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This was not a bad book For me there were just parts of it that took a bit of pushing myself through it, which made reading it difficult to get through at times The premise of the story was interesting and different than I ve read, so it wasn t terrible The characters where likable and unique They were a bit strange at times or maybe it was the story that was strange at times or maybe it was the relationships that were strange, I m just not sure.I knew what would happen in the end, but it wa This was not a bad book For me there were just parts of it that took a bit of pushing myself through it, which made reading it difficult to get through at times The premise of the story was interesting and different than I ve read, so it wasn t terrible The characters where likable and unique They were a bit strange at times or maybe it was the story that was strange at times or maybe it was the relationships that were strange, I m just not sure.I knew what would happen in the end, but it was a bit abrupt when it happened Overall, I m not disappointed that I read it, it wasn t too bad The Book of Dreams surprised me in the best of ways I m a fan of Nina George s Little Paris Bookshop, and I noticed right away that her trademark warmth imbued on every page of The Book of Dreams Henri Skinner, one of our main characters, is a former war reporter He s rough around the edges, and the war has shaped him He s going to visit his son, Sam, who he doesn t really know While literally on his way to see his son, he is injured and rushed to the hospital While there, he i The Book of Dreams surprised me in the best of ways I m a fan of Nina George s Little Paris Bookshop, and I noticed right away that her trademark warmth imbued on every page of The Book of Dreams Henri Skinner, one of our main characters, is a former war reporter He s rough around the edges, and the war has shaped him He s going to visit his son, Sam, who he doesn t really know While literally on his way to see his son, he is injured and rushed to the hospital While there, he is comatose and vividly dreaming about the secrets of his past Sam, Henri s son, is a gifted thirteen year old, and he sits by Henri every day at the hospital It s there that Eddie Tomlin arrives, a woman who has loved Henri for many years Also at the hospital is Madelyn, a twelve year old who is also in a coma She has survived an accident that killed every member of her family Each character is dreaming of hope and fighting for life in their own way, and together, they are bonded by these wistful wants Gosh, The Book of Dreams gave me so much to think about First, it had me feeling deeply for its characters, and then it transferred to real life, as the story became so earnest, it felt real and luminescent The Book of Dreams is deeply emotional and soaringly rewarding I cried until I felt that ache in my chest I had the hardest time letting go of this story and turning the last page There is sadness, loss, and tragedy here, as is hope Lyrical writing, deep meaning, heartbreaking, powerful, and profound, The Book of Dreams taught me about just being versus truly living among many other life lessons, and I am ever so grateful this book was in my hands and is now in my heart I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com #E-PUB µ The Book of Dreams ⚡ Warm, wise, and magical the latest novel by the bestselling author of THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP and THE LITTLE FRENCH BISTRO is an astonishing exploration of the thresholds between life and death Henri Skinner is a hardened ex war reporter on the run from his past On his way to see his son, Sam, for the first time in years, Henri steps into the road without looking and collides with oncoming traffic He is rushed to a nearby hospital where he floats, comatose, between dreams, reliving the fairytales of his childhood and the secrets that made him run away in the first placeAfter the accident, Sam a thirteen year old synesthete with an IQ ofand an appetite for science fiction waits by his father s bedside every day There he meets Eddie Tomlin, a woman forced to confront her love for Henri after all these years, and twelve year old Madelyn Zeidler, a coma patient like Henri and the sole survivor of a traffic accident that killed her family As these four very different individuals fight for hope, for patience, for life they are bound together inextricably, facing the ravages of loss and first love side by sideA revelatory, urgently human story that examines what we consider serious and painful alongside light and whimsy, THE BOOK OF DREAMS is a tender meditation on memory, liminality, and empathy, asking with grace and gravitas what we will truly find meaningful in our lives once we are gone I didn t know what I was getting myself into when I picked up this book, and I mean that in the best possible way This is the type of book I will be thinking about for awhile I think the author really took a chance with this one and maybe it won t be for everyone, but I m pretty darn glad I read it.The story in some ways is a bit tricky to explain without getting into spoiler territory so I m gonna keep it brief and simple The less you know is probably best in this case Henri Skinner is set I didn t know what I was getting myself into when I picked up this book, and I mean that