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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Destiny of Dreams: Time is Dear is a work of fiction in the historical genre. It is aimed at mature adult readers and was penned by author Cathy Burnham Martin. Inspired by the author’s exploration of her cultural and ethnic heritage, the book follows an American girl who is determined to discover the journey her family has taken throughout the generations. Together with her grandfather, she uncovers the stories of her Armenian ancestors as they fight to survive and make a better life for themselves and their descendants. Set against a backdrop of war and unrest, learning about her family’s journey will change her life forever.
Destiny of Dreams is a highly engaging work of historical fiction that focuses on survival in the face of adversity. One of the things I enjoyed the most about this novel was the author's ability to find and highlight the positives in a dark and heart-wrenching story. Author Cathy Burnham Martin is a master at storytelling, balancing the darker and more disturbing aspects of the story with hope and positivity. This flow of events made the book hard to put down despite the darkest and most difficult moments. The characters were well developed with revealing dialogue, making investing in them, their stories, and their journeys easy and exciting. The images toward the end of the book were a beautiful touch that added to the story's worldbuilding and emotional impact. I would not hesitate to recommend Destiny of Dreams to fans of historical fiction and those looking for a tale of hope and strength.