The 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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
E-ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and are not affected in any way.
• Night Circus vibes.
Even if this is a mystery book and Night Circus is a fantasy one, and they don't have anything in common, the first chapters, plus some other parts, reminded me of precisely that one book. After finishing reading Dreamland, I have read some other reviews to see if anyone had this feeling, and it turns out I ...more
The story is a historical fiction/mystery that takes place in 1911 in Coney Island, with the main character being an American Heiress, Peggy Battenberg
This to me was both very interesting and enjoyable. the era and place make for a great read. The clothing, decor, and intrigue set up for a book that kept me interested from start to finish!
Thank you to NeGalley, Nancy Bilyeau, and Endeavour Media
Wow. This was a fun ride full of suspense. And I loved it.
Frankly, I loved Peggy the most. She was such an interesting character—strong, independent with a fierce and loyal heart. I enjoyed reading about her rebellious nature—an heiress who rejects social norms in order to live her life to the ...more
It was 1911; the young woman struggling to be free of her family edicts in New York City makes many poor/risky choices. Does that heighten the drama as it did in Bilyeau's last book? Yes, but in this case it is too ...more
Peggy Batternberg is from a very wealthy and well-known family and is expected to act like it. But Peggy has other ideas about how she wants to live her life, taking on a simple bookshop position and trying to just "be normal". Lydia, Peggy's sister, is on the verge of being engaged to an eligible wealthy young man and Peggy is summoned with ...more
Dreamland, by Nancy Bilyeau is a gorgeous historical mystery/thriller set in 1911 with a sprinkle of romance and sinister murders.
Synopsis: Peggy Batternberg, a member of one of the richest families in America, longs to be free of her controlling socially obssesed family but when her uncle shows up at the bookshop where she works and demands she return home with him, she has no choice but to obey.
During her journey and upon her ...more
The main character Peggy is gutsy and compassionate. Having started to make a life for herself outside of her family, she is hauled back in with barely a moment’s notice. I’ve read a few books recently with a female protagonist in a historical setting pushing against society’ ...more
Peggy Batternberg is part of a wealthy, snobbish family. They throw their money around and thinks it exempts them from the same treatment as the working class. Unfortunately, in many cases they are correct. Peggy herself hates the way her family acts. When the book opens, she’s working in a bookstore. Not for the money, which she doesn’t need, but for a sense of ...more
Set in 1911, New York City, in Coney Island, this book reflects all the fun of the amusement park and includes a mystery that will keep the reader guessing. Having worked in an amusement park myself, I know the way an exhausted worker feels after a long day watching the public ...more
***I received an ARC from the Author in return for a review.
The year is 1911. Peggy Batternberg is straining against bit and bridle - yearning for certain freedoms - not afforded young women of her class. Rebellious Peggy lives with her wealthy Jewish family on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. She's already blown up an engagement to the wealthy Henry Taub and desires to work as a shop-girl in a bookstore. Younger sister Lydia has taken up the mantle of Mr. Taub and they are ...more