Life dreams are odd things. You spend a lot of time daydreaming about them, envisioning yourself in this new reality with them and working hard to make them come true. Sometimes the unexpected happens and suddenly you find yourself with what you’ve always longed for. A lot of the time when life dreams come true…they don’t always turn out the way you intended.
I dream about living in the middle of nowhere, giving up my day job, writing (occasionally), wandering the land looking amazing (not windswept, bedraggled or covered in mud) and filling my time with growing and eating our own food.
So, you can imagine my excitement when the book tour for, Gigi’s Island Dream, by Rosie Dean came along. I connected with it immediately. It ticked all my reading boxes; interesting character, good premise, aligned with my own life dream and the author is known for writing funny romances.
I loved the idea of an inheritance giving posh Gigi the opportunity to follow her dream by going to live on an island, grow veg, find herself, sculpt and teach a few pottery classes.
Here’s the blurb:
Gabriella Gill-Martin – Gigi to her friends – ditches her privileged life in London’s fast lane, to live on an island. In her dream home she will build beautiful sculptures and grow vegetables.
But she soon learns that’s not all she has to give up.
When dreams become nightmares – what’s a girl to do?
Here’s my review`:
This book is a funny and heartwarming read. For me the standouts are the humour and the characterisation.
I loved ex-London girl, Gigi, as a main character. She had good book character appeal with her dysfunctional parents, her screw-up brother, Freddy, her crazy diva friends, an architect boyfriend and her two cats. Her determination to ditch her old life of privilege and make her island dream a success really stood out. This girl has bags of inner strength.
One of my favourite quotes was when Gigi decides to start growing her own vegetables. It really made me giggle after she’d been howling with frustration after trying to create a vegetable patch and she concludes – ‘it never looked this difficult on the internet.’
I enjoyed Gigi’s uplifting journey of self discovery. Things don’t go to plan on the island and there are some worrying times when her finances get tricky too. Throughout all this she learns so much about herself and the expectations her family has on her.
The characters are quirky and interesting which is one of the standouts. The humour is also good.
If you are looking for a fun-light read with a hint of romance and a sprinkling of suspense this book is for you.
As for my life dream…well, after hating lockdown, spending the last couple of years trying to have some success with vegetable growing (as with anything in life it takes a lot of hardworking and failure), wandering around the countryside with my dog who always manages to get me caked in mud and reading this book….I think I’ll pass on that lifedream 🙂
Rosie Dean has been writing stories and plays since she was big enough to type. After studying ceramic design and gaining a ‘degree in crockery’ as the man in her life calls it, she became an Art & Pottery teacher. Seven years later, she moved into corporate world, writing training courses and marketing copy until the lure of being a full-time writer became irresistible.
Her passion is to write entertaining love stories that can make a reader chuckle, laugh out loud or, occasionally, feel a lump in the throat. Most of all, she loves developing the characters who inhabit her stories – eccentricities and screwball scenarios pop up in all of her work. Some of these characters have four legs – because animals offer an interesting counterpoint to human dramas.
Gigi’s Island Dream is her fourth romantic comedy, and won the Readers’ Choice Award from Romance Writers of America’s Florida chapter.
Rosie lives on the Isle of Wight, and can see the sea from her writing den.