Jera’s Jamboree review : Dream a Little Dream by Sue Moorcroft

Dream a Little Dream by Sue Moorcroft

Paperback: 336 pages

Publisher: Choc Lit  (7 Nov 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1906931909

ISBN-13: 978-1906931902

What would you give to make your dreams come true?

Liza Reece has a dream. Working as a reflexologist for a troubled holistic centre isn’t enough. When the opportunity arises to take over the Centre she jumps at it. Problem is, she needs funds, and fast, as she’s not the only one interested.

Dominic Christy has dreams of his own. Diagnosed as suffering from a rare sleep disorder, dumped by his live-in girlfriend and discharged from the job he adored as an Air Traffic Controller, he’s single-minded in his aims. He has money, and plans for the Centre that don’t include Liza and her team.

But dreams have a way of shifting and changing and Dominic’s growing fascination with Liza threatens to reshape his. And then it’s time to wake up to the truth …

 

I have been eagerly awaiting this novel from Sue Moorcroft.  She piqued my interest from her research blog posts … one in June 2011 giving her blog readers information about Dominic Christy and narcolepsy (you can read it here) and another in August 2011 relating to further research for fish pedicures (you can read this here).  I wanted to see how her research translated into a work of fiction.

Dream a Little Dream begins with a Prologue.  Liza and her two best friends are at boyfriend Adam’s 30th birthday party (one of those with all the relatives present and hardly any friends).  To relieve her boredom she’s inhaled the helium from one of the balloons … when Adam, up on stage, asks the big question.  We know Liza’s answer but not what happened afterwards.

Chapter One we meet Dominic Christy.  Dominic was diagnosed 10 months ago with Narcolepsy and cousin Miranda has talked him into trying alternative therapies.  Waiting in the treatment room at The Stables for his Reflexology treatment with Miranda, he makes a sexist comment, not realising that Liza has come into the room.  This is their first meeting.  It’s actually quite a humorous scene!  The reader finds out that something terrible must have happened after Adam’s 30th party  … but we don’t know what could have such a devastating affect on Liza, making her shut herself off the world and not engaging fully with any relationships whether co-workers or personal.  This was definitely a hook for me.

Dominic is looking for a new business venture and when he finds out the lease may be available on The Stables, starts making plans for an outdoor adventure centre, not realising that Liza is also interested and has ideas to expand on the therapies.  This is obviously a cause for conflict as their attraction deepens.

Dominic’s best and oldest friend Kenny is due back in the UK soon.  He’s qualified to coach, fitting in nicely with Dominic’s plans for The Stables.  We soon find out that they both have the same taste in women and agreed years ago that all’s fair in love and war.  This is another conflict throughout the story … and it’s not until much later that we find out just how much (not just for Dominic but for Liza too).  This was a total shock to me!  and I felt quite indignant!  Kenny is a secondary character that nevertheless, causes many problems.

As one conflict ends in the story it is replaced with another, hooking the reader on and leading them smoothly into the next tension-laden conflict.

Moorcroft’s research into narcolepsy has been created into something real and tangible.  It doesn’t dominate the plot but is an integral part of it – an integral part of who Dominic is.  Dominic … an amazing character.  So solid and logical but also with such a depth to his feelings and always there when Liza needs him most.  I definitely lost my balance at the Halloween fancy dress party (fab descriptions of his costume and what was underneath!) and later, back at Liza’s home!  I can’t mention Dominic without also mentioning his sidekick, Crosswind – a dog with plenty of character of his own!  Such an entertaining mutt.

Some chapters are led in by messages on the PWN/sleep message boards (People With Narcolepsy).  These messages are relevant to the content of the chapter, however, there is another significance to these messages which I have to admit I hadn’t worked out.  What a surprise!  Loved that I hadn’t worked this out.

Not only have I been entertained by the tension, conflict and romance but I’ve also really enjoyed Moorcroft’s humour and style of writing.  For example, when Liza has braved going into town with her friends for the first time in ages, we know something is about to happen …

“What?”  Like a child left alone with bedroom monsters, Liza didn’t want to turn and look.”

How brilliant!

And how beautiful is this personification …

“Through the window, he watched the trees in the garden stretching their black arms to the clouds, summer’s green-leaf clothes turned to brown autumn rags.”

Dream a Little Dream is a novel that has engaged all my emotions, hooked me in with the conflict and tension, entertained me with all the characters and kept me on the edge of my seat with the simmering romance.  For these reasons, it’s a keeper for me!

Buy it but be loathe to share your copy … it’s a keeper!

I would like to thank the publishers for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Dream a Little Dream can be purchased from AmazonThe Book Depository and all good book stores.

Sue Moorcroft has her own website where you can find out more about her,  including links for following her on Twitter and Facebook.

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10 thoughts on “Jera’s Jamboree review : Dream a Little Dream by Sue Moorcroft

  1. Ooh! My sister is a holistic therapist AND she loved Love and freedom as much as I did. That’s her Christmas present sorted, then! I’m not sharing my copy when I get it … :0)

  2. Hi Everyone,
    Shaz, thanks again for reviewing DALD so favourably. It is a book very close to my heart – I think because it kind of wrote itself, with me hanging onto its leash and hoping it knew what it was doing!

    Mandy and Rachel, definitely signed copies available at the Festival of Romance. The Choc Lit stand, the RNA stand and the boot of my car. xxx

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