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Paperback  ✓ Dreamland PDF/EPUB µ The year iswhen twenty year old heiress Peggy Batternberg is invited to spend the summer in America s PlaygroundThe invitation to the luxurious Oriental Hotel a mile from Coney Island is unwelcome Despite hailing from one of America s richest families, Peggy would much rather spend the summer working at the Moonrise Bookstore than keeping up appearances with New York City socialites and her snobbish, controlling familyBut soon it transpires that the hedonism of nearby Coney Island affords Peggy the freedom she has been yearning for, and it s not long before she finds herself in love with a troubled pier side artist of humble means, whom the Batternberg patriarchs would surely disapprove of Disapprove they may, but hidden behind their pomposity lurks a web of deceit, betrayal and deadly secrets And as bodies begin to mount up amidst the sweltering clamour of Coney Island, it seems the powerful Batternbergs can get away with anything even murderExtravagant, intoxicating and thumping with suspense, bestselling Nancy Bilyeau s magnificent Dreamland is a story of corruption, class and dangerous obsession Everything is real on Coney Island and nothing is real summary Peggy Battenberg is the black sheep daughter of one of the wealthiest and most affluent families in the early 20th century America However, she is not your typical heiress She is a New Woman , working in a bookshop and trying her best to distance herself from her family However, when she is told she must accompany them to New York, she cannot refuse to her chagrin They stay in an opulent hotel next to the famous theme park DEverything is real on Coney Island and nothing is real summary Peggy Battenberg is the black sheep daughter of one of the wealthiest and most affluent families in the early 20th century America However, she is not your typical heiress She is a New Woman , working in a bookshop and trying her best to distance herself from her family However, when she is told she must accompany them to New York, she cannot refuse to her chagrin They stay in an opulent hotel next to the famous theme park Dreamland Peggy is told not to mix herself with the common folk of Coney Island, but never one to conform to her family s expectations, she sneaks into the darkness to Dreamland While on her adventures around the theme park, she meets a Serbian artist named Stefan Their secret romance ignites under the veil of night on a beach, however everything gets entangled when bodies of young girl s bodies start to appear, ensnaring Peggy into a web of murder, corruption and mystery likesSet with the backdrop of the glamorous yet corrupt 1911 New York, the atmosphere is where Nancy Bileyeau excels The descriptions of the hotel, the beach, the sweltering heat allowed a clear image of a this place that I have never been to The descriptions of the aristocratic, extravagant yet reputation obsessed Battenberg family was sone so well I felt as if I were one of the wealthy, both the most free and the most trapped as Peggy discovers When in Dreamland, I could taste the hot dogs, see the fireworks, smell the popcorn and hear the raucous crowds This is at its core, a mystery book and the unsettling nature of it added suspense and a tinge of darkness to the story Peggy s world she once thought gilded was corrupting from the inside out.This book explores privilege, and how it can be difficult to recognise when it is not yourself affected Peggy had thought herself a new woman , working and living a largely ordinary life, however her family name gets her many advantages she was unaware of, being sheltered from the less desirable folk her whole life Meeting Stefan and others around Dreamland allows her prejudices and assumptions to be slowly fracture She learns of the disparity between classes, and realises that while she is still disadvantaged from being a woman in that time she is one of the lucky ones.Bigotry and racism toward immigrants is a particular focus of this novel Peggy is disgusted at how they are instantly blamed, used as scapegoats Generalised as Anarchists , the residents of Coney Island turn their noses up at anyone not born in their country Unfortunately, while setthan a hundred years ago, the issue is still at the forefront political discourse, not only in the US, but the entire world The characters were for the most part very well developed At the beginning, I struggled to grasp how their large family was connected, however I soon got the gist of it Lydia was my favourite I think I would have preferred to read from her perspective as she was such an interesting and complex character, with the most growth Closely followed by Ben I m not sure what drew me to him, because he is immoral and mean and manipulative, but that just made his characterintriguing to me dislikesWhy does every good story just need to be ruined with Insta love Whyyyyy That may be a bit dramatic, but so was this romance