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Walking the ocean front near their property, Keeghan and Will find a bottle containing a portrait of a royal family dated in the 19th century. This inspires an ongoing dream. Princess Natasha grew up knowing her parents wanted another boy, not a daughter. Raised in a sheltered environment, her only friends were her brothers and Nanny. An innocent swim brings a chance encouWalking the ocean front near their property, Keeghan and Will find a bottle containing a portrait of a royal family dated in the 19th century. This inspires an ongoing dream. Princess Natasha grew up knowing her parents wanted another boy, not a daughter. Raised in a sheltered environment, her only friends were her brothers and Nanny. An innocent swim brings a chance encounter, where she discovers a different life exists beyond the walls of the castle. Underprivileged children become her salvation and she dreams of a better life, a normal life. Conflicted, Natasha must risking hurting her family to help them. Told the story is important to her, Keeghan is determined to learn why it dominates her subconscious....

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ISBN : 9781771456661
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Number of Pages : 306 Pages
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Natasha's Dream Reviews

  • Pam
    2018-11-22 02:23

    The first book in the Natasha Series by Heather Greenis, Natasha’s Dream, is a very easy, provocative book to read. I was so intrigued that I had to read it in one sitting and now have to make sure to get the other books in the series. Keeghan and William find a bottle with a portrait of a royal family in it while they are walking their dog, Constable, along the beach. The portrait interests them; but they go about their business on this day, planting the garden, planting flowers, and golfing. After a hot afternoon finishing up the planting of flowers, Keeghan takes a nap on the hammock and enters another world, one she has no idea about. Princess Natasha is not wanted in her family simply because she is a girl. She gets along with her brothers well enough; but not with her parents, especially her father. She knows her time is limited in the castle before her father marries her off to another royal family. Ahead of her brothers in their schoolwork, she is allowed to study alone in the gardens of the palace. She wanders off and meets Stewart Donovan with whom she strikes up a friendship which continues through their young adulthood and into a university setting. The two fall in love but Natasha knows it will end when she tells him the truth of who she is. Love and family loyalty are two themes which Heather seems to have explored in this book. She does a wonderful job of creating Stewart Donovan’s loving and loyal family who do all they can to welcome the young girl into their family and to keep her and her daughter safe and out of reach of her father. Marcus and Joshua, Natasha’s brothers, and their Nanny also show their loyalty and love to Natasha by keeping track of what their father is doing and keep the young family out of his reach. Love and loyalty also extend to the dogs in the story, Constable and Goldie. The book is definitely one which needs to be read; but keep the tissues handy. The surprise ending definitely lends itself to a sequel. Luckily for me, the sequel is already out so I don’t have to wait on it. Heather Greenis did an excellent job on this book. I can’t wait to read the others.

  • Marian
    2018-12-09 23:25

    I loved this story. Gripping, sad and uplifting. It had it all. A young woman who proved her worth to an uncaring father, a forbbiden love. We all could relate to. I can' t wait to read more work from this author.

  • Erica
    2018-12-08 05:11

    What a start. A drama that takes a reader deep into the plot. I loved how the author transitioned the two stories, keeping the reader connected and thinking. What a dream Keeghan is having. Natasha rebells against her family and tradition. That line captured my attention. Considering this is the first book this author has written, I’m impressed. The plot is intersting and has kept my attention. The main character isn’t abused phsically, but psychologicaly. Being a softie, I was able to feel her pain and understand her internal struggles. The characters, Stewart and Natasha as well described and human. And of course the author has included two dogs. I love Constable and Goldie. I'm eagerly waiting for book two in this continuing saga to see how the plot unfolds.Four emotion packed stars.

  • Doug
    2018-11-16 22:15

    I would not normally pick up any kind of "romance" novel, but the cover had me intrigued, especially with the shadow. Then the back cover had me hitting the BUY NOW button, and I was not disappointed. For a new author, Heather Greenis has definitely put a lot of effort into researching and polishing her story, creating credible characters that can exist in any era. Twists and turns kept me turning pages, and then the cliffhanger ending. This is a saga that connects the reader using a crafty blend of historical and present day characters, and keeps you wanting to know what happens next. I want the second book to get my questions answered. Full marks for this one.

