July 29, 2010

Review "Sweet Dreams, Miss England" (1 of 2)

Sweet Dreams, Miss England by Iris Blobel
ISBN 978-0-646-51737-7
At the request of the author, a PB copy was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
  Synopsis (from back of book): She could still hear Daniel's grandmother saying, "Sometimes we meet people but not to share the rest of our lives with them, but merely for them to guide us onto a different path".
  Set in London and Dublin we follow the life of Nicky, a young mother of two who is married to Shane, an actor whose work requires him to be in Los Angeles. When Nicky meets Daniel, a fun-loving, spontaneous man from Ireland, she realizes how much joy and passion are missing from her marriage, and consequently her life. Nicky is torn between her marriage to Shane and her love for this Irish charmer.
  My Thoughts and Opinion: After finishing and digesting this book, I sit here very torn. I will try to write this review solely on the book and not the interjection of my beliefs. I will, however, say that I do not condone the main character, Nicky's, actions. I found it very hard to relate with the character Nicky because of the story line but once I took a step back and analyzed just "the book", I could see that she did have some good qualities. The author's writing style quite surprised me as a debut author. She wrote this story with a fluid, flowing and detailed account of the plot. The narrative, characters, emotions and descriptions of the settings were written in such a seasoned style that her words were conveyed with the ability to form vivid imagery. The relationships between characters profound and meaningful on many levels . I thought that this would be another typical love story and would know the ending, but, the author delivered an unexpected twist which left me with thought provoking questions. (I will not include spoilers in this review). Overall, a very well written novel from a very talented writer.
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in exchange for my honest review.
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Bonnie said...

Hi Cheryl, I loved the quote from the book because it is so real and true to life. Thanks for the soul searchin review.

Unknown said...

Hmm, sounds like you really had to think about this book before writing your review. I am glad you did though because it makes for a review that is full of depth. And i am curious about that ending so this book is going on my to read list : )

Alyce said...

I'm not sure if the plot would be my cup of tea, but I'm glad you enjoyed it.