About the Book:
It is the year 1847 in the elegant city of Bath where 18yr old Genevre Stratton is treated more as a servant than a daughter in the elegant house where bills are not paid, and the rent is in arrears. Appalled by the dishonesty and overriding social ambition beneath her parents’ veneer of respectability, only her love for her younger brother and sisters keeps her there. Left to cope alone when their false world falls apart, she fights to keep her siblings together, until poverty forces her to yield them to the care of their half-brother, George Coleman. Handsome, wealthy and charismatic, he is the enemy who becomes her lover. To surrender all to her passionate desire for him, or to keep the independence of a new-found musical career on the London stage? This is her is her choice to make, until an unexpected call of duty takes her to Paris. Must the old, dark secrets she discovers there alter the course of her life forever?
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About the Author:
I was born in Lancashire and started my career by training as a State Registered general nurse. Later, I joined the army and became an officer in the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps. On a posting to Malaya, now Malaysia, I found my true love. This was an ideal setting for a marriage with young children, and now my memories are a wonderfully rich source of material for my writing.
In 1847, Genevre Stratton lives with her parents and siblings. Her parents create the façade of a good life for them but her parents are dishonest. This is a harsh reality for her and things are about to get worse…..
When she finds herself fighting for her, and her siblings’, wellbeing and dignity, she has a hard choice to make for their future. She is loyal to her siblings and loves them so much so she struggles on through whatever life throws at them.
I admired her for this.
George Coleman is her half brother wealthier than her. She thinks he may help them. Will he become more than a half brother?
She finds independence in the London stage, but which is the more powerful thing for her in life?
Taking us from London to Paris, through poverty and wealth, Search for the House of Dreams is a powerful, atmospheric novel that made me think about the different life realities we all face.
Strong themes in this book are love, finding support in others and living the best life we can. We are also taught the importance of never giving up and of taking risks.
Thanks to Alison Burke and Rachel’s Random Resources for my ARC in exchange for my honest and voluntary review.