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Book review: ‘Numberless Dreams’ delivers romance, drama

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"Numberless Dreams" is by Utah author Kelly Thacker.

“Numberless Dreams” is by Utah author Kelly Thacker.

Provided by Kelly Thacker

"NUMBERLESS DREAMS," by Kelly Thacker, $6.95, 361 pages (f)

Combine some elements of Cinderella with a bit of soap opera; mix well with a healthy dose of romance and suspense, and you have “Numberless Dreams,” an ebook by Kelly Thacker.

Autumn, a beautiful flight attendant, meets Jonathan, a handsome, wealthy and single executive, on an airplane. There is instant chemistry. After a whirlwind romance, they elope to Las Vegas — much to the dismay of Jonathan’s mother and sister.

Jonathan sees Autumn as the woman of his dreams, epitomized in Yeats’ poem, “A Poet to his Beloved:” “I bring you with reverent hands, the books of my numberless dreams …” — from which comes the title of the novel. The dream motif is used throughout the story.

However, all is not the wedded bliss Jonathan envisioned. There are a couple of almost insurmountable hurdles: Autumn, the daughter of a prostitute, struggles to deal with the effects of an abusive childhood; and her mother, who is always focussed on helping herself, just won’t go away and let Autumn have her happily ever after.

The main characters are engaging. And although some of the events stretch the imagination, on the whole, the story is believable and intriguing. The author’s background in the court reporting business lends an air of reality to the courtroom scenes.

A prologue, which reads like a movie trailer, doesn’t seem essential; the book’s first chapter pulls the reader in on its own.

There are a few technical things a final edit would help, and there is a nanny who appears for a while and then unexplainably disappears from the story.

Overall, it is a well-written romantic suspense novel. Just as you think the story has come to a resolution, there is another twist before a satisfying conclusion is reached. The romance is convincing but not graphic or steamy. There are references to God, but not to any specific religion.

Thacker is a local Utah writer who has chosen to publish her first novel as an eBook, available for Nook and Kindle.

Rosemarie Howard lives in a 100-year-old house on Main Street, Springville. She enjoys creating multimedia projects. Her website is at www.dramaticdimensions.com.