in the best possible way This is the type of book I will be thinking about for awhile I think the author really took a chance with this one and maybe it won t be for everyone, but I m pretty darn glad I read it.The story in some ways is a bit tricky to explain without getting into spoiler territory so I m gonna keep it brief and simple The less you know is probably best in this case Henri Skinner is set to see his teenage son, Sam, for the first time in years when he is rushed to the hospital after being involved in a traffic accident Henri s former girlfriend, Eddie, and Sam stick close to Henri s hospital bed as he is in a coma The book is told from the alternating perspectives of Eddie, Sam, and Henri Yes, you read that right, you will get to know the man in the coma quite well I wasn t prepared for how much this would hit me on an emotional and spiritual level Now I ll admit some of what the author was trying to express might have gone over my head, but what I did get, I loved It was truly a treat to read a book in which the author was willing to go out on a limb and write a book that might not be market friendly I love when authors are willing to take chances and just go for it in order to tell the story they want and I appreciate when publishers give them the opportunity to do this as well Such a great read and I look forward to checking out the author s other novels Read this book if you are up for the challenge that it might be a high risk, but high reward type read.Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion 4.5 StarsMaybe our lives are nothing but stories that are being read by other people Henri Skinner, a man who was once upon a time a war reporter, has just jumped off the Hammersmith Bridge as this story begins, desperate to save the life of a young girl who had fallen overboardThe river is dragging her along It wants to own her But Henri wins this time It is only after he is on land, carrying this girl to safety that he begins to worry about being late to get to the school where 4.5 StarsMaybe our lives are nothing but stories that are being read by other people Henri Skinner, a man who was once upon a time a war reporter, has just jumped off the Hammersmith Bridge as this story begins, desperate to save the life of a young girl who had fallen overboardThe river is dragging her along It wants to own her But Henri wins this time It is only after he is on land, carrying this girl to safety that he begins to worry about being late to get to the school where his son, Sam, is waiting for him It will be the first time that they ve really seen each other Feeling weak after putting the girl down, he stumbles out into the road The girl screams as a car sweeps him off his feet and into the airI ll be right with you, Sam I m just having a little rest Sam is an unusual boy, gifted with a Mensa IQ, he is also a synesthete what he sees, feels, hears sometimes translates into something else Numbers, sounds, voices, and music he sees in colours Letters he associated with personality traitsThe London Underground sounds steel gray, like a bagful of knives My mother s voice is soft, like soft gauze on a frozen lake And purple My voice is currently colorless, but when I m scared it turns bright yellow People who know who they are and what they re capable of have green voices Dark green voices, serene and majestic like a wise old forest The story is shared between the voices of Sam, Henri and a woman named Eddie Tomlin, who once was in love with Henri, until he broke her heart, and how they weave together We hear the story of how Sam came to be, the story of Henri s brief relationship with Sam s mother, Marie France, the story of a fishing expedition that still stays with him, and his regrets over some things that were said When Sam finds out that his father is in the hospital, and the time of the accident, he realizes it means Henri didn t intentionally miss the father son event at Sam s school With that, he is determined to finally spend some time with this man who is his father, a man he doesn t really know He knows his mother won t approve, and so he goes without her consent, where he meets Eddie, and also eventually meets an eleven year old girl, Madelyn, Maddie, who is also in a coma, like his father Maddie s family were all killed in a car accident, she is the only one who lived His sensory overlap allows him to see, feel Maddie on a level that escapes others, Sam makes it his mission to try to find a way to reach her, and draw her out of her coma Raising many questions about the spaces between life and death, the various conditions of existence that we encounter between our first and last breaths, and whether or not we fully understand what those limits are, the purpose of our lives, this can be thought provoking, without straying too far into the woo woo category With writing that I found both lyrical and profound, and a story that was both powerful and endearing, I loved this story from the start Many thanks, once again, to the Public Library system, and the many Librarians that manage, organize and keep it running, for the loan of this book The ripples of tragedies were too sensory overloaded for me.So, while I was engaged in the story from the start, I was grappling with the believability chain of events as well With several mishaps right away they didn t feel authentically believable to