’s school in Fort William, which is where she meets fellow teacher Kieran. Bonny soon rediscovers a God, who loves her, and she prays that Kieran will let go of his past anger, to move forward to his future. Bonny returns to America for her close friends wedding, and an accident occurs. Kieran, still depressed and angry at God, refuses at first to travel to America, and when he finally does, the prayers of a stranger will impact his life forever. The novel is a gentle romance, and it is a journey of faith, showing that while we may abandon God in anger or disappointment, He never abandons us. It is also a novel of choices and shows that in situations that life throws at people, they can choose to respond in anger or love.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Roseanne Pennington

    I am currently over half way through this book and am enjoying it thoroughly. Norma is an excellent writer. Her descriptions of the different settings brings you right into the story. The juxtaposition of the two lands that Bonny loves, New Mexico and Scotland, is very interesting and ties into the story so well. In fact they are not just settings but important "characters" that add to the depth of the people we grow to care about so deeply. And care we do. We feel Bonny's hurt. Her longing for I am currently over half way through this book and am enjoying it thoroughly. Norma is an excellent writer. Her descriptions of the different settings brings you right into the story. The juxtaposition of the two lands that Bonny loves, New Mexico and Scotland, is very interesting and ties into the story so well. In fact they are not just settings but important "characters" that add to the depth of the people we grow to care about so deeply. And care we do. We feel Bonny's hurt. Her longing for escape and desire to be loved. In Kieran, Bonny finds a heart as broken as her own. Another soul who feels adrift in life because he cannot reconcile his pain with God's love. I am fascinated to see how this story is resolved. However, judging by what I've read so far, I'm sure it will be a satisfying conclusion. Stay tuned....

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marcie

    Norma Gail's Land of My Dreams is a delightful page turner. The characters are easily likeable and we are able to identify very well with their struggles both individually and as a couple. It is fun learning the Scottish language and learning more intimate details about New Mexico's way of life and traditions not to mention the landscape (we don't often identify New Mexico with mountains). I only wish I had seen the Scottish words and definitions in the back of the book earlier in my reading but Norma Gail's Land of My Dreams is a delightful page turner. The characters are easily likeable and we are able to identify very well with their struggles both individually and as a couple. It is fun learning the Scottish language and learning more intimate details about New Mexico's way of life and traditions not to mention the landscape (we don't often identify New Mexico with mountains). I only wish I had seen the Scottish words and definitions in the back of the book earlier in my reading but reading it on the Kindle I didn't see it until I was finished. It is a good read that I enjoyed very much. Not being a romance reader of Christian or non-Christian books I was surprised that I liked it as much as I did. It kept me engaged in the story and I am eager to read the next novel in the series. Bravo Norma Gail on such a great debut novel!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Susan Lee

    I am loving this book. I think Norma Gail has done a superb job on this contemporary romance novel. Well done, from the descriptions of the characters to the settings of the story. I can see the pain in the eyes of the characters, Bonny and Kieran, as well as the sparks of hope and hesitance, as they get to know one another. I enjoy the similarities and vast differences as she describes both Albuquerque, New Mexico and Scotland. I can see Sandia Peak in New Mexico and smell the chilies one minute I am loving this book. I think Norma Gail has done a superb job on this contemporary romance novel. Well done, from the descriptions of the characters to the settings of the story. I can see the pain in the eyes of the characters, Bonny and Kieran, as well as the sparks of hope and hesitance, as they get to know one another. I enjoy the similarities and vast differences as she describes both Albuquerque, New Mexico and Scotland. I can see Sandia Peak in New Mexico and smell the chilies one minute and hear the noise of the Highland Games and the bagpipes in Scotland the next. It makes me want to return to New Mexico as well as go to Scotland. She did a wonderful job of intertwining the cultures and areas as well as the characters. Will be looking forward to future novels!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lori Bennett

    This is a tender love story between two broken souls, with the Author of Love wooing them back to Himself. I'm half way through this book and loving it. Norma Gail captures your attention with beautifully vivid scenes of the Land of Enchantment (New Mexico) and Scotland - the land of green hills and blue Locs. Then, with tender details of loss, pain, and finally, renewed hope, the excitement of new love unfolds and draws you in. The Author of life and love is behind the scenes weaving together th This is a tender love story between two broken souls, with the Author of Love wooing them back to Himself. I'm half way through this book and loving it. Norma Gail captures your attention with beautifully vivid scenes of the Land of Enchantment (New Mexico) and Scotland - the land of green hills and blue Locs. Then, with tender details of loss, pain, and finally, renewed hope, the excitement of new love unfolds and draws you in. The Author of life and love is behind the scenes weaving together their tapestries of real life, and drawing them to Himself. Each day, I look forward to coming home from work to open Land of My Dreams and see what God has in store for the lives of Bonnie and Kieran and their friends. Thank you Norma Gail!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jannell Rempel

