Saturday, 11 July 2015

Review - Dream a little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher

Dream a little Dream is the third novel written by Giovanna Fletcher, an author whose books are consistently superb. Having read and adored her previous novels - Billy and Me and You’re the One that I Want - when I heard about the release of Dream a little Dream I, quite honestly, could not wait to get my hands on a copy of it. I’m happy to say that this book did not disappoint me in the slightest.

When we first meet Sarah, a young woman who it’s safe to say has been through a rather emotional time after Dan, who is now her ex, cheated on her and ran off with Lexie, things are not great for her. She feels deeply dissatisfied in her job as a PA to a man who is, to put it mildly, not very nice and, furthermore, has a mum who you’d think would be supportive and proud of her daughter no matter what but who actually makes no attempt to hide her disappointment at the life Sarah’s living. 

Apart from her friends in life, who Sarah quite clearly adores, with everything that’s going on in her life the one thing Sarah loves the most is falling asleep at night when she dreams of Brett Last, a guy who she bumped into once or twice whilst at university. What, however, will she do and how will things turn out for Sarah when the real Brett Last makes an appearance in her life having been recruited into a position at the same company as her? 

Giovanna successfully created a hugely likeable character in Sarah and one that the reader is really able to connect with. Sarah was without a doubt one of those characters who I knew, from the very start, deserved a lot better than what she’d been through in life. Subsequently I found myself rooting for her, absolutely desperate for her hopes and dreams to become a reality and for her to find her happy ever after. 

Another element of the book that I, personally, really enjoyed was the dream sequences which appeared at the start of most of the chapters in the novel. Despite sometimes making no sense, which is to be fair the whole idea of dreams, they were entertaining and had me grinning from ear to ear. The dream sequences never seemed to be out of place and always led on to Sarah’s waking moments effortlessly. 

I’d go so far as to say that Dream a little Dream is perhaps, in my opinion, the best of Giovanna’s novels to date. It is a heartwarming tale that fully deserves to be a bestseller and whisked away on holiday with readers this summer. I’ll most certainly be recommending this book for many months to come and just know that, along with all her others, I’ll never tire of re-reading it. Furthermore, whatever Giovanna writes in the future I will not hesitate to read. 

To summarise my thoughts in one sentence - Dream a little Dream is an absolutely stunning five-star read!