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A Dream of Daring

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  160 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Finalist in Regional Fiction, 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Finalist in Multicultural Fiction, 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards


For readers of historical novels and thought-provoking fiction, here’s a new mystery and romance with a wholly original plot, set just prior to th
Paperback, 283 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Winged Victory Press (first published January 14th 2013)
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Eddie Novak
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
This was a wonderful tale of Romance. While there was a love story, the romantic view of man's place in the universe is what makes this an inspirational reading experience. My favorite part of the story was transformation of the main character's "naivety" as he learns the true nature and corruption of the Old South.
Patrick Peterson
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! What a unique book

Fascinating plot. Very tough to put down and had to get back to it - FAST.

Important ideas - no fluff.

Very insightful characterizations - though well drawn as individuals, they are classic types too. The epilogue was especially neat in connecting the specific characters to the basic types, and updating them for more modern times.

Especially exciting and meaningful for those interested in history, the civil war, slavery, business, technology, morality, economics, psychol
While reading A Dream of Daring I was reminded of John Stuart Mill who wrote in chapter three of On Liberty (“On Individuality, as One of the Elements of Well-being”) a passionate defense of individuality and diversity, and the liberty that allows them to flourish.
Gen LaGreca in A Dream of Daring has written a passionate historical novel where the wings of the idea of freedom of thought, liberty, and individual responsibility allow the hero and heroine to achieve their dreams. Added to the hist
Marina Fontaine
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another stellar work by Gen LaGreca. An unlikely blend of genres (mystery, romance and historical fiction) works beautifully to drive home the central point that should be heeded by everyone during our uncertain times. No matter our station in life, or the social/political environment, the worst prison is always one of our own making, but by the same token true freedom is always inside of us. Sure, families, laws and customs play a role and set limitations, sometimes in cruel and unfair way, but ...more
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Dream of Daring

Visionaries are often shunned and people that see the future unfold in ways that are not traditional often encounter resistance. Established ways are often the norm and anyone that dares to want to change things instills fear, anger and sometimes treachery within the minds of those that are against what is being presented. One young inventor named Tom Edmunton would encounter more than just hidden obstacles. Coming home for the funeral of someone close to him,
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All Readers
It’s the mid-nineteenth century in antebellum Louisiana where slavery thrives, racism is a way of life, and people are set in their ways. Along comes a creative genius who thinks outside of the box, threatening to upset the “Southern” way of life. Upon a death in his family, Tom Edmunton has come home after years spent living and embracing the lifestyle and ideals of the North. He invents a motorized tractor that will revolutionize the way of planting and reduce the need for so many slaves. But ...more
Ann Bridges
Dec 19, 2016 rated it liked it
The message of the book is compelling--how the South's system of slavery handcuffed not just the Negro slaves, but the entire society by limiting their freedom of choice, of speech, of morality. However, LaGreca's style rambles into telling the reader her points, as opposed to dramatizing the issues and letting the reader reach his/her own conclusion. While the characters had potential to grow and change within the setting, LaGreca failed to connect with me, at least, at the emotional, engaged l ...more
Sandra Irvin
Only read part of it. Not to my taste
Ashley Lillis
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Storyline

I enjoyed most of the storyline. Author uses good details to help you imagine the story. This helped to place me in the Old South.
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
A Desperate Desire to Cling to a Way of Life That's Passing Leads to Murder

In the South before the Civil War, the citizens of Greenbriar, Louisiana, are trying to cling to the life they understand. Unlike the other planters, Tom Edmunton, who spent time in the North, is reaching for the future. He is convinced that his invention, a tractor, will lead to a new age in agriculture where slaves no longer work the fields and technology will bring increased prosperity; but not everyone in Greenbriar,
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
In a beautifully crafted story, the author brings a tale of love, bias, racism, murder and going against the grain all set in the antebellum south of 1859 Louisiana. While often we like to believe that we have moved forward from those days, when the fear of the different was all consuming, the epilogue presents the correlations in an easy to follow manner: neatly tying the past to the present and providing a guidepost for those who are unfamiliar with the genesis of the still held misconceptions ...more
Lorin Cary
Aug 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Its 1859 in Louisiana and Thomas Edmunton dreams of a New Age in the South, one free of slavery and where each person is their own master. He returns from engineering school in Philadelphia to the plantation he's inherited and things don't go as he expects. The internal combustion tractor he's invented is stolen; his apparent champion, Senator Barnwell, is murdered; and Rachael Barnwell, his heart throb, turns her back on theater (which she got involved with while at a finishing school in Philad ...more
Cheryl M-M
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
There were two hearts beating beneath the words in this book. The one that wants to tackle history and events that shaped the past and in doing so the future. Then there is the one that just wants to tell the reader an enjoyable story. It is often quite hard to do that simultaneously. The end result is a combination of the history of the South (US) with a grand portion of agricultural history and topped off with a murder mystery set in the pre- civil war era.
I enjoyed the information on the firs

By: Gen LaGreca
Published By: Wing Victory Press
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Book Blog For: GMTA

