Book Review: Paper Dreams by Phyllis J. Burtoncategories: Book, Lost Love Letters, Old Books, Inheritance, Mental Instability, Dreams, Nightmares, Creepy House, Malta, Cornwall, Canada, Greed, Heirs, Romantic Thriller
Phyllis J. Burtonabout this book: PAPER DREAMS is, I believe, a unique reading experience. It is 1952… Rich land-owner Gerald Hapsworth-Cole (is married to Marjorie and they have two young sons). He meets Canadian, Amy Butler. They fall in love and when Amy discovers she is pregnant she returns to Canada. When her son James is born she writes to Gerald, enclosing a birth certificate confirming his birth. Gerald is sitting in the attic and secretly writing his reply to Amy. When he hears his wife and children coming upstairs, he panics and hides Amy's letter and his half-written reply inside some old books.
They own a boat – the THE SEA-WITCH: Gerald takes his young sons out into The SOLENT and tragedy ensues. The tanker that hit them had no knowledge of the collision and continued on its way.
It is now 2009 and elderly widow Marjorie – a virtual recluse who bought hundreds of books – has recently died intestate. There is only one known heir, a nephew Harold living in Malta. Epton Hall is a large, rambling and crumbling mansion and filled with expensive furniture and a huge library of books. The house and the estate is worth a fortune and Harold naturally expects to inherit everything.
After Marjorie's death, young Librarian Katie Nicholson (a romantic dreamer) is sent to the old house to catalogue the vast number of books in the Library and the attic. Katiehe is going through the many old books in the attic, she finds Amy's old letter in between the pages of a book. After reading it, she realises its importance and returns downstairs to telephone her employer.
In the meantime, Harold has come to the old house in secret and is hiding in the shadows. He is enraged by what he hears. Katie returns to the attic to continue with her work…and Harold follows her. After a scuffle, Harold steals the letter and imprisons Kate in the attic unconscious and without light, food or water.
Thus begins a tale of love and its loss, dreams/nightmares, inheritance, greed and the mental deterioration of Harold's mind as he realises that he is not the only heir!
There is murder in Harold's heart when they meet in faraway Vancouver in Canada.
I've often thought about old love-letters and lost love. PAPER DREAMS features dreams, daydreams, nightmares and lost love, and so the title almost chose itself. The cover features a book open in the shape of a heart and this seemed to me to be ideal. I had to make sure about the laws of Inheritance in both modern times and back in 1952/3 and I was helped in this task by a friendly expert in this field. My reader would probably like a romantic story with a thrill or three thrown in.
• "PAPER DREAMS has adventure, adversity, thrills - a complete recipe for an excellent read."
• "A thrilling yet comforting read."
• "...and finally into a suspense story to rival the best in the business."
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An excellent thriller/romance with plenty of action intriguePhyllis is a very talented author and Paper Dreams does not disappoint. The characters are well rounded and believable and in the case of the main character,Katie, you really feel that you get inside her head. The villain of the piece, Harald, is portrayed as very unbalanced and is in my opinion, a great character.
The dialogue flows, the book is full of intrigue and has lots of twists and turns and I believe it is a 'page turner' that keeps your interest until the end. If you like romantic thrillers, then this book is for you. [by Julia Bodie]
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