The Dream Thief Paperback – Dec 1 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
In Rosburg's paranormal romance, set in 16th-century Venice, a handsome figure enters the dreams of attractive young women with fatal consequences. When a female cousin of the angelic Pina turns up dead, Pina's despised fiancé, Antonio, has her shut up in her mother's villa on the Grand Canal. But even here Pina isn't beyond the reach of the dream thief. Rosburg (The Circle of a Promise) does a good job of depicting the Jewish ghetto (or Ghetto Nuovo), where Pina attends to the poor, but readers should be prepared for a bittersweet ending. (Dec.)
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Top Customer Reviews
The title of the book is highly misleading -- I'd wager a guess that about 80% of it is meaningless, poorly written sex scenes which, although trying to have an impact on the story, really only exist for the author's own benefit. There is absolutely no enjoyment to be had by reading the "romance" part of this particular piece of literature.
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When they walk to church, Pina sees a handsome man who looks ill. He visits her in her dreams, sucking out the essence of her soul. When Pina's mother sees that she is wasting away like the other women who died, she heeds the advice of a wise man and gets her out of Venice to their summerhouse. Pina's mother tells the witch nearby what happened and she believes dark magic is involved. The man follows Pina and intends to draw out her soul so he can live but the witch stops him and makes him realize Pina is not like the others. She genuinely loves him and he remembers who he was before he became THE DREAM THIEF. Antonio is following the women intending to harm them because Pina's mother broke the betrothal but he is topped by a force more resolved than his purpose. Pina hopes she can cure THE DREAM THIEF and give him back his life.
THE DREAM THIEF is a creatively original paranormal romance that demonstrates love is more powerful than evil. Antonio is a sadistic, debauched, sadist who hides his true colors to everyone but Pina who sees his true essence. Pina's mother finally puts her daughter first after a year of mourning her husband's death helps Pina fight THE DREAM THIEF. Helen A. Rosburg is not only a talented and uniquely original storyteller but creates characters that the audience intuitively understands.
I recommend everyone to add this book to their to-read shelf.
Mid-sixteenth century Venice.
Another young and beautiful woman's life has been taken. This time it has stuck close to home, Pina Galbi's cousin, Valeria. This is the fifth such occurrence within the Venetian elite district. How could five very healthy young women be dead, yet the cause unknown?
Pina, whose kindness and generosity for the oppressed members of the Jewish community in the Ghetto Nuovo, has brought forth the wrath of her mean and hateful betrothed, Antonio. This, coupled with the death of Valeria, has Pina's mother and Antonio forbidding her from leaving her home. Pina is torn between the love of her mother and the needs of the Jewish peoples. Pina is Catholic, but knows no distinction above loving thy God and the greater good of mankind. But, within the walls of her lovely villa, Pina starts displaying the same symptoms that had befallen Valeria. What is happening to Pina? What dark and sinister force has creped in under the cloak of dreams? Can anyone help Pina?
Just when you think it is safe to go to sleep, Ms. Rosburg pens a darkly sensuous thriller that is chilling and edgy. Creating vivid images and opulent settings that captivates the readers. You can almost feel the textures of the fabrics - the oppression of the people - the lethargic hunger of the dreams. The premise is drawn from clear waters, fresh - uniquely distinct and ultimately unforgettable!
The characters and their kingdom for which this story is set, makes the perfect backdrop for the readers to lose themselves in. This is a novel that readers have been wanting - hungering for. Ms. Rosburg is an accomplished novelist; she can add this book to her list of winners! This is the spine tingling horror of the year and one of the best this reader has ever read!
Pina's unbiased caring and love is what endeared her to this reader. It is this nature and the beauty of her essence that has drawn him to her. He, The Dream Thief, brings forth the façade of physical magnificence - of sexual pleasuring - the touch of ultimate carnal gratification. But there is something about Pina that has reached a place within him - a forgotten memory and time. Will Pina goodness be her downfall? Could Pina be forever lost within her dreams? Let the dreaming begin...Open the book and fall into the realm of forbidden sensual slumber...
This novel stretches the boundaries of the imagination and quenches the soul. The excellent writing gives the readers insightfulness and a beautifully haunting horror that they will not soon forget. This book should be a number one seller, mark this reviewer's words! The Dream Thief by author Helen A. Rosburg.
Janalee Ruschhaupt, 2007
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