Dahti Blanchard is a creative spirit, engaging in music, writing, and doula. She lives in a log house in the Pacific Northwest, but originally hails from upstate New York. She holds a music degree and is a student of Cella, the academic branch of RCG-I. She has published many articles and reviews, and has had two feminist plays produced.
Kat Benson was adopted. But when her real mother dies, she leaves a wonderful and magical house to Kat, along with many clues as to what her heritage really encompasses. Kat moves into her mother's home, which has been handed down to the women in the family since the 1600's, and immediately begins having dreams of her ancestors. Kat discovers that she shares more than just art with her mother, and starts on a journey of discovery...both of her mother and of herself. She feels an instant comradery with her neighbor Rita, whose mother is a fundamentalist fanatic. She meets the man of her dreams, but has to take a step back to really integrate all that happens in a very short time. But it is the newfound power of healing that really rattles:
"My eyes flew open again, and I looked down to see Jake's body still lying on the ground with my hands in the same positions above and below his head. However, as I slowly lifted my hand from his temple, I couldn't believe my own eyes. There was no blood on either my hand or his head. I shot a glance toward the rock. It was still blood-stained! Instead of a dent that had told me of the crushed skull, there was only a slight bump and the beginning of discoloration on his forehead."
DREAM OF THE CIRCLE OF WOMEN is a whimsical look at the inherent powers of women, which have been crushed over the ages by the church and men. Blanchard manages to completely enrapture the reader, all the while deftly examining irrational taboos of our society and laying them to rest. DREAM is a journey of wonderment for Kat, whose art blossoms as she works through the mystery of her own family and what it means for her. There is a beguiling story of love, and the entire tale makes the reader want to jump up and shout "Yes!" This is the way life should be, and Dahti Blanchard points the way. DREAM is a masterpiece for readers of any age group. Well done, and more...please!