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The year is 1911 when twenty-year-old heiress Peggy Batternberg is invited to spend the summer in America’s Playground.

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
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Expected publication: January 16th 2020 by Endeavour Quill
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    Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
    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
    Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
    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
    Nancy Bilyeau
    Aug 19, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
    In researching and writing this novel, I deeply immersed myself in a dazzling New York City of over a century ago and created characters that months later I can't seem to get out of my head. :) I hope my readers enjoy this novel of suspense. Here is my post for my author blog on how I got the idea for the book:
    Lilith Black
    Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it
    Actual rating: 3.5

    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
    Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I have just finished reading Dreamland By Nancy Bilyeau.

    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
    Okay, yes, I have to be honest. I requested this ARC because it was love at first sight. This cover made my cursor stop in its track and after reading the synopsis, I clicked on the button 'Request'.

    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
    Michele Koop
    Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I love all of Nancy Bilyeau’s books, and yet, this is my favorite! She captures 1911 Coney Island and Dreamland so vividly that I could taste the hotdogs and the cotton candy and feel like I’m right in the middle of the action in this lively, crazy amusement park. When Peggy, the rebellious 20 year old protagonist from a wealthy Manhattan family reminiscent of the real life Guggenheims, is forced into spending the summer with her family in a luxurious hotel near Coney Island, she escapes to the ...more
    Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I read an advance copy of this and I LOVED it! I couldn’t put it down. The setting is so vividly described, I actually mourned that I couldn’t go and visit Dreamland. The characters are some of the most fully realized I’ve read in a long time. If you enjoyed Downton Abbey and want something from that time, set in the US, but with a delicious murder mystery thrown in, you will love this book.
    ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
    ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!)
    gwendalyn _books_
    Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I can’t wait to read this!!!
    Marvelous Bookish Tomes
    Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with the ARC. I was so happy to see I got approved for this! Loved this!
    Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Dreamland, is an absorbing historical mystery with some romance set in 1911, New York City. Peggy Batternberg, a young heiress, is anxious to escape the shackles of her restrictive family which is all consumed by appearance and status. She is allowed to work in a bohemian bookstore and live in Greenwich Village but her life is disrupted when she is commanded to spend the summer at the Oriental Hotel in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, next to Coney Island, which was then home to three amusement parks ...more
    Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I expected to like this book based on my enjoyment of all previous books of historical fiction written by this author. I did not enjoy the book, however. The heroine possessed a very awkward combination of independence and naivety and her actions were simply impossible to embrace.
    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
    Ellen Wiseman
    Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Set in the posh hotels and alluring amusement parks of turn-of-the century Coney Island, DREAMLAND is a vibrant maze of desires, scandal, and mystery that pulls you in and doesn’t let go. A marvelous book!
    Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Bilyeau’s new novel takes us to 1911 Coney Island and into the world of the Peggy, a twenty-year old heiress who is not your typical socialite. She is strong willed, independent and intelligent against the wishes of her family who is concerned with appearances. When she meets an immigrant artist in the Dreamland amusement park and falls for him, she realises just how different life is for the working class. As girls start to turn up murdered, Peggy finds she needs to defy her family even more to ...more
    Kris Waldherr
    Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Super-excited for this one!
    Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I love reading books about strong young women who reject social norms to fulfill their dreams and live their passions. And this novel did not disappoint.

    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
    K B
    Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
    3.75 Stars (rounded up) https://kbbookreviews867789450.wordpr...

    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
    Beth ~~Just One More Chapter I Swear~~
    Well well well...this was something... something wonderful. Dreamland turned out to be an excellently written Historical Fiction whodunit set in New York more than a century ago. The foundation and general demeanor of this chronological opus seemed to be very well researched. Having grown up in Manhattan Beach Brooklyn, the whole atmosphere of the book felt incredibly familiar. I formed an instant connection, a tether to the heart and soul of the story, due to the sheer authenticity of the ...more
    Susan Peterson
    Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Dreamland takes place in 1911 at Coney Island, a hot scorching summer. It was during a time when the world was struggling with women's rights, workers' rights, and bigotry towards immigrants. It was also a time of great disparity between the rich and the poor, and Coney Island itself was a place where the rich could live sheltered in the grand hotels, but not far from the amusements, the thrills, and the depravity offered by Coney Island's Dreamland. I was completely immersed in the time and the ...more
    Anne O'Connell
    Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This book appealed to me as it’s set in roughly the same time and place as The Great Gatsby. That’s about as far as the similarities go, although there is a good mixture of likeable and unlikeable characters in this one too.
    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’
    A.L. Goulden
    Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Aside from a few historical inaccuracies (the biggest being that Dreamland burned down in May of 1911 but this story takes place months after that) I was drawn into the vivid time period and this wonderful place. The descriptions were lovely and the murder mystery was engaging. The young, unmarried Peggy Batternberg lives life according to her own wants and desires, despite the pressures of her prominent family and society expectations. These are always the best heroines. Peggy falls for a ...more
    Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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    This book completely lived up to it's enticing cover and title. I loved everything about this book and I will definitely look for more to read by Bilyeau! I enjoyed the pacing and character development so much and completely got wrapped up in the story.
    Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I was first drawn to this book because of the cover. It spoke of danger and thrills. I can say with certainty that this book delivered.

    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
    Ginger Pollard
    Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    First, when one of my favorite authors has a book on the way, it's an exciting wait. Definitely a new addition to my library. Nancy Bilyeau is a fantastic writer and I highly recommend her books. This one is no exception!
    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
    Janet DeCastro
    Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
    ***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
    Anya Leonard
    Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    A beautiful story. Having read other offerings by Ms. Bilyeau, I knew this would be a special treat. I was surprised at the setting however because previous books by her were set in England many centuries ago. This was a refreshing change since it was set at the turn of the 20th century in New York City and surrounded the idea of class society and immigration at the time. Wonderful character development and beautiful ideas. I was especially excited about the fact that it was about a young woman ...more
    Gaye mack
    Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This is Bilyeau's best yet...her descriptions immediately take the reader into a unique facet of 1911 New York society enjoyed by a privileged few juxtaposed to the racous, seamy and mysterious environment of Coney Island. As with her previous novels, Bilyeau's protagonist, Peggy is a young woman who goes against cultural expectations of her behavior in pursuit of answers against a backdrop of intrigue, murder, family dysfunction and first love. Dreamland is a book that's hard to put down.
    Nicole Pinto
    Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I thought this was a very engaging read about the early 1900’s in Coney Island. I’m not sure if it was based on historical facts, but it is a mystery novel and I read it in one setting. I thought the writing was good and it kept me interested. Thank you to netgalley for the arc.
    Nora Epstein
    Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I felt as if I were in Coney Island experiencing the action of the book, right alongside the main character, Peggy. It was suspenseful and enlightening about what it was like to be a woman in 1911 New York.
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    Nancy is a writer and magazine editor who has worked as an editor at "Rolling Stone," "InStyle," and "Good Housekeeping." Her latest historical novel is "Dreamland," set in 1911 New York City and due to be published Jan 16, 2020. She is the author of "The Blue," a novel of suspense set in the rivalrous art and porcelain worlds of 18th century Europe featuring a young female artist turned spy, and ...more
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