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Bread and Dreams

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  114 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
“A lovely book.” raved Anne Rivers Siddons about Mina, Jonatha Ceely’s luminous debut novel. “Suspenseful…evocative…meticulously researched,” praised the Boston Globe. Now Ceely returns to the tumultuous mid-nineteenth- century landscape and the world of an unforgettable Irish girl named Mina Pigot. Appealing to mind, sense, and emotion, Bread and Dreams is a sumptuous nov ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 28th 2006 by Delta (first published 2005)
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jessicamax stein
Jun 11, 2008 jessicamax stein rated it really liked it
OMG, feminist historical novel with vivid characterization and realistic yet page-turning plot and tons of historical texture and detail. could not put it down. starts off 1848 on the boat to nyc, has a great big fabulous chunk in nyc, and then the main character goes and works on a boat on the erie canal! in drag!

a really great book, about all my favorite stuff. might not be quite as exciting to you if you don't share some of the same loves. but i LOOOVED it!

"When I found the place at last, an
Apr 18, 2007 Beth rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: historical fiction-irish immigrants
Cover art & title drew me to this novel. The 19th century Irish heroine is bound for America aboard ship disguised as a boy. She is assistant to the ship's cook & journals her experiences in story format. The writing style/point of view is beautifully rendered so far. Can't wait to really dig into this novel.

This is a novel to savor. The simple, artful prose, engaging characters & historically accuracy & presentation is top shelf. I have reserved its predecessor: Mina at my local
Jan 22, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
I picked this book up because I was in the mood to read a love story. I was expecting the book to be a bit sappy, but it turned out to be a really good story with characters that I loved.

The book is written in journal style, which I was disappointed to discover. However, after the first few entries, the writing became very detailed and the journal style didn't bother me. It actually made the story move along quickly and added some suspense to the book.

The author did a great job developing charac
Jul 09, 2014 Lois rated it really liked it
I really liked the journal format of this novel. It is the continuation of Mina's life in America.
Feb 02, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Book Club book - I didn't expect to like this book and was honestly dreading it, but I was very wrong. I fell in love with the main character, Mina, and enjoyed living her life with her. My only regret is that I didn't realize this was a sequel. I would have preferred to have read the prequel, Mina, first. Even without having read that though, the author does a wonderful job of explaining the events leading up to the story.
Sheri Carsello
Jul 05, 2012 Sheri Carsello rated it it was amazing
This is by far one of the favorite books I have read. I have thought a lot about this book off and on after I read it. It is written beautifully. The relationship between the two main characters--Mr. Searle and Mina--is done so well and developed so very carefully and slowly. I miss them now that I am not reading the book.
Jan 22, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really great story! Makes me want to read the first one for sure. I was truly surprised and honestly delighted by how much I enjoyed this tale of a woman trying to make her life work in a time and place that certainly wasn't trying to make it any easier. Really good story and very fast read.
Mar 19, 2012 Margi rated it liked it
Good, not great, historical fiction. Was quite enamored with Mina, her character was very well written. I also like how cooking brings alot of the characters together. I found the romances predictable, but, overlooking that, I enjoyed the historical story. ( )
Jacque Sherbak
May 25, 2013 Jacque Sherbak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully written historical romantic fiction. I read this sequel first being unaware that there was a prequel "Mina." I did read the prequel; but, I found "Bread and Dreams" to be much more interesting--one of my all time favorite reads.
Oct 09, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it
a sequel to Mina. I ordered it right away. I wanted to see what became of Mina and Mr. Serle after they left Ireland for America. I'm not waiting to see if there will be any more to this series.
Feb 22, 2008 Krysia rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical-novel
One word: Quaint. This is the sequel to her first book, Mina. I would recommend this to those who enjoy reading 18th-and 19th-century classics. Suitable for the YA crowd too.
G Gadus
Nov 12, 2010 G Gadus rated it it was amazing
A fabulous sequel to "Mina!"
May 12, 2008 Karissa rated it liked it
book club book, good read
Oct 31, 2008 Heather rated it it was ok
Recommended to Heather by: book club
Shelves: fiction, 2007
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