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The year is 1911 when twenty-year-old heiress Peggy Batternberg is invited to spend the summer in America’s Playground.

The invitation to the luxurious Oriental Hotel a mile from Coney Island is unwelcome. Despite hailing from one of America’s richest families, Peggy would much rather spend the summer working at the Moonrise Bookstore than keeping up appearances with New York City socialites and her snobbish, controlling family.

But soon it transpires that the hedonism of nearby Coney Island affords Peggy the freedom she has been yearning for, and it’s not long before she finds herself in love with a troubled pier-side artist of humble means, whom the Batternberg patriarchs would surely disapprove of.

Disapprove they may, but hidden behind their pomposity lurks a web of deceit, betrayal and deadly secrets. And as bodies begin to mount up amidst the sweltering clamour of Coney Island, it seems the powerful Batternbergs can get away with anything…even murder.

Extravagant, intoxicating and thumping with suspense, bestselling Nancy Bilyeau’s magnificent Dreamland is a story of corruption, class and dangerous obsession.

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  • Miranda Reads

    ...there is one thing I do know. Women of my family, and all others like us, cannot behave the same as men do. Set in 1911, Peggy Batternberg (yes, she's one of those Batternbergs) is ready to spend ...

  • Maureen

    Peggy Batternberg is a member of one of the wealthiest families in America, but she doesn’t behave in the manner expected of her position in life - this is 1911, a time when privileged and wealthy y...

  • Debra

    Coney Island - America's playground. It's 1911 and American Heiress, Peggy Battenberg has been requested (told/your better come or else) to spend the summer at the Oriental Hotel with the rest of her ...

  • Beata

    I cannot say liked this novel although some moments were interesting. To begin with, I found the presentation of the famous Coney Island in its golden days truly interesting, its entertainment and the...

  • Paige

    Restrictions on women and the treatment of foreigners are spotlighted throughout the story. It focuses on the social structure and the formation of society on Coney Island during 1911 more so than the...

  • Amalia Gavea

    Emancipated heroine, full of pseudo-feminist contemporary remarks: CheckSaid heroine is a reluctant part of the richest family in the USA: CheckSaid heroine has a superficial sister: CheckSaid heroine...

  • Shruti

    Rating: 3.5 rounded downThe cover of Dreamland is beautiful. It reminded me of Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus which I really liked and I requested for this one without reading the summary. It's a...

  • Nursebookie

    Dreamland is an amazing Historical Fiction novel set in New York. Peggy is a twenty-year-old heiress from one of the richest families in America – the Batternbergs. It is the summer of 1911 and Pegg...

  • sarah xoxo

    “Everything is real on Coney Island- and nothing is real” summary Peggy Battenberg is the black sheep daughter of one of the wealthiest and most affluent families in the early 20th century America...

  • Lilith Black

    Actual rating: 3.5 E-ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and are not affected in any way. PROS: • Night Circus vibes. Even if...