I’ve been on a roll with my reading – must be because winter has set in and there’s nothing to do outside. This latest book, The Last Dreamer by Barbara Solomon Josselsohn, was an interesting read. Here is more about the book and my review.
The Last Dreamer
Barbara Solomon Josselsohn
Iliana Passing—wife, mother, and former acclaimed journalist—gave up her career to start a family. Almost fifteen years later, despite how much she loves her husband and kids, she can’t help wondering how she ended up with a life spent carpooling and running errands.
Ready to get back into the journalism game, Iliana searches for an exciting lead. When she discovers that Jeff Downs, the heartthrob star of an old TV show and her girlhood crush, now owns a nearby textile company, she thinks she’s found her story: teen celebrity and its aftermath. But as Iliana gets to know Jeff, the two grow closer than she ever could’ve imagined. Now that her teenage dream has walked into her present-day reality, how far will she go to entertain an old fantasy?
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Iliana Passing gave up her journalist career fifteen years ago to become a full-time mother and wife and to support her husband’s career. But now she is eager to go back to being a journalist. The problem is she’s been out of the game so long that no one is interested in her. One night a rerun of an old television series she loved as a teen sparks an idea. She researches where the then teen idol – Jeff Downs – is now, and is thrilled to find he owns a textile company nearby. She believes she’s found her golden idea for an article that will restart her career. But as she pursues it, a web of lies begins from her first meeting with Jeff to her husband at home and she can’t seem to squash them. Will her marriage survive her quest to follow her dream of writing again?
This was an interesting read. After all, what wife and mother who has given up her dreams to raise a family hasn’t wanted to break away and relive the past, even for just a short time? But the web of lies she finds herself in begins to grow bigger and bigger. I understood her need to find a balance between family and restarting her career, but it’s how she did it that was a little off balance. Sure, her husband was basically self-centered and expected too much of her, but he didn’t deserve to be lied to in the pursuit of her working again. And there is one conversation between her and her husband that becomes so intense, it actually makes the reader uncomfortable. Couples argue all the time, but an argument like that – with the words that were thrown at her – is a hard one to come back from for any couple. But I won’t tell you what happened – you’ll have to read it for yourself.
(Note: I received an advance copy of this novel from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.)
About the Author:
Barbara Solomon Josselsohn is a magazine writer specializing in articles and essays about home and family. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Consumers Digest, Parents, American Baby, and Westchester Magazine, as well as on numerous websites. She and her husband live in Westchester County, New York, and have three children and a lovable shih-poo. The Last Dreamer is her first novel.
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