by D.J. Starling
“Believe in magic. Put a song in your heart. Know the power of love.” FANTASYLAND “Won’t you come on in? Meet all the lonely people. Be there when they discover that dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.” “Sandi.”.. Shattered by a devastating loss, she’s struggling to move beyond her grief as she embarks on a new life. But when a charming stranger elicits a magnetic attraction, unyielding heartache overrides her desires and undermines her chance for happiness.
“Rick.”.. Teen idol at fourteen, well-polished Hollywood playboy by seventeen, he enjoyed a hedonistic lifestyle into his twenties. Yet he’s plagued by gnawing self-doubts and the fears they feed when his world is rocked by the sudden reappearance of a woman he had vowed to forget.
“Steve.” . . Driven by staunch principles, he’s satisfied with the simple, quiet life he leads. He never could have imagined the twists and turns in the path ahead that will change him forever and force him to battle guilt and betrayal in his quest for his heart’s desire.
That was AMAZING !!!
I loved D.J. Starling’s first book, Deja Vu, and looked forward to reading Fantasyland. I was really eager to read, and wondered if the author could pull me in and keep me entertained. I laughed, I cried, I cheered, I cried. It was an emotional roller coaster, and I did not want to get off !!
The story begins in the present, and a huge tragedy awaits our heroine. We then jump to the past, and here is where the heart of the story lies. Now, if you’ve read her first, and I have, that one jumps a little further, and has a whole different twist, (I’m coming away from this book, back on track Julie)
The characters were all adorable, and I fell in love with a few of them. The love between Rick and Sandi is magical and perfect. Sometimes it was a little too perfect for me. I expected from the back cover a series of disasters. I wasn’t really disappointed once I was way into the book. In fact I was surprised to read the end, I could have read it forever. And I did wonder where Steve came into the story, I won’t spoil it, but I did do the “OH MY GOD” moment
Fantasyland touched me deeply, and it really is an original love story. If you get the chance, please add this to your reading list, you WON’T be sorry.