Book Reviews

To Dream of Her True Love's Face by Giselle Renarde at Torquere Press

Genre Lesbian / Historical / Romance
Reviewed by Sally on 15-September-2012

Book Blurb

To dream of her true love's face, Emma obeys the well-known folklore and places a bundle of rosemary beneath her pillow. Her family is quite dismayed when she dreams of a beautiful Native woman rather than the young man they intend for her to marry. Their laughter and derision drives Emma to the woods, where she takes a step in the wrong direction and becomes stuck in a marsh. When she calls for help, what should she hear but the steady beat of hooves and the heavy rustle of leather.



Part of the 2012 Torquere Charity Blitz, sponsored by Rainbow eBooks. All authors' royalties (matched by Torquere) will be donated to NO8H, whose mission is to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest.


Book Review

Part period romance, part Native folklore, and part comedy of manners, Giselle Renarde’s tale of mismatched lovers is a delight to experience. The story never quite goes where you expect it to, but that is a large part of its charm.


 Emma is the spoiled daughter of New World royalty, all-but promised in marriage to a young man she is certain she doesn’t love. When a dream reveals the face of her true love to be a dark-skinned Native woman, she takes it as a sign and wanders off into the woods. A chance misstep into the marsh puts the young woman in peril but, much to her surprise, the woman from her dream seems more interested in confrontation than rescue. Star Dancer is her opposite in nearly every way, a creature of spirit and legend, whose rough-edged banter grants the story it’s most interesting dimension. By the time the two women wear each other down and finally fall into each other’s arms, quite an interesting story has enveloped them.


Romantic, amusing, and more than just a little bit wondrous, this is a perfect story for anybody who loves strong characters and unorthodox plots. There’s actually enough story here for a small novella, which makes some of the scene shifts a bit breathtaking, but there’s also a wonderful sense of closure.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 17 pages/4000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-September-2012
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