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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Of Dreams and Angels by Jared Morrison is a paranormal romance that revolves around a man named Joe Riley and, quite literally, the woman of his dreams. Joe has made a roaring success of his life and done so before he clocks in at forty. He's single. He's got a lot of money. He's well-liked and respected by just about everyone. In the midst of all of this, Joe begins to have vivid dreams. In them, he embodies a woman named Claire in England to the point where he sees her world through her eyes. The dreams keep occurring and as they become more intense, so too does his need to find her. And find her he does. Emotionally, the chemistry is as intense as the dreams, but the weakening of one lover's physical strength takes an otherwise euphoric high to a heart-breaking low. “The universe brought me to you—sent me across a continent and an ocean to find you, when I hadn’t even been looking.”
Jared Morrison tackles a lot of issues in Of Dreams and Angels. Love, money, travel, children, marriage and divorce, independence and independence lost, health, careers...you name it and it's in there. In the interests of full disclosure, it needs to be said that I was drawn to this book because I am British, my wife is American, and while I did not dream her up, we met a bit later in life and our personal situations closely resemble Joe and Claire's. Like them, there was a fated feel to everything and as someone who has experienced this type of love, I can comfortably say that Morrison does an incredible job in making it feel authentic. The writing is intelligent, even if it sometimes leans toward being slightly loquacious, but the story itself is beautiful. The imagery is striking and the elements that drive the pair together are probably among the best I've read. It really does yank on the heartstrings so a good supply of tissues will be necessary, but if you're looking for a true love story, this is the one. Very highly recommended.