Friday, 28 August 2015

Book Review - Dream A Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher - Paperback Summer

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Title: Dream A Little Dream
Author: Giovanna Fletcher
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: 18th June 2015
Rating: 5 Stars

Sarah is doing just fine. Sure she's been single for the last five years, and has to spend an uncomfortable amount of time around her ex-boyfriend, his perfect new girlfriend and all their mutual friends. And yes, her job as a PA to one of the most disgusting men in London is mind-numbingly tedious and her career is a constant disappointment to her mother. But it's really okay. She's happy (ish).

So it's not surprising that when Sarah starts dreaming about a handsome stranger, she begins to look forward to falling asleep every night. Reality isn't nearly as exciting. That is until her dream-stranger makes an unexpected real-life appearance, leaving Sarah questioning everything she thought she wanted.

Because no one ever really finds the person of their dreams... do they?

As I started this book, I was a bit unsure about the dreams that started quite a few of the chapters. They were as is the nature of dreams, quite surreal but generally with a common theme, of Sarah dreaming about Brett Last, a man she met years ago at uni and hasn't seen or thought of since. 

From these dreams they go from Brett just being a bit part character, to having a starring role, which is where a couple of the dreams become a bit on the saucy side. Sarah becomes convinced that Brett is the man of her dreams.

Back in the real world, Sarah is angling for a promotion at work, and still hangs around her friends from uni, which includes her ex-boyfriend, and his girlfriend (who she was replaced by). So Sarah feels awkward sometimes in her friendship group, and is struggling to be noticed at work. It's no wonder she is preferring her dream self. 

However the book really picks up and becomes brilliant, when Brett Last is revealed as the new colleague at the company where Sarah works, and that she is going to have to work closely with him. He doesn't look like Brett that has been in her dreams. Hence we soon have Dream Brett and Real Brett so everyone knows who is being referred to. 

Real Brett is a wonderful man, and one I would be happy to date myself. Sarah though is so shocked by the appearance of the real Brett, that when he tries to even take her out for a coffee she is a stammering mess. 

There is a lot in this book about Sarah's friendship group and the pub quizzes they take part in, which sound like great fun. All the friends have distinct personalities, and its Carly , who is Sarah's flatmate that has the strongest additional storyline. 

Dream A Little Dream is another brilliant book by the talented Giovanna Fletcher, and I am already looking forward to the follow up novella that is out in time for Christmas. 

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