me.butok, I went with it I appreciated the concept of this book especially the authors personal connection to this novel with her own father s death , but I honestly wasn t drawn to reading it until recently when my friend, ver The ripples of tragedies were too sensory overloaded for me.So, while I was engaged in the story from the start, I was grappling with the believability chain of events as well With several mishaps right away they didn t feel authentically believable to me.butok, I went with it I appreciated the concept of this book especially the authors personal connection to this novel with her own father s death , but I honestly wasn t drawn to reading it until recently when my friend, verbally told me how much she loved it So I gave it a go having loved The Little Paris Bookshop , by Nina George The primary theme the author explores is the border between life and death.a powerful theme to contemplate There are parts in this book that were compelling to think about This excerpt is one them How must they feel, all the people whose beloved lies in a coma Do they remain faithful in the most innocent sense of the word Do they long for sex, the touch of skin, laughter, shared moments when life is full and sweet Or do they die, a little at a time, because they no longer there to live Do they abandon their lives completely and devote themselves entirely to caring and comforting Or do they conserve some of their energy for themselves I wondered about this as a young adult when my mother told me that my dad spent his entire first year of their marriage in the hospital in San Francisco He had tuberculosis I wondered how my mother dealt with these issues once I was old enough to understand a little bitabout life It was also easy to imagine the unbearable tension in the hospital each day There are so many intense emotions in every bed in the ward One person has gotten lost in a very dangerous place, another is hounded by mortal dread, and yet another patient is running a fever I sense fatigue and tension, as if there were taut strings and elastic bands crisscrossing the room Concerns, aches, and fear And the gut reality of physically being in a coma A catheter is hidden under Maddie s nightie and tracksuit bottoms, and two tubes are connected to her index finger There is a vial of eyedrops on the table next to her Further dropper bottles on the table by the door contain other medicines There are machines by her bed, monitoring the oxygen and her blood and her heartbeat on a constant basis She is obviously fed through a tube that vanishes into her skin next to her collarbone Another tube protrudes from her neck it s hooked up to the ventilator Butthe lines between reality and fantasy conscious and subconscious the different remembering s and retellings the dreams themselves put me into a comatose state myself It was a little bland and confusing The side stories felt odd to and unrealistic that my own emotions never got off the ground This book was muchcerebral in thought than it was emotional for me 2.7 stars I appreciate the premises and purpose for this novel with much respect for Nina George but overall I had too many conflicted feelings about the storytelling itself.I had limitations with just how much I could transcend this human experience with my own heart I loved this book and I have no idea how to convey why It deals in the spaces between so called reality that we all share, but not all of us know it And it deals with places that are possibly just as real that we only traverse alone If you can accept the profundity of the simple lyrics Row, row, your boat, gently down the stream, Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream and are comfortable with this notion, you will understand and appreciate this book of dreams It takes the I loved this book and I have no idea how to convey why It deals in the spaces between so called reality that we all share, but not all of us know it And it deals with places that are possibly just as real that we only traverse alone If you can accept the profundity of the simple lyrics Row, row, your boat, gently down the stream, Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream and are comfortable with this notion, you will understand and appreciate this book of dreams It takes the reader through the tears in our so called reality and explores what life and death are Rather than go on metaphysically and possibly incomprehensibly for people who are not attuned to this kind of material , I ll trust Nina George to explain from her afterword The Book of Dreams completes my cycle of novels about mortality I needed to write about fear and transience and to portray the points where life and death meet as a sort of fairy tale place brimming with parallel realities, a transitional zone among all worlds, heaven, and earth None of us know if this zone really exists or if it is born of our thoughts and hopes and fears For me, it has always existed And I cannot wait to read her earlier books There are real people, love, and a wonderful, heartbreaking, romantic love story in this book, but I haven t the patience to get into it Suffice it to say I found the whole thing exquisite and I took it in like a hungry suckling baby A heart tugging story of devotion and hope Nina George has created beautiful characters and compelling relational dynamics I especially loved Sam, an