Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
As a love story, The Dreaming Beauty: An Enchanted Regency Romance by Anneka R. Walker is refreshing and idyllic. Marcus Taylor is brother to the Duke of Westmorland. He is expected to marry a woman who could provide him with the means to become a landed gentleman. This is the pressure that society and his mother imposed on him. Meanwhile, after suffering heartbreak from the betrayal of her betrothed, the lovely Tansy White doesn’t want to end up like her three beloved aunts. The family seems to bear the curse of chasing happiness. As a birthday surprise for Tansy’s twentieth, her aunts take her to the Lake District to see Rose Cottage, her late mother’s country home that will give her the chance to discover her mother’s past - to learn why heartbreak was so intricately connected to her aunts, and now to her. During a stormy night, fatigue catches up with her, and she ends up in a strange home, the estate of Marcus’s brother.
This romantic tale is so neatly done, with a classic structure containing two heroes, a quest, an obstacle, and the prize. Anneka R. Walker provides you with entertaining content that is sustained from start to finish. From letting you get to know more about the personal lives of the two lovers, to their first-time encounter that evolves into something deeper, to the revelations of their past. It’s a feel-good fairy tale that will keep you invested in its storyline. It has a narrative flow that you won’t mind getting swept along in because you want to find out whether or not Tansy and Marcus are fated to be with each other, or if their love will simply remain a dream. Moreover, The Dreaming Beauty has an appeal that could well translate into an adapted film. It’s a great romantic fantasy, one that you would likely recommend to your friends.