Review: Beautiful Dreamer by Melissa Brayden

Who says you can’t go home again?

Cover Design: Jeanine Henning


Philadelphia real estate broker Devyn Winters is at the peak of her career, closing multimillion-dollar deals and relishing it. She’s pretty much blocked out her formative years in Dreamer’s Bay, where the most exciting thing to happen was the twice a year bake sale. Unfortunately, a distress call hauls her back home and away from the life she’s constructed. Now the question is just how long until she can leave again? And when did boring Elizabeth Draper get so beautiful?

Elizabeth Draper loves people, free time, and a good cup of coffee in the warm sunlight. In the quaint town of Dreamer’s Bay, she’s the only employee of On the Spot, an odd jobs company. She remembers Devyn Winters as shallow in high school, but now everything about Devyn makes her lose focus. Though her brain knows Devyn is only home temporarily, her heart didn’t seem to get the memo.4

My thoughts

Melissa Brayden gives us two movers and shakers in a Beautiful Dreamer.

Devyn with her suits and fast pace lifestyle is the hustler you want to sell your property. Elizabeth will take care of your life. Her business is to make your life easier and she hustles to get these jobs done all while wearing a smile on her face.

When Devyn goes back home she is confronted by a past she purposefully walked away from. Now having to face high school friends who had no clue she is queer to the mystery of where her disappeared to.

I love the mystery and the solving of it. The repercussions of her sister disappearing extend not only to Devyn, but to Elizabeth. The awkwardness and confusion between blending the past and the present. How people change over the years while at the same time remaining the same. How your viewpoint can shift due to more life experience or just having a break from the everyday.

Elizabeth, for me, is already perfect – I want to date her (smile). While Brayden really puts Devyn through her paces to get the happily-ever-after we all want. I love this couple, but then again it’s a Brayden couple.

Beautiful Dreamer is a salute to small town life and how it can impact you long after you  long after you leave. Dreamer’s Bay is the perfect place for a romance, especially written by Melisa Brayden.

I got this book from my library. I love my local library and you should check out yours too. Request LGBTQ+ books and they will stock them! #ebooksforall

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Further Details:

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books, 9781635553062, July 2019

Cover Design: Jeanine Henning; Production Design: Stacia Seaman

Editor: Lynda Sandoval and Stacia Seaman

Narrator: Melissa Sternenberg

Settings: Philadelphia, PA and Dreamer’s Bay, SC

Pages: 269


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