I enjoyed You’re The One That I Want so much last year that I didn’t even hesitate about picking up Giovanna Fletcher’s latest novel, Dream A Little Dream.
We follow Sarah, who is stuck in an unfortunate situation where she still regularly sees her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend as part of her group of friends. She puts on a brave face all the time and pretends she’s ok with it, but she still hasn’t entirely forgiven him.
On top of that, her career is stagnating and she’s looking for a way to climb the career ladder.
She begins to have dreams about Brett Last, a guy she met a few times at university, and much to her surprise, he ends up walking back into her life. Yes, it’s a little far-fetched, but don’t we read romances for cute stories?
Dream A Little Dream is a little more explicit than You’re The One That I Want. Don’t get me wrong, it’s no 50 Shades of Grey. It’s pretty tame, but I wasn’t expecting it after reading her previous book. There are a handful of sex scenes, but they work well with the plot; they’re not dragged out, and there aren’t billions of them just for the sake of it.
The main focus of the book is on Sarah and Brett, and her attempts to land the job of her dreams. On top of that, there are other situations the characters have to deal with such as family issues, to more touching and sad situations.
What I like about Giovanna Fletcher’s writing is that it’s so relatable. (Well. apart from a guy you’ve been dreaming about ending back up in your life, maybe.)
The characters are well-developed and there’s a good mix of personalities throughout the book. I really liked Sarah’s group of friends, it felt real and quite natural. It was almost as if I had known them for years and was joining them for their weekly pub quiz.
At her workplace, there’s also a good mix of personalities, including a couple of infuriating characters. I’m pretty sure that everyone will be able to relate to knowing people like Louisa, for example. I’m sure some people will also be able to relate to the situation Sarah found herself in at work.
The relationship between Sarah and Brett is sweet. To begin with, she’s quite nervous around him and a little unnerved that he just showed up so soon after she’d begun dreaming about him and she seems to prefer ‘Dream Brett’ as she calls him.
We don’t actually get a huge amount of Brett and Sarah being in a relationship; Dream A Little Dream is mostly about the buildup, which is always the best part in any romance novel to be fair. Giovanna is releasing a Christmas novella called Dream A Little Christmas Dream, which I’m looking forward to reading.
If you’re looking for a book to take on your holiday, or a good summer read, this one should definitely be near the top of your list.
What’s the last book you read?