Hello and welcome to my stop on the Dreamland blog tour! A big thank you to Endeavour Quill for the invitation and for the gifted book!
I am a fan of Nancy Bilyeau’s writing. This time last year I reviewed The Blue.
Have you been to America’s Playground? Coney Island? I’ve always wanted to visit. Dreamland has Coney Island as a backdrop, and it’s 1911.
Peggy Battenberg is a young heiress who has been invited to the Oriental Hotel not far from Coney Island. You’d think she’d want to go, right?
No. Peggy has been working at the Moonrise Bookstore, and she dislikes nothing more than rubbing elbows with fellow socialites.
Nevertheless, she heads off to the hotel, as is expected of her, and she quickly finds a freedom in this carefree place. She also finds love with an artist.
But that’s not all that happens that summer. The fancy Batternbergs may just get away with murder.
Oh my, this was so much more than I imagined it would be. It was filled with temptation, lies, deception, and a touch of darkness. The tension abounds, and I was hooked into Peggy’s story from the start.
The setting and the time period come to vivid life, and what a backdrop Dreamland provided. Peggy is a main character to champion. A strong woman before her time, determined to be her own person and choose the love she wanted. Of course, the murder mystery kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat.
Overall, Dreamland is a suspenseful historical mystery set in an intriguing time and place with lovable, strong characters. I loved it!
I received a complimentary copy.
About the Book:
The year is 1911 when twenty-year-old heiress Peggy Batternberg is invited to spend the summer in America’s Playground.
The invitation to the luxurious Oriental Hotel a mile from Coney Island is unwelcome. Despite hailing from one of America’s richest families, Peggy would much rather spend the summer working at the Moonrise Bookstore than keeping up appearances with New York City socialites and her snobbish, controlling family.
But soon it transpires that the hedonism of nearby Coney Island affords Peggy the freedom she has been yearning for, and it’s not long before she finds herself in love with a troubled pier-side artist of humble means, whom the Batternberg patriarchs would surely disapprove of.
Disapprove they may, but hidden behind their pomposity lurks a web of deceit, betrayal and deadly secrets. And as bodies begin to mount up amidst the sweltering clamour of Coney Island, it seems the powerful Batternbergs can get away with anything…even murder.
Extravagant, intoxicating and thumping with suspense, bestselling Nancy Bilyeau’s magnificent Dreamland is a story of corruption, class and dangerous obsession.
Have you read Dreamland, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR