Thank you so much to Endeavour Quill for sending me this wonderful little proof of Dreamland by Nancy Bilyeau in exchange for an honest review.
I have previously reviewed Nancy’s book, The Blue which I absolutely loved, so when I got the opportunity to review another one of her books I said HELLL YEAH I WILL.
Before I get stuck into the review, we need to take a minute to appreciate how GORGEOUS the book cover is!
Just absolutely stunning, I am obsessed with it! The lovely Marketing and Publicity Coordinator, Hannah also sent me this cute little bookmark which I love and I cannot wait to use for other books.
The year is 1911 when twenty-year-old heiress Peggy Batternberg is invited to spend the summer in America’s Playground.
The invitation to Coney Island is unwelcome. Despite hailing from one of America’s richest families, Peggy would much rather spend the summer working at the Moonrise Bookstore than keeping up appearances with New York City socialites and her snobbish, controlling family.
But soon it transpires that the hedonism of Coney Island affords Peggy the freedom she has been yearning for, and it’s not long before she finds herself in love with a troubled pier-side artist of humble means, whom the Batternberg patriarchs would surely disapprove of.
Disapprove they may, but hidden behind their pomposity lurks a web of deceit, betrayal and deadly secrets. And as bodies begin to mount up amidst the sweltering clamour of Coney Island, it seems the powerful Batternbergs can get away with anything…even murder.
Extravagant, intoxicating and thumping with suspense, bestselling Nancy Bilyeau’s magnificent Dreamland is a story of corruption, class and dangerous obsession.
This beautifully written book captivated me straight away with its mysterious narrative and exceptionally developed characters.
This book is set in Coney Island and the way Nancy describes every aspect of the environment sucks you in massively and you are hooked instantly. I’ve never been to Coney Island but the vivid imagery in my head conjured up by Nancy’s words brought the narrative alive and I couldn’t put the book down! 📚
The time in which this book is set is also really interesting because Peggy (the protagonist) could be plucked out of modern day. Although it’s set in 1911, she is a free thinker, a stubborn and complex character. Likewise, she drives the narrative and through her eyes you learn the about her complicated family and the pressures they put on her. Due to the fact she is the readers way in to the narrative, you cannot help but relate and sympathise with her.
If you’re looking for an interesting historical read, go and grab Dreamland and you won’t regret it. Go and grab your entry tickets because you’re about to go on a journey with Peggy, one that you won’t forget anytime soon either.
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Achingly believable’ – Publishers Weekly
‘This fast-paced, engrossing novel from Bilyeau… gives readers an up-close and personal view of New York’s Gilded Age’ – Library Journal
‘Beautifully written and impeccably researched, Dreamland is a rollicking ride.’ – Fiona Davis, bestselling author of The Chelsea Girls
‘A marvelous book!’ – Ellen Marie Wiseman, bestselling author of What she Left Behind and The Life she was Given
‘Bilyeau is at the height of her talents in the immersive and gripping Dreamland‘ – Heather Webb, USA Today bestselling author
‘Bilyeau’s thrilling novel plunges deep into Dreamland’s maze of pleasure and menace’ – Marlowe Benn, bestselling author of Relative Fortunes
‘Nancy Bilyeau’s passion for history infuses her books’ – Alison Weir
About the author:
Nancy Bilyeau is the author of the 18th century thriller “The Blue” and the Tudor mystery series The Crown, The Chalice and The Tapestry. She is a magazine editor who has lived in the United States and Canada and a direct descendant of Pierre Billiou, a French Huguenot who immigrated to what was then New Amsterdam (later New York City) in 1661. Nancy’s ancestor, Isaac, was born on the boat crossing the Atlantic, the St. Jean de Baptiste. Pierre’s stone house still stands and is the third oldest house in New York State.
Nancy, who studied History and Political Science at the University of Michigan, has worked on the staffs of “InStyle” and “Rolling Stone,” and is currently the deputy editor of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College in New York City. She is a regular contributor to Town & Country.
“The Crown” was placed on the shortlist of the Crime Writers’ Association’s Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award.
Nancy lives with her husband and two children in New York City.
Her new historical novel is “Dreamland,” set in 1911 New York City and due to be published Jan 16, 2020.