Monday, January 4, 2021

Book Review: Dreams of Savannah by Roseanna M. White

About the Book

Cordelia Owens can weave a dream around anything and is well used to winning the hearts of everyone in Savannah with her whimsy. Even when she receives word that her sweetheart has been lost during a raid on a Yankee vessel, she clings to hope and comes up with many a romantic tale of his eventual homecoming to reassure his mother and sister.

But Phineas Dunn finds nothing redemptive in the first horrors of war. Struggling for months to make it home alive, he returns to Savannah injured and cynical, and all too sure that he is not the hero Cordelia seems determined to make him.

As the War Between the States rages ever nearer and Savannah’s slaves start sneaking away to the islands off the coast to join the Yankees, both Phin and Cordelia get caught up in questions they never thought they’d have to ask–questions that threaten the very dreams of a future they’d cherished.

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My Review

The cover of this book is absolutely lovely, and the title is perfect!  The story inside is one to treasure.  This book really has everything-Savannah's high society, the horrors of war, and loves lost and found.  The best thing about the novel is that it presents hope.  Delia hopes for Phin's safe return and is able to encourage his family.  Luther relies on the promises of Scripture and transmits that to Phinneas through near-constant Bible reading.  Most of the characters had their hope in the Lord, and were rewarded for their trust in Him.

Delia was such a sweet, highly-imaginative girl, whose gift of words were a blessing to those around her.  Phinneas was a man of honor, initially untested, who came through with a deep faith and concern for his fellow man.  Their desire to be together was tested throughout the story.

This stand-alone historical fiction novel is one of great depth.  It was also quite a page-turner, as the tension grew and I was unable to put it down!

Historical romance fans will love this book, as well as Christian fiction readers, Civil War buffs, and fans of White's work.  I highly recommend it.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at

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