It feels like a lifetime ago since A.L.Michael last appeared on TWG, a lot has happened since she has! You may remember the author’s previous book series, The House on Camden Square, which came to an end last year. However, A.L.Michael has returned with a new look, a new vibe, and a new path to move forward on.
I am delighted to be day two on the ‘Cocktails and Dreams’ blog tour – here is my review!
A heart-warming novel with characters you’ll love, don’t miss this first in a new series for romance, laugh-out- loud comedy and a feel-good ending. Perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane and Lindsey Kelk.
I was seven years old when I realized my mother was not a great person…
Since Savvy was abandoned by her rockstar mother, she has craved a normal life. But after years of financing her boyfriend’s lacklustre career, he leaves her when he hits the big time. Savvy’s friends at the burlesque club where she serves elaborate cocktails encourage her to make bold changes in her life. She soon meets handsome bartender Milo, and begins to plan a future she can be excited about.
But when Savvy’s estranged mother crashes back into her life, her newfound happiness is under threat… will Savvy have the courage to pursue her dreams?
See inside for a delicious cocktail recipe and book club questions!
What does TWG think?
Cocktails and Dreams…what a unique cover! To be perfectly honest, my first impression of the book wasn’t 100% due to the cover, it seemed too simple for the authors general style. Just my opinion. When I got into the storyline, I found the content to be nothing like the cover whatsoever.
Getting straight to the point; I bloomin’ loved this book! First of all, the majority of the storyline was set in a burlesque club, I mean, how unique can you get? Straight away I thought of Dita Von Teese, and the film ‘Burlesque’. Brilliant setting. Second of all, there is a kickass female protagonist who goes by the name of ‘Savvy’; if you need a new role model in your life, choose her. Period. Third of all, there is an emotional back story which ends up being deeper than the Bee-Gee’s popular tune, ‘How Deep Is Your Love’. Not in a bad way either!
‘Cocktails and Dreams’ isn’t just a book about alcohol. It isn’t just a book about dreams gone wrong. No. ‘Cocktails and Dreams’ is a book that just keeps on giving. Every single chapter brought something new to the whole book experience, some things expected, and some things not. All of that showed me that A.L.Michael’s book has more to it that meets the eye, and by golly what a book to come back with!
Savvy’s situation was quite a difficult one to read, so emotional yet her mother’s antics made me want to give her a ruddy good shake. I found the switching between intense moments and hilarious moments, incredibly refreshing and memorable. It was as though we were given the best of both worlds, without feeling too suffocated by the characters lifestyles.
Whilst I loved the entire novel, I adored the spotlight on fulfilling dreams, and learning how to find the confidence to be able to put yourself first, whilst grabbing that dream by the lower region and showing it whose boss. At the end of the day, we are all humans as we always end up putting our dreams on the back burner because of life itself. Author, A.L.Michael, was obviously aware of that fact, which made the sentiment behind her character’s dreams go through the roof. I believed that Savvy could reach the stars. And now, after reading ‘Cocktails and Dreams’, I believe that I can also reach the stars.
A brilliant, heart-warming, beautifully written novel from the extremely talented, A.L.Michael. A must-read without a doubt.
This giveaway is to win a cocktail making giftset and an eCopy of the book. UK only!
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