    A story of wounded souls looking to find that one thing that will heal their broken hearts. Like many of us they try to control their own lives and circumstances. They forget that life isn't about waiting for storms to pass. It was so easy to identify with the characters as they walked the road of recovery. Haven't we all been there? A time when we asked why? A time when we asked Lord where are you? Norma Gail hits the nail on the head about how easy it can be to just give up and let stubborn pr A story of wounded souls looking to find that one thing that will heal their broken hearts. Like many of us they try to control their own lives and circumstances. They forget that life isn't about waiting for storms to pass. It was so easy to identify with the characters as they walked the road of recovery. Haven't we all been there? A time when we asked why? A time when we asked Lord where are you? Norma Gail hits the nail on the head about how easy it can be to just give up and let stubborn pride take over when tragedy strikes. She also provides a wonderful reminder that God will remain in the shadows and nudge us until we submit to His will on our own, and that His love never fails. I look forward to the continuation of this delightful story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Smith

    How refreshing to read a piece of Christian fiction and know it will stick to purity and biblical values! This novel surprised me in how many trials the main characters had to overcome. I appreciated that there was substance to it. Relationships are difficult and gritty, and I felt this offered the beauty and growth in the complexity of two people bringing their own individual baggage into a relationship. I did not know much about Scottish culture and enjoyed the vivid scenes and landscapes. I f How refreshing to read a piece of Christian fiction and know it will stick to purity and biblical values! This novel surprised me in how many trials the main characters had to overcome. I appreciated that there was substance to it. Relationships are difficult and gritty, and I felt this offered the beauty and growth in the complexity of two people bringing their own individual baggage into a relationship. I did not know much about Scottish culture and enjoyed the vivid scenes and landscapes. I felt like I travelled between there and New Mexico. In the end, I felt like the main characters had really triumphed after honest failures, temptations, and the ups and downs that the past brings with it. A very enjoyable read!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mary Wheet

    Land of My Dreams is a book about deep loss and how it affects our faith in God. Her character development was wonderful and everyone reading can relate to them and their feelings of loss, confusion, anger and lack of trust. The book is also and encouragement to any who are going through issues of loss and betrayal because it shows how beautifully God can and does work in our lives when we turn to Him. Truth was woven into the book without the reader feeling like it was a sermon with a story w Land of My Dreams is a book about deep loss and how it affects our faith in God. Her character development was wonderful and everyone reading can relate to them and their feelings of loss, confusion, anger and lack of trust. The book is also and encouragement to any who are going through issues of loss and betrayal because it shows how beautifully God can and does work in our lives when we turn to Him. Truth was woven into the book without the reader feeling like it was a sermon with a story woven into it. The book is well written and I recommend it. It was a pleasure to read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Trina Matous

    Who doesn't love a good love story? The characters were realistic, the story was believable and the setting one of my favorite countries! I couldn't help but root for Bonny and Kieran. Both had tragic pasts to overcome in order to begin healing and living again. This was an easy to read novel full of great descriptions (I could just picture the surroundings) and plenty of believable detail. Great job, Norma! I can wholeheartedly recommend this novel for anyone who is looking for an entertaining, Who doesn't love a good love story? The characters were realistic, the story was believable and the setting one of my favorite countries! I couldn't help but root for Bonny and Kieran. Both had tragic pasts to overcome in order to begin healing and living again. This was an easy to read novel full of great descriptions (I could just picture the surroundings) and plenty of believable detail. Great job, Norma! I can wholeheartedly recommend this novel for anyone who is looking for an entertaining, true to life romance.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    This book is so wonderful on so many levels. The character descriptions and actions were believable. And as I read about Bonny and Kieran both trying to get through life without having come to terms with their losses, I could feel their pain and understand their turning away from God. However, in this book of extreme pain, I was able to walk through with them and rejoice with their awakenings. Absolutely loved the setting of Scotland and the descriptions of that land enabled me to feel as though This book is so wonderful on so many levels. The character descriptions and actions were believable. And as I read about Bonny and Kieran both trying to get through life without having come to terms with their losses, I could feel their pain and understand their turning away from God. However, in this book of extreme pain, I was able to walk through with them and rejoice with their awakenings. Absolutely loved the setting of Scotland and the descriptions of that land enabled me to feel as though I was right there in the middle of the story. I highly recommend this book to one and all.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tena Gurule

    The book grabs you from the first chapter and holds your interest completely through to the last page. The story of the love between Bonny and Kieran is remarkable. They go through many trials just as all couples do. The book brings you into their lives from the beginning. Also brings Scotland to life with the many places, traditions and it's people. This is a must read. Author Norma Gail does an excellent job. The book grabs you from the first chapter and holds your interest completely through to the last page. The story of the love between Bonny and Kieran is remarkable. They go through many trials just as all couples do. The book brings you into their lives from the beginning. Also brings Scotland to life with the many places, traditions and it's people. This is a must read. Author Norma Gail does an excellent job.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Leta Donesse

    From the first page to the last this book made me feel as if I were there with Bonny. I could not put the book down. Bonny loses all she loves in a short time and steps away from her faith in the Lord. When she finds her way back then she has to deal with Kieran who feels abandoned by God. Norma Gail has done an excellent job of making the reader feel as if they are on the journey with Bonny and Kieran. I would recommend this book to anyone. Donesse Grantham

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