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Paper Dreams [Kindle Edition]

Phyllis J. Burton
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Book Description

Take a recipe for disaster… Start with an illicit love affair in 1952, add a painful parting and three deaths in 1953.

Leave to settle until 2009. Then add a crumbling mansion (Epton Hall), which harbours a scandalous secret... Gradually combine young librarian Katie Nicholson – an incurable romantic trying to get over a failed love affair. Sprinkle a few daydreams, hundreds of books and stir until well mixed.

Carefully blend in a friendly housekeeper, some memorabilia and many books, with Katie’s weekend away, new boyfriend and a prophetic dream. Add the secret arrival of sinister nephew Harold Hapsworth-Cole, the only known heir to the estate, and throw in the evidence discovered by Katie in the attic, that another heir exists in Canada. Combine fear, violence, and theft of that evidence with Katie’s imprisonment in the attic, Harold’s growing mental instability and stir…malevolently.

The resultant mixture should be an explosion of love, financial expectations, inheritance, terror, greed and attempted murder. Then… ENJOY.

Paper Dreams is an unusual read, which plays with the reader’s emotions. It covers family sorrow, obsessions, inheritance, greed, dreams, nightmares, and attempted murder. But above all, it is a story of people’s lives, their loves and how they eventually overcome adversity.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 458 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1848767897
  • Publisher: Matador (17 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0069TI3LY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #965,967 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Author Phyllis J. Burton

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I'm happy to announce the arrival on Kindle today: ****FIFTEEN BRUSHES WITH LOVE**** This is a collection of fifteen short stories to delight the mind and act as a reminder of when you first fell in LOVE! Or possibly...Out of Love! But please remember...LOVE comes in many different guises and affects people in so many different ways. READ ALL ABOUT IT!! EXTRA...EXTRA...NEW BOOK OUT ON KINDLE!!


I have two books published by Matador (imprint of Troubador Publishing Ltd.), Leicester, England. (1) PAPER DREAMS and (2) A PASSING STORM. Both books are available from the publisher Matador: my website: : Bookshops: WATERSTONES AND W. H. SMITH: also BARNES AND NOBLE.
Both books are available in paper-back and Kindle versions. Also:

Do you DREAM in colour? Do you Dream wonderful Dreams...or nightmares, and what is more, can you remember them and can you run away from them...?

PAPER DREAMS was published by Matador of Leicester and launched on the 1st December 2011!! It is available in paperback and as an ebook version for Kindle etc...

I have always been an avid reader and have found writing to be a truly enervating experience. I love putting down my thoughts and those of my characters on paper in the hope that my readers will learn to love them as much as I do. I've written several short stories, one of which was recorded and read on the radio, three one-act plays, two of which have been produced and directed by me.

PAPER DREAMS is a unique reading experience, which plays with the reader's emotions. It covers several diverse subjects: books, letters, family sorrow, obsessions, inheritance, greed, dreams, nightmares, and attempted murder. But above all, it is a story of people's lives, their loves and how they eventually overcome adversity.

The action in PAPER DREAMS begins in 1952, just before the death of King George VI. Mention is made of the start of Queen Elizabeth II's rule and the many innovations and changes that occurred at that time. Bearing in mind that our Queen will be celebrating her Diamond Jubilee next year, there is a possible link, albeit small!


"When 26 year old Katie Nicholson, a romantic dreamer, moves to the village of Anston, she tries to reassess her life after the tragic deaths of her parents ane a broken love affair. Her new job as an Assistant Librarian in the village book shop takes her to Epton Hal, an ancient rambling mansion. The elderly owner, (widow Mrs. Marjorie Hapsworth-Cole - a reclusive figure), has recently died intestate.

Whilst cataloguing the enormous number of books in the Library and the attic, Katie discovers some love letters hidden in a book.

Why is a frightening, shadowy figure gradually being eaten up by greed and encroaching madness, secretly watching Katie? Why does his hatred lead him to steal the letters from her?

And also, what is the secret that elderly housekeeper, Nancy Brown, has kept hidden since 1953?

Katie and new boyfriend Stuart Wells, gradually become embroiled in a web of deceit, despair, greed and deadly revenge..."

