on 28 June 1999
In Baton Rouge, David Marks asks his long time friend Brianne Davis to accompany him to a séance that his fiancée and her psychic are hosting. David figures Brianne is the only person he knows who will find the humor in all this. After working very hard, Brianne thinks attending the séance will be a diverting form of entertainment.
At the séance, Brianne sees a ghostly figure of a male pleading with her to return to him. The specter kisses her leaving Brianne haunted by his image until lightning strikes and she finds herself in 1832 Louisiana in the body of someone named Amily. Adding to her disbelief is that her kissing ghost turns out to be Griffin, a flesh and blood, handsome living man. As Brianne struggles with handling difficult situations, she realizes that she, like her host body, is falling in love with Griffin. However, he is married to Amily's cousin and Brianne knows she belongs in the late twentieth century.
RIVER OF DREAMS is an enjoyable time travel romance that uses reincarnation as the passage into past lives. The story line is fun as Brianne struggles with her feelings and her dislocation seems genuine. Jenny Lykins is becoming one of the sub-genre's best authors with compassionate novels like this one and tales like ECHOES OF TOMORROW and LOST YESTERDAY.
on 16 July 1999
I have read all of Jenny Lykins and have liked them very much, but this one was just a little too much. She happens to go back in time to the same year her best friend went back in time to? By the time I reached 3/4 through the book, I more or less found myself thinking "oh come on!" and ended up skipping to the happily ever after ending. The book is now waiting in the bag to be taken to the book exchange. I considered this one a waste.