Teagan Harper is barely ten years old when she finds herself orphaned and sent away to live at Raven’s Peak, a Gothic estate on the seaside cliffs of Maine. Soon, though, her heartache and loneliness are tempered by a blossoming friendship with the only other child living at Raven’s Peak: Kane Doyle, only two years older than Teagan and abandoned by his mother. Over the years, the pair grows inseparable. First they’re pranksters and confidants, but eventually their feelings change, and best friends turn into soul mates. On the cusp of Teagan’s departure for a university in Boston, they share a glimpse into their happily-ever-after and make promises of forever.
But Teagan and Kane’s engagement and dreams of the future are shattered when Teagan returns home to find Kane gone from Raven’s Peak—and living with someone new. Devastated and heartbroken, Teagan cuts ties with her beloved adoptive home and tries to move on with her life. But years later, when the shocking truth behind Kane’s betrayal comes to light, Teagan must decide whether to embrace her new life and let go of her past once and for all, or fight for her dream life with the only man she’s ever wanted.
Having read only one other book by Fiore – Beautifully Damaged – but having read it a dozen times at least, I was excited for the opportunity to review A Glimpse of the Dream. I loved the characters, drama, conflict, and angst that made up Beautifully Damaged and I was anxious to see if the author would bring the same talent to A Glimpse of the Dream. I was not disappointed at all as this book was everything I hoped for and more.
The opening of A Glimpse of the Dream is both sad because of Teagan’s loss, yet hopeful when Kane comes into her life. I enjoyed skipping through scenes from their adolescence, watching their friendship form, strengthen, and grow into more. The love that grew between Teagan and Kane was pure and illustrated what some people experience when they are fortunate enough to find their other half at such a young age. It was beautiful to watch, which is what made Kane’s decision to breakup with Teagan while she was away at college so hard to understand. And Fiore does such a beautiful job of depicting Teagan’s shock and devastation that a similar personal experience was not necessary to feel Teagan’s pain and loss – there was no need for a frame of reference to be able to understand why Kane’s news nearly destroyed her. Honestly, Fiore did such a good job of making me fall in love with Kane that I could not imagine a single thing that could be revealed that would enable me to forgive him for breaking Teagan – not just her heart, but her entire being. And yet, she did. Once Kane’s secret was exposed and I understood why he did what he did, it was impossible not to forgive him.
But understanding it and forgiving him for it does not mean that I agreed with Kane’s decision. That he continued to run hot and cold on Teagan even after she learned his secret and made it clear that she wanted him in her life in whatever way irritated the crap out of me. Yet it was realistic to the situation and his secret, as was his back and forth on issues when he worried about failing or letting Teagan down again and this kept me sympathetic to his plight. The chemistry between Kane and Teagan was even more intense once they reunited and this made for some seriously steamy scenes. I adored Simon and the family that was forged at Raven’s Peak and this is what made the ending of A Glimpse of the Dream so perfect. I’m still in awe that Fiore managed to make me fall in love with Kane, fall in hate with Kane, and fall in love with him all over again – but I shouldn’t be because she made me do the exact same thing with Trace in Beautifully Damaged. Even though I now know Kane’s secret, I cannot wait to read A Glimpse of the Dream again and relive Kane and Teagan’s love all over again. I will certainly be checking out more of Fiore’s work as well.