Once in a while, we need a ‘big emotional package’ I love them. They make me feel human, they make me grow as a person, they expand my world. And my dreams.
Title: A Million Dreams
Author: Dani Atkins
Date of publication: 2019
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Beth Brandon always dreamed of owning a florist, but today the bouquets of peonies and bright spring flowers are failing to calm her nerves. Because today, Beth has a life-changing decision to share with her husband.
Izzy Vaughan thought she and her husband would stay together forever, but sometime last year, their love began to fade. They both find such joy in their young son Noah –but is he enough to keep them together?Eight years ago, something happened to these two women. Something that is about to bring them together in a way no-one thought possible…
Dreams. We all have them. Moving to a different country. Getting a mortgage with a killer rate. Become a pirate. Meet Taylor Swift. Be a mother. Find love. Win the lottery. Open a bakery. Feel free to add yours!
Beth and Izzy have led different lives. One is a florist, the other works at a vet’s. Their personalities shine and their voices are clear and poignant throughout the book. I could not help but fall for both of them, each tugging at my heartstrings in separate ways. I hate assumptions about women, that generalization which make us sound as if we are all the same. Dani Atkins did a perfect job creating two faces of a golden coin sitting on its fence.
Beth lives surrounded by the smell of flowers and the memories of a life stolen from her. Izzy is fighting for her broken marriage and wrapping her son Noah in a blanket of love as best as she can.
They have never met but their fates are intertwined. I swore at the unfairness of life. I found myself clutching at my Kindle in disbelief. I am pretty sure I walked through all steps of grief along with Beth, and felt a constant fear gnaw at me. How? Why? I am not lifting the secret veil to let you in on that!
What does it mean to be a woman? What does it mean to be a wife? What does it mean to be a mother? The author doesn’t give you computerized answers. She subtly gives life to days and weeks filled with hardships no one should have to go through. The aim of A Million Dreams is not to shout loud about how to obtain what you want or tell its readers that only one way is the right way. Dani Atkins is not pointing fingers, looking for people to blame, or giving lessons. Through the emotional journey that is this novel, she reminded me how strong women are. She also nudged me and said it’s okay not to be strong every minute of every day. She whispered in my ear that we are dealt cards and it is up to us to make the best of our hand. Sometimes it hurts, often it is confusing, but it also brings warmth and joy, days when things don’t look gloomy but blindingly shiny and hopeful. We learn from every day that passes. Our steps lead us to places we thought we wouldn’t visit.
I couldn’t let go of those characters. I was absorbed in lives that taught me so much. I felt safe, I felt outraged, I felt… everything so vividly thanks to an intelligent writing that pierced through my defenses.
A Million Dreams is a beautiful contemporary novel about the price we pay, the losses we carry, the smaller and bigger pictures of life. It is a novel about the importance to listen to your feelings, your instinct, and the power of love in all its disguises. I was left with a smile on my face, and the feeling those characters have made me grow in a way I didn’t know was possible.
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Dani Atkins is an award-winning novelist. Her 2013 debut FRACTURED (published as THEN AND ALWAYS in North America) has been translated into sixteen languages and has sold more than half a million copies since first publication in the UK. Dani is the author of four other bestselling novels, one of which, This Love, won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 2018. Dani lives in a small village in Hertfordshire with her husband, one Siamese cat and a very soppy Border Collie.