Friday, September 20, 2013

Book Review: Sometimes in Dreams by G.L. Helm

Sometimes in Dreams is a beautifully, smartly written story of a man torn between two loves. Daniel, still married, still loves his wife, despite falling for a much younger, Kit. The novel takes the reader on a leisurely, sensual journey of love at first site versus moral obligation. The struggle is set mostly in Italy, against a backdrop of disrupted military service life.

It read almost like a Greek tragedy, only better. It kept my interest and had much to offer, a delight to read. G.L. Helm painted a clear picture of the human condition and pegged the irony of a man getting caught up in a no-win situation.

Helm did a superb job of setting the scene and evoking the feeling of the moment:

"Rain was running from the umbrella like a waterfall. It echoed in the narrow street with a pounding loneliness that caught at Daniel's throat."

That passage alone gave me the chills. I could hear the pounding rain and feel a sense of foreboding as if I was experiencing it too. There's more where that came from.

This is a short read, just 174 pages, but I suggest you take your time and savor. I highly recommend, especially for those who love tragic love stories or stories of military life abroad.

Five Stars.

In full disclosure, I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. While the story is wonderful, the editing needs some TLC, mostly dealing with punctuation.


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