Beyond A Dream by Barbara J. Duell.
Two People ~ One dream.
Lilianarose McKenna has lived her life with the same passion and responsibility that brought her Spanish ancestors to the rich fertile land by the Pacific Ocean in search of a new life over two centuries ago. Bound to the land, the matriarch of her family, and a world-renowned portrait artist, Lili has everything except someone to love her. She wants more, an itch she can’t scratch, not yet, so she’s put aside her dreams, for now, but someday, maybe.
Charles Phillip Ashland, Earl of Ashbourne, inherited a title, a dilapidated Manor near land’s end, and nothing more, but he wants more. He’s taken anger and determination and built an empire, acquiring more wealth than he could spend in ten lifetimes. Charles has everything a human could want, yet he has nothing that truly matters. He succeeded in business but failed miserably as a father, but soon he will have time to do better, to find and live his dream. Yes, soon. From the quaint town of San Juan Capistrano, California to a small village by the sea in Devon, England fate has set a course for two people to find themselves, even though they have no idea they are lost, aided by a handful of relatives, a village of eager helpers, and one huge, hairy dog.
Review by Kate: 4.0 out of 5 Stars. Make you Want to Travel to England’s countryside by the Sea! This is the third book I have read of Barbara Duell and love to support the independent authors who write wonderful stories. Her vivid descriptions of the places her characters live and travel are unsurpassed- you would think she is paid by the cities and countries travel bureaus, as they really make you want to visit those places. This book did make me wish I had a lot more money like the main characters to be able to enjoy the luxuries they were able to enjoy but in today’s world I am grateful for my health, and what i have in life. Can’t wait to see what else and where she visits in her next book!
Review by Brandi Baker: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Wonderful book! I loved this book from the beginning to the end!! All of the characters and places were so great to follow all the way through the story. I couldn’t put this book down!! Love the spirit of adventure and taking time for one’s self even if it was only by accident and fate!!
Review by Barbara Johnson: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. What a great book to read! The book was so fascinating. The combination of California history, and Barbara Duell’s memories of England and Europe from visits make this a most enjoyable book to read. I have enjoyed all her books and hope to see more in the near future.
Review by Parker: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Highly Recommend Barbara J. Duell’s book, Beyond a Dream! The eloquent writing pulled me in from the beginning and I savored each word. The well-developed characters and magnificent imagery allowed me to escape to the beautiful settings and witness the adventure unfold. Thank you for writing this outstanding book!
Review by Karen Cafarella: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Great Book! Wonderful book. The history and adventures they share make it hard to put the book down.
Review by Laura Kay: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Heartwarming & Emotional. Barbara J. Duell has done it again! OMG, this story would make such a great movie! I have enjoyed every book written by Barbara J. Duell but this one really hit my heart.
Written with compassion, humor, and wrenching heartache, I grew to love the characters and at the end of the book, wished for more.
The story begins with Lili McKenna who lives in a spacious hacienda on thousands of acres she inherited from her Spanish forefather two hundred years ago. Hacienda de la Montoya is her home, shared with a network of people who are family to her.
Charles Phillip Ashland, Earl of Ashbourne, lives on a manor which has been in his family for hundreds of years. He has built an empire, acquiring more wealth than he knows what to do with. Even so, he realizes he doesn’t have what he really wants, someone to love.
Lili and Charles caught and kept my attention immediately — the sizzling chemistry was tastefully written. I always enjoy watching characters fall in love and overcome obstacles.
This story was filled with a family of characters, all of whom I loved.
Review by Jim and Christy Squires: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Eloquent! Rich in imagery and strength & beauty in characters. At a time where my own life has its own drama, love story and obstacles; this book has resonated with my soul. I’ve not picked up a novel in years, and what a refreshing one to enjoy! Barbara distills for her faithful readers plentiful imagery and I am transcended to a place where the story is rich in history and the characters are beautiful each in their own way. Never do I give a spoiler! This is a MUST read! You will be glad you did!!
Review by Kindle Customer: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. EXCEPTIONAL BOOK, GREAT READING! I read this book twice for the shear enjoyment of reading it again. Scenes, dialog, and characterization, exceptional. I found myself occasionally laughing at some of the character expression and dialog. Toward the end we get to know Maggie better through an unexpected letter which brought everything together – perfect ending.
Paperback: 372 Pages
Publisher: Bowker Identifier Services (May 8, 2020)
Contemporary Literature & Fiction
About The Author: A Journey To Another Place. International best-selling author, Barbara J. Duell loves to travel around the world, sometimes without ever leaving her home. A history buff, she continues to seek answers as to how we got to where we are today, how different civilizations have changed, usually due to the impact of war.
Barbara can be found each day at her computer, laughing or crying, just tagging along wherever her characters decide to take her. Barbara has lived by the sea, high in the pine forest where eagles soar, in a valley near the river’s edge, and now resides in the delicate land of the southwestern desert.
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