Cocktails and Dreams – A.L. Michael

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A heart-warming novel with characters you’ll love, don’t miss this first in a new series for romance, laugh-out-loud comedy and a feel-good ending. Perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane and Lindsey Kelk.

I was seven years old when I realized my mother was not a great person…

Since Savvy was abandoned by her rockstar mother, she has craved a normal life. But after years of financing her boyfriend’s lacklustre career, he leaves her when he hits the bigtime.

Savvy’s friends at the burlesque club where she serves elaborate cocktails encourage her to make bold changes in her life. She soon meets handsome bartender Milo, and begins to plan a future she can be excited about.

But when Savvy’s estranged mother crashes back into her life, her newfound happiness is under threat… will Savvy have the courage to pursue her dreams?

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My Review

I absolutely adored A.L. Michael’s Ruby Tuesday series so I was very excited to find out that there was a new series coming out with new characters to fall in love with. The first one, Cocktails and Dreams does not disappoint!

A.L. Michael is back with her signature writing style; laugh-out-loud stories with brilliant, relatible characters who are having to also deal with the tougher side of life.

Savvy (or Savannah) is haunted by her past; she constantly lives in the shadow of being the daughter of a wild and tempestuous singer, Persephone Black. Savvy spent the first 7 years of her life on the road with Persephone and her entourage – never setting down any roots, making friends or actually having a life, instead living in the shadow of Persephone. Savvy then decides she wants a normal life and rather than her mum giving up the road, Persephone leaves her with her sister, sets off into the sunset without looking back. Savvy then moves from being in her mother’s shadow into her boyfriend’s – after 9 years of being the dutiful girlfriend, her DJ boyfriend then cruelly dumps her and that’s where we meet up with Savvy.

Cocktails and Dreams is a fantastic journey into Savvy discovering who she actually is – rather than who she has been told she is for most of her life. Savvy has to hit almost rock bottom in order to fly. I loved the fact that she enjoyed her job at the burlesque bar, The Martini Club – usually these places are portrayed as seedy (or maybe I read too many crime books!) but this one is tasteful with a regular nice clientele and staff who all get on and look out for one another.

There are some wonderful, diverse characters in this book whose stories all effortlessly intertwine into each other. I really enjoyed the individual relationships that Savvy had with them all; from her aunt who has raised Savvy since she was 7 years old, to her father who dropped everything to be a dad once he discovered that he had a daughter, to the chef at The Martini Club who recognises Savvy potential to the wonderful bartender who Savvy bumps into on a night out.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable read which is both hilarious and heartwarming – Savvy is the type of girl I think we all relate to at some point or another in our lives. I cannot wait for the next books in the series to find out what Savvy and co. get up to next!

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Giveaway Prize

For a chance to win this fabulous cocktail making giftset and an eCopy of the book please enter via the rafflecopter (sorry only open to residents in the UK)

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 About the Author

A.L. Michael is hurtling towards the end of her twenties a little too quickly. She is the author of nine novels. Her most recent collection of books, The Martini Club Series, will start with Cocktails and Dreams, released 24th July 2017. She likes to write about sassy females who follow their dreams, and don’t take no for an answer.

She is a Creative Therapeutic Facilitator, currently researching the power of creative writing to be helpful in recovering from eating disorders, and believes in the power of writing to heal.

You can find out more about A.L. Michael at (surprisingly) www.almichael.com and on twitter @almichael_

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