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The Dream Keeper's Daughter

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  384 ratings  ·  115 reviews
An archaeologist discovers her presumed-missing boyfriend is trapped more than a hundred years in the past—a love story that transcends time and place, from the author of the New York Times bestseller The Memory Thief.

Eight years after the unsolved disappearance of her boyfriend Max Adair, archaeologist Isabel Griffin has managed to move on and rebuild her life with her yo
Paperback, 480 pages
Published July 25th 2017 by Ballantine Books
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May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars - A pretty good story with a nice time-slip that I really liked. I was rooting for the leads, but I have to say, that I'm not sure that I liked where the author went with the story in the end. And all the sex towards the end...way over the top! Finn is pretty adorable so I would have liked a little more done with her. Overall, a fast read with good characters, but a disappointing ending for me.

**Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.**
No Apology Book Reviews
A frustrating mess with an identity crisis and unresolved plotlines

I would like to thank Emily Colin, Ballantine Books/Random House, and NetGalley for allowing me to read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

All that follows is only my opinion and how I personally perceived the book.

*takes deep breath*

I gave myself a day to calm down, because the first time I started to write this review, there was—well, let’s just say there was a lot of attitude, and it wasn’t at all appropriate. So now I’m
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
I think I'll settle on 3.5 stars, but definitely have some conflicted feelings on it.

What I liked:
Time slip and the era/setting they went to (rebellion era Barbados--early 1800s)
Quirky characters

What I didn't like so much:
Gratuitous sex a few times (too descriptive without any real reason)
Didn't really care for where the author took the story in the end.

I was vested in the story and where it was going. It definitely held my interest though I didn't always like or agree with decis
The Dream-Keeper’s Daughter had so much going for it and I was fully prepared to see it through to the end. I love a star-crossed romance that spans centuries, but in the end I simply felt robbed. The one shining moment of the novel was that I learned about Bussa’s Rebellion, a part of history previously unknown to me and now I’m interested in learning more. As for the novel itself, I’m left wondering what the point of it was.

For the full review and more, head over to The Pretty Good Gatsby!
The Lit Bitch
This book has a lovely cover which is what caught my eye enough to read the description as well.

I am a huge fan of authors like Menna van Praag and this one is marketed to fans of her work so I instantly felt like this one was worth a read…….eye catching cover and the promise of a time slip romance, easy yes for me.

There were things that I really liked about this one, but there were things that were problematic for me as well.

First, let’s start with things that I liked. I liked the setting and t
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, netgalley
I give this book 4.5/5 dragonfly necklaces.

I finished this last night, or rather early in the morning, past 1 a.m. I just can't seem to put the book down. I had to finish it because I knew that I would not be able to sleep unless I find how the story turned out.

Looking at the title, it doesn't give out any clue as to what the story is about. Though, it may appear that it hints of something paranormal but that's the only thing you can guess out of the title. No other revelations as to what the s
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

The books I have the hardest times reviewing are the MEH books, and THE DREAM KEEPER'S DAUGHTER is one such book. In the struggle to find something to say beyond, "MEH," I can hyperfocus on the things that annoyed me, the end result being that the book comes across as far worse than it actually was.

That being said, this particular book sparked lots o' irritation to draw that focus. The numerous references to the all-the-boys-want-her heroine as a modern-day "Lara Croft"
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Reading the blurb for this book, I considered it right up my alley - all the elements I enjoy in a book. There was time travel, bringing in a historical aspect; the mystery of people going missing and family secrets, with the plight of a young woman trying to raise her child. Sounds promising.

Sadly, it did not live up to expectation. There are aspects of the book that are okay, the historical scenes obviously being the most compelling - fascinating to learn more about the slave rebellion in
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
It's present day South Carolina and Isabel Griffin is an archeologist as well as as a single mom to her daughter, Finn. Without her best friend, Ryan, and her father's support, she would truly be lost. She can't even rely on her mother as she vanished many years ago. Her former-fiance, Max, is also the father of Finn and very similarly to her mother, he went missing many years ago; at this point, she assumes he is dead. That is until strange things start happening. Finn starts talking about seei ...more
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. I really enjoyed most of the book. At first I was not sure about the time traveling theme, but I found myself to be engaged and wanting to find out more. It also appealed to my love of historical fiction. The writing was easy to read until the end which I found to be tougher to get through which was disappointing. I also found the ending to be too formulaic. All in all, I really enjoyed this book and would read this autho ...more
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Based on the description, Emily Colin's The Dream Keeper's Daughter had a lot of the elements that I enjoy in a book. There was a time slip that took me to Barbados in the early 1800s. There was a mystery involving the disappearance of 2 people close to the heroine. There was a woman doing her best to raise her daughter alone and just happened to be an archeologist. Not a bad combination of elements!

