Book Review | Dreamland by Nancy Bilyeau #endeavourmedia #dreamland @tudorscribe

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Welcome to my stop on the DREAMLAND blog tour.  I received a complimentary review copy in exchange for an honest review.  Thanks to Endeavour Media and author Nancy Bilyeau!

Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery

Published: January 16, 2020

Pages: 386

Source: Endeavour Media

My Thoughts:

I was part of the “cover reveal” team so I was already excited to read it based on the cover art and the blurbs describing a decadent and wild Coney Island in the early 1900s. 

I was immediately drawn to Peggy’s story and was on the edge of my seat as I traveled back in time when women’s rights were being fought over and immigrants were distrusted and the disparity between classes was very apparent. She was a naive yet likable heroine that was easy to root for. I loved the relationship between Peggy and her sister Lydia and their loyalty and consideration for each other’s happiness.

I thought the ending was a little predictable but I read it quickly and found it entertaining. It’s a great read if you like your historical fiction with a side of suspense and intrigue.

Publisher Description:

The year is 1911 when twenty-year-old heiress Peggy Batternberg is invited to spend the summer in America’s Playground.

The 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 family.

But soon it transpires that the hedonism of nearby Coney Island affords Peggy the freedom she has been yearning for, and it’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 clamor of Coney Island, it seems the powerful Batternbergs can get away with anything…even murder.

Extravagant, intoxicating and thumping with suspense, bestselling Nancy Bilyeau’s magnificent Dreamland is a story of corruption, class and dangerous obsession.

Praise for Dreamland

‘Achingly believable’ – Publishers Weekly
‘This fast-paced, engrossing novel from Bilyeau… gives readers an up-close and personal view of New York’s Gilded Age’ – Library Journal
‘Beautifully written and impeccably researched, Dreamland is a rollicking ride.’ – Fiona Davis, bestselling author of The Chelsea Girls
‘A marvelous book!’ – Ellen Marie Wiseman, bestselling author of What she Left Behind and The Life she was Given
‘Bilyeau is at the height of her talents in the immersive and gripping Dreamland’ – Heather Webb, USA Today bestselling author
‘Bilyeau’s thrilling novel plunges deep into Dreamland’s maze of pleasure and menace’ – Marlowe Benn, bestselling author of Relative Fortunes
‘Nancy Bilyeau’s passion for history infuses her books’ – Alison Weir

About the Author:

Nancy Bilyeau credit Joshua KesslerNancy is a writer and magazine editor who has worked as an editor at “Rolling Stone,” “InStyle,” and “Good Housekeeping.”

Her new historical novel is “Dreamland,” set in 1911 New York City and due to be published on January 16, 2020.

In December 2019 Nancy published a novella set in old New York: “The Ghost of Madison Avenue,” telling a mystery set in the private library of JP Morgan,

Nancy is the author of “The Blue,” a novel of suspense set in the art and porcelain worlds of 18th century Europe featuring a young female artist turned spy, and a trilogy of award-winning Tudor mysteries, published in 9 countries: “The Crown,” “The Chalice,” and “The Tapestry.”

Nancy’s mind is usually in past centuries, but she lives with her family in the Queens borough of New York City.

Visit Nancy’s website at, and follow her on Twitter @tudorscribe


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