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Sleep disorders specialist Kennedy Plain has been diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor. When her research subject dies after trying to convince her he has achieved dream-induced time travel and her study is shelved, she enlists herself as a subject to complete her research. But
Kindle Edition, 392 pages
Published March 18th 2012 by Tamara Leigh
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4.5 stars

What a great romance! I loved the author's writing. I was impressed by how she could write a sentence that could so beautifully capture a moment or description. I loved both the hero and heroine. The secondary characters were great, as well as the mystery which was not fully solved until near the end of the book. The epilogue was short, but very satisfying. The only negative for me, which was not a big deal, was that this was not my favorite take on time travel, but it was different and
Bonnie Shores
I'm adding Tamara Leigh to my favorite authors list. 😍 She combines the storytelling of Laini Taylor with the romantic tenderness of Amy Harmon. Love her!!! And this book gets 5 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️! I listened to it every available second and wanted to listen to it even when I couldn't.


The premise was totally cool. Kennedy is a 28-year-old doctor specializing in sleep disorders. And, oh yeah, she has brain cancer and is probably going to die any day now. One of her patients, Mac, insists that he is able
Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)
From the gorgeous cover, to the whirlwind story of dreams and time travel, Dreamspell by
Tamara Leigh is a book you don't want to miss!!! The characters are endearing, the story is unique and unlike anything else I have read! This wonderful novel swept me away right from the beginning! I love the balance between the two time periods, the twenty-first century in America and fourteenth century England. The dialogue between the characters kept me smiling and I appreciated the humor found between peo
Crysa James
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-romance
This is a fantastic book. I loved how two noble, foible, and polar opposite people overcame misconceptions and distrust to find that rarest of treasure---truest love. The kind to kill for. The kind to die for. The kind that lasts throughout eternity. Their adventure was grand, elaborate, and held moments of humor. The suspense kept me guessing. The journey this book allowed me to share was more than delightful, it was memorable. One last thought---this book, in my humble opinion, can boast of ha ...more
Gwendolyn Gage
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Time travel through dreams? Now there's a new twist on my favorite genre niche. I love time travel romances, and when I discovered that Tamara Leigh is a Christian author, of course I grabbed it.

Doctor Nedy Plain is dying of a brain tumor, and she's spending her last days immersed in a study of her own sleep disorder. Finally succumbing to sleep after days of deprivation, she dreams herself into fourteenth century England where she crosses paths with Fulke Wynland, a man condemned and remembered
Carla Laureano
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I wish I knew what made Tamara Leigh's books so magical, because I'd bottle it and sell it (or maybe give it away, if I was feeling philanthropic) to all the other authors out there. First, she managed to make me like chick lit. Then she sucked me into time-travel romance, a genre I don't often read and is (in my opinion) rarely done well.

"Dreamspell" is a keeper. From an interesting premise of HOW time travel happened to a engaging mystery in her medieval world, I was glued to every world. And
MK ( Makayla)
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
About the actual story :
I loved it so much ❤ Here's a quick expalnation.
Kennedy (girl) has little time left to live ,and even less to live for . She and her husband divorced ,so nkw all she has going for her is her career as a sleep disorder specialist.
Long story short she somehow "dreams" her way to Middle Ages England. She is thrust in the middle of an ambush where she finds herself mistaken for a lady ,Lady Lark . Unfortunately for her Lady Lark is no real lady , she's the king's cast off Mis
Zoe and the Edge
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edgy, romance, historical
“Is that—?”

So there are some ridiculous things in this. But they made me laugh. Kennedy tries to pull off 20th century popular culture gags in the 14th century and is surprised when they haven't seen the Wizard of Oz. But in a way, you can excuse her for just throwing out whatever she wants because she's convinced it's a dream. She has this easy confidence about her because either way, she knows that she is at death's door.
I liked that Kennedy slipped in and out of her “
Valerie Waters
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good book. I liked that I didn't predict where it was going. I really liked Fulke. I started reading this book thinking I wouldn't get too into it. I was wrong. It sucked me right in. ...more
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
What a wonderful introduction into the world of author Tamara Leigh! This story had it all...time travel, romance, and mystery as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this lovely tale and would highly recommend it anyone. This is also a *clean read* for those who appreciate and prefer these types of romances. Without a doubt, I will be definitely be reading more from this author in the future and have already acquired a few books of her popular "Age Of Faith" series to delve into next! ...more
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time travel through dreams brought on by sleep deprivation — very interesting plot.

I have to review Dreamspell as a secular book because if there's any faith element within this book it is merely peripheral. A few sections would have been fairly inappropriate should this be considered Christian Fiction.

However, it certainly kept my interest, was superbly written... and the surprise epilogue? Whew! Had me crying. I didn’t see that one coming!

The audio version of this book was very well done. A
Abar Afrn
"Even I would have killed for thee.
And now I shall die for thee."

AMAZING. This book is simply amazing and I LOVED it.

