Dancing in the Athenian Rain by Katie Hamstead

Posted February 8, 2016 in Blog Tour, Book Review / 0 Comments

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Dancing in the Athenian Rain by Katie Hamstead

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 16 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug use, alcohol use, language, and/or violence.
Dancing in the Athenian Rain by Katie HamsteadDancing in the Athenian Rain by Katie Hamstead
Published by Soul Mate Publishing on September 9th 2015
Genres: Romance
Pages: 293
Format: eARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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four-stars

When Donna is sent back in time to Classical Athens, she's furious at Dr. Stephens for sending her against her wishes. Then a Greek soldier purchases her to be his wife. She's forced to learn a new language and culture and faces her fears of never returning to her own time. The society hates her, especially because they think she’s an Amazon, which forces her to confront her issues—being compared to her genius brother, borderline abusive friends, and a cheating boyfriend.
But her husband, Peleus, is kind and patient. He counters all the negative voices from her past, but those voices drive a wedge between them. She must let go of her fears, her inhibitions, and insecurities, and admit her feelings, or she could lose him and the life they’ve built.

Main points

This book was great! It was a very enjoyable read, although difficult at times.

The beginning was really, really frustrating. It took me a while to warm up to both Donna and Peleus. I could forgive Peleus a little more quickly because of the customs of the time, but Donna was a different matter entirely. She had severely crippling fears and self-doubts. It took her weeks to even tell Peleus her name, even though it was perfectly within her capabilities at the time. She never spoke of herself. She just couldn’t say those three words—I love you—and that caused her so much trouble and Peleus so much pain. She showed it every other way. She knew she loved him. She just couldn’t say it, and I couldn’t understand why. It was the most frustrating thing. And she kept doubting herself, even when there were multiple reasons to believe she was a better person. That was even more difficult to read about than the violence. But that’s probably what made Donna’s personal growth the main point of the story. The fact that she started with such a crippling problem, and ended up a better person. Not a perfect person, but a better one.

Peleus was great for her. He could be very moody, but I think a lot of it was due to Donna herself. She could be a great wife in some areas, but she let her fears ruin some things for her. Peleus was unusually kind, lenient, and loving for a man of that time. I’m not saying whether he was realistic or not, but he was believable enough for me to be happy with him as a character.

The great part of this book is everything that happens in Greece. Most of the major plot events and twists happen here and they certainly are entertaining (and some emotional). It was realistic enough to make for a good tale, leaving out the teleportation device and its potential as well as people’s willingness to believe her story about being from the future. I really was riveted. I never knew what was going to happen next, but I knew it would be some creative thing meant to make things harder for the main couple.

All in all, this book is an entertaining, emotional read. It may not be 100% historically accurate and does have its frustrating moments, but it’s good as a historical fantasy.

  reaction upon finishing

Well…yes!

this book in two words

entertaining/emotional

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About Katie Hamstead

Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.
After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.
When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels now available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.
Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

Rating
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
three-stars
Setting
four-stars
Romance
four-stars
Ending
three-half-stars
Feels
four-stars
Overall: four-stars
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