Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The Soft Whisper of Dreams by Christina Courtenay


Some dreams shouldn’t come true …
Maddie Browne thought she’d grown out of the recurring nightmare that plagued her as a child, but after a shocking family secret is revealed, it comes back to haunt her – the same swing in the same garden, the kind red-haired giant and the swarthy arms which grab her from behind and try to take her away …
In an attempt to forget her troubles, Maddie travels to Devon to spend time with her friends, Kayla and Wes. However, it becomes clear that relaxation will not be on the agenda after a disturbing encounter with a gypsy fortune teller. Not to mention the presence of Wes’s dangerously handsome brother, Alex.
And then there’s the fact that Maddie’s dream seems to be coming true …
The Soft Whisper of Dreams is the follow-on to Christina Courtenay’s novel The Secret Kiss of Darkness.


My Thoughts:

The Soft Whisper of Dreams is the follow on from The Secret Kiss of Darkness.

I haven't read The Secret Kiss of Darkness so instead it was read as a standalone book.

The story follows Maddie, who following a bombshell on the day of her parents funeral, travels to stay with friends in Devon.
It's here that Maddie meets Alex, a handsome man who is going to play a big part in Maddie's life.
But don't believe this is a tale of romance for, Maddie was warned by a Gypsy that danger was coming.
Could it be that the nightmare that had plagued Maddie since childhood, is about to come true..

This story has some great characters in it, people who help Maddie when she needs them most.
Like Kayla and Jayne.
Kayla is an old friend of Maddie's someone who opens her arms and home to welcome Maddie to Devon.
Jayne is a stranger to Maddie, but the way she helps her was an inspiration.

Christina Courtney has a descriptive ease to her words, a way in which you can instantly like, love or hate a character.
And I definitely loved Alex, he had this dreamy essence to him that if I had met him in real life I'm sure I would've been a giggling mess.

Blake Jones on the other hand, I hated that man, hiding behind his religion. He made my blood boil.

This is a wonderfully gripping story that keeps a dangerous intensity within the words to carry the reader to some climatic discoveries.

*My mum later read this, having read The Secret Kiss of Darkness, she read it as a follow on.
" it was lovely to get a chance to catch up with some characters who had captured my interest in the first book and watch their story develop. I enjoyed this story as much as the other and thank the author for returning to Marcombe Hall"

5/5 (from us both)

Thank you to Choc-lit for sending me a copy to review.


  1. I don't care. I loved them both!! :)