Genre: Historical Fiction / Paranormal
Synopsis: Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.
200words (or less) review: I was really excited about The Cure for Dreaming when I heard about it so jumped on the chance to review it. See people’s true natures in visions? Sold.
I’ll admit that Olivia’s story didn’t turn out to be quite the dark and twisted tale I hoped but I still got lost in the book pretty quickly. Learning about the American Suffragette movement was definitely interesting and the pictures, quotes and adverts from the time added a little something extra.
Didn’t need to know quite so much about Dentistry in 1900 if I’m honest but that’s more to do with my feelings on leeches *shudders*. Cat Winters certainly succeeded in making Olivia’s father someone to despise, thus ensuring you were on her side. My favourite character was actually Olivia’s best friend, Frannie.
The Cure for Dreaming was an interesting read, I pretty much read the book in one sitting. I’ve had Cat Winters In the Shadow of Blackbirds sitting on my shelf for a while so I need to dig that out now. 🙂