Title: Dali Summer
Author: T.J. Brown
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Publish Date: May 5, 2020
Source: TLC Book Tours
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Nothing is more
important to prim, colorblind Dolors Posa than family and living down
the shame of her illegitimate birth, but when the sudden onset of
fantastical visions threaten her sterling reputation, she must search
for answers before the inhabitants of the tiny village of Cadaqués brand
her as demente— crazy like her mother. In a quest to stop her
hallucinations, she befriends a beautiful, intoxicating fortune teller
and her handsome anarchist brother, as well as becoming a reluctant muse
for thirteen-year-old Salvador Dali. In a summer that changes
everything, Dolors must choose between her family’s reputation and a
life filled with adventure, friendship, rapturous color and the
possibility of love."
My Two Cents:
In "Dali Summer," Delors is consumed with the idea of ensuring that her reputation escapes the fate of her mother's. She has unexplainable visions and she isn't sure what to make of her color-blindness but it frightens her. She will thrust herself into new situations, in part because she is running away from her past and her fears of what her future may look like! Summer is a time of freedom and Delors finds it in the form of a beautiful fortune teller and her brother. She will also become the muse of a young Salvador Dali. This book has lovely detail and a thoroughly engaging story line - a treat for sure!
This book pulls you in right away as you find out about Delors and her background. She is trying so hard to escape her past and trying to outrun family secrets, sure that they'll knock her down just as they had her mother. You're pulling for her so hard to be able to find her own footing and a better way forward than living in fear of the past and her future.
The detail in the book really made it shine. During these times when we can't travel, I have been doing a lot of traveling through books and I loved visiting sun-dappled Spain through this book. The lower clamber of revolution and war is in the air and acts as a background beat to the story. I also really loved the glimpse that we get of Salvador Dali. I'm a huge fan but I don't recall having read a lot about him as a young person so seeing him as he is so inspired by Delors was great!
This book was a perfect escape, filled with great romances and great detail!