"A Dream of Darling" by Gen LaGreca was some historical suspenseful murder mystery. This read was definitely one that keep me reading with all of its twist and turns and wow... that surprised ending. With all that was going on I found this read somewhat inspirational. In this read taken from 1859 you will get a little of all from 'Southern intrigue, political corruptio
Karen Blinn
Mar 23, 2013 rated it liked it
The premise of this book is a good one: man invents an early tractor shortly before the Civil War and proposes to use it in the cotton fields. There's also a murder and a love story thrown in for good measure. The inventor's neighbors do not take kindly to his idea of replacing slaves with tractors. Although the inventor, Tom Edmunton, was born in Louisiana and lived there until he was fourteen, he apparently forgot about how the people of his native state felt about slavery and cotton. His ina ...more
Dana Schroeder
Mar 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, 1800s, 2010-2020
Set in antebellum Louisiana, A Dream of Daring follows the adventures of Tom Edmunton--banker, inventor and slave owner. The beginning of the book finds Tom madly in love and on the verge of changing the south with his new vision of mechanized farming and the end of slavery. Educated in the north and full of ambition, Tom plans to return to his father's plantation and begin creating a life for himself and Senator Barnwell's daughter, Rachel. All this changes when a Senator Barnwell is found dead ...more
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
This was NOT a romance book. The only reason I stress this is because that it was how it was presented on Amazon. It is more of a whodunit with a mighty dose of social consciousness. When I first started reading it, I didn't like it because it wasn't what I was expecting. Then once I changed my mindset, I thought that it was okay, but that changed back to my original opinion after the dialogue became repetitive when speaking of the new age to come that the South wasn't ready for yet. There was w ...more
Leonide Martin
May 26, 2014 rated it liked it
An interesting premise leads into a web of events setting up a murder mystery and an ideological discourse about values that shaped the old South. Would a son of antebellum Louisiana (my home state) defy his culture and risk being ostracized and prosecuted for creating a tractor to revolutionize cotton production, and educating his slaves in preparation for emancipation? It offers the possibility of radically different thinking and courage to act on one's convictions. The tractor theft and assoc ...more
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was surprised to find that the author is a woman because the point of view is convincingly written from a man's perspective. "A Dream of Daring" is a new look at the pre-Civil war south. Tom Edmunton, having escaped his roots for higher education in the north, now finds himself back home in Louisiana after the death of his father. The cotton plantation and town bank are now under his sole supervision. But all Tom dreams of is returning to the north and his inventing. However, while at home, in ...more
Jan 12, 2013 rated it liked it
A lot of books have been written to date. Many of them are interesting and unique (if they weren't, I doubt they would really get read), but this book is strange in that it was exactly what I expected.
I read quire a bit of historical fiction, but not that much from the Antebellum era of the South. However, from reading the back of the book, I sussed out what I expected the book to be--as I think we all do which is how we decide whether or not to read something--and it was exactly like that! Even
Beth Agejew
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Dream of Daring is an interesting and entertaining blend of history, romance, mystery and intrigue. In pre-Civil War America, Tom Edmunton has a vision of a new age - a time when machines will boost farming efficiency and people will be equal. But, many of those in his community don't share this vision. In fact, some folks might stoop to thievery or, even murder, to stop this new age from coming. To say that A Dream of Daring is a page-turner is an understatement. I became completely engrossed ...more
Pamela Jo
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I Received an Early Reviewers Copy of this book. It is a good read with a unique plot. Historical fiction, romance, and a murder mystery set in Louisiana during the antebellum period. The main character, Tom Edmunton, is a man ahead of his time. He designs an early tractor, much to the dismay of the local planters. They do not wish to have their way of life disrupted and that sets up a tense stand between Edmunton and those he once considered to be friends and associates. There are twists in the ...more
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) through the LibraryThing Members Giveaway Program.
WOW! What a fascinating read about 1850's Louisiana on a cotton plantation and the politics that go with it. Throw in some forbidden love, a cold-blooded murder, and a fight for power in the Old South, and you have the makings of another award winner for the author.
The writing style is polished, with many twists and turns, a few I saw coming, and many I did not.
I highly recommend this book to fans of his
Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge through NetGalley for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

Really interesting tale that had my attention the whole time. The pace was wonderful and the characters engaging. Beautiful storytelling that kept me on the edge of my seat!
Jun 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
Enjoyed the "who done it" aspect of the book, but that's about it. Didn't care for the romance story line and thought the author was trying too hard to force all of the philosophical views about slavery, "the soul of the South" and the new age on the readers.
Courtney (booksbycourtney)
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I won this book through a giveaway and I LOVED IT It opened by world to historical novels, I usually am not a big fan but I loved this book. I recommend it to anyone everyone looking for a good historical novel
Julio Ayala
Bestselling author Nora Roberts presents the first novel in an extraordinary new trilogy about the lives and loves of sisters of the heart. Margo, Laura and Kate were brought up like sisters amidst the grandeur of Templeton House
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love this book. So interesting. Combining the period before the civil war with the invention of the tractor made this very different and realistic. The mystery had so many twists and turns you just could not put it down. Really fun to read if you like historical fiction. Well done.
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The story of life on the brink of the Civil War. Very well written and a few surprises along the way. Made me think about how far we've come but also about how far we still need to go.
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was well researched and thought provoking. The characters and their roles kept everything exciting and interesting. The twists and turns of the plot kept me guessing. It was hard to put down.
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Genevieve (Gen) LaGreca writes novels with innovative plots, strong romance, and themes that glorify personal freedom and independence.

Gen’s debut novel is Noble Vision. This romantic medical thriller won two important national literary awards. It was a ForeWord magazine Book of the Year Finalist. It was also a finalist in the Writer's Digest International Book Awards contest—one of only six picks