Midsummer Dreams by Alison May

Midsummer Dreams by Alison Mayfive-stars

Midsummer Dreams on June 12, 2015
Pages: 307

I received this book for free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
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Four people. Four messy lives. One night that changes everything.

Emily is obsessed with ending her father’s new relationship – but is blind to the fact that her own is far from perfect.

Dominic has spent so long making other people happy that he’s hardly noticed he’s not happy himself.

Helen has loved the same man, unrequitedly, for ten years. Now she may have to face up to the fact that he will never be hers.

Alex has always played the field. But when he finally meets a girl he wants to commit to, she is just out of his reach.

At a midsummer wedding party, the bonds that tie the four friends together begin to unravel and show them that, sometimes, the sensible choice is not always the right one.

A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.

My Review

Brilliant modern telling of a favorite tale!

There are almost 100 chapters in this book! Do NOT let that scare you away. 😉 The chapters are short and hop around among the four characters’ brains to let you in on what they’re thinking. Me? I spent well over half this book wanting to strangle every single one of them for their lack of communication. Well, okay, whatever. If they were communicating, there’d be no story.

The humor is sharp and quick. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it! Some of it is laugh-out-loud funny, so you may want to read in private. Unless you’re okay with being stared at. By Chapter Eighty-Seven, I had tears dripping down my face, trying to drown me in them. Have some tissues handy when the feels set in.

Lastly, this is one American girl who LOVES British slang. Nothing makes me laugh harder than a well-placed slang word. Who knew that fug was a real word? Thanks for helping me get smarter, Alison!


About Alison May

Alison May is an English writer who lives in Worcestershire with one husband, no kids and no pets. There were goldfish once. That ended badly.

She has studied History and Creative Writing, and has worked as a waitress, a shop assistant, a learning adviser, an advice centre manager, and a freelance trainer, before settling on ‘making up stories’ as an entirely acceptable grown-up career plan.

She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. She writes contemporary romantic comedies, and short stories.

4 thoughts on “Midsummer Dreams by Alison May

    1. I would have sworn on my LIFE that it was supposed to be fog. I’m glad I looked it up. I get such a kick out of British slang. I really enjoyed your book! Thank you YOU, thank you Choc Lit, and thank you NetGalley. 🙂

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