Rating: 5 Cups
Sandi had a childhood crush on the teen idol Ricky Stevens which drove her to make her dream of attending UCLA come true. She meets Paul and thinks he is the one until he disappears without a word. Suddenly, while out with a friend, she sees her childhood crush, all grown up. Little does she know her dreams are about to become reality.
Steven had strong convictions about the Vietnam War which led him to an alternate life in Canada. Happy as a carpenter, he resides there until the call to come home is received long after the war is done and the pardons have occurred. No desire to live the life of a movie, he responds to a friend's offer of a carpenter job and apartment in Hollywood. Chance meetings will change his life in ways he could never imagine.
Is true happiness possible twice in one's life? Sandi has endured much pain and loss in her life and has no desire to begin again, but fate has a different plan in mind.
From the swinging 60's through the peace loving 70's and on to the 80's and 90's, D.J Starling takes the reader for the ride of a lifetime. Living in the lap of luxury does not always guarantee happiness, but Fantasyland escapes all the common foibles of drugs and free loving to show a side of Hollywood and the elite which is closer to home than we may know. I love how the author offered parallel stories for all the characters, enabling the reader to become fully immersed in the story. A tear jerker, for sure, but a beautiful love story for the ages.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More