Friday, 29 April 2016

Book Review - Forgotten Dreams by Susanne O'Leary

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Title: Forgotten Dreams (The Riviera Romance Series Book 3) 
Author: Susanne O'Leary
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied review copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 10th February 2016
Rating: 4 Stars

When Molly moves out of her brother’s house in St Tropez to set up home in her new apartment, she plans to spend the quiet off-season in Provence getting used to her new life and making a name as a designer of handcrafted gemstones. 

But an unexpected offer from a US chain of mass market fashion stores ruins the prospect of a quiet winter season. Molly has to work hard to meet a deadline while at the same time attempting to deal with intrigues to steal her designs. Adding to her problems, a man from her past comes hurtling back into her life, forcing her to face both painful memories and unresolved emotional conflicts. 

Set against the backdrop of the French Riviera in winter with its mellow sunshine and beautiful vistas, this is the third book in the Rivera Romance series. 

Forgotten Dreams is the third and I believe final book in the Riviera Romance series, and is just as enjoyable as the previous two stories. Sometimes I will read a three book series in a weekend and can see blatant structural similarities between the three books, but these all felt and read quite differently which is always great to see. 

Although a few characters from the previous two books do pop up, this is predominately Molly's story, and as a result this can easily be read as a standalone story. 

I loved how Molly was a jewellery designer, who has a tricky decision to make when a huge US chain store offers her the chance to design a range for them, but whether that means she can keep up her bespoke work and the reputation she is building is another matter. 

Molly is hiding a big secret in her past, and it leads to there being up to three potential love interests for her in the book, and I really wasn't completely sure in which direction she would go.  There is a man from her past, a man that works for the US chain store company and the man that lives in the house she has moved into on a temporary basis. 

I really enjoyed Molly's story and the descriptions of her new home, and also the insight into the French Riviera in winter. I loved the French Christmas celebrations, and there was plenty going on during the book to hold my interest. 

A very enjoyable third book of the Riviera Romance series. 

Thank you to Susanne O'Leary for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

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