Why did I write PAPER DREAMS? I suppose it was quite like Pinocchio's nose! It grew... it started with a seed (the thought of lost letters and love) and suddenly I had a rather good story. I used to love writing when I was at school and when later I had children of my own, I used to write stories for them, which was a truly rewarding experience. On a purely emotional and personal level, my father suffered enormously before he died and afterwards, I found writing to be a wonderful distraction...and I have been writing ever since. Another the ever changing view from my study window!


Margaret Anthony wrote:
"Your pitch tells of a complex plot but from what I've read, your confident story telling supports it well. I'm a fan of prologues and this one worked for me. There is a skill in your writing which creates the right atmosphere and it was easy to imagine being on the dock as the liner sailed.
There was nothing to stumble over, your pace is good and your writing flows. Seamless throughout is the sense of intrigue and that begs the reader to keep following the story.
Here indeed, is a good thriller in the making and one I'm happy to star and pop on my bookshelf. Margaret"

WHO WOULD LIKE THIS BOOK? My reader would probably be female, because there is a romantic thread running throughout the story, but not necessarily so. It could be someone who enjoys a good story about love, life and eventual triumph over adversity. Or possibly someone who is fascinated by genealogy and inheritance - there are a few programmes on television regarding this subject at present - and who would enjoy a mystery with a dark thrill or two.

I've always had an insatiable appetite for reading and I tend to panic if I can't find a book to read. My preferences range from Jane Austyn, Daphne Du Maurier, Catherine Gaskin to Sophie Kinsella, Jodi Picoult and Dan Brown, amongst many others. And so I suppose they have all inspired me to write.


Genre: Suspense

Title: Paper Dreams

Author: Phyllis J Burton

"I have always been a lover of novels that don't confine themselves to one genre. I recall Dean Koontz saying that he likes to sit down before writing a new book and decide which genres he's going to use in it.
That puts me very much in mind of Paper Dreams by Phyllis Burton.
I first came across Paper Dreams on Harper Collins' Authonomy site where the author had posted sections of the book online. On the site, it should be said that the author's blurb on the story was a lot simpler and straight forward compared to the enigmatic "recipe" on the back of the published book, but it didn't have the air of mystery about it. in its current form, the blurb compliments the mysterious aspects of the book's plot so a good decision in the end.
So, about the book itself. The story centres on Katie, a young woman who, like so many, has had a failed relationship but soon has a new man in her life. Add into this the death of the owner of the old mansion Epton Hall and the resulting need for Katie, as librarian, to catalogue the books in the building's library, which leads to the discovery of a letter and a birth certificate that appears to make life a little more difficult for would-be heir of the estate, Harold. And so truly begins the story of deceit, murder and greed that is promised from the outset.
The characters in the book are generally pleasant to read about, even those who are not too pleasant in themselves and some of the things they do. The good have their flaws, the bad aren't just a caricature of evil. A good mix of characters also means that they are easy to differentiate between and you don't find yourself constantly thinking, "Who was that again?" or "What did they do earlier?"
The story reads at a good pace, an intense plot weaving nicely from the mysterious outset, through a little melodrama and finally into a suspense story to rival the best in the business. The plot is complex, but the writing has a simple way of drawing you in and without wanting to sound cliché holds you until the last page.
Overall, Paper Dreams does not change the world, but there aren't many books that do these days. Instead it gives a good read, takes you away from your own troubles and puts you in the path of someone else's, just like a good book should and I would highly recommend it for anyone who loves mystery, intrigue and something for a dark winters night."

Reviewer: Anthony Lund, Allbooks Review Int.

Title - Paper Dreams
Author - Phyllis J Burton
Publisher - Matador
ISBN : 978-1848767-898
Price : £7.99


My book 'A PASSING STORM' was first published in 2006 by Trafford Publishing. Early in February 2012, I withdrew the title and it is now being re-issued by Matador (self-publishing arm of Troubador Publishing Ltd.) of Leicester, England. The Matador Kindle edition came out in August 2012 and the paper back version details have been sent out to bookshops, wholesalers and relevant chain store buyers, and libraries. Copies of the paper-back version will be available on 1st November 2012 although the LAUNCH DATE IS 1st February 2013.


"She tried to cut out the reality of her life, but it was no use: nothing had changed and she doubted if it ever would. Her marriage had been like a fragile cliff that was constantly being hit and ravaged by huge devastating waves, each one destroying a little more of the love that had been its true foundation."