It was lost love storyline that the romantic in me couldn't get enough of. His name was Max and
☘Tara Sheehan☘
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it
If you liked The Time Traveler’s Wife you’ll like this because the essence is very similar as it uses a time traveling theme to tell a poignant story. Using a dash of historical fiction as an overlay really added a cool dimension which was needed to make up for an ending that didn’t quite meet the level of great writing the author showed in the rest of the book. She uses a lot of detailed description so you feel like you’re right next to the characters watching all of this unfold which helped dr ...more
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Isabel has been raising her daughter Finn alone since her boyfriend Max disappeared shortly after she told him she was pregnant. What she doesn't know is that Max has been pulled back through time, to his ancestor's plantation in 1816 Barbados, and that he's trying to get back to them before he gets caught in the middle of a deadly slave uprising.

This book had a lot going on - not only was there time travel and romance, there were also some supernatural/paranormal elements, historical fiction,
Dottie Legatos
The Dream Keeper’s Daughter, a time travel tale, is told in alternating chapters by the two main characters: Isabel and Max. Eight years after Max’s mysterious disappearance, Isabel, now mother to his child and an archaeologist uncovers strange information about Max and his whereabouts. At about this time, her six year old daughter, Finn, exhibits unusual behaviors, as though she can see into the future…or is it the past?? Max was somehow taken to the year 1816 to his ancestor’s sugar cane plant ...more
Wit & Wonder Books
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
***ARC  provided by Author for an honest review***

The Dream Keeper's Daughter by Emily Colin is a captivating fantasy, time travel novel. The details of the past are so outstanding that Ms. Colin has spent a lot of time doing research to have this novel come alive.  

Isabel has had to overcome many obstacles in life. First, her mother disappears, then she finds out she's pregnant with Max, love of her life, but then he winds up missing.  After keeping herself together for her daughter she becomes
Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)
Read my full review on Mina's Bookshelf
***An e-copy of the book was graciously provided by the Publicist via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
Truths of the heart revealed through bizarre cosmic conjunctions seem to be a leitmotif in Emily Colin’s books (read my review of The Memory Thief here). Her second foray into the paranormal romance field, The Dream Keeper’s Daughter, echoes themes and plot devices she successfully employed in
Leigh Kramer
Kickass lady academic main character? Check. Past-present storylines? Check. Time travel a la Outlander? Check. Lost love? Check. Swoon-worthy bad boy best friend? Check. Character with inexplicably accurate intuition? Check. 

This novel had my name alllll over it.

I raced through the pages, wanting to know more at every turn. The writing was evocative and crackled with energy. I could practically taste what the characters were eating and smell the various environments they inhabited. We primarily
Jorgy B
Oct 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I've started this book a few times because I always forget. It sounds sooo good. Unfortunately, it isn't. ...more
Lynn Brown
Aug 25, 2017 rated it liked it
If you've read my review before you will know I love time travel. I have read most of the books out there and so when I came across this one for review I was immediately attracted to it.

As a premise I think the writer has hit on a twist that I haven't come across in time travel novels before, but it took too long to get to it. Once I did get to the part that contained the time travel I read it with relish. I loved every moment of it, the writer transported me back in time and I was fearful for
Michelle Trainor
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an engaging and emotional novel. I've always loved books with a time travel theme that have romantic entanglements and family drama. On the day that Isabel told Max, the love of her life that she was pregnant, Max slipped through time to 1816. In Barbados on his ancestral planation Max arrives days before a historical slave rebellion. This novel alternates between Isabel and Max in their respective time periods and is told in first person. Eight years after Max's disappearance, Isabel i ...more
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t going to request The Dream Keeper’s Daughter when I saw it on NetGalley. I read the blurb and thought “I’ll wait on this“. But, it kept showing up on my Titles In Your Category section. Then it appeared as a book in one of NetGalley’s emails. I saw a few fellow bloggers that either had it in their TBR pile or had reviewed it. That was when I thought to myself “The universe is telling me to request it.” So I did. I am glad that I did because this book blew my socks off.

