by Josie Litton
Bantam, March, 2002.
Paperback, 400 pages.
Lady Joanna Hawkforte is determined to travel to the ancient and mysterious island country of Akora to find her beloved brother Royce, who set out on an expedition to the fabled land and was never heard from again. In a shocking breach of propriety, Joanna stows away on a ship bound for Akora. The ship is owned by Lord Alex Darcourt, a half-English, Akoran prince, and he is not happy at all when he discovers the stowaway. Nevertheless, he tends to her injuries she sustained in her stowaway attempt and takes her to his homeland. Akora is a beautiful place located just past the Pillars of Hercules (think Atlantis). As Joanna and Alex fall in love, they must rescue Joanna's brother Royce, and root out a traitor who is determined to destroy Akora.
Dream Island is a rare gem of a Regency romance. Josie Litton (actually Maura Seger) takes a standard Regency plot and gives it a paranormal twist. The addition of the fictional country of Akora and some psychic abilities of Alex's sister, Kassandra (who can see the future), and of Joanna (who has the gift of finding lost things) gives a unique twist to this passionate story that puts it in a category of its own. Like her last bestselling series (Dream of Me, Believe in Me and Come Back to Me), this new series has romance, magic and a fantasy feel to it that is sure to enchant readers.
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This review was published in the March, 2002 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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