Dali Summer by T.J. Brown

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  • Published: May 5, 2020 by Tule Publishing
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Edition: Kindle
  • Pages: 344
  • Rating: 3.5 stars

Her wild and vivid visions inspire an icon…

Nothing is more important to prim, colorblind Dolors Posa than family and living down the shame of her illegitimate birth, but when the sudden onset of fantastical visions threaten her sterling reputation, she must search for answers before the inhabitants of the tiny village of Cadaqués brand her as demente— crazy like her mother. In a quest to stop her hallucinations, she befriends a beautiful, intoxicating fortune teller and her handsome anarchist brother, as well as becoming a reluctant muse for thirteen-year-old Salvador Dali. In a summer that changes everything, Dolors must choose between her family’s reputation and a life filled with adventure, friendship, rapturous color and the possibility of love.

Set against the political upheaval of 1917 Spain, Dali Summer captures the fierce spirit of Catalonia, the generosity and stubbornness of its people and the blossoming promise of a woman who thought life was bland and empty and had long ago passed her by.

I happened to finish this title in one sitting; it has been so long since I have read a historical fiction novel that captivated me like this one managed to do. The author provides an interesting array of characters, risky situations, and lots of love that will provide readers of all ages an enjoyable reading experience.

Dolors is a young woman who is colorblind and has been since she was six years old; she doesn’t have any close pals other than her brother Bernat, who has gained his mother’s concern due to still being unwed. The duo shortly cross paths with a fortune-teller named Lidia and her brother Xavi and establish a friendship with the pair despite their mother’s disapproval.

With the increasing amount of time spent with Lidia and her brother, Dolors and Bernat find themselves in some uncertain situations. Bernat seems to be falling in love with the fortune-teller, but are the feelings to be returned? Xavi seems to have affection towards Dolors, but will the woman who has never been in love find herself falling for the beau Lidia has forbidden her to fall for?

Love is constantly in the air during this novel; whether is love to be gained or love lost, Brown will keep you on your toes and constantly flipping through the pages to discover what is awaiting you next!

*I’d like to thank Trish Collins and TLC Book Tours for allowing me a spot on this tour and giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Well behaved women rarely make history. Teri Brown lived that quote way before she ever even heard it. The two things she is most proud of, (besides her children), is that she jumped out of an airplane once and she beat the original Legend of Zelda video game. She is a novel writer, head banger, pet keeper, math hater, cocktail drinker, booty shaker, book reader, city slicker, food fixer, French kisser, rule breaker, wine sipper and word scribbler. She loves her husband, kitties and chocolate.