The plot of The Dr
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
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The Dream Keeper’s Daughter
By Emily Colin
ISBN# 9781101884317
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Eight years after the unsolved disappearance of her boyfriend Max Adair, archaeologist Isabel Griffin has managed to move on and rebuild her life with her young daughter, Finn, her last tie to Max. But after a series of strange incidents, Isabel begins to wonder if Max might still be alive somewhere, trying t
Kelly (Wild and Wonderful Reads)
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The Dream Keeper’s Daughter combined time travel, history, and romance for a moving and bittersweet fantasy story that sucked me in from the very beginning. Emily Colin, New York Times bestselling author of “The Memory Thief,” has a skill in formulating a compelling narrative.

I loved the idea behind this book! I enjoy books with a love story. I am also a huge history buff. Throw in the time slip element, and I was sold. This story traversed from pres
3.5 Stars

So many ways that I enjoyed this story: the history of events in Barbados and how the author tied them in to modern-day people, the main character's strengths and flaws, the darling daughter who is wiser than all the adults combined, and the idea of places on earth where it's possible to slip into other times/dimensions. The parts of the book that took place in the 1800s, although the most uncomfortable to read for obvious reasons, felt the most genuine and kept me pulled in as I rooted
Lovey Dovey Books
Originally published on Lovey Dovey Books

With a tragic history and romance that spans hundreds of years, The Dream Keeper's Daughter is the story you wish The Memory Thief had been, but all on its own a masterpiece. Emily Colin has outdone herself in this masterful tale that will bring tears and smiles.

It's a story that begins with tragedy and works its way around to an ending that will leave you breathless and spinning. I never thought that I would get over how heartbroken and simultaneously wo
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
What would you do if your best friend/boyfriend walked away from you and disappeared? How would you react? What if you were a senior in college and pregnant? Would you fall apart or hitch up your pants, trudge on and make a life for yourself and your child? What if your mother had disappeared in the same way seven years earlier?

This is exactly what happens in “The Dream Keeper's Daughter” by Emily Colin. It is the tale of two young lovers and how the disappearance of Max, Isabel’s boyfriend, aff
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I loved The Memory Thief and was excited to read this book.

Isabel's mother disappeared when she was a teenager and then eight years later her boyfriend Max also disappears. When Max disappeared, Isabel had just told him she was pregnant. Fast forward almost eight years, when Isabel is on a dig site in Barbados and gets a phone call from Max and then she finds the necklace her mom was wearing when she disappeared.

The book alternates between Max and Isabel. At first I loved the book and would hav
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
The Dream Keeper's Daughter is a book written by Emily Colin. This is the first book that I have read by this author, but it definitely won't be my last!

Isabel Griffin is an archeologist trying to move on with her life after the unexplained disappearance of her boyfriend, Max Adair. However, lately some strange things have been happening which makes Isabel wonder if Max is still alive.

Max Adair has managed to something unimaginable...he has somehow ended up on his ancestral plantation in Barbad
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I didn't love it. I didn't hate it. It was just okay. The book goes back and forth between Max in 1816 Barbados just before the slave rebellion and present day Isabel. I didn't care for Isabel all that much. She had a biiig chip on her shoulder over her mother's and Max's "abandonment." She claimed that this made her strong, but in reality it also made her angry and resentful, even more after they returned. Then when Max returned, she took out her resentment on him and never gave him a chance. Y ...more
Susan (The Book Bag)
The Dream Keeper's Daughter is a captivating story that crosses so many different genres types. There is something for everyone here: time travel, historical fiction, women's fiction, and a bit of romance. I have to admit that I felt a little daunted by this book after seeing the number of pages. It is usually more than I tackle but once I read the first few pages, I was totally hooked.

I have always been intrigued by the idea of time travel and this author does a wonderful job making it work. I
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Emily Colin's debut novel, The Memory Thief, was a New York Times bestseller and a Target Emerging Authors Pick. She is also the author of The Dream Keeper's Daughter and, for YA audiences, the Seven Sins series.

In addition, Emily is the co-editor and a contributing writer for two YA fiction anthologies: Wicked South: Secrets and Lies and Unbound: Stories of Transformation, Love, and Monsters.


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