The Dream

Rated 4.80/5 based on 5 reviews
Lynne cannot shake her feelings of dread; her dreams tell her she is making a terrible mistake, she must not marry Adam. But, how can she believe the dream? As her world spins out of control, Lynne must sort out what's real and what isn't to fulfill her destiny. More

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Julie G Hughes reviewed on on June 9, 2013

Suddenly, eighteen days before her wedding, Lynne is having doubts about her relationship with Adam. They've been together for three years, but she is beginning to feel that she doesn't love him anymore.

Is it all because of her dreams?

You see, Lynne has been dreaming of a man who tells her that she's making a mistake; that if she goes through with her marriage, her soul mate will die. When she tells her best friend about her dreams and her changed feelings, Sandra assures her it's just cold feet - pre-wedding jitters. So, Lynne goes through with the wedding.

And her life goes from bad to worse. Until, one day, she finds herself following Adam and catches him kissing someone else. Devastated, she cries herself to sleep and the man in her dreams takes her back to before Adam's proposal.

With the knowledge of what had happened, can Lynne change her future? Is her life fated to end the same way? Or is it all a dream?


There is a lot happening in this book - romance, mystery, and just a touch of the supernatural. A great combination, in my opinion.

The beginning is a little slow and repetitive. Lynne's emotional turmoil is addressed, over and over, until you want to slap her. But, then, everything changes and you have to wonder if the stress is what caused the dreams. Or if the dreams were the catalyst for the change.

It's a fascinating premise, with Lynne running around trying to make better choices with her second chance. Some things are different and some seem to be fated. The guy from her past is just scary creepy. And his mother ... wow!

I have to say, it felt as though the ending was a bit rushed, given all the time we'd spent with Lynne and her problems in the beginning. Perhaps, shortening the lead-up and stretching the last few chapters a bit would have made everything seem a bit more balanced. Some of the characters were rather flat; I would have liked a bit more development for Sandra and, even, Adam.

With that said, I really enjoyed the story and am glad the author gave me the opportunity to read and share it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Jeffrey Littorno reviewed on on Oct. 9, 2011
(no rating)
First off, I have to admit that this isn't the type of story I normally read. However, I am certainly glad that I gave The Dream a try. I was hooked from the first page and compelled to discover where Ms. Sawa was taking me. I recommend this book to anyone looking for an engaging read.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Julie Elizabeth Powell reviewed on on July 20, 2011

I was intrigued from the start of this story, as it began with a delicious mystery, which continued to develop and then unfold with pleasing affect. A clever tale, where its heroine, believable and likeable, helps the reader relate and sympathise with many of the ‘love’ issues, yet pins us to our seats wondering what will happen next.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to those who are fascinated by that ‘something extra’, that something which allows the imagination to wander where enigma is the watchword.

Julie Elizabeth Powell, author of Gone, Slings & Arrows, The Star Realm, Invasion, Knowing Jack, A Murderer's Heart and Of Sound Mind
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Joel Kirkpatrick reviewed on on July 18, 2011

Maria Savva engages me on so many levels. I love how she observes her characters, and sometimes even makes them seem annoying. 'The Dream' is an excellent example of following a character almost too closely. Lynne is forever dwelling on the same emotions and doubts - but that is a clever key to the entire tale. When I found what all the repetition meant, I was elated; to complete Lynne's journey it was vital to understand her - and I believe I did.
'The Dream' is an expertly crafted 'What if?' and not every choice will lead in a different direction at all. Sometimes we arrive at a place, as Lynne did, because it was just meant to be.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Darcia Helle reviewed on on July 18, 2011

If you could go back in time and change one thing, how many other aspects of your life and other people's lives would be altered because of that one change? This is just one of the issues that Maria Savva takes on in The Dream. This book really made me stop and think about fate and destiny and all those little signs along life's path that, if we choose to take notice, lead us in one direction or another.

This book is romance and mystery with a little paranormal twist. Lynne's character is one that many of us can relate to. The people she crosses paths with made me laugh and made me furious. This is a fun read with that feel good touch that I've come to expect when I read anything by this author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Stacy Juba reviewed on on July 18, 2011

This was a page-turner! Lynne was a compelling, well-drawn character in a situation that many people have faced - do you keep looking for that one special true love, or settle for good enough? Mixed in with this story of relationships and finding your life path is an unusual twist. Lynne is haunted by a dream and strong intuition that she may be with the wrong man. Is it normal wedding jitters, has she turned psychic, or is she being guided from beyond? I read this book in two days, every time I could get my hands on it, as I wanted to know where it was going. If you enjoy contemporary fiction with a splash of romance and the mysterious, then you'll be riveted to this book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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