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Carousel Dreams: 4 Historical Stories

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4 Stories of Love Spun at Historic Carousels
 
Experience the early history of four iconic carousels that draw together four couples in whirling romances full of music and charm.
 
Sophia’s Hope by Cynthia Hickey
1889 - Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard
Sophia Blackwell is living the life of the wealthy, but on the outskirts of total acceptance. Drake Moreland believes her abov
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 1st 2020 by Barbour Books
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Jennifer
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
4⭐️
*Sophie’s Hope by Cynthia Hickey
*The Art of Romance by Patty Smith Hall
*Carousel of Love by Teresa Ives Lilly
*The Carousel Wedding by Susanne Dietz

These were all great, stress free reads that reminded me of summer and romance. I loved and still love a carousel. These stories spoke of God and his guidance and sweet, precious romances.
I highly recommend this book for a Christian audience that loves clean romance.

This was a NETGALLEY ARC from the publisher and I’ve given an honest review.




Vicky
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Carousel Dreams is a compilation of Four authors works. They are all clean, romantic, Christian stories with a life learning experience! They are all well written and I would recommend them to anyone who has young blossoming adults to include male & female because it pertains to both sexes. I am not in the blush of my youth and I enjoyed them. They are very short reads and that is why they would appeal to the young men and ladies.
Sophia’s Hope by Cynthia Hickey
Sophia Blackwell was a nanny for a
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Michelle Kidwell
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Carousel Dreams
4 Historical Stories
by Susanne Dietze, Patty Smith Hall, Cynthia Hickey, Teresa Ives Lilly


Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Barbour Books
Christian | Romance
Pub Date 01 Jun 2020



I am reviewing a copy of Carousel Dreams through Barbour Books and Netgalley:



The first story in this four story collection, Sophia’s Hope takes us back in time to 1889, Oak Bluff, Martha’s Vineyard where Sophia Blackwell is living the life of the wealthy, but she remains on the edge of acceptance . Drake Moreland
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Alexandria
Jun 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Can you hear the music, reader? The melody spins in time with the horses, inviting you to step into four carousel dreams sure to entertain and delight with their lighthearted romance and historic ties to, perhaps, the most nostalgic of all carnival rides.

Carousel Dreams is a whirlwind book, bringing together four stories that are unconnected in all respects except one: each features a historic carousel and the couples that are brought together by their connections to it. Each story celebrates l
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Becky
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Four stories revolving around historic Carousels are included in this collection put out by Barbour Books. From Martha's Vineyard to San Diego, California, these majestic beauties are the sites of romance, and, to some degree, adventure. There are workers at the Carousels, painters of the Carousels, and, most of all, those who just enjoy the Carousels. These are great stories for the reader to escape quarantine without leaving home during this pandemic. My favorites were Sophie's Hope by Cynthia ...more
Kylie Hunt
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have always adored carousels, so when I saw the name and cover of this book - I had to check it out!

Susanne Dietze, Patty Smith Hall, Cynthia Hickey, and Teresa Ives Lilly all four wrote beautiful and thrilling historical fiction stories, each centered around a different carousel.

Each tale was sweet, well-written, enjoyable, and quick read. I relished traveling back in time to experience each of these carousel inspired stories.

I would definitely recommend this novella collection and will be wa
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Ayla Will
Apr 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Four couples, four stories. This collection is full of attraction, suspense, confrontation, reconciliation, and of course, beautiful carousels.

Novella collections are generally among my favourite books, but unfortunately, Carousel Dreams fell a little short. I enjoyed Sophia’s Hope and The Carousel Wedding; but really struggled to get into Carousel of Love and The Art of Romance. The Art of Romance, in particular, showed what seemed to be a rather toxic relationship between Jane and her father t
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Caroline
Jun 12, 2020 rated it liked it
A sweet set of romances that occur around the turn of the 19th century with beautiful carousels that have starring roles in each love story. My favorite of the four novellas was Sophia's Hope by Cynthia Hickey. I enjoyed reading about Drake's persistence in pursuing Sophia despite the obstacles that stood in the way of their love. This book will appeal to anyone with an appreciation for light-hearted historical Christian fiction. My thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC for this my ho ...more
Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)
Carousel Dreams is a cute collection of novellas centered around carousels! Recommended to fans of historical romance.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley. A positive review was not required. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
JoAnn
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A well written collection of romance novellas. I enjoyed each selection. I love carousels and each plot revolves around a carousel. I highly recommend this book. I received an arc from the publisher and Netgalley. This is my unbiased review.
Ebos Aifuobhokhan
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lovely collection of novellas with carousel themes.

