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House of Dreams (deWarenne Dynasty (Publication Order) #5)

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  398 ratings  ·  27 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Brenda Joyce weaves a spellbinding tale of love and danger that will linger long after the last page is turned. In House of Dreams, two aristocratic families, one English, one Spanish, have been tragically destined to come together time and again over centuries. Cassandra de Warenne spends her days in a quiet English manor, looking after h ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 15th 2001 by St. Martin's (first published 2000)
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Beyond awful!It makes me sad to say this, because the same author wrote one of my favorite books, "The Third Heiress"

"House of Dreams" is poorly written, a 5th rate remake of "The Turn of the Screw" in a modern setting, with the most unappealing sex scenes I've ever read thrown in to make it even worse . Implausible plot twists, subplots left hanging, characters behaving as stupidly as actors in a low-budget splatter film. Cliche after cliche repeated endlessly. Just leaf through this bore-fest
I had never read a Brenda Joyce book before picking up her "Deadly..." series written as BD Joyce. I Am finding them wonderful, engrossing and fun reads. I can't wait until the next one. So in the meantime, I decided to try out some of her other books. Unfortunately, this is the fist one I picked up.

I am glad that this book isn't the first book that I read by this author because I am sure I would not have picked up the "Deadly..." series and would have missed out on a good thing.

I didn't like th
3.5 Stars..I graded on the curve because the last quarter of the book was amazing.
Oh my goodness. Whew...that was intense!
I have a habit of not reading the descriptions of books before I read them so this one caught me completely off guard.

I don't want to say a word about it because inevitably it would be a spoiler alert! lol

To all my friends this is a must read! I know my markings weren't very high, but this is a story I will never forget.

*Reasons for the 3.5
I found parts of the
Cass de Warenne is a writer of historical fiction who lives with her aunt and her sister's daughter in England. Cass' sister, Tracey returns home with a fantastic ruby necklace from her job at Sotheby's. She also brings Antonio de la Barca, her boyfriend, who also has an interest in the necklace, believing it to have belonged to an ancestor of his. As more information is revealed about this ancestor, they discover that the two families have been involved for generations, always with tragic conse ...more
E.R. Baine
I have always loved all the Brenda Joyce novels I have read thus far. Especially her historical romance novels like Masquerade. The fact that this was mainly a horror surprised me. I liked how she mixed the historical aspect of the storytelling when explaining the past misfortunes of Isabel and enrolling the present life of her contemporary counterpart De Warrene, Cassandra. Much like the historical mystery/ drama The Third Heiress, she created a mystery embedded in the past for the current hero ...more
Scared the hell out of me.
But maybe because I read it at night, all alone, on Halloween?
If you are into slasher type horror, then this book is not for you.
But if you like 15th Century ghosts who knows how to use a laptop to express their feelings, then this is the perfect book for you.

The book was okay, a little bit dragging at times.
I don't like Cass, I think she's an insecure b*tch and really annoying.
Antonio, the love interest is not that swoon worthy, also. In fact, I like his twin brother,
Carolyn F.
Gothic! That about sums it up. This is an abridged version of this book, thank goodness, because it drove me crazy. Cass is telling Antonio that there's a ghost and then when ghost stuff happens over and over again she says that this couldn't be happening. Um, Cass, didn't you tell Antonio there was a ghost? And speaking of ghosts, this female ghost was making the rounds of everyone including the kids. And when Cass feels her one time, the struggle went on for about 20 minutes audiobook time whi ...more
What a disaster! It's such a letdown from the other books of the De Warenne Dynasty! Ghastly story, boring and simply not believable. I'm extremely disappointed :/
TOTO from Kansas
This is my first Brenda Joyce book. Will enjoy reading her again
Barbara M.
Not quite 5 Stars...but pretty darn close! "House of Dreams" mixes a contemporary romance with a historical romance that went terribly wrong. Love and death were mixed splendidly throughout time all because of a women who was truly wrongfully scorned in the 1500's. I didn't read the description of the book before I bought it (I mean does it really matter what it's about when it's written by Brenda Joyce?), so I was really shocked when all the "otherworldly" stuff starting happening. I would for ...more
Stacie  M. Ritchie
This is another good one by this author! It is a romantic suspense that forges a history that is complicated and trying. The plot connects the characters to another time when a curse was started. The female lead is a strong character, as the male lead. At times I didn't know if they were going to part ways or not due the the experiences that most couldn't get past. How this story is ends makes one think "Finally!" Also "I didn't think that would happen." I highly recommend this book!
I'm a mostly historical romance reader and a HUGE fan of BJ's historicals and because of her reputation, I decided to read this one even though it's set in modern-day times. Boy, am I glad I did! This has now become one of my favorite books!!!! Although it's a contemporary novel, it's got a dash of paranormal to keep you "glued to your seat" from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book!!!
Tara Reads
I'm giving this book 1 star because it did have an intriguing secondary storyline featuring a woman who lived 450 years ago. That was the only redeeming thing. There was filthy language, disturbing sub plots, and when I finally got to the climax, (which I sped read a lot to get to) there was no point. I threw the book in the trash and wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
Nfadziela Lee
one of ghost stories that i love so much... blended with one of my favorite series de warenne... so love brenda joyce, she's great.. im going to search for her much older books... wish me luck.. :D
A Malevolent Spirit.
This is the first Brenda Joyce book I had ever read and was hooked.
A ghost story that has a touch of contemporary and historical, mystery, romance and horror.
So far I like the book. Seems like it will be book of old skeletons, sibling rivalry, and a knight in shining armour who saves the "ugly duckling". Great book. Great ending.
It was a real surprise that I would not like a Brenda Joyce book. It was way to bloody....... I did finish it because it was a Joyce book and I love her writings.
Oh I loved this. I wasn't sure how I would feel about it, but it was one of those chilling books you don't want to put down. I can't wait to read more of her work.
Bekah Marrott
An incredibly intense story that made me not want to be in the dark. I found myself looking over my shoulder when I was alone. It was incredible.
Tracy Lea
I thought I would start this read after enjoying my rainy day read "The Masquerade"

I didn't enjoy this one as much as her other book.
This book was soooo compelling - loved it and had trouble putting it down when I needed to do something else!!
Aroma with Love
Hmmm. Not sure that I liked this book.... True that Isabel has suffered much, but her revenge was extreme.....
Spooky book. Very disturbing. Got rid of it. Pub 2000.
Wonderful mystery/ghost story/ love story.
Susan Laine
Aug 30, 2009 Susan Laine marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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