Sarah is doing just fine. Sure, she’s been single for the last 5 years, and has to spend an uncomfortable amount of time around her ex-boyfriend and their mutual friends. But she’s happy(ish). So when she starts dreaming about a handsome stranger, reality isn’t nearly as exciting. That is until her dream-stranger makes an unexpected real-life appearance.
Dream A Little Dream is Giovanna Fletcher’s third full novel, and it is definitely her best book yet. The plot (which I already knew a bit about before the novel was announced from her Q&A in December – which I wrote a blog about here) was really interesting, and very different from any other books I’ve read – in a good way! And Giovanna’s writing has improved considerably (in my opinion) which I noticed from the very beginning – it was engaging and enveloped the reader with personality and characterisation.
The main character, Sarah, is very likeable (and perhaps relatable to many?), and her down-to-Earth attitude makes it easy for the reader to instantly sympathise. Another character I really liked was Brett, particularly the comparison between ‘Real Brett’ and ‘Dream Brett’. It was a great idea how they weren’t the same – an unexpected plot twist that makes the novel and the character interesting and mysterious.
The original ideas and plot are what make this book – it’s well written, well sustained and fun too. Yet there are still moments which obviously show the novel is written by Giovanna (if you know anything about her): references to Billy Buskin (from her first novel Billy & Me), a metaphor of the deliciousness of Nutella (her favourite ‘snack’) and even her husband Tom (from McBusted) is given an unexpected cameo. Whenever I got to these moments I couldn’t help but smile and read them out to my family.
Overall this is an enjoyable book and a great holiday read. I can’t wait to see what she writes next!