The Dream Peddler

The Dream Peddler

"Astonishing . . . Explores the vast underground legacy of our own desires. This is the must-read book of the year." --Rene Denfeld, bestselling author of The Child Finder A richly imagined debut novel about a traveling salesman and the small town he changes foreverIf someone offered you a magic elixir that could conjure any dream you wanted . . . would you take it?Traveli...

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Title:The Dream Peddler
Author:Martine Fournier Watson
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The Dream Peddler Reviews

  • Rene Denfeld

    Wow. I was lucky to get an advance copy of this astonishing novel. THE DREAM PEDDLER unfolds like a gorgeous poem, leading us deep into the lives of its characters, and exploring the vast underground legacies of our own desires. Put this one on your must-read lists!

  • Cheyenne

    I found this book very enjoyable. It starts off as a very heart breaking scene with Ben Dawson disappearing and coming up in the lake drowned. The same day Ben went missing an unexpected visitor came to town, Robert Owens, the Dream Peddler. Robert is a drifter from town to town he sells his dreams. Evie Dawson. Ben's mom, is very emotional but comes to become very close to Robert. As things advance the town turns on Robert and he ends up leaving. I was very fortunate to have won a copy of this

    I found this book very enjoyable. It starts off as a very heart breaking scene with Ben Dawson disappearing and coming up in the lake drowned. The same day Ben went missing an unexpected visitor came to town, Robert Owens, the Dream Peddler. Robert is a drifter from town to town he sells his dreams. Evie Dawson. Ben's mom, is very emotional but comes to become very close to Robert. As things advance the town turns on Robert and he ends up leaving. I was very fortunate to have won a copy of this book from Penguin. I highly recommend it! I do not want to post anymore of the book spoilers then what I have already posted above.

  • Virginia

    A delightful read from start to finish! I really enjoyed this book and would read it again if I could.

    A man comes into town selling dreams the day after a family loses their only son. That's the foundation for this story that shows the simplicity and complication of small towns with the wonder of dreams both big and small. The titular dream peddler, Robert, is a compelling character that you understand, but know so little about. The relationships he builds with the townspeople are heartwarming

    A delightful read from start to finish! I really enjoyed this book and would read it again if I could.

    A man comes into town selling dreams the day after a family loses their only son. That's the foundation for this story that shows the simplicity and complication of small towns with the wonder of dreams both big and small. The titular dream peddler, Robert, is a compelling character that you understand, but know so little about. The relationships he builds with the townspeople are heartwarming and ultimately heartbreaking as people usually reject what they don't understand. The characters a beautifully drawn out and the story is so mesmerizing you'll have a hard time putting it down.

    I highly recommend this to anyone who likes stories about family, friendship, grief, and the understanding that a little magic can go a long way.

    **Read thanks to an ARC from Penguin Books**

  • Amanda Zirn Hudson

    "The Dream Peddler" is a luxurious debut about the whispers of a small town, the magic of dreams, and a boy who goes missing one snowy morning. When Robert Owens happens to sway into town the same day little Benjamin goes missing, the town doesn't think much of it at first. In the beginning the townsfolk find Robert mysterious... yet kind... and soon the allure of buying a custom-made dream is too much to resist. By the time the seasons have changed, half the town is secretly buying colorful liq

    "The Dream Peddler" is a luxurious debut about the whispers of a small town, the magic of dreams, and a boy who goes missing one snowy morning. When Robert Owens happens to sway into town the same day little Benjamin goes missing, the town doesn't think much of it at first. In the beginning the townsfolk find Robert mysterious... yet kind... and soon the allure of buying a custom-made dream is too much to resist. By the time the seasons have changed, half the town is secretly buying colorful liquid-filled vials from Mr. Owens and experiencing their most ambitious daydreams at night while they sleep. For some these dreams offer a glimpse into the future, for others an escape from the present, or even salvation from the past. This is a beautiful, eloquent novel with a touch of magic realism that explores just how far a dream can take us.

