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House of Dreams

By Fanny Blake
Read by Sherry Baines

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It's only a long weekend - what could possibly go wrong?

In the hilltop villa with its spectacular views across rolling countryside to the straits of Gibraltar, Lucy anxiously awaits the arrival of her brother and sister. They're spending the weekend together to say farewell to Casa de Sueños, the house in the mountains of southern Spain where they grew up.

Her sister, Jo, landing at the airport with her fractious four-year-old, dreads the prospect of this time with her family, fulfilling their mother's last instructions that they celebrate her birthday party together - only this time their mother won't be there.

Tom, their brother, is filled with dread, remembering only the chaos of his bohemian upbringing and wanting nothing more than for their stay to go without a hitch. Then a beautiful face from his past appears at the villa...

Over one long, hot week weekend, past secrets will spill out, making the siblings question themselves, the choices they've made and where their future lies in this gorgeous new novel from Fanny Blake.

Read by Sherry Baines

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  • Publication date: 05 Nov 2015
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Full of interesting characters and intriguing twists and turns, once started you will be completely absorbed in the story. A perfect weekend read! We absolutely loved it! Highly Recommended. — KAYE THORNE, HOT BRANDS COOL PLACES
House of Dreams is a heart-warming tale of secrets slowly revealed and family tensions in a beautiful Spanish setting. A compelling and delightful read — Santa Montefiore
A lovely, sunny, absorbing book. — Wendy Holden, DAILY MAIL
With her trademark warmth and insight, Blake offers a deliciously irresistible peek into one family's enthralling drama — Kerry Hiatt, SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE
An easy-to-read, sun-soaked family drama — Deirdre O'Brien, SUNDAY MIRROR
Another must-read from Fanny Blake — Jo Finney, GOODHOUSEKEEPING
Witty and engaging family drama set in Spain — Isabelle Broom, HEAT
Transport yourself to a bougainvillea-covered house in the Spanish hills with this family drama. Read with a nice chilled sangria in hand — MARIE CLAIRE
Full of interesting characters and intriguing twists and turns, once started you will be completely absorbed in the story. A perfect weekend read! We absolutely loved it! Highly Recommended.
House of Dreams is a heart-warming tale of secrets slowly revealed and family tensions in a beautiful Spanish setting. A compelling and delightful read
A lovely, sunny, absorbing book.
With her trademark warmth and insight, Blake offers a deliciously irresistible peek into one family's enthralling drama
An easy-to-read, sun-soaked family drama
Another must-read from Fanny Blake
Witty and engaging family drama set in Spain
Transport yourself to a bougainvillea-covered house in the Spanish hills with this family drama. Read with a nice chilled sangria in hand
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