Review: Fantasyland by D.J. Starling

September 21, 2013 Review 1

Review: Fantasyland 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.

Title: Fantasyland
Author: D.J. Starling
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Deja Vu
Published by iUniverse
Source: Author
Published: June 3rd 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 346
See the title at Goodreads
Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: three-stars

Happy ever after’s and dreams come true in Fantasyland. Follow the lives and loves of Steve, Rick and Sandi. This romantic story will sweep you away.

As the title suggests, this is a fantasy story. The love between Rick and Sandi is magical and perfect. Sometimes it was a little too perfect for me. I expected from the blurb for there to be a bit more sadness and tragedy. Don’t get me wrong, there is some very devastating moments but overall, their lives played out very much like a long HEA. For a while there, I was beginning to wonder what Steve had to do with the happy couple. My ‘AHA’ moment came more than midway through. I won’t spoil the story so if you want to know, you will have to read the book.

I do have to commend the author on her excellent job on continuity. With this story spanning over 20 years it is easy to make a mistake in time references. Ms. Starling was spot on with her music and technology. The flow of the story is smooth and steady. There are quips and quotes from songs spanning many years throughout the book and if you are like me, you’re liable to get them stuck in your head. You’ll be playing name that tune and Lyrical Lingo at the same time.

Fantasyland is the prefect book for the hopeless romantics. Anybody who loves a great epic love story will want to grab a box of tissues and read this book.



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