This is my first read of a novel by Lucinda Whitney. I will happily read more by this delightful author.
It's apparent she knows her stuff when it comes to Portugal. Living abroad really pays off when the author can draw on experience to paint the reader right into the setting. Her descriptions allowed me to soak in the Portuguese scenery and culture without all the language barrier and culture shock of being there.
The story is carefully crafted and solidly built. Everything unfolds in due course and at the right moment = perfect pacing. The characters are emotionally engaging and life like. Don't be surprised if you find yourself wrapped up in their problems, emotional struggles, and spiritual trials, along with their joys, heartfelt gratitude, and charity.
Get swept up in the best kind of daydream in this lovely novel.
Sometimes the dream you never planned for is the one you can't live without.
Six years after a painful divorce, Josh Conrad is happy traveling the world as a photographer. When he arrives in Portugal, he plans to complete the assignment as quickly as possible. What he doesn't plan for is Sofia, the girl he baptized eleven years earlier on an LDS mission, and soon he's making excuses to prolong his trip.
Sofia Monteiro leads a structured life in Braga, Portugal, teaching high school by day and caring for her mother by night. After she reconnects with Josh through mutual friends, the memory of a failed relationship and her new graduate program are enough reasons to stay away from him.
As they collaborate on a project, Josh is wary of repeating his old mistakes and Sofia hesitates to spend time with an American who's only passing through.
Can two people with wounded hearts bring themselves to trust their dreams to each other?
The Secret Life of Daydreams is a clean and wholesome contemporary LDS romance set in Portugal.