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Paper Dreams Paperback – 1 Dec 2011
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A FIVE STAR review OF PAPER DREAMS by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite (2015)
“We are in the 1950s when Paper Dreams begins, learning of a very special love that cannot be. The plot quickly then turns to 2009 where we join Katie as her fiancé has just broken up with her, and we immediately share in her heartache. Katie works in a bookstore and is assigned the arduous task of cataloging books for a reclusive woman who has just died. Katie goes to the very large and ominous mansion and, while searching through the books, finds some interesting letters describing the 1950s romance between the married master of the mansion, Gerald Hapsworth-Cole, and a young pregnant girl, Amy Butler, who had no choice but to return to her home in Vancouver and leave England and her lover behind. They vow to keep in touch but that does not happen due to unforeseen circumstances. Gerald never gets to meet his son, James, and Amy spends the rest of her life pining for her lost love. The search is now on for a living relative to inherit Epton Hall and when James, and a cousin (Harold) are found, the fireworks begin. Both Katie and Stuart find themselves in danger several times. To tell you more would ruin the mystery and excitement of the story.
Paper Dreams certainly lives up to its description as a romantic thriller. Phyllis J. Burton has created a story that was impossible to stop reading. It is indeed, as the description states, “an emotional roller coaster.” I thoroughly enjoyed Paper Dreams and each of the characters. Paper Dreams has it all; romance, mystery, excitement, danger and tragedy. I cannot say enough about the writing of Phyllis J. Burton; she has quickly become my new favorite author. This is a must-read book that will not disappoint.”
Top customer reviews
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.
I discovered the book quite by accident. Naturally, we no longer spend hours perusing books on dusty library shelves. We hunt them down through the Internet. Where I came upon Paper Dreams, I can't even tell you.
The title attracted me as did the beautiful cover, but then all I had to do was read the first few pages and I was hooked. Phyllis J. Burton uses the omniscient point of view to tell her story and does a superb job of setting the scenes and describing her characters. She is a master at crafting intrigue that tugs you along mercilessly.
I followed Katie Nicholson effortlessly, feeling for her, worrying about her and looking to encourage her along the way. When she loses who she believes is the love of her life, you want to tell her a better one will come around and her friends fill that wish: her employer Brian, her landlady Brenda, and her cousin Helen who introduces her to new possibilities. The intrigue with Epton Hall unfolds quickly and the deeper you get pulled into the old mansion and its secrets, the more you shiver and want to read what comes next.
Love Phyllis J Burton's voice. Gentle, persuasive, almost hypnotic her cadence and tone is pleasing and very convincing. I will definitely read other books by this author.
Phyllis J. Burton was born in Beckenham in Kent, England. She is married with three grown-up children and four grandchildren. She lives with her husband Jim and a large golden retriever dog called Bailey amongst the gentle hills of south-west Surrey. This is her first novel.
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