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Midsummer Dreams (Choc Lit): A clever, romantic, thoughtful, funny book (21st Century Bard 2) by Alison May

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Kindle Edition: 320 Pages.

Published: 12 June 2015 by Choc Lit



Four people. Four messy lives. One night that changes everything …

Emily is obsessed with ending her father’s new relationship – but is blind to the fact that her own is far from perfect.

Dominic has spent so long making other people happy that he’s hardly noticed he’s not happy himself.

Helen has loved the same man, unrequitedly, for ten years. Now she may have to face up to the fact that he will never be hers.

Alex has always played the field. But when he finally meets a girl he wants to commit to, she is just out of his reach.

At a midsummer wedding party, the bonds that tie the four friends together begin to unravel and show them that, sometimes, the sensible choice is not always the right one.


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Couldn't put it down

I read this book in one sitting - in fact I delayed doing other things because I had to read more. This is an excellent story of contemporary love which culminates in a midsummer ball with all the characters in fairy costume, some strange punch and a hypnotist in the crowd. It was at this point that I rather belatedly realised that the story is a modern retelling of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" a fact that I had somehow missed up to then. You really don't have to know the play to understand this book but if you do it gives the ball scenes an additional impact.

This is mainly the story of Emily who feels that she needs a safe and happy life and to be looked after so she is intending to marry Dominic who works at the same university as Emily and her father. Emily is her father's assistant but she is also very unhappy about his intended new marriage. Dominic is unhappy too - he has lived the life that his parents have wanted but he really wants to do what he wants. Emily's friend Helen has significant unrequited love for Dominic and is content to stall her career to be near him even though he never wants to be anything other than a friend. Alex is Helen's lodger and long-term friend. He likes women and has a string of conquests but finds himself unexpectedly attracted to Emily. The book develops these issues, unravels the relationships, adds a few complications, and then finishes up with a proper fairy tale ending.

I thought that the plotting was excellent and the writing engaged me from the beginning. Each character is easily differentiated and the author doesn't make the mistake of giving each of them just one characteristic which defines them. By the time we get to the ball we are eager for something to happen to shake up the couples and it certainly does - you could not have torn me away from that section of the book. A very satisfying read kindly provided free to me by the publishers via NetGalley.

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