Review: Dreamland by Nancy Bilyeau

I’m always fascinated with books set in the early 1900s. Women are starting to realize there is more to the world than husbands and children. They want careers, to dress and do as they please. The main character in Dreamland, Peggy Battenberg, is an American heiress and so certain things are expected of her. Nevertheless, she has a job at a bookstore, something she prefers to the company of her family and their long line of snobbish friends. It’s when they head to Coney Island that she finds real escape and realizes what her privilege really buys her.

Reasons I liked this book:

Great suspense.

Realistic tackling of problems like class and immigration.

Suitable for adults and YA readers.

Lush settings brought beautifully to life.

Book Quotes: “Everything is real on Coney Island – and nothing is real.”

“You keep saying I am needed. They don’t need me. I need to have a purpose. You can’t take that away from me.”

Rating: 3.5 stars

Similar books you’ll enjoy: Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose, The Luxe by Anna Godbersen.


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