Happy Sunday evening🌛 Welcome to my stop on the #blogtour for Dreamland by Nancy Bilyeau.
The year is 1911 when twenty-year-old heiress Peggy Batternberg is invited to spend the summer in America’s Playground.
The invitation to 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 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.
Nancy Bilyeau is a new author (to me) and I’ve heard such great things about her books, so when the opportunity arose to review Dreamland, I jumped at it! I wasn’t disappointed; this book has everything – it is stylish, accomplished and gritty all at once.
Bilyeau has a wonderfully descriptive style of writing which I immediately took to; I could feel the stickiness of the summer heat, smell the salty sea, hear the frivolity and taste the corn dogs of Coney Island.
The combination of historical fiction coupled with the crime and thriller genres made this the perfect read for me; I was totally lost in Dreamland.
Dreamland sucked me in to its hedonistic, scandalous, power hungry world and I felt truly immersed in and absorbed by Coney Island in 1911. I didn’t want this book to end.
An exciting, dramatic and richly detailed story that positively sizzles with every sentence; Dreamland is one not to be missed this year!
Dreamland is out now in paper back and you can buy it here🍭
My thanks go to Hannah and Endeavour Media for my invitation to the #blogtour and also for my beautiful proof copy of the book.
Until next time!