Sophia's Hopes by Cynthia Hickey.
I loved Drake's timidity and Sophia's outspokenness. I enjoyed reading about how they completed each other and how they found their way to each other despite all that way against them. Beautiful one sitting read filled with love, faith and adventure.

The Art Of Romance by Patty Smith Hall.
I enjoyed reading this story. Lies have never ended well, worst when love is involved. Thomas and Jane's was such. But love a
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Courtney
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reivew.

Sophia’s Hope by Cynthia Hickey

3 stars

The highlight of this story is Hickey’s eye for detail, engrossing the reader in late nineteenth century Martha’s Vineyard, as well as the carousel bit that is the theme for this collection. The romance, while sweet and one of my favorite tropes (a high ranking woman and lower class man), I found the story a bit underwhelming and lacking a ton of substance.

The Art of Romance b
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Anne Marie
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have never read any books by these authors. I like the idea of carousels and all the stories. It was a nice read for an afternoon. I recommend this book.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Barbour Publishers for my honest review.
Sylvia
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sophia’s Hope by Cynthia Hickey
Unfortunately I could not make myself like this story. It didn’t have much depth, and the characters were a bit annoying and contradictory. 2.5/5 stars

The Art of Romance by Patty Smith Hall
A very sweetly romantic story with powerful themes of devotion and family! The premise of a daughter painting under her father’s name was so interesting, I kept wanting a full length story, not because it wasn’t a satisfying novella but because I didn’t want it to end! 4.5/5 star
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Carolyn Bryant
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Carousel Dreams is a collection of four delightful stories by four talented authors set in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The stories feature historical carousels located in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and California. Social class differences, deception, impersonation, and a forbidden work-place relationship paired with romance, humor, and spiritual truths make this an enjoyable, inspiring read. The engaging characters are well-developed and believable. I thoroughly enjoyed this ...more
Ann
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All of the novellas in this book are well written and hold your attention. All of the stories are clean heartwarming romances that have a carousel in the story. This a book that made me smile and brought back memories of the carousel at the fair when I was young. I loved this book and highly recommend it. Thank you Barbour Publishing via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
Yannie
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm very much interested about this story. The first one seems cute but for personal reasons, my review might be late because I don't have time to read this August. I will definitely read this when I'm free and post it to my Goodreads account. Thank you for giving me an ARC of this book. I'll give this a reasonable rating and will update it once I have time to read. ...more
Amy
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Carousel Dreams is a collection of 4 Historical Stories. These stories include:
Sophia’s Hope by Cynthia Hickey
The Art of Romance by Patty Smith Hall
Carousel of Love by Teresa Ives Lilly
The Carousel Wedding by Susanne Dietz
I enjoyed this collection. My favorite of the four is Cynthia Hickey's Sophia's Hope. I give this collection four stars.
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Wilani Wahl
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4 delightful stories of a bygone era with carousels. My two favorite stories in the collection were Sophia's Hope by Cynthia Hickey and The Carousel Wedding by Suzanne Dietz. A perfect read for the summer days and nights. ...more
Janie Anderson
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
#Carousel Dreams is:
*4 Historical stories & Carousel's
*4 Stories of Love
Short stories are wonderful when your out and about. Author's #Cynthia Hickey, # Patty Smith Hall, # Teresa Ives, and #Susanne Dietze will entertain you with romance. And the novels are short but sweet.🌟🐾🐾
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Jul 25, 2020 marked it as to-read
recommended
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E Elizabeth
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Since I love carousels so much, when I saw Carousel Dreams by Susanne Dietze, Patty Smith Hall, Cynthia Hickey, and Teresa Ives Lilly, I just knew I had to read it! Carousel Dreams is a collection of four different historical fiction stories, each by a different author with a different historical carousel as part of the plot. It was so fun to read about the different settings that these historical carousels were in. I also really enjoyed learning about the painting of carousels in one of the sto ...more
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Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she's an award-winning, RITA®-nominated author who's seen her work on the Publisher's Weekly and ECPA Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch w ...more

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