Monday, February 9, 2015

Broken Dreams by Nancy Pennick

by Nancy Pennick

Two friends...
Blood sisters till the end...
Until they're not.

One cold night in a boarding school dorm, two fourteen-year-old girls make a blood sister pact. Friends forever. As young schoolgirls, they're determined to find true love, learning the hits and misses along the way. As graduation nears, the girls have different outlooks for the future. Lucinda longs for adventure. Anna chooses city life and marriage. Finding their way back together, the girls head west for an experience of a lifetime until a handsome cowboy bursts into their lives, changing the course of their friendship forever.

Anna tentatively put the other foot on the ice. “I’m doing it!” She grinned widely for a second until her body slipped out from under her.

Anna!” Lucinda grabbed for her, but it was too late. Anna lay a few feet away from the boy who still struggled to get on his feet. “Come on.” Lucinda seized Anna by one arm and the boy by the other and marched them to a bench. “Watch and learn.” She daintily walked away on her skates and slipped slowly back onto the ice. She caught up with her sister. Arm in arm they disappeared into the crowd.

Hello, I don’t think we formally met.” The young man stuck out his hand. “James Trent.”

Anna. Anna Douglass.” She shook his gloved hand. He had a nice smile, auburn hair and golden brown eyes. A few freckles were sprinkled across his nose.

James smoothed his hair back and replaced the cap he probably lost during the fall. “I’m a sophomore over at Lake Forest.”

This is my first year at Ferry.” Anna gazed down at the snowy ground, suddenly nervous.“First time on skates?” He laughed and snorted at the same time. Anna relaxed and looked him in the eye. She saw a faint redness creep up his neck and knew he was embarrassed. “You couldn’t tell?” She giggled, hoping he noticed she forgave the snort.“Well, I’m not giving up. I hope you won’t either. What I mean is I hope I see you here again.”


Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Nancy currently resides in Mentor, Ohio with her husband and son, plus a delightfully entertaining lovebird. Her writing is influenced by all the years of working with young people as a teacher and raising her own son. When not writing, Nancy loves to travel with her husband and enjoys a good cup of tea. Broken Dreams is a stand alone companion piece to her young adult Waiting for Dusk series.
Nancy Pennick has generously donated a $20 Amazon/BN GC for one lucky reader.

Publisher- Fire and Ice

Links to Nancy:
Twitter- @npennick

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Links to other books:
Waiting for Dusk

Call of the Canyon

Stealing Time

FREE short story:
Taking Chances: A Waiting for Dusk Story

My review of Taking Chances:
This very brief peek into the lives of Kate, Andrew and their friends hints that something not quite normal or expected is happening.
I hope it piques your curiosity as much as it has mine.

This book begins with two strangers meeting at boarding school. These girls come from very different backgrounds and are thrown together. They build a strong friendship. So strong they vow to be sisters forever, and make a blood pact.
That is easy to do before becoming interested in boys ~ boys who sometimes will try to come between friends.

Lucinda and Anna survive one boyfriend disaster as they make it through high school. It helps that the boy in question turns out to be a player, not worthy of a serious commitment.
However, a young heart in love sometimes holds onto hope.

Several years laer, Anna gets back together with the player boyfriend, and this time HE is the one who wants a more committed relationship. Anna's parents are all in favor of it, as it would keep their darling daughter close to home.
Lucinda, on the other hand, is ready for adventure and being Lucinda, she tends to get her way.
She convinces Anna that they are too young to settle down. There is a huge world to explore and Lucinda has found a way to have a "safe" adventure. They will become Harvey House waitresses in the less civilized west, at the Grand Canyon.

It isn't long before Lucinda is up to her manipulative ways and again a man comes between the best friends.
Sweet Anna is even willing to give up her own happiness to placate her former best friend.
Anna is always trying to make others happy.

Like other kinds of relationships, the path of friendship often has bumps and hurdles.
How can a friendship survive when one person seems to be doing all the compromise and giving?
The secondary characters are also extremely interesting. I look forward to reading a lot more of this series.

And the major twist we learn at the end! You will NOT be able to stop without knowing how that came to be.

I did receive an ecopy of this book as part of a blog tour.
I enjoyed it very much and will be readiong the rest of this series.


  1. Thanks for having me, Laura, and for that wonderful review. You captured the idea of the story.
    Readers, Lucinda wants to go on an Adventure of a Lifetime. Where would you go on yours?


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