Welcome to the final stop on the Cocktails and Dreams blog tour! This newest novel (and first in a new series) by A.L Michael explores relationships, raw emotions and cocktails. I mean, come on, what more do you want?
I had never read a book by A.L Michael before, but, from what I have heard, I was very much missing out. What I discovered when I dove into this book was a quick read with complex characters and an interesting setting (a burlesque club). I didn’t have trouble getting through this book in a single sitting.
The novel opens with Savvy, a seven-year-old girl, being abandoned by her selfish, rockstar mother. Growing up seeking stability, Savvy, as an adult, is sticking around a relationship with a loser and avoiding her mother. However, when the relationships ends and her mother comes crashing back into her life, Sav is forced to question everything and re-evaluate what SHE actually wants. With the help of a handsome bartender, Savvy learns to discover her own dreams and finds forgiveness in the process.
I felt like the general synopsis of the novel was fantastic; I love a good redemption story. It found that it did take me a while to get into the actual plot; the first 20% or so was all over the place and I struggled to see where the novel was going. I stuck around because I really found the lead character likeable. However, once the plot got into its stride, I settled in and enjoyed watching Savvy flourish. Coming of age emotion mixed with some humour ended up making this one an easy read!
The characters truly are what pushed this book for me; the relationship between Savvy, her aunt and her mother were fascinating to watch unfold on the page and once Milo, the bartender, comes into the plot, I thought it added an extra dimension. Kudos to Michaels for this characterization!
Thanks to the Neverland Blog Tours for the copy of this novel; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.
Be sure to check out the other stops on the Cocktails and Dreams blog tour!