Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

The Cure for Dreaming

The Cure For Dreaming centers around Olivia Mead, a strong willed, opinionated women living in Oregon in the early twentieth century.  Olivia is determined to speak her mind in a society that stifles women's voices. She does not believe in being subservient and dreams of the day when she will be able to make her own decisions, without the input of a male counterpart.  Her decision to attend a rally outside the courthouse alongside other suffragists, angers her father. Fearful of his daughter's rebellious nature, and what it could do to his reputation, he decides to employ a stage hypnotist to cure Olivia of her radical dreams for the future and eradicate her defiant nature.

Henrie Reverie, a traveling hypnotist, is offered a handsome reward in exchange for his services. Though initially opposed to plan, his desperation for money to help his ailing sister wins out. He decides instead to force Olivia to "see the world the way it truly is."  Olivia has now been gifted with the ability to see the true essence of any individual who crosses her path, resulting in some truly disturbing visions. Even more terrifying is her inability to communicate these vision aloud.

Winters takes readers on an enlightening and riveting journey through a fascinating turning point in history.  Archival photographs and artwork lead off each chapter, enabling readers to truly immerse themselves in the rich, cinematic setting of the novel. While some heavy political themes are explored, the inclusion of paranormal elements adds a suspenseful and cryptic touch of excitement to balance it out. 

The Cure For Dreaming is released October 12th and is currently on order in the catalog. While you wait, be sure to check out Winter's debut novel In the Shadow of Blackbirds.

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