So, I decided to give Lydia Rose another chance after reading Trust In Me and I must say - I was still very disappointed.
I really do like Rose's ideas - they have huge potential, but the end product is far from polished.
The dialogue within Summer of Dreams left me exasperated - the conversations the characters were having are not believable. They would come out with things and I would throw my hands up in the air in frustration. The tone of the dialogue needed to be much more colloquial and natural.
For me, this made the narrative very predictable, which puts a black mark against this, which is a shame. As I mentioned above the plot and idea of this book were good and I enjoyed the idea of it, i.e the escape of one life to the beginning of another. This could have worked with a lot more thought and polishing of the dialogue.
I did like the characters, but their dialogue didn't make them believable as individuals. Their backgrounds and the description was good - I liked the flow of the narration and the way that
My reasoning behind the two out of five stars is all the things mentioned above. I'm sorry Lydia, I wanted to try and give this more, but I could not. I will take a break from Lydia's books for now, but may revisit them at some point.