If Paris is France, then Coney Island, between June and September, is the world George C Tilyou, 1886 Nancy Bilyeau presents a rip roarin stroll on the boardwalk on Coney Island in 1911 She adds lustre tinged with darkness as Brooklyn becomes a showcase for in your face class distinction, jutting prime real estate, upscale grand hotels overlooking the highjinks of people at play, the paralyzing fear of European anarchists, and America perched on the brink of war. Peggy Batternberg views life from an almost aerial perspective Born into one of the richest families in America, Peggy can t seem to get away fast enough from the clutches of the rich and famous She s taken a job at the Moonrise bookstore in New York City posing as a plain, run of the mill shop girl Peggy just wants an every day life without a personal maid drawing her bath each even Restrictions on women and the treatment of foreigners are spotlighted throughout the story It focuses on the social structure and the formation of society on Coney Island during 1911 so than the police procedural The lush atmosphere was a character in itself and played a dominant role in the movement of the storyEverything is real on Coney Island and nothing is realPeggy Battenberg is requested to stay with her family on Coney Island She reluctantly accepts Peggy feels trapped within her family, their name, their riches, and she wants to shape her own identity Shortly after arriving to the Oriental Hotel on Coney Island, prejudices are unearthed and a prevalent divide of social classes greet her while making her way to Dreamland But, women begin to show up dead Who can she trust and why is she being followedOn Coney Island, Year Is When Twenty Year Old Heiress Peggy Batternberg Is Invited To Spend The Summer In America S PlaygroundThe 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 York City Socialites And Her Snobbish, Controlling FamilyBut Soon It Transpires That The Hedonism Of Nearby Coney Island Affords Peggy The Freedom She Has Been Yearning For, And It [ read Online Dreamland Ø christian-fantasy PDF ] by Nancy Bilyeau ☆ S Not Long Before She Finds Herself In Love With A Troubled Pier Side Artist Of Humble Means, Whom The Batternberg Patriarchs Would Surely Disapprove Of Disapprove They May, But Hidden Behind Their Pomposity Lurks A Web Of Deceit, Betrayal And Deadly Secrets And As Bodies Begin To Mount Up Amidst The Sweltering Clamour Of Coney Island, It Seems The Powerful Batternbergs Can Get Away With Anything Even MurderExtravagant, Intoxicating And Thumping With Suspense, Bestselling Nancy Bilyeau S Magnificent Dreamland Is A Story Of Corruption, Class And Dangerous Obsession I cannot say liked this novel although some moments were interesting To begin with, I found the presentation of the famous Coney Island in its golden days truly interesting, its entertainment and the people who provided it At times I liked Peggy Batternberg for her independence and inquisitiveness However, I found her too naive on the one hand and too intelligent on the other hand, which makes Peggy a character I can t trust. The descriptions of the lifestyle really wealthy families had in America one hundred years ago are well presented, including the rituals and the places where they stayed and lived. On the whole, the target reader is definitely YA, which is not me, so I guess they may rave about Dreamland , for me i ñ Dreamland õ Everything is real on Coney Island and nothing is real summary Peggy Battenberg is the black sheep daughter of one of the wealthiest and most affluent families in the early 20th century America However, she is not your typical heiress She is a New Woman , working in a bookshop and trying her best to distance herself from her family However, when she is told she must accompany them to New York, she cannot refuse to her chagrin They stay in an opulent hotel next to the famous theme park Dreamland Peggy is told not to mix herself with the common folk of Coney Island, but never one to conform to her family s expectations, she sneaks into the darkness to Dreamland While on her adventures around the theme park, she meets a Serbian artist named Stefan Their secret romance ignites under the veil of night on a beach, however everything gets entangled when bodies of young girl Emancipated heroine, full of pseudo feminist contemporary remarks CheckSaid heroine is a reluctant part of the richest family in the USA CheckSaid heroine has a superficial sister CheckSaid heroine has a strict mother CheckSaid heroine was once engaged to her sister s evil looking fiance because obviously CheckSaid fiance has a strict mother n. 2 CheckNew York setting in the year of Our Lord 1911 because we definitely need to be fashionable and pretend we are writing a Great Gatsby for the modern audience CheckBookish references because we need to show we are educated CheckSecrets in a coastal area CheckMore secrets in a coastal area that are implausible and horribly presented but what the heck, let s do it CheckInstant love because that 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 PROS 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 am the single one that felt this way I don t know exactly what was the trigger for this, but I am inclined to think that the setting and the atmosphere had something to do with it Or, it s possible that my memory to play some tricks on me because, you know, there are years and years from when I have read The Night Circus Glimpse in the past. Since I don t read that much historical fiction, I w 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
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 been forced by them to give up her job in a bookstore a place where she s found happiness and normality, and she dreads the snobbery and formality awaiting her. Despite her concerns, Peggy finds freedom than she expected, and begins to feel liberated, especially after meetin 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 sense of freedom, a liberation and can be herself But women s bodies begin turning up and Peggy begins to feel see a connection to herself and begins to be in danger and read the book for the rest This was a wonderful work of historical fiction that looked at Coney Island and the division between the social classes over a century ago Themes then are still reverent today family s
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