Published by Penguin Books (UK) on June 18th 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Humour, Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Sarah is doing just fine. Sure she's been single for the last five years, and has to spend an uncomfortable amount of time around her ex-boyfriend, his perfect new girlfriend and all their mutual friends. And yes, her job as a PA to one of the most disgusting men in London is mind-numbingly tedious and her career is a constant disappointment to her mother. But it's really okay. She's happy (ish).
But it's not surprising that when Sarah starts dreaming about a handsome stranger, she begins to look forward to falling asleep every night. Reality isn't nearly as exciting. That is until her dream-stranger makes an unexpected real-life appearance, leaving Sarah questioning everything she thought she wanted.
Because no one ever really finds the person of their dreams... do they?
Reviewed by Joanne
*I received an E-book from the publisher via NetGalley*
I really enjoyed this story, although it was a little slow in the beginning. The back story with Sarah and her group of friends and co-workers took a lot to get my head round, as there were quite a few of them. Her group consists of the same gang from her University days, including her ex-boyfriend Dan, and then there is newcomer Perfect Lexie, who just happens to be the woman Dan left Sarah for 2 years prior. We are also introduced to Sarah’s work colleagues at the media firm where she is PA to one of the directors.
So, like I said, once I had got my head around who was who, the story really took off! I really liked Sarah, I felt she was at an impasse in her life and she needed a push. She isn’t really happy in her job, it certainly doesn’t challenge her. Her social life isn’t much better – stuck in the same circle of friends since University, and forced to put on a brave face because her ex is amongst that group, with the woman she was dumped for. Finally there’s Sarah’s mother, who is convinced her only daughter is going to be left on the shelf in a dead end job! Given all of that, it’s no wonder Sarah looks forward to going to sleep so that she can live an alternative life!
The weird and wonderful dreams had me laughing away to self, especially the escapades the celebrities in those dreams got up too! I think the Bruno Tonioli dream was my favourite, although the Space Sex dream was a close second (especially Carly’s reaction when she found out about it!) and Dermott O’Leary in the cafe was pretty funny too! The real star of these dreams though was Brett, an old acquaintance from her Uni days. He wasn’t someone that Sarah knew particularly well, he was a friend of a friend and she hadn’t seen him for at least 9 years, so when he starts popping up in her dreams she is puzzled to say the least.
When Brett turns up in real life, the fun starts. Sarah has to remind herself that the guy in her dreams is entirely different to the real life Brett. She has to differentiate between them, so they become Dream Brett and Real Brett. This results in some pretty funny situations when Sarah accidentally blurs the lines, and of course ‘Real Brett’ is oblivious! The only person she has confided in is her flatmate Carly, so when Carly is introduced to Brett I think I was holding my breath as much as Sarah was, worrying if she would spill the beans!
As the dreams got more vivid, it became harder to separate the dreams from reality. Dream Brett was exciting and sexy, and Sarah unfairly compared him to real life Brett. Real Brett was so lovely, he was the ultimate gentleman and absolutely perfect for Sarah, if only she would start to see him for who he was and not who she had built him up to be!
I loved the development of the story, the closeness between the group of friends, and also Sarah’s work relationships. The dialogue flowed naturally, and the situations were every day moments you find yourself in. I enjoyed seeing Sarah develop and really start to live, rather than just plod along everyday. She needed to move on from the past, and look towards the future. My only gripe is that it ended too soon! I love epilogues, and I would have loved to have seen a glimpse into the future at the end, to see how Sarah and the gang are doing. This was my first book by Giovanna Fletcher, but certainly not my last!