Dream a Little Dream
THREE GENERATIONS UNDER ONE TURRET: from bestselling author Antoinette Stockenberg comes a witty, modern fairy tale of romance and family and ghostly star-crossed lovers.
For centuries, Fair Castle stood peaceably enough in the north country of England, until its suddenly impoverished owners were forced to sell it—to a suddenly wealthy American couple who had the castle moved, stone by stone, to a knoll overlooking the Hudson River in New York. There they've lived happily, though not very lavishly, with their daughter and granddaughters, all of them chipping in to give tours of the castle while still nurturing their artistic sides.
And then one day, when no one is looking, a tall, dark, and very handsome stranger appears—along with the usual tourists—in the Great Hall of Fair Castle. Wildly rich from the sale of a software company he founded and then sold, William Braddock, Baron of Norwood, is on a mission to conquer all within Fair Castle and then move the thing back to England. Why not? It's his family's castle. It's his beloved grandmother's fond dream, and Will will do anything to make it come true for her.
But a fiery opponent stands in his way: Elinor MacLeish, the owners' granddaughter and a successful writer of children's books that are set in a castle very much like the one she lives in. Will finds himself jousting repeatedly with Elinor, except when he's crossing swords with another who also has an agenda. And then there is the pair whose ties to Fair Castle are far, far more ancient than those of anyone else ....
"It's very unusual to come across a book that captures my interest in the first chapter and manages to retain it, by keeping me guessing, until the last page. DREAM A LITTLE DREAM did just that ... A well-rounded cast of eccentric characters and a plot filled with "things that go bump in the night" will keep you turning the pages into the wee hours; and the satisfying conclusion will leave you smiling."
Lynn Hoffman, Dubuque Telegraph Herald
"This humorous, well-crafted and inventive novel is certain to establish Stockenberg as a major voice in women's fiction."
5 Stars! "Antoinette Stockenberg has outdone herself this time. If you thought her other books were good, this one will blow you away!"
"A tale of true-to-life relationships delightfully flavored with a pinch of the extraordinary and dash of the transcendent."
"A work of art! Layers humor, wit, emotion, intrigue, trepidation and sexual tension in just the right amounts to fill a rich canvas ... writing and storytelling at its best."
Kat Bragg, Compuserve Romance Reviews
"DREAM A LITTLE DREAM is a delightful blend of goose bumps, passion and treachery that combine to make this novel a truly exhilarating read. Ms. Stockenberg delivers once again!"
Jill M. Smith, Romantic Times Magazine
"DREAM A LITTLE DREAM is a wonderful modern fairy tale--complete with meddlesome ghosts, an enchanted castle, and a knight in shining armor. [It] casts a powerful romantic spell .... Run, don't walk to your local bookstore to purchase a copy of this magical romance."
Kristin Hannah, author of Home Again
"Ms. Stockenberg provides a strong story, a loveable cast of characters, and ... ghosts in a tale of Fair Castle. Highly recommended."
Manderley, Soda Creek Press
"Ms. Stockenberg writes with a lively and humorous wit that makes her characters three-dimensional and unforgettable, and had me smiling throughout. It didn't take long for me to become caught in the magic web of the castle, and the undercurrent of mystery made the tale even more exciting."
Tanzey Cutter, Old Book Barn Gazette
"What a wonderful story! I'll be able to hand-sell [it] with great enthusiasm."
Merry Cutler, Annie's Book Stop