Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.
What do you get when you combine 1900’s Oregon, the Women’s Suffrage Movement, a headstrong young lady, a Canadian hypnotist, and vampires? You get The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters. It’s a totally weird book and I completely dug it.
I was captivated from the very start of the book and could scarcely put it down until the end. The world that Winters paints is so vivid that you feel that you seeing it all through Olivia’s eyes which in turn sort of scares you because that would be totally freaky! Her toughness throughout all the weirdness really endeared me to her character, though. What a spitfire! I can’t even imagine how how it must have been to have your own mind as a women during that era.
I’ve never read a book by Cat Winters before but after reading this one, I’m a definite fan and am looking forward to reading all her past books and any future ones, too! She really knows how to spin a mesmerizing tale unlike anything else I’ve ever read before. With an interesting mix of memorable characters and unique story line, The Cure for Dreaming is a must read.
*I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review*