It’s 1995, and though raised in a conservative home, by a controlling mother; Kelsey Chapman has graduated from high school, met the love of her life and is about to embark on a summer adventure in York, England. Although she leaves a waiting Jason Bauer behind, she will spend the summer with Gareth Blythe who falls in love with Kelsey and tries to convince her, he’s the one she should marry.
Gareth has no way of knowing he is about to set into motion a chain of events that will revisit him in 2015. Kelsey Chapman has a wonderful life ahead of her but it will be filled with life altering decisions, adventure, love, heartache and second chances. Except she doesn’t know it yet.
Read on for my thoughts on Dream A Little Dream Of Me. No true spoilers, promise.
Dream A Little Dream Of Me is the story of the decision, the choices made in one woman’s life. Told in three time frames, mainly in flashback we get to know Kelsey, Jason and Gareth. A bit of a triangle that has long reaching effects.
The story is well written, even if I wasn’t thrilled with the ending… or definitive lack of one. And this is where Dream A Little Dream Of Me falls into the “good” story rating. I don’t think this is a story that could have been told as well or even as powerfully without the use of flashback to tell us the tale. Some stories are better when presented as memories of a main character. Yet, I found no clear ending to it. Not really a cliffhanger, nor a lead into the next story – just left me confused a bit and uneasy. I am a reader who needs the current story to come to a close and then lead into the next. I didn’t get that here – and I’m not really sure exactly what I did get.
There is another title due out in the Simmer of 2016 that may wrap up what was started here – but I don’t know that for certain. So yes, this one falls into the “it was good” category. I honestly do not know if I will pick up the next one. I promised to give an honest review and that is my opinion — if I’m going to be left up in the air yet again… I do not know if I will continue.
*I received an e-ARC of Dream A Little Dream Of Me from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
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