Saying I love you after meeting for like the second time No thanks That being said, my thoughts on the romance may be tinged by me thinking the love interest was like 60 for about 50 pages I m not sure how that happened, but it was a REAL shock when they kissed Even once I figured out he was NOT an elderly man, my brain still pictured him as a grandpa every time he was on the page That sort of killed the romance for me I shipped Peggy with someone else, even though I absolutely HATE myself for it If you ve read this you probably know and if not just know I hate my brain and I need to stop reading messed up new adult romances The EndingI m not going to give anything away, but I didn t like the ending I had a bunch of theories and all of them would beenshocking and intense than the one we were given that isn t even a brag, my theories are always super convoluted but that just shows how bad this ending was It was not only VERY rushed, but didn t really make that much sense When they told us the murderer I thought it must have been a red herring, because it was so obvious that it was surprising I don t understand this character s motivations for what they did It was almost suggested they had some form of mental illness, which I did not appreciate overviewWell written and atmospheric, Dreamland was an interesting look at life in turn of the century New York, without glamourising it completely Don t go into this for the romance or murder mystery because you will probably be disappointed This novel s true strength lies in its descriptions and characters I would recommend this loosely for fans of the Night Circus take that with a whole jar of salt because I have never read it, but for some reason it gives me those vibes I could be very off though While slow paced at times, this book felt very realistic and as if I was in the midst of this world Whelp I can t stop thinking about tierlistsso here s another video ranking all my January Books Now that you know where this one stands, check out the video to see the rest The Written Review there is one thing I do know Women of my family, and all others like us, cannot behave the same as men do Set in 1911, Peggy Batternberg yes, she s one of those Batternbergs is ready to spend the summer playing bookshop keeper far away from her rich, snobbish family Whelp I can t stop thinking about tierlistsso here s another video ranking all my January Books Now that you know where this one stands, check out the video to see the rest The Written Review there is one thing I do know Women of my family, and all others like us, cannot behave the same as men do Set in 1911, Peggy Batternberg yes, she s one of those Batternbergs is ready to spend the summer playing bookshop keeper far away from her rich, snobbish family.But soon, she is whisked away Her sister, Lydia, is possibly going to marry to the rich and gorgeous Henry Taul, but he s made a odious condition upon the whole family.Namely Peggy and the rest of the Batternbergs must spend the summer in the luxurious Oriental Hotel, barely a mile away from Coney Island.It should be a dreambut Peggy remembers She remembers exactly what caused her own relationship with Henry to endWho is it I shouted What do you want There was no sound from the other side the doorknob did not turn Despite her intuition, Peggy finds herself swept off to the summering hotel and into Dreamland.And with thatPeggy s life changes foreverI love you, I do Stefan, I ve neverfelt like thisAnd in the midst of the highest of highs, comesmurder Someone is killing young women and despite everything, Peggy thinks she knows what happenedSo, this one started strong, meandered in the middle and ended with a bang.I loved the initial storyline with Peggy at the Moonrise Bookstore a rich girl spending the summer surrounded by books.But quickly that is swept off the table for insta love, tedious conversations and stretching, stretching, stretchinnnnnng of minute details.I wishhappened in this book.I mean a lotdid happen but it was a lot of little things rather than big or interesting ones The little details just didn t hold my interest and after the first few pages, it got a bit monotonous for me I really liked the idea of Peggy and Stefan a rich little girl who stumbles upon a poor Serbian artist I think their love had a lot of potential, and I shipped them just about instantly Once again, I felt the vast gulf between my life and Stefan s But the love was so insta that my initial excitement at the thought of watching them fall in love quickly went awaybecausewellthey were alreadyIN love The ending came really quickly and wasof a oh that s it rather than OHMYGOSH THAT S IT Also, this might just be a minor thing but the longer the book went on, theit bugged me The author constantly introduced the characters Lydia, my sister My cousin Ben etc after page 20, I knew who everyone was and didn t need a yet another reminder at pg 200.Ultimately, this one was not for me.I think this is the type of