extraordinary boy who is astute beyond his years I wanted to give him a giant bear hug and make his dreams come true.George excelled at putting her thoughts to paper, especially as they relate to Sam s journey to find peace and love and Henri s alternating states of awareness as he remained trapped between two worlds A profound and thought prov A heart tugging story of devotion and hope Nina George has created beautiful characters and compelling relational dynamics I especially loved Sam, an extraordinary boy who is astute beyond his years I wanted to give him a giant bear hug and make his dreams come true.George excelled at putting her thoughts to paper, especially as they relate to Sam s journey to find peace and love and Henri s alternating states of awareness as he remained trapped between two worlds A profound and thought provoking read that I couldn t put down Read it in two days Powerful, moving, and poetic, Nina George s newest novel, The Book of Dreams , is absolutely exquisite It s so different from other books I ve read recently, and it is one I won t soon forget Maybe we re all stories that someone is reading, and maybe that will save us before we ultimately expire Henri Skinner was once a renowned war reporter whose eyes have seen first hand the horrors of our world Shaped by tragedy at an early age, he is a passionate person, one prone to acting before he Powerful, moving, and poetic, Nina George s newest novel, The Book of Dreams , is absolutely exquisite It s so different from other books I ve read recently, and it is one I won t soon forget Maybe we re all stories that someone is reading, and maybe that will save us before we ultimately expire Henri Skinner was once a renowned war reporter whose eyes have seen first hand the horrors of our world Shaped by tragedy at an early age, he is a passionate person, one prone to acting before he thinks On his way to see his teenage son for the first time since he was an infant, he performs a heroic act, only to be struck by a car afterward He now lies deep in a coma, hearing the voices of those he loves but also reliving his life s memories, as well as exploring the paths not taken.Sam, Henri s son, is a highly intellectual synesthete he sees sounds as colors and numbers as sounds who has dreamed of having his father in his life for as long as he can remember, only to be told by his mother that his father wasn t the type to depend on When he learns of his father s accident he begins a daily vigil at Henri s bedside Even though the doctors say they see no sign of Henri s sensing what is going on around him, Sam believes his father hasn t given up yet, and implores him to return to consciousness.While at the hospital, Sam meets Eddie Tomlin, a woman who was once deeply in love with Henri until he cruelly hurt her She s moved on with her life but Henri had named her the executor of his living will, so she now must confront her feelings for this man to whom she once gave her entire heart Eddie isn t sure if she wants Henri to awaken or if she is ready to say goodbye once and for all.Another patient at the hospital is 12 year old Madelyn, who has been in a coma since she was in a car accident that killed her entire family Even though she cannot communicate, does not give any sign that she hears or feels or sees, the hospital continues to treat her, this poor young girl without anyone to look after her Sam is taken with Maddie, and does everything he can to try and help her back to consciousness, as he tries to do the same for his father There are places where time is thinner, where yesterday, today, and tomorrow converge and we can feel the presence of the dead and the echo of the future The Book of Dreams is about the thin line between life and death, of how keeping a person alive is oftenfor ourselves than the actual person It s a book about love both its presence and its absence and how both can consume you Butthan that, this is a book about relationships, about finding the courage to act, to say the things you ve always wanted, to never let regret occupy your mind.This book is gorgeously written, brimming with vivid imagery and emotion At times it gets a little confusing, as you re not sure what has happened and what is being dreamed, but the power of this book overcame any of its flaws where I was concerned In a few days it will be five years since my father died suddenly, and this book, felt a bit like a gift for me, despite how difficult it was to read at times.I haven t read any of George s other books, but she said in her afterword that her last three novels, The Little Paris Bookshop, The Little French Bistro , and this one form a cycle of novels about mortality and are colored by existential questions about death I m definitely going to have to pick her other books up, because this really touched me It was both a beautifully written and a beautifully felt book.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at A beautifully written book, richly metaphorical, about hovering in the space between life and death It follows Henri, in a coma after an accident, and how he tries to interact with his loved ones and they in turn with him Poignant and profound, we explore the feelings of loss, hope and grief, all at once.Yet, even though I can appreciate the beauty of this book, it really wasn t for me.My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.