Legacy of a Dreamer
by Allie Jean
About the Book::
Chantal Breelan is a ward of the state, living under the care of a woman who is cold and heartless. Her past is a mystery, and her future is even more uncertain. She can’t recall why she had been taken from her parents and so she’s left with nothing but an empty hole where her childhood should have been. When she awakens from her nightmares, she’s left with terrible, violent images, as well as a boy whose face is oddly familiar, yet can’t be placed.
Scared and alone, Chantal begins to confide in an imaginary friend – a shadow in the shape of a man who stands in the corner of her room. She is comforted when she believes he listens to her.
On her eighteenth birthday, Chantal is forced to leave her foster home. She moves to New York City, but the start of her new life doesn’t begin as smoothly as she’d hoped. In this environment, she faces a whole new set of challenges.
One night at a subway station, Chantal meets a young boy who runs away from her, and she’s compelled to follow him down into the tunnels. But this Rabbit Hole reveals a world where reality is a nightmare. Her dreams are clues to her future, and her life becomes twisted and dangerous when she learns that things that go bump in the night are not just in fairy tales and childhood stories.
Allie Jean was born with an overactive imagination. She spent her childhood inventing stories and telling tales. Her mind never shut down, even while she slept. Vivid dreams containing extensive, elaborate plot lines of good overcoming evil villains captured her nightly visions, lingering into her waking hours and filling the pages of her well-loved bounded diaries. She was encouraged by her parents, even at a young age, to write down her tales, and it has remained a somewhat secret hobby. As a busy wife, mother and critical care nurse, Allie’s love of storytelling has been reborn through the adventures of her unforgettable characters.
How would it is be if you were in the foster care system all your life being tossed around from home to home. Since she was a child Chantal has had nightmares since she was a child and the only way she has found to cope is to have a imaginary friend. She finds comfort in talking to him, a man that stands in the shadows that she can talk to. Right before Chantal turns 18 years old she desides to move to New York City. When she moves there she learns about the shadows as we know them, but she also learns so much more about herself on who she is.
After missing a train in New York Chantal's was in the mitts of danger and her guardian from the shadow she's known since childhood literally saves her. Being her protector.
Through out the book Chantal has been a strong woman that has been through so much after being in the foster system. Having such a rough life, she has learned not to depend on anyone for help. Until Mathias, he is Chantal's warrior. From the beginning his feelings for Chantal are real and pure, but he doesn't know how to handle them and how to react to them. Chantal and Mathias relationship throughout the whole book is very sweet and charming.
FTC:: This post was written for CM Books, who provided the complimentary product in exchange for my honest review.