  • Angela M

    There is some magical realism in this book, but I found the story to be more real than magical. There are realistic emotions - grief and love and realistic characters with wants and desires and hopes that are relatable. This is a quiet, slow moving story with an aura of mystery. Robert Owens, a traveling salesmen who is selling dreams arrives in this small town, where everyone seems connected, where people care about each other, where the sometimes stifling and narrow small town life affects the

    There is some magical realism in this book, but I found the story to be more real than magical. There are realistic emotions - grief and love and realistic characters with wants and desires and hopes that are relatable. This is a quiet, slow moving story with an aura of mystery. Robert Owens, a traveling salesmen who is selling dreams arrives in this small town, where everyone seems connected, where people care about each other, where the sometimes stifling and narrow small town life affects their desires to dream beyond their daily lives. He arrives on the day that tragedy strikes when a nine year old boy disappears. These are some of the characters that we get to know through the dreams they want to buy.

    Toby, a typical teenage boy: “ I would like the dream of a girl. A good one.”

    George, the distraught father trying to find his missing son : “Maybe you could mix me up a dream of where he is, or where he might be, someplace more where I could look.”

    Christina, a teenage girl who knows the life ahead will be to marry and remain in this place: “ I just wondered, would it be possible to have a dream about the future? Could I dream of my future husband? “

    Jackson, a teenage boy who has dreams he doesn’t understand, confused over his identity who doesn’t take a potion of his own, but one made for someone else.

    Evie, the mother of the boy who went missing doesn’t want to buy a dream. She wants to stop dreaming of her son so she doesn’t have to face the unbearable pain each morning that he isn’t there.

    The author does a wonderful job of developing these characters and we come to know so much about them. Robert Owens, however remains a mystery to the reader until later in the novel when he has developed a friendship with Evie. It is through their conversations that we get to know about Robert’s past, his losses. I can’t say that I’m a big fan of fantasy or magical realism, but there was nothing in this story that felt beyond my imagination and I never felt that it was the potions alone that made these characters dream what they wanted to dream in this beautifully written debut novel.

    I received an advanced copy of this book from Penguin Books through Edelweiss.

  • Mila

    This was a wonderful story that focused on the lives of people in a small town but with the addition of magical realism in the form of the dream peddler and the dreams he conjured. My favourite part of the book was probably the writing, it was so beautiful and reflected the historical aspect of the book very well. I can't say I liked the characters that much, except for Robert, he had a very complex personality in my opinion. Towards the end of the novel, I felt like the plot dragged a

    This was a wonderful story that focused on the lives of people in a small town but with the addition of magical realism in the form of the dream peddler and the dreams he conjured. My favourite part of the book was probably the writing, it was so beautiful and reflected the historical aspect of the book very well. I can't say I liked the characters that much, except for Robert, he had a very complex personality in my opinion. Towards the end of the novel, I felt like the plot dragged a bit and repeated itself and overall, the ending could've been better. I still enjoyed this amazing piece of historical fiction a lot though!

  • Janet

    A peddler comes to town the day a young boy goes missing. What happens in the aftermath is a beautifully written study of the townspeople, their experiences, feelings, and actions. Watson's characters live in an unnamed town at an unnamed time, but their lives are entirely relevant to every place and time. There is so much we have in common with other people just because we are all human. Some of us take longer to heal from heartbreak, some of us need more attention, some of us can't accept who

    A peddler comes to town the day a young boy goes missing. What happens in the aftermath is a beautifully written study of the townspeople, their experiences, feelings, and actions. Watson's characters live in an unnamed town at an unnamed time, but their lives are entirely relevant to every place and time. There is so much we have in common with other people just because we are all human. Some of us take longer to heal from heartbreak, some of us need more attention, some of us can't accept who we are, and each of us must navigate life as best we can.

  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*

    Thank you to Penguin Publishing Group who provided an advance reader copy via Edelweiss.