  • Antje Hergt
    2018-11-19 05:22

    As Heather Greenis mentioned, I had suggested a review swap and am glad to have received the opportunity to read her book. Natasha’s Dream has everything you would expect from a modern fairy tale: an unloved princess by her parents who desperately fights for the love of her life – a commoner. The story is embedded in a present day tale about a couple that finds a portrait of a royal family in a bottle on the beach. The two stories are intertwined and keep the reader guessing. I am very curious to find out how the story continues in the next book about to be published.

  • Suzanne Montigny
    2018-12-07 03:16

    This was a unique story, yet a story as old as time itself, a story of forbidden love.I found it really hard to put down. I was so gripped by Heather Greenis' narrative that I just wanted the world to stop so I could read on and find out the destiny of Princess Natasha. It's not a fairytale, but a story about an intense love - really intense love. I so look forward to reading Greenis' next novel.

  • Ginger Simpson
    2018-12-09 22:02

    I have to admit after reading the other reviews for Natasha's Dream, I feel a tad bit dumb, but I was lost when the book transitioned from the modern day couple to a Princess who feel asleep in a hammock and woke chasing her dog down to the beach. Suddenly, I was drowning while clinging to a rickety staircase uphill and ended up next to my dog, listening to some man tell of Princess Natasha and her brothers, how she wasn't valued by her parents, and was denied the love of her choice while waiting for her father to find a suitable husband for her. I think the author saw the story her in her head but failed to make it clear for at least this reader.I enjoyed the story telling, but aside from the smattering of dialogue, that's exactly what this was...a novel that tells rather than shows and kept me from really stepping into the character's shoes and seeing the story from their perspective. Rather than showing me excitement through features and actions, the author used descriptive words that didn't make the scenes come alive in most places. There were a few moments where the dialogue and action did mesh well, but I wanted more...much more. Although I wasn't sure of the era to which the original heroine was transported, I wondered if "klutz" would have been in the vocabulary.I know this is a prequel for more to come from this author, and just as any debut novel, writing is a learning experience. As one progresses through the editing processes, one continues to learn. There is a compelling story here, just one that I personally would have liked to experience rather than feel like I was being read a bedtime story.I look forward to seeing the growth of Heather Greenis. I think she is on the brink of becoming a stellar author.

  • Jose Fernandez
    2018-12-03 23:22

    Despite not being the target audience of this genre, I have to say I wasnt sure what to expect of what seemed like yet another romantic novel but as it turns out,Natasha's dreams is no ordinary romantic tale and debut author Heather Greenis sets the tone for the first in a 3 set romantic saga-a successful concoction of different genres - period drama, politics, mystery , modern romance and coming of age, very well.The lives of modern day couple - Keeghan and Will, are paralleled with the long-ago romance between a young princess, Natasha, and commoner Stewart.However like in all classic fairytales of the princess and her prince, Natasha is a princess coming of age, and must fight to gain control of her life and the love of her affections - Stewart. Unfortunately Stewart is not of royal lineage, and making the relationship work means deceiving everyone in her family as well as Stewart, her ideal love.What I liked was how the author managed to keep her lead character dreamy, yet relatable at the same time. A sad princess who dreams of a better life, who was an unwanted child,born to a father who only wants male child and wants what most other women want - to be loved for who she is. This classic tale of forbidden love between a common man and a princess has been told many times before, but the key here is the execution.As a male who doesn't normally read romance books, I thought Natasha's Dreams, was a great example of this genre.

