Finding Dreams by Lauren Westwood
Published: 1st March 2018
Available in Paperback and on Kindle
When Lizzie Green opens up her house to be used as a set for a film based on a bestselling romance novel, she has no idea how her life will change. A heartwarming story of love and second chances.
A must-read for summer - a heartwarming story of love and second chances. Perfect for the fans of Jane Costello and Milly Johnson.
Lizzie Greene is about to lose everything when her husband suddenly dies and his debts come to light.
To make ends meet she opens up her quirky old house to be used as a set for a film based on a bestselling romance novel. Her life and household are turned upside down when a whole cast of colourful characters enters her family's lives: from an enigmatic author, a handsome location scout, a brooding director, to a heart-throb leading man, never mind her now ex-mother-in-law camped out in her drive. As Lizzie delves deeper into the film's book, all is not as it seems.
Will her desire to save her house and unravel the secrets of the past lead to new love, or to mortal danger?
Finding Dreams by Lauren Westwood is a beautiful story about having a second chance at love and is a story I’ve enjoyed immensely.
Just over a year ago Lizzie Green lost her husband Dave suddenly after his weak heart gave up. Dealing with the aftermath of his death has left Lizzie raw and buried away while life continues around her, as not only did she discover that Dave had been cheating on her but that he’d left them with huge debts which mean their beloved home Tanglewild was left with an uncertain future. Then one day Lizzie finds a letting from a film company asking if they can use her home for their latest film The Lady’s Secret. This gives Lizzie the jump-start she needs to get her life back on track and save her home.
When the filming starts Lizzie discovers its not just some much needed cash the film brings into her home, but also three handsome men which awaken something in Lizzie that’s being gone along time. As Lizzie starts to read the novel that the film is based on she begins to feel that the story, its author and her house all have a connection.
This is one of those books that you can’t help but adore, it so much more than what you expect and so well written that you barely notice how huge it is while reading. I love that Lauren Westwood has used the idea of a novel within a novel and in this book, I think she has nailed this concept perfectly, I just loved how Lizzie’s story intertwined with Victoria’s throughout the book, just brilliant!
I loved many of the characters in this book too. Lizzie’s had such a rough year it’s a wonder she’s able to carry-on, but she does, and she manages looking after her children, working in London and running around after the film crew and dealing with her eccentric ex mother-in-law, left me in awe of her. Speaking of Connie, the mother in law, boy is she a force to be reckoned with, she has a very brisk nature which sometimes rubs Lizzie up the wrong way, but I really like her. I think she had Lizzie’s best interests at heart, I mean how many mothers would bad mouth their dead sons? The rest of the many characters all add something to this great novel and all have their unique voice, which is also testament to how good a writer Lauren Westwood is.
About the Author
Lauren Westwood is also a prize winning debut YA novelist and a solicitor for a renewable energy company. Originally from California, she now lives in a rickety 400-year-old house in Surrey, with her partner Ian and their three young daughters.
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