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Dream Island (Medieval Trilogy) [Mass Market Paperback]

Josie Litton
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3 April 2002 Medieval Trilogy (Book 1)
The legendary island nation of Akora has shunned outsiders for centuries, but fate is about to deliver a young Englishwoman into the arms of its prince–and sweep them both into a daring love that knows no boundaries....


Lady Joanna Hawkforte spent her childhood reading about the wondrous beauty of Akora. But now the country of her dreams has become a symbol of her worst nightmare. Nine months ago her brother embarked on a dangerous journey to find the mythic land–and Joanna never heard from him again. Believing he is being held captive in Akora, she is compelled to devise a desperate plan to find him....

The son of an English lord and an Akoran princess, Lord Alex Darcourt has spent months in England on a secret mission. Now he has set sail back to the land of his youth–and to an unknown fate in a nation fraught with unrest. But Alex’s discovery of a secret stowaway has thrown his voyage into turmoil. A bold, honey-haired beauty, Joanna has no idea of the danger she’s placed herself in. As Alex’s ship enters its home port, he hopes he can protect her in a world where she is unwelcome. But his greatest challenge proves to be protecting Joanna from his own smoldering desire–a forbidden passion that could put both their lives in jeopardy.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group (3 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553583891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553583892
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,206,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 14 Aug 2007
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I loved this book! This is a story of Lady Joanna Hawkeforte, who has read about and dreamed of the secret Kingdom of Akora since she was a child. Then one day her brother leaves to fine it but does not return. Enter Lord Alex Darcourt, the son of an English Nobleman and an Akoran Princess (this therefore makes him Akoran Royality).

Being determined to find her brother, Joanna stows away on Lord Alex's ship, heading for Akora.

This book really captured my imagination, and was so different from other regency novels I have read. This author managed to combine, mystery and fictional places, with politics and the usual social events of the era.

I adored Alex as a hero and the romance in this book was extremely well written, with believable characters and interesting facts of the time. This book kept me hooked, I couldn't put it down! I can't wait to read the next one in the trilogy. I really recommend this book to anyone who likes a good historical romance with a little mystery.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read 8 Dec 2009
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Really enjoyed all of three of these books, but the description of medieval is incorrect as they are prince regent books the first set of books that she wrote where medieval trilogy which are Believe in me, Dream of me and Come back to Me which are all very good as well
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT, GREAT, GREAT... 9 Mar 2002
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If you haven't discovered Josie Litton, do so immediately. She is a writer who blends adult romance, suspense, and historical detail with a style that will keep you reading into the night. For all you Garfield fans who have been left hungering for the author to return to the historical genre, try Josie Litton. And check out her Viking-Saxon trilogy. The heroes are strong, intelligent and fair, and the heroines are spirited (and each has something just a little "different" about them)and practical.
I can't wait for the next installment in this series.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking 10 Mar 2002
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I have read a lot of romance but by far I find Josie Litton the best author. Her books never fail to bring you into the story and completly saturate your every thought. This story, while not on the same line as her previous books was every bit what I had hoped it would be. I could not put it down, I recommend this book for the regency romantics while her previous books I would recommend for the historical romantic. All are excellent reading!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting beginning to a new trilogy 31 July 2002
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The first thing I appreciated about this book was Ms.Litton's departure from the traditional Regency romance setting of London. Instead the majority of this novel takes place on the ficticious island nation of Akora.
Lady Joanna is looking for her brother Royce who has disappeared on his voyage to Akora. Because Joanna is determined to find him she stows away aboard the ship of an Akoran prince, Alex, and arrives on the island amid controversy and speculation. It would be difficult to say more without giving away the happy ending.
What's nice about this story is that although political undertones and the typical romance elements exist throughout, the characters of Joanna and Alex are well written, completely believable, and likeable as well. I'm looking forward to the next book in the trilogy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enter a New World 27 Jun 2002
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I bought this book merely because it was on sale at a local bookstore. I needed a book to read on a flight to a business trip. It started rather boring before leaping into action at the second chapter.
A willful English outcast, Joanna desperately wants to find her brother, Royce, who traveled to the fabled land of Akora to seek out its secrets. Akora is a fortress of solitude and isolation. No one gets in and no one gets out. That's what the society is encouraged to believe. Joanna is not just anyone. She's a willful woman who only wants her beloved brother back home where he is safe.
She is usually quite conventional, but to her surprise, when Lord Alex, prince of Akora, refuses to help her, she takes a leap (literally) into the dangerous clutches of an age-old evil. She steals away into an Akoran ship which happens to be the ship of the dangerous yet mysterious Alex. He hasn't the heart to do what he should, cast her into the ocean or deliver her to her enemies in desperation to preserve the cruel image of Akora.
Joanna finds herself in a world of legend. Descending from Greek origin, the anciently isolated land of Akora is both old and new. Their knowledge, information, and society is a mixture like Joanna has never seen. Lord Alex, Prince of Akora, is unlike any man she has met.
She has an instant attraction, and he feels the same way, but neither want to let the other interfere with their business, but when a growing political enemy of the leader of Akora threatens Alex's beloved Joanna, he won't let them get away. It doesn't help that Joanna is anything but naive and thrusts herself into the greatest evil in a desperate attempt to save her brother, he must take action.
Another twist to the book is Joanna's odd but exciting power thats orgins are traced to Akora. This is a book that is no stranger to action, love, and excitement. Don't miss the sequel in which Kassandra, Alex's brother, and Royce, Joanna's brother, meet in a dreadfully challenging time in England.
The only downfall in the book would be its confusing revelations about the orgin of Akora and the evolution of the Akorans. Everything else is mostly exciting, although it would have been funner if Joanna played more hard-to-get, but overall, it was enjoyable.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED THIS BOOK! 20 May 2002
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This is the best romance novel I've read since Kathleen E Woodiwiss' "Shanna" (which if you haven't read, you should!). I haven't yet read any of Josie Litton's other books, but I really enjoyed this one. I've read it three times, so far.
I was a bit wary initially of a book with a "mythic kingdom" but the author really brought Akora alive to the reader. The "another time, another place" aspect was fun and the customs and court intrigue on Akora were interesting.
And Alex - half English, half Akoran - Lord Darcourt in England; Prince Alexandros on Akora was absolutely fabulous! I really loved his character. Sweet, charming, arrogant, smart, strong, sexy - mmm, mmm!
Lady Joanna Hawkforte was fun and feisty. Stowing away on a ship bound to the foreign land of Akora which doesn't welcome strangers. Her brother went there months before and has yet to return, and Lady Joanna, unable to get any assistance to find her brother from either the British government or from the arrogant Lord Darcourt, sets off to find him herself.
She is discovered in the hold of the Akoran ship by Alex and he allows her to remain on board and go on to Akora. He's not convinced that her brother is there, but he doesn't dismiss the idea either. He tells Joanna that he will look into her brother's situation once they arrive in Akora.
From there, romance, adventure, intrigue and assasination attempts ensue. The action moves between England and Akora. We meet Alex's half-brother Atreus, leader of Akora, Alex's sister Kassandra and Joanna's brother Royce setting up the characters for a trilogy of "Akora" stories. Lots of fun, a sweet love story, characters that you can care about and wild adventures. What more can you ask for?
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