I know I normally don’t do the whole synopsis thing, but since the author asked me if I would review it, I felt like it deserved a full on traditional book review. But I am relegating the synopsis stuff to the bottom so if you don’t want to read it, then don’t.
The Hambledown Dream- Dean Mayes
I found the Hambledown Dream to be a sweet and moving story. When you pick up this book be aware that you’re in for an emotional rollercoaster ride. The plot moves from sad to dark and troubled only to end in hope. While it does have a very happy ever after ending, I will let it slide, mainly because I think Andy deserves a happy ending. Once you invest in him as a character, it’s hard to not want that happiness for him. There is a great focus on classical guitar and the guitar descriptions are almost better than the single love scene. I enjoyed the dual setting of seedy Chicago and quaint Australia as well. Frankly, Hambledown does sound like a dream. Vacation anyone? All in all, Hambledown Dream is perfect for those who like romance with a hint of paranormal.
Sidenote: The second digital release cover art gets more to the heart of the story, but I kind of like the original paperback cover as well.
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The Skinny on the book and story:
Title: The Hambledown Dream.
Author: Dean Mayes.
Publisher: ireadiwrite Publishing
ISBN eBook: 978-1-926760-27-8
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Paranormal Romance
Word Count: 81,000
Publish Date: (print) March 2010 (digital) March 2011.
Content Warning: Sex Scene, Drug Use.
Review Copy Version: PDF.
Synopsis: Australian, Denny Banister had the world at his feet; a successful career, a passion for the guitar and he is in love with Sonya – his best friend and soul mate. Tragically, Denny is struck down with inoperable cancer & he is destined to die.
Meanwhile, Andy DeVries has almost nothing; he is alienated from his family, he moves through a dangerous Chicago underworld dealing in drugs, battling addiction & now he’s gone and overdosed - jeopardizing the only thing that matters to him; a place at a prestigious Conservatory for classical guitar.
Having been snatched from the abyss Andy recovers, but he is plagued by dreams - memories of a love he has never felt, and a life he’s never lived. Driven by the need for redemption and by the love for a woman he’s never met, Andy begins a quest to find her, knowing her only by the memories of a stranger and the dreams of a place called Hambledown…
A digital version of this book was provided free by the author in exchange for a fair review.