Welcome to the blog tour for Dreamland by Nancy Bilyeau. A huge thank you to Endeavour Media for inviting me to participate today. Check out my review of this awesome book and let me know what you think in the comments.
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 clamor 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.
WOW! Dreamland took me by surprise. I absolutely loved everything about this book. From the setting to the characters to the plot, Nancy Bilyeau has crafted an awe-inspiring novel that I just want to read again.
Set in 1911, we are transported to Coney Island during a time of struggle for the working class, women, and immigrants. I was completely absorbed into this setting. Nancy Bilyeau captured the time perfectly and brought it to life vividly.
The plot has everything: murder mystery, drama, forbidden romance…Dreamland is a book you should plan to not put down after you start reading. You won’t be able to. Nancy Bilyeau captures the essence of the time period she’s writing in while delivering a brilliantly paced plot and suspenseful twists.
Our main character Peggy Batternberg is fantastically written. She feels real with her strength, passion, and independent nature. It is fascinating to watch her deal with her family and her opposing beliefs while also getting caught up in a murder mystery.
Dreamland is SO good. This was an easy 5 stars to give away. I highly recommend checking it out!!
*I was sent a free copy of Dreamland from Endeavour Media in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
Nancy Bilyeau is the author of the historical thrillers “The Blue” and “Dreamland” 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.
In “The Blue,” Nancy drew on her own heritage as a Huguenot. She is 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 at the University of Michigan, has worked on the staffs of “InStyle,” “Good Housekeeping,” and “Rolling Stone.” She is currently the deputy editor of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at the Research Foundation of CUNY and a regular contributor to “Town & Country” and “Mystery Scene Magazine.”
Nancy’s mind is always in past centuries but she currently lives with her husband and two children in New York City.
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