From Hurston/Wright Legacy Award-winning author Rita Woods, The Last Dreamwalker tells the story of two women, separated by nearly two centuries yet inextricably linked by the Gullah-Geechee Islands off the coast of South Carolina—and their connection to a mysterious and extraordinary gift passed from generation to generation.
In the wake of her mother’s passing, Layla Hurley unexpectedly reconnects with her mother’s sisters, women she hasn’t been allowed to speak to, or of, in years.
Her aunts reveal to Layla that a Gullah-Geechee island off the shore of South Carolina now belongs to her. As Layla digs deeper into her mother’s past and the mysterious island’s history, she discovers that the terrifying nightmares that have plagued her throughout her life and tainted her relationship with her mother and all of her family, is actually a power passed down through generations of her Gullah ancestors. She is a Dreamwalker, able to inhabit the dreams of others—and to manipulate them.
As Layla uncovers increasingly dark secrets about her family’s past, she finds herself thrust into the center of a potentially deadly, decades-old feud fought in the dark corridor of dreams.
The Last Dreamwalker is a gripping, contemporary listen about power and agency; family and legacy; and the ways trauma, secrets, and magic take shape across generations.
Layla’s mother has recently passed away. They had a tumultuous relationship at best. So, when she discovers several secrets her mother kept hidden, Layla decides to learn more and do what her mother refused to do.
I so enjoyed the characters, especially the aunts. But, Layla is no slouch. She gets tougher and tougher as the novel moves along. I also loved reading about the Gulah-Geechee culture. Talk about a novel full of just about everything imaginable…this one has it all!
Now, to be honest…this book is out there…but is it really?!? I mean, dreams are weird. I am definitely still thinking about this. I am not a huge dreamer, but when I do dream…it is different and sometimes I visit with a few of my relatives, past and present. And this is pretty much what Layla encounters in her dreams. Except sometimes hers get violent and she ends up with bruises.
The narrator, Nedra Marie Taylor, is amazing. She had great voices for each of the characters and really made this story come to life!
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I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.