Short Synopsis: "Jennifer and Peter Redmond have been married for 25 years. It has been a wonderful marriage - until their 24th wedding anniversary, when everthing starts to change. Peter becomes absorbed in his career, working hard to be made Chief Executive - even taking a flat close to work. His dedication is about to pay off, and Jnnifer understands his ambition, but she is so desperately lonely. Her two grown-up sons have both moved out, and their house, Barndon, seems so empty.
Becomiong disillusioned with her husband and marriage, she runs away to Scotland where she meets gentle stranger, Angus Cameron. Whnilst walking alone in the Highlands, she falls during a severe mountain storm and is seriously injured. Hetr ambitious insincere womanising husband, Peter, persuades her to return home with him. But will she stay with Peter in a loveless marriage, or will she return to Scotland and find true love with Angus? And, how does a thin and straggly dingo dog in the outback of Australia, influence what eventually happens...? Clever Dog.

A PASSING STORM is an eternal triangle with many tragic twists and turns. Question: HOW DOES A DINGO DOG HELP KATIE FIND HER WAY TO TRUE LOVE. It will appeal to fans of romantic fiction.


A Passing Storm
by Phyllis J. Burton
Romance - Contemporary
352 Pages
Reviewed on 08/07/
Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite

Phyllis J. Burton's A Passing Storm is the intriguing story of Jennifer and Peter, a couple married for more than two decades when things start to change. In their twenty-fourth year together, Peter suddenly becomes obsessed with his career goals and all the trappings that go along with being made Chief Executive of an international company. Unable to face the failings in her marriage, Jennifer seeks refuge in Scotland, where she meets a handsome stranger called Angus. He is warm and caring where Peter is cold and indifferent. Jennifer is torn between going after her own happiness and doing what is deemed "right" by society. Instead of running head first back to Scotland and into Angus's arms, she stays and puts up with her husband's infidelity and indifference.

A Passing Storm is written in two parts so we get to know both Angus and Jennifer better and understand the different paths their lives took during their time apart. It was a stroke of genius on Phyllis Burton's part to tell the story in this manner as it allows the reader to simply get absorbed in one tale, then the other. Every word is written for meaning rather than effect, which made A Passing Storm all the more real. While it seems that Angus grew as a character, I am sad to say that Jennifer did not. She never did take responsibility for her own happiness, and while her choice of partner changed the outcome, I would have loved to see Jennifer become a bit more independent and proactive. Although I did find it difficult to connect with Jennifer, I felt great sympathy for her life and inability to do anything about it and I longed for Angus from his first whispered words.

Phyllis Burton did a fantastic job and her perfectly measured words were soothing, heartfelt, and poetic.


"Phyllis Burton has skilfully woven a story of love and deceit. Her writing is precise, her characters colourful and her description allows the reader to actually visit the lovely British Isles through her words.


A PASSING STORM was published on 1st February 2013 and published by Matador.


Phyllis Burton
18th April, 2013

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Faith
Format:Kindle Edition
Paper Dreams conjures up many thoughts and ideas. Ms Burton has taken all the ingredients for a super adventure set back in the 50's.

She knows how to set a scene that will easily enthrall the reader and her prose is excellent. I found very few grammar mistakes making this an easy and exceptional read.

The author certainly knows how to hook her reader by playing on their emotions and covers almost everything one would expect to find in a good family drama - romance, greed, murder, obsessive love, to name but a few things.

Bravo! I wait to see what else this fine writer has to offer.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paper Dreams 6 Feb. 2012
A letter from the past reveals a secret that sets in motion a story of love, deception and intrigue.
A family feud adds to the suspense as the mystery deepens.
A beautifully written book that is hard to put down.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an enjoyable read 28 Dec. 2011
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Having really enjoyed the author's previous book, I wondered whether this would be as good - and it was!
I love happy endings!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling yet comforting tale 6 Feb. 2012
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Paper Dreams is an interesting story about a girl who has to sort out a collection of books in a creepy, neglected old house. The erstwhile occupant of the house had a mysterious history and Katie becomes intrigued, especially when she finds a long forgotten letter in one of the books which leads her into some terrifying experiences. An exciting story and one that ends happily. We always need a 'feel good' story especially nowadays!
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