  • Terri Talley
    2018-12-17 06:24

    In Natasha’s Dream we start in the present. Keeghan and Will live on the oceanfront of West Vancouver. On a walk with on the beach, they find an old bottle on the shore. But instead of a message, inside contains and old picture of a royal family. Keeghan dreams about the princess in the picture and we are transported back in time one hundred years earlier. There we meet the royal family and focus on the story of Natasha, the royal princess. On a break from her studies, Natasha ventures off the castle property and follows the river. She meets Stewart and loves being in his company. Every day, they meet in secret, read books, talk, and fall in love. But Natasha knows she can never marry a commoner because her tyrant father would never allow it. Her husband will be selected for her. Natasha gives Stewart a false last name and he has no idea she is the princess. We fast forward to the present day and watch how Meghan and Will fall in love. Butback to Natasha and Stewart. They both end up studying at the university. Stewart proposes, but is shocked to discover Natasha's true identity. They must battle tradition, the powerful reach of the castle, and King Harold, Natasha’s father. Will their love endure such obstacles?I loved following two love stories. I literally couldn’t put Natasha’s Dream down until I knew the ending.

  • Jasmine
    2018-12-09 02:55

    Debut author Heather Greenis blends elements of period-piece drama, royal politics, forbidden love, coming-of-age, modern-day romance, and a dash of mystery to create the first book of a must-read new series.Natasha’s Dream is an enchanting story of secret friendships, forbidden love, and coming-of-age. The story parallels the lives of Keeghan and Will, a modern-day couple, with the long-ago romance between a young princess, Natasha, and commoner Stewart. Smart, lonely, and fiercely protective of those she loves, Natasha is a deeply-relatable character, for both her strengths and her flaws. We follow Natasha as she grows up and struggles to balance the life she wants with her friend and love, Stewart, with the world of royal duty and heritage she was born into. Natasha’s story is essentially a coming-of-age tale. The readers are swept along with Natasha’s struggles as she decides to take control of her life and tries to create her own fate. Her victories and mistakes are deeply relatable and genuinely moving. The romance is deftly written, truly encapsulating the heartwarming highs and bittersweet lows of love. The story, the first in a series, also weaves in elements of mystery and leaves some questions unanswered at the end. How are Keeghan and Natasha connected? Who is Alexander? The ending will have you on the edge of your seat, waiting for the next book in the series.

  • Rene Schultz
    2018-12-11 04:07

    This turns into a classic fairy tale of a princess who wants to be loved, but because Natasha comes from the royal family with no possible succession to the throne, her father's only care and concern is for her twin brothers. With a loving Nanny and a mother who abandons her emotionally, this leaves the princess confused and yearning for acceptance and love. She finds that one day, when she wanders off and accidently meets Stewart Donovan, a commoner. Their friendship turns into forbidden love, lasts for years, and Natasha becomes embedded in his special, loving and loyal, family. Not wanting to give it all away... Heather did a great job at storytelling. She captures the emotional relationships between all the characters so that it pulls at your heartstrings. Her characters are well-developed, interesting, and engagingly real. The ending certainly catches you by surprise and leaves you hanging on for her next sequel. It was a great read. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  • Joe Owens
    2018-12-11 03:23

    Natasha's Dream is an enchanting look into the life of a princess born to a father who only values sons that will continue his lineage. Natasha simply desires to be loved for what she is: a beautiful young woman.Little did she know a chance encounter by the riverside would begin alive affair that would change her life. Making the relationship work means deceiving everyone in her family as she is expected to wed only royalty. The twists and turns will leave you yearning for the next entry in her diary.Heather Greenis captures the unique complications that go along with a royal dating a commoner and fearing a controlling parent. You will love reading about Stewart and Natasha's forbidden love. I would definitely recommend it for your reading list.

  • Michelle Bellon
    2018-12-04 22:12

    It was easy and delightful to get lost in this love story. The characters are so rich and well developed that I found myself either cheering them on or cursing them as they made mistakes as all of us so often do. That's what I loved most about this story- the flaws of the characters. Natasha is a wonderful character because she is so realistic. All her fears and quirks make her personality so easy to relate to. She is not perfect by any means. In fact she can be deceitful and selfish, yet at her core, she is a truly incredible woman. She just doesn't realize it. rnAnd no one can help but love and adore Stewart. I dare anyone to try not to fall in love with him.rnrnI recommend this wonderful, yet sometimes heartbreaking, love story.rnrnI look forward to reading the next in the series.

