Pregnant and uneducated, 16-year-old Adelaide trades her dream of escaping the grinding poverty of her rural village for hopes of a better life for her unborn child. Kate, a young American physician, often finds her roles as mother and wife to be in conflict with her childhood dream to practice medicine in a third-world country. Giselle, a university-educated artist, lives in Port-au-Prince. While she sympathizes with the plight of her fellow Haitians, she envisions her and her family’s future as a comfortable life in the United States.
When the violent 1991 coup d’état erupts in Haiti, these three women’s lives intersect and are forever changed. Despite different cultures and life circumstances, the women share a vision of a better future for their children and the troubled country of Haiti. Their personal stories of adversity, tragedy and triumph are embedded in the complex social, political and cultural climate that evolves when international assistance programs influence individuals and communities in the developing world. Often in startling contrast, the women portrayed in When Dreams Touch are united through mutual understanding and respect. With courage and perseverance, they confront the broader injustices of the world they live in and create a legacy of enduring hope.
“When Dreams Touch” was awarded: the 2015 Eric Hoffer First Horizon Award for superior work by a debut author, the 2015 Eric Hoffer Award for e-book fiction, the 2015 National Indie Excellence Award for regional fiction and the 2015 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for historical fiction. The book was also featured in The US Review.
I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions in this review are 100% my own.
This book is a work of historical fiction. However, many times I had to remind myself that it was fiction and not a true story.
We’ve all heard about Haiti and how it’s a poor country. I’ve never gave it any more thought than that really.
This book shows you how strong and independent the woman of Haiti are. They do what needs to be done for their children. Many women run the household and the children with no man in the picture at all.
In this book Kate travels to Haiti many times as a doctor to help the sick and injured. Unfortunately there are times that Kate had a hard time juggling her family life and her work in Haiti. We take for granted we can just go to the doctor or hospital when we need one. That is not always the case for people. Haiti is not the only country like this.
I loved reading about the women Kate has met and how with her help they have made a better life for themselves and their family. All the women needed was the right tools to make it happen.
“The author’s voice is smooth and professional and she has a way with words that will pull you in and entertain you. In fact, I found it really hard to part with. I’m very impressed with the skill here…. All in all a wonderful read that I highly recommend.” – 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
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