Title: Dream a Little Dream
Author: Giovanna Fletcher
Publisher: Penguin books Ltd.
Price: £5.99 from Waterstones
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 and their mutual friends, and the rest at her tediously mundane job, but it’s fine. She’s happy(ish). But it’s not surprising that when Sarah starts dreaming about a handsome stranger, she begins looking forward to falling asleep at 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 people never really find the person of their dreams…do they?
After reading (and loving) Giovanna’s first two books I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one! Although it took me a while to get into the story, by halfway through I was immersed in their world and emotionally invested in the characters – always a good thing. It’s an easy read, perfect for a summers day on the beach.
Sarah is such an easy character to love. I personally can relate to her, as I imagine many other women will too, and sympathise with her situation to begin with. With the explanation of her back story – learning about Dan and Lexie – the reader can start to imagine how much emotion she is bottling up inside of her. Her development through the novel is something I felt proud of. I was always willing for her to stand up to her boss and when she finally did, it felt like a victory for women everywhere.
The way that Giovanna includes such detail makes it seem even more realistic. For example, including details such as what song her alarm is and the different celebrities that makes appearances in her dream. Also, Sarah’s friendship group are represented very realistically (even if they do wink a hell of a lot). It truly shows how important friends are in the different situations of the novel.
Personally, Giovanna is an auto-buy author for me because each one of her novels has not let me down and I fully recommend them to anyone.
My rating: 4/5