Dreamland by Nicholas Sparks

Published: September 20,2022

Hardcover: 384 pages

(Thanks to Netgalley & Random House Publishing Group – Random House, I received an eARC)



From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wish comes a poignant love story about risking everything for a dream—and whether it’s possible to leave the past behind.

Colby Mills once felt destined for a musical career, until tragedy grounded his aspirations. Now the head of a small family farm in North Carolina, he spontaneously takes a gig playing at a bar in St. Pete’s Beach, Florida, seeking a rare break from his duties at home.

But when he meets Morgan Lee, his world is turned upside-down, making him wonder if the responsibilities he has shouldered need dictate his life forever. The daughter of affluent Chicago doctors, Morgan has graduated from a prestigious college music program with the ambition to move to Nashville and become a star. Romantically and musically, she and Colby complete each other in a way that neither has ever known.

While they are falling headlong in love, Beverly is on a heart-pounding journey of another kind. Fleeing an abusive husband with her six-year-old son, she is trying to piece together a life for them in a small town far off the beaten track. With money running out and danger seemingly around every corner, she makes a desperate decision that will rewrite everything she knows to be true.

In the course of a single unforgettable week, two young people will navigate the exhilarating heights and heartbreak of first love. Hundreds of miles away, Beverly will put her love for her young son to the test. And fate will draw all three people together in a web of life-altering connections . . . forcing each to wonder whether the dream of a better life can ever survive the weight of the past.


I haven’t read a book by Nicholas Sparks in years, not for any particular reason, I mean I’ve bought them all (lol). I’m so happy I got the chance to read this one and rekindle my love for his storytelling and writing style. Everything he writes just flows beautifully.

I love how different Colby and Morgan are. Colby had a tough backstory while Morgan led a comfortable childhood, as most of this author’s books are. I was impressed with Colby’s personal growth throughout the book.

Beverly was doting mother, who would literally do everything for her son. Their relationship was beautiful and so loving. The length she will go for him is insurmountable.

Throughout the whole book I felt like I was reading two separate stories, one from Colby and one from Beverly. I was longing for them to intersect. When they finally did it was not at all what I was expecting the twist was so unexpected to me. I highly recommend this book!

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