  • William O'Brien
    2018-12-16 06:18

    Deep forbidden loveI was given a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.Certainly a book worth a read for lovers of romance wanting to get lost in the pages of a story.Natasha experiences a wide range of emotions in the twists and turns the author has created. The novel has an enticing plot of deep forbidden love and well-crafted characters. It is nicely written and will encapsulate the reader throughout as they journey with the young princess.Greenis has pulled you into her world and leaves you wanting so much more. Your heart will melt with this wonderful tale. Highly recommended 5*****

  • Rove
    2018-11-21 04:00

    Although I am not exactly a romance buff, I must confess that I enjoyed reading this book.Romance paints beauty in colors more charming than nature. And that’s certainly the case in Natasha’s Dreams where a young princess, unloved by her mother, befriends a stranger and soon their friendship turns into love.There’s great story telling. The characters in this book are beautifully described, and they become people you care about. I could seamlessly bond with them emotionally.Thank you for letting me escape in a dream world. Great work!

  • Kate Prudchenko
    2018-12-01 00:55

    I do not normally enjoy romance novels, but this one was delightful. It is about a girl, a princess, who is born into a family that values only sons and her struggle to deal with her circumstances. The characters are three-dimensional and very well-developed and the story has many twists and turns and an intriguing plot. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance and intrigue. Really enjoyed it!

  • Heather Brainerd
    2018-12-07 01:13

    What a cliffhanger! This author certainly knows how to make a reader anxiously await the next installment in the series.This is a sweet love story with a main character who is very relatable (which is kind of surprising, considering she's a princess). The style in which this book was written contributed to the dream-like quality of the story. I'm looking forward to learning more of Natasha's tale.

  • Lesley Byrne
    2018-12-15 04:57

    I found the story intriguing, and falls into the genre I love to read and that is historical fiction... I am looking forward to the next in the series.... I NEED to know what happens!! Congratulations Heather, on the success of your first book and may hour have great success with the others to follow (I am sure you will!!) I have suggested it to may of my friends!!

  • Alexander
    2018-11-21 06:06

    A wonderfully written story. My wife read this novel and suggested I read it. The characters were well developed and the plot has interesting turns and developments that kept us engaged. Looking forward to the next book in the saga. Well done, Ms. Greenis Five star

  • Colleen Broderick
    2018-11-20 02:25

    It was a wonderful read!! Heather's character development, descriptive elements and story line definitely held me in their grasp from the first page to the last! I smiled, I laughed, I gasped, I felt anger and I cried; I rooted for my favorite characters as they came to life as the pages turned.

  • Margaret
    2018-12-09 03:24

    I loved this book but the ending was too dramatic. It was a bit too Romeo and Juliet but it was a very good read. It made you chear for them to find total happiness.I wanted to get to the end so I had trouble putting it down.

  • Janice Wilson-addington
    2018-12-15 03:57

    I am currently reading. It is quite well written and would recommend. Can't wait for the next book in the series.

  • Marlene Allen-long
    2018-12-07 06:11

    A love story you can definitely get lost in, I loved it and can't wait for Natasha's Diary! Highly recommend...

  • Cyrene Olson
    2018-11-21 05:10

    Uncaged Book Reviews:We get swept up with this story of Stewart and Natasha and panic to find out what happens next. The ending of the book is a surprise.I loved this book it was an interesting storyline and I adored the relationship between Stewart and Natasha. I can’t wait to see what happens next.Reviewed by JenniferMore at UncagedBooks.com

