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Saturday, December 7, 2013

"The Book of Someday" by Dianne Dixon~Ravishing

SUMMARY :


With a tone reminiscent of Jodi Picoult, Kristin Hannah, and Carol Cassella, Dixon pulls at the threads between regret and nostalgia, forgiveness and blame, denial and acceptance. Emotional without being overwrought, The Book of Someday is an enchanting story."-Booklist


Three women. One stranger in a shimmering silver dress. Whatever binds them together has already destroyed one life. It just might consume them all.


Someday, Livvi Gray will break free from her past. Someday, she will escape her recurring nightmare about that stranger in a shimmering silver dress. Someday, she will have a family of her own. Now she's found Andrew, and someday seems to be right around the corner. But there's so much Livvi doesn't know.


Shortly before her thirtieth birthday, she will come face-to-face with the stranger from her dream-an encounter that will alter Livvi's future and crack open everything she knew about her past. Livvi is swiftly moving toward the ultimate turning point in her life-and she's not the only one. Linked by an unforgettable mystery, photographer Micah and young mother AnnaLee are also being rapidly drawn into a web of devastating secrets about the unexpected ways in which we choose to protect-and betray-the people we love.


PARTICULARS OF THE BOOK  :

Published by:  Sourcebooks
Pages:  368
Author:  Diane Dixon
Genre:  Fiction
Author website:  http://www.diannedixon.com

Purchase:  Amazon


ABOUT THE AUTHOR :



As a television writer Dianne Dixon (winner of the Humanitas Prize for Excellence in Screenwriting and double Emmy nominee) regularly received glowing reviews: “Her characters dance off the page.” (Jane Hewland/Sky Television, UK) “An enormously gifted writer.” (LaVerne McKinnon/CBS Television)  “Her knowledge of storytelling is both clear and articulate.” (Nate Hopper/Sony Pictures). Now Dianne is receiving equally enthusiastic response to her work as a novelist: “Captivating, fascinating.” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) “Absorbing and provocative.” (Huffington Post) “Convincing prose, particularly the dialogue.” (Kirkus) “An exciting new writer, capable of creating a well-paced, emotional page-turner of the best kind.” (Katie Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Girls in Trucks and The Magnolia League).

Dianne is a former Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, a nominee for the Mary Routt Chair of Writing at Scripps College, and has taught screenwriting at the Dodge College of Film & Media at Chapman University in Orange, California.
The Language of Secrets is Dianne’s first novel—The Book of Someday is her second.



THE BOOKISH DAME REVIEWS :

This is an absolutely stunning book.  I was thrilled with it.  I'm so happy when I find one that keeps me reading and won't let me put it down.  "The Book of Someday" is one of those.

Dianne Dixon is a wonderful writer who captivates.  Initially, we are pulled into the story through the brutal confrontation of a father and his little daughter.  Just a nightmare setting that is visceral and grabs your attention.  The story moves on from there with the speed of a train, bouncing you back and forth between women in different situations, but who are unwittingly connected to each other in time.  The book is about these connections. This is a novel that really is a page-turner while it's sweeping and gorgeously written.

I found myself holding my breath when the story of Livvi was unfolding.  She is the primary character and the one I most identified with.  Dixon has a way with description and characterization that is mesmerizing.  The mystery of the lady in silver with pearl buttons on her shoes sparked my attention like a beacon or a ghostly presence...

I hardily recommend this book to everyone.  It's storytelling in the old tradition, and; yet, it's refreshing and devastating in a good way.  The wrap-up is a great ending.  This is a book about love, loss and the things that draw us to one another.


5 stars                 Deborah/TheBookishDame

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