Kennedy Plain is a 21st-century sleep disorders specialist. she enlists herself as a subject to complete her research, that has been shelved after she is forced to take a medical leave because of her brain tumor. She spends her every waking hour on her research. Finally, after eighty-six hours of sleep deprivation, she falls asleep and wakes up in the 14th century England, whe
Ruby Wall
Feb 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Wow, I have a very unpopular opinion about this book apparently

Basically I hated the whole thing but in particular:

The characters' emotions were so forced--nobody felt real. It just seemed like they were following a script the entire time and the only reason they made any decision was because the writer would give them a random, uncharacteristic thought/spike of emotion just to get the plot moving or give "drama".

The male interest was actually pretty creepy (he was supposed to be the dark, m
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my...just finished this. Sigh...."Loved it" doesn't even begin to accurately portray my feelings. But it will have to suffice. I LOVED it. From the beautiful cover (I have the newer redone edition), to the timeless romance, to wondering how the mystery would unravel, I enjoyed the entire ride! Tamara Leigh has jumped to the top of my favorite authors list over the past few months. She has an incredible gift for story-telling. I completely immerse myself into her stories and can see the entire ...more
Dianne Christner
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Dreamspell had me spellbound! Loved the premise - a scientist, who is dying from cancer, studies sleep deprivation and accidentally discovers the path to time travel. It could be her escape, if she believed her findings. This book holds adventure and romance and has plenty of twists. I highly recommend it.
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: time-travel
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Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very well written time travel romance. Had a little of everything.
I dragged myself to finish this book!! And that’s rarely happens when it comes to time travel-romance. The concept of “how to time travel” here is quite original with “sleep deprivation” kinda reminds me of the movie Flatliners though. However, I don’t like the concept being able to get back to “present day” when the body wakes up. And from there it gets REALLY confusing. At first I thought Kennedy jumped into fiction world kinda like kdrama W, but then it’s a reality of the past?!? Ehmmm.. NOPE ...more
Not my favorite from this author but still completely enjoyable. The romance and history as always are wonderful. My challenge in this book came with the heroines lack of historical knowledge, (though I have a degree in history so perhaps I am not seeing her with non-judgmental eyes) she seemed to know nothing of history, even basic things such as the use of rushes on the floors. Considering this is a woman with a PhD, though in a science field, I would have expected her to have some basic knowl ...more
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I usually try to avoid time-travel romance. There’s never any consequence. I keep waiting for the time wraiths to appear, and they never do. Not that this book needed any spicing up. Medieval tales generally have their fair share of blood and gore and torture and maiming, which is why I generally avoid those, too. Probably should have let this one pass by, but it was free at the time. And, really, it was okay—well written and all that good stuff. I can see why people who enjoy these kinds of tal ...more
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s a rare thing for a kindle freebie to be not only good but great and this one was all that. The time travel, the romance, the second chances were all captivating and engaging far beyond my expectations. I enjoyed every bit.
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fun and engrossing time travel story. I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed it. The narrator did a great job with the voices and capturing the general feeling of this book, as well.
Dec 02, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
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I love the new cover for this one. I grabbed a copy of this a couple years ago when it was on sale, I started it but for some reason didn't connect with it and put it aside to try another time. Now that I have read Ms. Leigh's other medieval stories I had to give this a try again and I am so glad I did. I enjoyed it so much more this time around.

Kennedy Plain is a doctor who studies dreams and sleep patterns. One of her patients comes to her and tells her he is able to travel back through ti
Valerie (Val's Vicinity)
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Time travel? Oh, yes! I love a good time travel story, and Tamara Leigh has managed to seamlessly blend the 21st and 14th centuries in Dreamspell. The form of travel was unique and creative, and I liked how it didn't revolve around a machine or sophisticated science. The sheer simplicity of it very much added to the "meant to be" feeling.

Often times medieval stories can be slightly over-whelming for me with their huge casts of characters and many confusingly similar locations, however that was m
Dreamspell is a wonderful novel from beginning to end and one that I didn't want to put down! I was a little worried at first that I might not like the book, but I enjoyed reading it much more than I thought I would. The idea of dream-induced time travel was unique and amazing! I have read others novels about time travel, but for people to be able to travel through time they always needed either a time-machine or the person had a genetic condition that allowed them to time travel. So the idea of ...more
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing tale of love, intrigue and excitement. With a plausible case for time travel, the author takes you on an incredible journey of discovery and love. Kennedy is a wonderfully written character with depth and realism. My heart broke for her a few times. Fulke was a great character whom you want to fall in love with yourself. Their romance is sweet and tortured and by the end you're just pleading with them in your head to just give in to love. Various side characters were fun and ...more
Austin Ryan
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, there are 5 star books, and then there are books that, because of who you are, and what you are, pull on your heart as few solid things can. That's Dreamspell to me. Though before I knew how special it was, I loved it from the very beginning, laughed throughout it, and later cried at the end.

It holds a special place in my heart because of who I am, but I wager it will have plenty of hours of entertainment, laughter, suspense, and tears to offer you too. Good book. I'd read it if I was you ❤
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Tamara Leigh signed a 4-book contract with Bantam Books in 1993, her debut medieval romance was nominated for a RITA award, and successive books with Bantam, HarperCollins, and Dorchester earned awards and appeared on national bestseller lists.

In 2006, the first of Tamara’s inspirational contemporary romances was published, followed by six more with Multnomah and RandomHouse. Perfecting Kate was o

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