  • Carol Malone
    2018-12-02 00:25

    The author declined my posting of stars as a review, because I was only going to give her 3 Stars, but had to say something about the book since I read it. So I gave the book 4 Stars, even though I felt it didn't deserve them.First time author Heather Greenis, is a tremendous story teller. I feel she has a wonderful career ahead of her because her writing is precise and clean and her imagination extensive. Her story, "Natasha's Dream" rivals the great Fairy Tales of the past, but therein lies the problem for me. I didn't want to be "told" a story. I wanted to be shown the action from each of the character's points of view, to feel their love, their heartbreak, their passion as the story unfolded, but such wasn't the case. The choice to move back and forth between the modern heroine, Keeghan's world in Canada to the undetermined era of Princess Natasha's past confused me, and the transition between their worlds was jarring and baffling. One minute Keeghan is drowning, the next she's watching a movie about Princess Natasha's life on a screen. I had to re-read the passage and still didn't get the set up. Then in the middle of Natasha's life, we're jerked forward for a very long section of narrative backstory on Keeghan and how she met and married her husband, Will. I was left bewildered why the story needed Keeghan and Will at all. I found the dialogue between the four main characters, what there was of it, pedestrian, too everyday to be exciting, making the characters seem rather bland. The section of Natasha getting to know Stewart was far too long, taking 72 pages to get to the heart of her and his love story. Though the majority of the story is pleasant to read and well written, I found it difficult to wade through. Because of the inordinate amount of inconsequential narrative and unnecessary backstory, I found myself skimming large passages just to get to the action of which there was little. The book could have been about half the length.****SPOILER ALERT**** IF YOU DON'T WANT TO READ ABOUT THE ENDING OF THE BOOK, PLEASE DON'T READ THE FOLLOWING: The decision Princess Natasha makes at the end of the story to get out of her predicament was not only the most cowardly choice she could have made, but I felt it sets a very bad prescient for impressionable younger readers. It left an extremely bad taste in my mouth for the author to use that technique. There's an unwritten law, or maybe it is written somewhere, that you don't kill off your heroine or your hero in a romance novel, it leaves the reader feeling cheated. And I felt very cheated. Whether this is a device used to entrap the reader into reading the next part of Heather's trilogy or quadrilogy, I don't know. All I know is that it left me cold, angry. The title "dream" suggests something lovely and uplifting, warming the heart and bringing happiness, a wish fulfilled. Unfortunately, with the way this book ended, it should have been entitled, "Natasha's Nightmare."I only hope the ending was a trick to reel in the reader for the second round. I know this is Heather's first book and I believe as gifted as she is at story telling, she will learn the lessons that come with experience and become a prolific author.I was sent a copy of "Natasha's Dream" for an honest review. The conclusions I've drawn are mine alone.

  • Hope
    2018-12-15 22:04

    I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. First Impression: Nice clean cover, and interesting premise about growing up and the choices we make. Characters: Keeghan and Will are a married couple in the present time, and this first installment covers their meet-cute towards the end. Natasha and Stewart were young people from different worlds, who fell in love long ago. I found these characters from the past spoke true to their time, and reacted appropriately. World Building: The story of Natasha is told through a dream Keeghan has while napping one day outside her beachfront property. Earlier, Keeghan and her husband Will had found an old bottle with a royal portrait inside. The young princess in the portrait is Natasha, and Keeghan dreams of a good portion of Natasha’s life while asleep. The main story focuses on love, and feels like how Romeo and Juliet would have turned out if they had been a bit smarter.Writing Style: I enjoyed author Heather Greenis' story-within-a-dream element, and it was easy to follow along. I found the writing in general told me rather than showed me the story unfolding, which lead to a bit of detachment. There were a few instances where dialogue used didn’t seem to fit Natasha’s historic period, but that is easily fixed in future books I’m sure. What I Liked: I’m drawn into stories of love worth fighting for and breaking down walls of normalcy. I appreciated all the elements that tied together, and would read the next installment. Deal Benders: “Natasha’s Dream” contained a few sex scenes that don’t jive with the genre. These scenes never seem to add to the story anyway, in my opinion. Are people in love only after they have sex? Let’s keep the ‘romance’ books where they belong over there in the corner. I also felt there was a bit of rushing at the end of the story but no resolution with Keeghan and Will’s timeline. I understand sequels carry on stories, but there needs to be an even break off point. Overall Rating: I give this book 3 stars because I do like it overall. I would have to see if some of the kinks are worked out in the next installment to give more stars. For Fans Of: Nicholas Sparks

