Review: Midsummer Dreams by Alison May

Posted June 12, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 3 Comments

Midsummer DreamsTitle:  Midsummer Dreams
Author:  Alison May
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Retelling
Published:  June 12, 2015
Publisher:  Choc Lit
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Four people. Four messy lives. One night that changes everything.

Emily is obsessed with ending her father’s new relationship – but is blind to the fact that her own is far from perfect.

Dominic has spent so long making other people happy that he’s hardly noticed he’s not happy himself.

Helen has loved the same man, unrequitedly, for ten years. Now she may have to face up to the fact that he will never be hers.

Alex has always played the field. But when he finally meets a girl he wants to commit to, she is just out of his reach.

At a midsummer wedding party, the bonds that tie the four friends together begin to unravel and show them that, sometimes, the sensible choice is not always the right one.

A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Read on for my thoughts on Midsummer Dreams.  No true spoilers, promise.

What a delightful retelling of the Bard’s tale in a modern day setting.  There is one constant thing in life and that is that life changes, daily – and many of us do not accept change in any form well at all.

Four friends and four lives that are in need of changing.  Midsummer Dreams is a delightful retelling of A Midsummer’s Night Dream – yes.  It’s funny and heart wrenching as well as purely entertaining.  It’s also a tale of modern day life that hits the nail so solidly on the head that at times it’s painful to read.  Because it makes us think of our own lives and what we should change or the what if’s should we go through with those changes.  Life’s not easy, but it is one terrific ride, for the most part.

I enjoyed reading Midsummer Dreams very much.  The characters were so realistic I even picked out a few of my real life friends that sound and act so much like some of these characters.  Each person gets to speak from their point of view as the chapters change and merge into the next.  So this is not a one view perspective, everyone gets involved in this tale.  And that helps us enjoy everyone’s story all the more.  Yes, there were times when shaking and smacking some people upside the head for not getting the point was very much in my mind – but isn’t that what makes a story real and enjoyable.

I would recommend this novel for those that simply enjoy a slightly complicated group of stories that merge into one grand tale.  There is plenty to love in Midsummer Dreams so your next step should be to go read it for yourself and enjoy.

*I received an e-ARC of Midsummer Dreams from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

*Any review is just one person’s opinion. You might feel the same or totally different. The only way to know for certain is for you to read it. This was my opinion of this particular book.*

This novel is available for the Kindle


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3 responses to “Review: Midsummer Dreams by Alison May

    • Marcy

      Thank you! In all honesty, the pleasure was all mine – it truly is a delightful (over useage I know) story. Got caught up in it and didn’t want to let go.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, I appreciate it.

  1. Marcy

    Thank you, what a nice thing to say. It’s easy to write a good review when the story is as engaging as Midsummer Dreams. I would highly recommend moving this one up towards the top of your TBR – it’s that worth it.

    Enjoy and thanks for stopping by and commenting, I appreciate it.