I finally caved to reader feedback! Drawn by the Dream Catcher is the historical romance version of my well-reviewed historical fiction saga Living Half Free. I edited Zachariah’s story a bit to fit the romance genre.
Writing this mulatto slave’s journey was a very emotional experience. I did a lot of research on the Antebellum south. If you read Drawn by the Dream Catcher I hope you feel transported back in time and will be as touched by this story as I am.
Drawn by the Dream Catcher is my first romance told mostly from the male point of view. After all, this is Zachariah’s story. When I made this a romance that didn’t change. I do think readers will get to know Lillian better, though. She gets more page time in this version!
Zachariah, a mulatto slave, doesn’t find much reason to be happy after being sold away from his mother and sister. However, he keeps having dreams of a beautiful woman with amber skin and this gives him some measure of joy. On a cold winter’s day, he is shocked to meet his fantasy woman in the flesh. Drawn to her, he feels compelled to help her the only way he can—by giving her his warm coat.
Lillian Hildebrand is a member of the Cherokee elite, but she doesn’t feel like a socialite on the Trail of Tears. After meeting the charming and kind-hearted white one held in chains, she begins having reoccurring dreams of him. As if cast into her dream catcher, Zachariah fills her dreams from that day forward. Since he continues to call to her in her dreams four years later, Lillian is convinced the ancestors have deemed they meet again.
With the help of her wealthy white brother-in-law, she tracks Zachariah to the Kentucky restaurant he helps manage. Her plans for the future run deeper than Zachariah ever imagined. Will her attempt to help him pass as white and start life anew with her on the Indian reservation pay off, or spell disaster for them both?
This novel contains explicit romance and is suitable for readers 18+