Monday, April 18, 2011

Where Dreams Are Born / Joyce DeBacco

Reviewed by: Corina

Genre: Romance/Suspense

Approximate word count: 65-70,000 words

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Joyce DeBacco is the mother of four adult daughters, a quilter, and the author of three novels: Serendipity House (2009), Rubies and Other Gems (2010), and Where Dreams Are Born (2011). Both of the earlier books have good reviews on More information and sample chapters are available at the author’s website.


This book is a romance with some aspects of a thriller. Two emotionally wounded people meet by fortuitous accident, changing each other’s lives by becoming employee and employer. The grieving widower gains a housekeeper and nanny; the widow gains employment in the nicest part of town. Unexpected events bring the hero and heroine closer and closer together, and bring their children and themselves into danger. A marriage between them becomes the most rational course of action, but can a marriage of necessity become a marriage in truth?


Where Dreams Are Born is a well-written romantic novel with elements of suspense. I found DeBacco’s writing fresh and evocative, highly readable and interesting. Characterization is good, the dialogue flows well, and the story was compelling enough to keep my attention and pique my curiosity about what would happen next. I found myself picking up the story in my spare moments during the day, wondering how the author was going to resolve certain issues.

I would recommend this book to friends, family, or anyone who might enjoy this genre. I found it a pleasurable read.


There are some sexual scenes. They are not explicit, nor are they the innocuous scenes you would find in “sweet romances.” If you prefer sweet romances, this might be a little too racy for your tastes. If you prefer detailed erotica, this story might be too tame.

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: **** Four stars

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