Friday, 3 July 2015
Hugo & Rose by Bridget Foley
Rose is disappointed with her life, though she has no reason to be - she has a beautiful family and a perfectly nice house in the suburbs. But to Rose, this ordinary life feels overshadowed by her other life - the one she leads every night in her dreams.
After a childhood accident, Rose's dreams take her to a wondrous island fraught with adventure. On this island, she has never been alone: she shares it with Hugo, a brave boy who's grown up with her into a hero of a man. But when Rose stumbles across Hugo in real life, both her real and dream worlds are changed forever. Here is the man who has shared all of her incredible adventures in impossible places, who grew up with her, even if they aren't what either one imagined. Their chance encounter begins a cascade of questions, lies, and a dangerous obsession that threatens to topple everything she knows. Is she willing to let go of everything she holds dear to understand their extraordinary connection? And will it lead her to discover who she truly wants to be?
My thanks to the Publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.
What if you could have the same dream night after night and use it as a way of escaping real life? For Rose that is exactly what happens. Rose is a married stay at home Mum to three children. As Rose escapes to her dreams every night, she meets up with Hugo who has been in her dreams for as long as she can remember, leading a double life with him. They live on an island and have a fantasy adventure lifestyle, fighting creatures and being with one another.
Rose loves telling her chldren about her night time adventures and they love heariing about it, they even draw pictures that mirror her dream life and the adventures that her and Hugo have together.
Rose has issues, she is fed up with her husband working all the time and longs to escape the mundanity of real lfe. Most of us will be able to sympathise with the way Rose feels as I'm sure we would all love to escape at times if given the chance.
One day Rose sees a real life version of Hugo, the person from her dreams but is he really Hugo? Is this a good or bad thing to happen? I'd rather not go into too much detail and let you the reader make your own mind up by reading this story.
I loved the premise of this story and certain dreams I have had, I would like to revisit time and time again. I don't think Id want them to cross over into real life though, but while I'm experiencing them I do enjoy them.
Whilst Rose seems to be happy for Hugo to be in her life, others aren't as happy.
At times I felt sorry for Rose and her husband then at other times I detested Rose for what was happening, she was wishing her life away and all she lived for was sleep at the detriment to her family life. I had my doubts about Hugo from the start and as you read the story and watch it develop, you'll realise what he's like. I found myself trying to guess things about the story, as I was reading it, but my guesses didn't always come true.
This is a really odd quirky read as it doesn't fit easily into any one specific genre. Personally I think it would make a great reading group read as there is so much that can be discussed about it. It will certainly take readers out of their comfort zones.
I gave this a strong 8/10 and would like to thank the Author for taking us on this journey.