Dreaming of a White Christmas in the Summer Sands
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Published by Brilliance Audio on 2013-11-19
Length: 9hrs and 49min
Reviewing Audiobook from Kindle Unlimited
Actress Clara McCallum just got her big break. She’s thrilled about landing the lead role in a big WWII film. But her dream-come-true excitement is short-lived. She’s just received devastating news and has been reeling ever since. The last thing Clara wants is to spend Christmas alone in New York City, but she’s determined to stay on location for the movie. Anything for her craft, right? Which is perfect since she’s playing a woman who’ll do anything for the love of doomed soldier Jed Landry.
But Clara’s resolve turns to astonishment when she steps off an old-fashioned locomotive from the set and finds herself whisked back in time—and into the arms of the real-life Jed. She’s convinced it’s some sort of hallucination. But before long she finds herself swept away by the handsome soldier and wondering if her plunge into the past could change the course of the future...and turn out to be the best Christmas present ever.
I really enjoyed this book! If Only In My Dreams by Wendy Markham is about an actress starring in a movie about a small-town WWII hero who finds herself transported back in time to 1941 where she meets the real man behind the story. I am a sucker for historical fiction. Y’all I cannot stress enough though that while this is technically set back in time, it is NOT historically accurate. If you like your historical fictions to be accurate to the time period they are referencing, skip this one. If Only In My Dreams is a sweet romance that will tug at your heart strings and make you wish for a better world.
Clara McCallum just got her big break landing a leading role, but her excitement is short-lived. She receives news a few days before filming begins that she has aggressive breast cancer. When she arrives for her first day of filming, she is still reeling from the news. Clara hasn’t confided in anyone yet, the news still too fresh for her mind to comprehend. When a twist of fate sends her back in time, Clara is clearly confused, but quickly realizes that she has a chance to meet the man her film is about.
Jed Landry is a quiet man. With the death of his father, he is struggling financially to provide for his younger siblings. With the war looming, he sees a way to provide for them. Then he meets the mysterious young woman who would change his life forever.
I both like and dislike Clara. The story is told mainly from her perspective. She is whiny, for lack of a better term, and hyper-focused on her cancer. I tried to empathize with her, but eventually it does wear on you. I loved Jed. I didn’t want to, knowing his fate, but I loved him all the same. The story focuses on Clara and her sudden arrival in the past. She has the power to warn Jed, but will he listen?
Overall I enjoyed If Only In My Dreams. I listened to it in one sitting! Justine Eyre does a fabulous job bringing Clara to life, and I’ll admit I shed a tear or several towards the end of the story. If you enjoy fated romance, I highly recommend it.
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