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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
In the lovely romance novel, Dreams: An Odyssey of Love and Mystery by Otilia Greco, a brief encounter between two strangers blossoms into a beautiful romance story years later. Nina struggles with her grief after being widowed twice by the age of thirty-five. She retreats to her favorite place, a hotel located on a picturesque Greek island which has been her peaceful haven during overwhelming times in the past. As she looks out at sea from her balcony, she sees the same sailing boat she saw each time she came to the hotel. Nikos is a man who has attained remarkable professional success but struggles in his personal life. He now lives separated from his friends. His encounter years earlier with a beautiful ice skater has become a cherished dream.
Otilia Greco depicts the emotions that each character experiences wonderfully, creating evocative and poignant scenes. The story includes compelling, in-depth backstories of the main characters which cover their childhood, coming of age years, and adulthood. The characters come alive in the beautiful, breathtaking settings painted in the story. I enjoyed the different sub-plots threaded together to create the main story. I also loved how the story moves between the past and the present, following each character’s path. There are many surprises included which I found captivating. The story involves interesting Greek historical detail. Dreams is a wonderful romance with intriguing characters and thrilling twists. Recommended to all fans of romance novels.