Dreams that Never Were by Greg Messel
Publisher: Sunbreaks Publishing
Publication Date: June 6, 2019
Greg Messel grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and lives on the Puget Sound in Edmonds, Washington, with his wife, Jean DeFond. Greg has written a series of mystery novels set in San Francisco in the 1950s. He has lived in Oregon, Washington, California, Wyoming, and Utah and has always loved writing, including stints as a reporter, columnist, and news editor for a daily newspaper. Greg won a Wyoming Press Association Award as a columnist and has contributed articles to various magazines. Dreams that Never Were is his 11th novel.
Dreams that Never Were Synopsis
“Some men see things as they are and say, ‘Why?’ I dream of things that never were and say, ‘Why not?'” — Robert F. Kennedy
June 5, 1968: Senator Robert F. Kennedy, then a candidate for President and victorious in the California primary, was mortally wounded by assassin Sirhan Sirhan as he exited the ballroom at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Innocent bystanders were also wounded, including young and idealistic Alex Hurley, a San Francisco reporter.
Swept up in the turbulent events of 1968, Alex is captivated both by the Presidential race and by Vietnam, where he had recently been a war correspondent. His time in Vietnam had cost him his marriage and bitterly separated him from his own family.
Recovering from his wounds — physical and emotional — a new and surprising love restores his hope.
Part political thriller, part romance, Alex Hurley’s story in “Dreams that Never Were”, captures the turmoil of the day, set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and America’s wrenching response to it. This novel is the latest historical fiction from award winning author Greg Messel.
Dreams that Never Were Review
I’ve previously reviewed some of Greg’s works, check out my reviews here, and have really enjoyed his work. That is actually why I asked to review this book…well that and part of it is about a Kennedy. I don’t know what it is but I have always been fascinated by the Kennedy’s. Even when I was a little girl I loved reading about JFK, RFK, and following the life of JFK Jr. I actually remember what I was doing the day that JFK Jr. died. So going in I felt like this book was right up my alley…
I will be honest and say that it did take me a couple of false starts to get going on this book. Not because it was bad, on the contrary I really enjoyed this book. It was actually a hang-up of mine. While I read the synopsis and read that there was a bit of romance in the book, it starts with the political part because duh. However, I just was not in the mood for a political thriller at the moment. However, what I did was take my phone down to the pool, pull up the book, and start reading and BAM I was sucked in. Seriously, if you’re looking for a great pool or beach read then you need to pick this one up. It has a great cast of characters, an amazing plot, and just the right amount of thriller and romance.
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