Dream a Little Dream by Sue Moorcroft
|Dream a Little Dream by Sue Moorcroft|
|Category: Women's Fiction|
|Reviewer: Sue Magee|
|Summary: ackles some difficult and unusual issues - it's a book for the woman who liikes to give some thought to what she's reading.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 336||Date: November 2012|
|Publisher: Choc Lit|
|External links: Author's website|
Shortlisted for Romantic Novelists Association Award 2013: Contemporary Romantic Novel
Liza Reece works as reflexologist at The Stables, a therapy centre attached to a hotel. It should be doing quite well. It could be doing quite well, but the manager and leaseholder is Nicholas, who's a waste of rather a lot of space. Liza reckons that she could take over the lease, reorganise the finances and make a success of it, but she has to raise the money to buy the lease. Dominic Christy has a plan too. He used to be an Air Traffic Controller, but he developed a rare sleep disorder and falling asleep on that job is not a good idea. He's just split up with his girlfriend and has money from the sale of their house. He has plans for The Stables - and he wouldn't need a reflexologist.
Usually, if I say that I nearly fell asleep reading a book it's a not-very-thinly-veiled criticism! But this time it's not. Sue Moorcroft is not frightened of tackling some difficult issues, but I think this must have been the most demanding so far. Dominic Christy keeps falling asleep, sometimes at the most inconvenient times and he has to be very careful about how he organises his nights - sleep hygiene, it's called - and regular naps in the day are necessary. Sometimes strong emotion causes him to go weak at the knees - literally - and he can end up on the floor. He's not the usual stuff of romantic heroes, is he? Well, Sue Moorcroft pulls it off with aplomb and some very carefully considered medication...
If you're looking for a light, easy, undemanding read then this is probably not the book for you. Moorcroft doesn't just throw in jobs, neurological conditions or treatments for effect. She understands them and by the time that you've finished reading, you will too. You'll know what narcolepsy means to the sufferers and to the people around them. It's done with a light hand though - there's no sense that every bit of research is being shoe-horned in somewhere. It's intelligent fiction for women who like to put some thought into their reading. I'd like to thank the publishers for dropping a copy into the Bookbag.
We've met Liza before in one of Sue Moorcroft's novels. If you're planning on reading both then you really should read All That Mullarkey first, otherwise you'll have a pretty good idea of how it will end. Too late already? Then we can recommend Starting Over.
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