Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Book Review - Cocktails and Dreams by A.L. Michael

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Title: Cocktails and Dreams
Author: A. L. Michael
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Canelo
Publication Date: 24th July 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

I was seven years old when I realized my mother was not a great person… 

Since Savvy was abandoned by her rockstar mother, she has craved a normal life. But after years of financing her boyfriend’s lacklustre career, he leaves her when he hits the bigtime.

Savvy’s friends at the burlesque club where she serves elaborate cocktails encourage her to make bold changes in her life. She soon meets handsome bartender Milo, and begins to plan a future she can be excited about.

But when Savvy’s estranged mother crashes back into her life, her newfound happiness is under threat… will Savvy have the courage to pursue her dreams? 

This is completely 100% my sort of book! It had delicious sounding cocktail recipes, some delicious food, a character who is just learning how to discover her own dreams, a problematic relationship with a mother, oh and a hot bartender as the frosting on the glass!

Savvy is the daughter of an international rockstar, but aged seven she realised her mother wasn't all she should be, as when Savvy asked for a normal life, she gets abandoned at her aunts house, and barely has a relationship with her mother since. 

Fast forward many years, and Savvy is unfortunately being dumped by her long term boyfriend as apparently they are now too different, and it takes her friends and colleagues to show her how much her life needed to change, and help her to discover some new independent dreams, 

Turns out Savvy is able to make magic with her cocktail and cooking skills, as well as her expert palate, and is able to catch the eye of a very like minded bar tender Milo.  I loved how the two main threads of the story came together, as well as seeing just how much Savvy was able to change over the course of the book. 

The Martini Club where she was working sounds like a great burlesque club, and just adds a touch of glamour to the story,  while Savvy's aunt and father add the contrast of being just lovely regular people with love in their hearts. 

I just thoroughly enjoyed the direction Cocktails and Dreams was going in and am so excited to realise that this is only book 1 in the Martini Club series. I really hope wherever the next books go, that we get to keep up with Savvy's story even if she isn't the start of them. 

It seems to me that I enjoy A.L. Michaels books more and more with each one I read, and that she is continually coming up with stories that a fantastic to read. 

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Canelo for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 


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