Review: Miss Mary’s Book of Dreams by Sophie Nicholls

Miss Marys Book of DreamsTitle: Miss Mary’s Book of Dreams

Author: Sophie Nicholls

Pages: 320 Pages

Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre

The Blurb

Dreams, books and vintage fashion – the second book in the bestselling ebook series by Sophie Nicholls, author of The Dress.

In historic York, Ella seems to have the perfect life. She’s a published author, her bookshop is thriving, she’s married to the man of her dreams and they’ve started a family of their own. But Ella is struggling.

Motherhood isn’t quite everything she imagined it to be, and she’s worried that there may be cracks in her marriage.

On the other side of the Atlantic, despite endless blue skies and a stream of eager customers in her vintage dress shop, Ella’s mother Fabia finds that life in San Diego is not enough for her. She misses York, and can sense that Ella needs her, so she flies home.

And this is when they meet Bryony. With a complicated life and secrets of her own, Bryony may have some of the answers they’re looking for. Can Ella and Fabia help her find her way, whilst also working out how to find their own happily ever after?

The Review

Firstly let me thank Ellie Burns from Bonnier Zaffre for sending me a copy of Miss Mary’s Book of Dreams by Sophie Nicholls to review.

What a peculiar novel.  Miss Mary’s book of Dreams is a novel set in a book shop in Yorkshire. It has a colourful cast of characters and it has quite a few different threads to the story. We have shop owner Ella who is a writer struggling to write her next story and also finding it difficult to be a young mum. Then there is Bryony who is struggling with her mental health and an evil sister. Together they find each other and are helped to find themselves.

I enjoyed reading Miss Mary’s Book of Dreams but I can’t honestly say that I fell in love with the story. It was well written, I would never criticise Nicholls writing talent. Her ability to tell a story is evident I just didn’t gel well with the book. I wasn’t gripped and I didn’t find myself consuming the book at the speed that I regular do but I can see how others may love this book.

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3 Stars


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