Cocktails and Dreams
by A.L. Michael
Series: The Martini Club #1
Published by: Canelo
Publication date: July 24, 2017
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick-Lit
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I was seven years old when I realized my mother was not a great person…
Since Savvy was abandoned by her rockstar mother, she has craved a normal life. But after years of financing her boyfriend’s lacklustre career, he leaves her when he hits the bigtime.
Savvy’s friends at the burlesque club where she serves elaborate cocktails encourage her to make bold changes in her life. She soon meets handsome bartender Milo, and begins to plan a future she can be excited about.
But when Savvy’s estranged mother crashes back into her life, her newfound happiness is under threat… will Savvy have the courage to pursue her dreams?My rating:
Dreams don’t die. They just sleep sometimes.
Savvy, plain, quiet and dreamless pleaser — a bartender who was a cocktail-making genius at The Martini Club. Being cheated on and dumped by her 9 years of a DJ boyfriend, she felt like her world fell apart all over again. She was hurt and broken. But what she thought a life’s setback, was actually a life changing possibility.
I see how Savannah completely changed from being a wallflower into someone who finally realized her dreams, her strengths and her gift of turning food to taste like memories.
The painful memory of her childhood on how her mother, a famous rock star, abandoned her over fame and career brought her so much insecurities.
But I think, like the girls at The Martini Club, Rob cheating on her was the best thing that could have happened to her. She was so invested with their relationship that she thought when she walked away, everything will turn into waste. It’s the turning point of her life where she finally opened up and actually became friends with proper people, spend time laughing and learning with them, falling in love with food and cocktail making.
Meeting her ab-SOUL-ute partner who’s like her, finding dreams and ready for adventures, Milo became an essential part of Savannah’s evolvement.
I love her aunt, Jen, and her best friend, Mia, who despite knowing that Rob’s not for her, they let Savannah grew and knew the truth herself. They let her fall, picked herself up again and started a brand new one.
But for me, the one who gave the biggest impact on her life was her own mother. She might not knew it at first but as the story went on, I realized how her mother meant well for her daughter. I believe Savannah will never be who she was if her mom didn’t made those bad decisions.
Evidently, Persephone Black made a quite changes at the end of the story. Along with her flaws and shortcomings, it was when Savannah finally learned to forgive her mother and accepted her for who she really was while turning all her heartaches and frustrations into something beautiful.
Cocktails and Dreams is a charming and captivating story which shows everyone that we all have dreams and that in every fall, we will always be stronger, braver and never be our own self again. All we have to do is reach out for those dreams, chase them because they will never come to us. We need to find it ourselves.
You have an opportunity to become. Don’t let that slip away. Do the work. Decide to be something.
About The Author:
A.L. Michael is a writer, currently living in Watford. She has a BA in English Literature with creative writing, and an MA in Creative Entrepreneurship, both from UEA. She also has an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes, where she researched the usefulness of therapeutic writing with those in recovery from eating disorders.
She writes books about women who are trying to figure out their place in the world, and who aren’t afraid to make mistakes. She is the author of 10 novels.
When she’s not writing novels, she’s working as a content writer, practicing yoga, looking at puppy videos or drinking too much red wine.