book you really need to be in the mood for in order to enjoy it.Because, I could definitely see myself enjoying it if I had read it at a different time There are definitely times where I absolutely love those slow paced, intricate stories, but it just wasn t working for me today I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.All quotes are from an uncorrected proof and are subject to change upon publicationYouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads Peggy Batternberg is a member of one of the wealthiest families in America, but she doesn t behave in the manner expected of her position in life this is 1911, a time when privileged and wealthy young women had to maintain an air of respectability, and were told what they could and couldn t do, especially by their menfolk.When Peggy is invited ordered to spend the summer with the rest of the Batternberg family at the luxurious Oriental Hotel near Coney Island she s not at all impressed She s Peggy Batternberg is a member of one of the wealthiest families in America, but she doesn t behave in the manner expected of her position in life this is 1911, a time when privileged and wealthy young women had to maintain an air of respectability, and were told what they could and couldn t do, especially by their menfolk.When Peggy is invited ordered to spend the summer with the rest of the Batternberg family at the luxurious Oriental Hotel near Coney Island she s not at all impressed She s been forced by them to give up her job in a bookstore a place where she s found happiness and normality, and she dreads the snobbery and formality awaiting her.Despite her concerns, Peggy findsfreedom than she expected, and begins to feel liberated, especially after meeting Stefan, an artist working in Dreamland on Coney Island Things soon start to go pear shaped though, when two young women are found murdered close to the Oriental Hotel and Peggy begins to see a connection between them and herself I loved both the setting and the time period for Dreamland, and it was so well written what a joy it was to experience how wealthy families spent their leisure as well as seeing what allure Dreamland held for the workers spending what little time and money they had there I also loved Peggy loosely based on Peggy Guggenheim She shook off the family restraints imposed on her, when she met Serbian artist Stefan, and quickly fell in love with him Her determination to defy convention had me rooting for her all the way, but as the body count increases, things will get pretty scary for Peggy and Stefan until the identity of the murderer is revealed A rich and entertaining read with a good solid mystery at its heart My thanks to Hannah Groves at Endeavour Quill for my print copy of Dreamland I have given an honest unbiased review in exchange Coney Island America s playground It s 1911 and American Heiress, Peggy Battenberg has been requested told your better come or else to spend the summer at the Oriental Hotel with the rest of her family She would rather continue working at the Moonrise bookstore, but appearances are everything and she and her family must keep up appearances There she meets and falls for Stefan, a pier side artist in Dreamland Amusement Park who her family would never approve of With him she feels a sens Coney Island America s playground It s 1911 and American Heiress, Peggy Battenberg has been requested told your better come or else to spend the summer at the Oriental Hotel with the rest of her family She would rather continue working at the Moonrise bookstore, but appearances are everything and she and her family must keep up appearances There she meets and falls for Stefan, a pier side artist in Dreamland Amusement Park who her family would never approve of With him she feels a sense of freedom, a liberation and can be herself But women s bodies begin turning up and Peggy begins to feel see a connection to herself and begins to be in danger and read the book for the rest This was a wonderful work of historical fiction that looked at Coney Island and the division between the social classes over a century ago Themes then are still reverent today family secrets, young love, crimes against women, family expectations, etc Besides the impressive research that went into this wonderfully written book, it is also engaging, and the plot flowed seamlessly Although, Peggy had to do what her family wanted, she still found a way to find freedom, have courage, and do what she felt was right even when it went against her families wishes Peggy is a likable character with spunk As she attempts to learn the identity of the murderer, I was on the case with her, coming up with theories and motives Who is the killer What is the connection to Peggy Could she be the next victim The Author shares on her blog, the inspiration behind dreamland you to Hannah Groves form Endeavor Media who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own

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