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Stolen Dreams

User: hborger
Stolen Dreams
How do you go on living when everything you’ve ever dreamed of doing is taken from you?

Twenty year-old Skye, daughter of world-renowned marine biologist, William Pates, lives on a beautiful research island and dreams of someday following in her father’s footsteps. Only months before going on her first research trip with him, Skye is diagnosed with melanoma and advised by her doctor to leave the island she loves and find work indoors - on the mainland. Her spiral into depression leaves her making uncharacteristically carefree choices. Even her best friend can’t persuade her to stop her reckless behavior. Will anyone be able to show Skye that you can’t give up on life? Then again, without dreams to lead you, what’s left?

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Heather, I just wanted to say that this book was absolutely beautiful. It flowed so smoothly and nearly reduced me to tears several times. This was beautifully written and I am surprised you have not gotten more reviews on this. I could feel the main character's pain as if it was my own. Very skillful writing. I wouldn't change a thing, except, perhaps, make the ending not so sad. The ending nearly broke my heart. I am... Show more

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Read the first chapter... will come back for more. Sounds good so far... :)

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I have to agree with the previous post. You definitely have a well organized voice. You have mastered how to write conversation between two characters and keep it fast paced. You provided a good opening with an immediate problem that Skye was in the process of working out. You continue to provide good conflict with boyfriend issues, mother issues, father issues and life choice issues. You pace it well, keeping the reader... Show more

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Hi, Robynn. Thanks for reading Stolen Dreams and letting me know your thoughts! I will look over it and work on the Point of View switches!

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In fact, I couldn't stop reading it. Very, very, very well-done. What a beautifully told tale, poignant yet not over-dramatic or self-indulgent. Your style is smooth and easy to read, and you've mastered the art of the short story in ways that I doubt I ever will but wish I could. Bravo, and thank you for posting one of the best-written stories on the site. I sincerely hope you decide to share more of your excellent work!

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Hi, Judy. Thanks for your kind words! I would love to share other things I have written, and plan to someday. So far I have written two longer novels that are the beginning to (at least) a trilogy. They are my babies, however, and I want them polished and perfect before they are... Show more

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