Edge of a Dream


Romance - Contemporary
338 Pages
Reviewed on 05/19/2014
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Author Biography

I was born in Des Moines, Iowa, but grew up and still live in a small town in northwest Iowa. I did live in southern California for seven years, which is where my first novel, The Color of Tears, became a dream story.
I've always had a love for songwriting and have written and composed over a hundred songs. At times it was personal satisfaction writing the words, then taking my guitar and putting those words to music.
With a never ending love for writing, it would only seem natural to take the words I carried in my head and turn them into full length novels. The one thing I've decided not to worry about is critics. They're always going to be there no matter what. I take it with a grain of salt because you can't please everyone.
I also have an undeniable love for animals, and if I could, I'd save every homeless animal on the planet. Please adopt from shelters because there are so many animals that need good loving homes.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite

When you’re a waitress in a dead-end Midwestern town and you find out you've inherited a ranch, what have you got to lose? Kody Monroe learns the answer to that question is an adamant “not much.” Broke, divorced and depressed Kody heads to her newly acquired Montana ranch, figuring the universe has finally answered her calls for relief and a break. Kody is curious about many things, including who is responsible for her recent streak of good luck, who is buried in the solitary grave and is ranch foreman Jake Shannon the man from her dreams? Edge of a Dream is a well-written yet gritty tale of loneliness, love and second chances. Diane Brandow has a knack for plain-speaking characters full of depth.

From the first few lines of Edge of a Dream, I was pretty well hooked. Initially, Kody seems to be a bit of a whiner, but before long you learn that with her run of bad luck, including the death of her parents and a divorce, it’s a wonder she’s not wallowing more. But it is really her interactions with Jake that make this story so compelling. At first, they are so tentative with one another, circling to feel each other out and spot any signs warning of a future broken heart. Add into this amazing story a long-lost family and a no-good ex-husband and it’s the stuff of a story you won’t be able to stop reading until the last page. Diane Brandow paints a sad tale of Kody’s life before the Montana ranch, but as the story unfolds she gives us all hope that second chances are not only possible, but truly amazing.

Pauline Niznik

So, you have shown all of your long time friends that you still have more talent and skill than anyone ever could hope for. I can only say that I am so proud of you and impressed by your talent......I hope you don't leave me in your dust!!!!! Polli..(sic)

Jackie Hoffman

I fell in love with the story of Kody, a down on her luck waitress immediately. In the first few chapters, you find that Kody has a passion for life and adventure. Without giving to much away, you'll learn that Kody has had a difficult past, and with a little bit of luck, she'll go on the adventure of a lifetime. I teared up as she went through hardships, and cheered right along with her during her triumphs. Through Kody, Ms. Brandow was able to remind me that everyone deserves a second chance.

This book is beautifully laid out and well written. Whether you're a fan of western romance or just wanting to read something new, this book will capture your attention and captivate your heart. I highly recommend 'Edge of a Dream' to anyone who is looking for a little more adventure and passion in their lives.