"She thinks it must be a dream... A dream inside a dream maybe." ~ pg. 237
Stella impulsively packs up her 14-year-old daughter, Willa, and leaves Hoosick Falls behind. A broken down car leaves them stranded in yet another small town. Unable to carry on with the original plan, Stella and Willa settle in the new town and start working for Omega Pearl Bodie. Curious Willa tries to keep one step ahead of her secretive not-to-be questioned mother, a handyman, an arsonist and escaped convict. It's a summer of lies and flames.
Every now and then, I read about a character that I feel really sorry for. Willa is that character. She was unfortunate to be stuck with a dysfunctional mother like Stella. I wanted to reach through the pages and just give Willa a warm hug. No child should feel neglected or think she's an ugly duckling. Abate did a great job developing this character and allowing the reader to feel emotion toward Willa.
A light read it is not. The story line is woven and complex. If you are looking for a light, fluffy read during the holidays, this is not the book. However, if you are interested in a layered story, then you will enjoy following this one summer in Willa's life. Abate writes with such vivid description that I could visualize the detailed setting. It's a heartwarming story with a bit of mystery that will occupy your mind while reading.
DISCLAIMER: This book was received directly from the author for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Title: Asleep Without Dreaming
Author: Barbara Forte Abate
Published: September 2012