Apr 17, 2011

A Dream Unfolding by Karen Baney

The promise of a new life and a chance to start over…

Hannah Anderson had the life she always wanted, married to the man of her dreams. When her husband’s brother gets in trouble with the law, the town turns against them, shattering her perfect life. Now they are left with only one choice—to head west to the Arizona Territory in the hopes of creating a new life. Will the journey be worth the cost?

Will Colter, after burying his father, is forced to leave the ranch he has called home for nearly thirty years. The journey is dangerous, challenging him and his men. Will he find the new life he was hoping for?

Or, is there a new dream quietly unfolding before their eyes?


Karen Baney, in addition to writing Christian historical fiction and chick lit novels, works as a Software Engineer. Spending over twenty years as an avid fan of both genres, Karen debuts her talents with A Dream Unfolding, the first in a four book series set in territorial Arizona.

Her faith plays an important role both in her life and in her writing. She is active in the women’s ministry at her church, facilitating numerous bible studies throughout the year. Karen and her husband make their home in Gilbert, Arizona, with their two dogs. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University.

Visit the author's website at http://www.karenbaney.com/ 


When approached about reading this debut novel written by Karen Baney, I really didn't know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by the superior storyline in this great historical fiction novel with a rich western theme.

Cowboys, Indians, tragedy, passion, breathtaking scenery, heartache, and second chances. A Dream Unfolding is about the men and women who braved it all in their search for a better life in the wild west. Karen Baney has made this very difficult time in history come alive in a dramatic and heart-wrenching way that captivated my attention from the very first pages.

Two separate groups of settlers are heading for Arizona, and it is inevitable that their paths will eventually cross. I loved the strong characters, and admired their faith in spite of tragic situations and hardships.

Overall, I give this story 5 out of 5 and can't wait to read book 2 in the Prescott Pioneers series, which is titled A Heart Renewed.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of A Dream Unfolding in exchange for my honest review.

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