Dream a Little Dream Paperback – 7 Nov 2012
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Thought Dominic was a babe and having met Liza before in "All that Mullarkey" it was a pleasure to meet her again, but get into her character more this time as the female lead. And what about the dog? What a character, he deserves a book of his own!
I loved the follow up to Cleo, Justin and Shona from ATM it was nice to see how it worked out. Thought Adam was a real creepy character and loved the way that was written. May I say, I never quite trusted Dominic's "best mate" suspecting him from early on of not being as genuine as he appeared. Glad to be proven right on that! Don't particular like to give resume's of stories in case it spoils it for the reader, so hope I haven't done that here. My advice is just download and read, you won't be disappointed.
I liked the fact that it was set in Middledip where I had 'visited' before with 'Starting Over' and 'All That Mullarkey' and was able to catch up with some of the earlier characters.
Getting to know Liza properly was a real treat. She comes across as a tough cookie, but underneath the bravado she's just trying to protect herself and deal with the huge guilt trip she's on. Dominic Christy has problems of his own both medically and personally. It was interesting to find out more about his sleep disorder - how this diagnosis had impacted on his life and how he struggled to come to terms with the physical and emotional effects.
The secondary characters and sub-plots add to the story line and weave in and out of the plot with ease. There are some twists and turns along the way, with a great little surprise at the end. I couldn't finish without mentioning the fabulous Crosswind - what a great canine character he is!
I was fascinated by the condition which one of the characters lives with: narcolepsy. This condition can be very debilitating as the person living with it can potentially fall asleep at any time, making life very challenging in many areas such as work and driving for example. This character, Dominic, has strategies for dealing with the condition, which I found really interesting and he also has big plans.
Liza has dreams of her own despite rebuilding her life following the catastrophic end of a relationship. A relationship which she ended herself, but in a way she had not initially intended.
Dominic and Liza's dreams may be compatible, or may be conflicting.
Some moments made me laugh out loud, I really enjoyed this book!
Liza is a very likeable protagonist: guilty about her break-up from clingy Adam, a martyr to her own impossibly high standards, she is thwarted in her ambitions by the lease-holder of the therapy centre she works at, who has no room for her great ideas and may well be about to manage both their businesses into the ground. Then along comes Dominic, who is learning to cope with the loss of his dream job and his driving license due to his narcolepsy, but who needs something to do to make money, has capital to invest and has his eye on the therapy centre. Both free and single, they could be there for each other, too, but their principles and ambitions - and the ghosts of old loves - are causing them to clash, oh so slightly. And just who is the third party suddenly on the scene, trying to snatch their ideas and outbid them while they are sorting out whether they can work together... or whether they should just be together?
This is a highly plausible and involving tale, and Moorcroft takes great care to factor in how Dominic's condition would affect him and the people around him. The characters are particularly well-crafted, and I love how we get to see the development of the relationship from both Liza and Dominic's point of view. There was a sense of the peripheral characters having real, full lives of their own too - I confess this was the first of the Middledip books I had come across, and so hadn't realized that this was, in fact, the case. I look forward to reading the rest of the Middledip books now, and finding out just how Chloe met Justin...