The Last Dreamer
Paperback and e-book, 228 pages
Published December 15th 2015 by Lake Union Publishing
Iliana Passing—wife, mother, and former acclaimed journalist—gave up her career to start a family. Almost fifteen years later, despite how much she loves her husband and kids, she can’t help wondering how she ended up with a life spent carpooling and running errands.
Ready to get back into the journalism game, Iliana searches for an exciting lead. When she discovers that Jeff Downs, the heartthrob star of an old TV show and her girlhood crush, now owns a nearby textile company, she thinks she’s found her story: teen celebrity and its aftermath. But as Iliana gets to know Jeff, the two grow closer than she ever could’ve imagined. Now that her teenage dream has walked into her present-day reality, how far will she go to entertain an old fantasy?
My thoughts about The Last Dreamer ~~
(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)
First line—'Hey Stuart! I read on the Business Times website yesterday that you've been named editor in chief. Congratulations! Seems like yesterday when we were churning out news stories together, doesn't it?'
Don't we all have that fantasy of our past being so much better than our present? If only we would have..... Well, Iliana is a bit dissatisfied with her life and has a chance to relive part of her past. Will she find out that it was everything she shouldn't have left behind?
I really enjoyed The Last Dreamer but I can't say that the main character, Iliana, was a person I would have liked to have in my life. But hey, we don't all have to love the main character, do we? A character that stirs emotions in us is a great character. Ilania finds herself lying to everyone around her in order to live out her fantasy and she can't just be happy with what she's got.
The Last Dreamer is a wonderful story that made me stop and think about my past and the paths I took to get where I am today. I'm pretty sure there were some things I would have done differently but I would want the end of the path to be right where I am today.
Special thanks go out to TLC Book Tours for sending copies of
The Last Dreamer to my book club.
About the author
Barbara Solomon Josselsohn is a New York-based novelist and freelance writer. Her first novel, The Last Dreamer, from Lake Union Publishing, debuts in December, 2015. Her articles and essays appear in a range of publications, including Consumers Digest, The New York Times, Parents Magazine, American Baby, Westchester Magazine, The Journal News, and Westchester Home, as well as online at BrainChildMag.com, ConsumerSearch.com and GrownandFlown.com.
Barbara also teaches adult writing classes at the Scarsdale Library in Scarsdale, New York, and conducts a magazine writing course for children each summer at the Scarsdale-based JCC-Midwestchester. She is a frequent presenter at local writing workshops for children.
Barbara began her career as a reporter and editor with HFN, a trade magazine covering the home furnishings business. She has a B.A. in English from Binghamton University and an M.A. in English from the University of Connecticut, and has studied fiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College and Manhattanville College.
She is currently working on her second novel.
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