  • Christopher Mannino
    2018-11-17 00:03

    Natasha's Dream is the first part of the four-book Natasha Saga. The novel series is described as a "modern saga" but honestly it felt a lot more like a blend of romance and classic fairy tale.The premise behind the story is an old one. The princess falls in love with a commoner, and her royalty's in the way. Greenis expands on this idea, framing the romance of Natasha the princess as a flashback-style story, viewed by modern Keeghan. Keeghan experiences her own, much less difficult romance.I'm not normally drawn to the romance genre, but I enjoyed this novel overall. I found the jumping back and forth between the two stories to be very confusing at the early stages of the book. I also wished the two parallel stories were told more equally. We spend about 70% of the story in Natasha's world, though we begin with Keeghan, and do learn her romance as well. The author describes Keeghan watching Natasha on a "screen" which I found to be a distrating term, since while in Natasha's world, we experience every sense and inner thought along with her. How does Keeghan experience these through a screen? Unless Natasha's inner thoughts, her experiences of touch and smell, and so on, were broadcast in subtitles, it seemed an odd juxtaposition. The time and setting of the Natasha side of the drama were extremely vague. One of my biggest issues with the end of the novel, without giving away spoilers, was that no one suggested she leave her father's kingdom. She's running from the king, terrified of him, but apparently there's no way to leave the kingdom? Her choice at the end, which is blindly accepted by the other characters, really threw me, although the book is clearly meant to end with a cliffhanger, to lead to the next parts of the series. The thing I liked best about the book were the characters, particularly the two female leads Natasha and Keeghan. I enjoyed the characters, and found their stories compelling, yet also amusing at times. Overall a fun read, and I'm curious as to what happens next.

  • Stuart West
    2018-12-11 04:20

    Pity poor Natasha. She's a repressed royal princess destined for a mandated loveless marriage. Yet once she ventures outside the confines of her castle she meets commoner, Stewart. Romance blossoms. And we're off! Clearly, Ms. Greenis has studied the dramatic tropes of Shakespeare, as at times, the drama, tragedy, well-developed characters and dire situations reminded me of no less than "Romeo and Juliet." High praise, indeed! There's an incredibly suspenseful and well-written sequence near the end where Natasha is nearly discovered by her evil father's guards. You'll keep turning the pages, wanting to find out how it ends.So, why the four star rating instead of five? Several reasons. First of all, Amazon doesn't allow 1/2 star ratings. Second, I wanted to find out how it ended...but it didn't. It's the first part of a four-part epic. I knew that going in, but it still felt aggravating ending on a cliff-hanger (or is it?). Third, the modern day romance involving Keeghan seemed jarring. Now, I know this seems unfair as I haven't read the entire saga, but by the end of the first book, there's no connection between the characters. All of these are minor quibbles, though, as I thoroughly enjoyed the book and can't wait to see what happens next.Bottom line? I'm probably not the right guy to review this book as romance just isn't my bag. I wish I could further qualify the review. If you enjoy sweeping, romantic sagas, I'd say it's a five-star read. If you don't? Four stars and give it a look, anyway. You might be surprised.

  • Ronni
    2018-12-12 23:08

    Looking forward to reading the 2nd book Natasha's Diary. This book gives you a 2 for 1 in that you have 2 stories going and while talking about Keeghan, present day , I was wanting to get back to Natasha and vice versa ;). Who in the heck is Alexander the storyteller? May be more about him in the next book. I was saddened with the ending but seems there might be a twist that I will just have to find out in the other books of the series..I'm hoping so..reminds me of Romeo and Juliette. Such love and commitment between Natasha and Stewart. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend to anyone who loves a fairy tale romance..now I have to find out if Stewart is Prince Charming ;) on to book 2!