At first glance, House of Dreams looks like it was; idyllic, mesmerising and gorgeous. But it's far more than it's scenic cover and isn't your typical Summer-y light-themed novel. Underneath the surface, there was a truly compelling story about siblings and life after the death of their Mother, back in Casa de Sueños to where they grew up, to say goodbye to it for good.
At the start, we see Lucy awaiting the arrival of her brother and sister. It's an anxious wait as she isn't prepared for what this week will play out like. She's the youngest sibling and was probably the closest to her late Mother. Her true motivation for this week is to give her Mother, Hope, the proper send-off she deserves. Jo, her sister and a single mother, isn't sure of it either. But they are honouring their mother's wish that they spend her birthday together there, in southern Spain one last time. For Tom, he's dreading returning to his unconventional, bohemian childhood and just wants it to go without a single thing going wrong. He attends the house with his wife and kids, ready to scatter his mother's ashes and arrange dividing up the money from the house's sale, driven by his wife's demands.
During the week, certain true colours come out from the families and characters, also unveiling things their Mother had kept a secret. As the story plays out, they also grow closer than they were before and I loved the character development across the characters that played out truly effortlessly.
Overall, House of Dreams was truly a dream read. From the blissful setting to the emotional, powerful plot, I was truly won over by this exceptional five-star read. Fanny Blake has definitely out-done herself, writing what is surely going to be such a hit with Adult Fiction lovers. The book was slow paced, just as a Summer read should be, and portrayed the realness of sibling bonds and saying goodbye in the backdrop of sunny Spain.
Chick-lit fans, Adult ficiton and feel good reads.