    This reminded me very much of a Diane Setterfield authored novel. There is no specifically identified location or time setting for this story. There is a just a general feel of a small farming village with a general store and everyone knows their neighbor. There are quaint activities such as quilt making and a summer fair where farm animals, pies and quilts get prize ribbons. People pack picnic lunches, drink

    Thank you to Penguin Publishing Group who provided an advance reader copy via Edelweiss.

    This reminded me very much of a Diane Setterfield authored novel. There is no specifically identified location or time setting for this story. There is a just a general feel of a small farming village with a general store and everyone knows their neighbor. There are quaint activities such as quilt making and a summer fair where farm animals, pies and quilts get prize ribbons. People pack picnic lunches, drink lemonade and tea, and ladies are housewives. Everyone goes to church on Sunday.

    The book begins with a 9-year old boy who wakes up at night, transfixed by the moon. He creeps out of his bed, silently into the night to get closer to it...unbeknownst to his parents. The parents wake up and start their morning as usual with the mom Evie preparing breakfast and the husband George coming downstairs to bulk up before his farm work. Then they discover that their son Benny is missing. It is winter time and there is snow on the ground. After an unreasonable amount of time passes and Benny still hasn't returned home, a search party of the father George and some local men scour the grounds. This goes on for a few days until quite by accident little Benny is discovered under the ice of the frozen bay.

    On the fateful morning that Benny went missing, there was a new arrival in town. His name was Robert Dawson and he walked on his own two feet- tethered to a cart full of wares behind him. His first order of business was to find a place to board and visit the general store for some supplies. One of them was a bag of candy hearts to butter up potential customers. What was he selling? Dreams. Tell him what you wanted to dream about and he would retreat to his room and the vials secreted away in his bedroom drawer and prepare a draft in a little bottle for you. Just a swallow before bedtime and if it didn't live up to its expectations, there was a money-back guarantee. A teenage boy could yearn to dream about sordid trysts with women. A young lady might dream about her future husband. Or, someone could ask to have no dreams at all. Sometimes the Dream Peddler would sit outside the general store to meet up with customers, or sometimes they came to him at Violet Burnley's place where he boarded. It was a small town, so it didn't take long for the word to get around.

    The things I loved about the book were the small town life with good moral values. A simpler way of life. I loved the way people visit each other and make tea and serve cake. Life was quiet and slower. I also was intrigued by the main character of Evie, mother of the deceased little boy Benny. Following her stages of grief was an emotional journey I enjoyed travelling with her. That might sound twisted, but I am drawn to the melancholy in stories. There was mystery swirling throughout the book that did not totally resolve for me, but I still enjoyed the ride.

  • Megan C.

    I unexpectedly received this book from the publisher and it was such a treat! I was in the middle of several other reads when it arrived, however, I made the mistake of skimming through the first few pages....over 100 pages later, I finally put it down to go to bed. I finished this sweet story in two sittings and was so impressed by the gentle but firm pacing - it's a bit on the quieter side, but I never felt bored or frustrated.

    The novel focuses on themes of overcoming grief, community, and id

    I unexpectedly received this book from the publisher and it was such a treat! I was in the middle of several other reads when it arrived, however, I made the mistake of skimming through the first few pages....over 100 pages later, I finally put it down to go to bed. I finished this sweet story in two sittings and was so impressed by the gentle but firm pacing - it's a bit on the quieter side, but I never felt bored or frustrated.

    The novel focuses on themes of overcoming grief, community, and identity, and I would highly recommend it for fans of light magical realism (think Sarah Addison Allen or Isabel Allende).

  • Brooke

    I was really intrigued by the concept of this book - a man who sells bottled dreams arrives in a small town the same day a young boy goes missing and the ramifications in the town of the dream peddler being there. I liked how the story played out, but I wanted more from it. I think if the book was longer and dove more into the goings on in the town, described dreams in detail and how they were changing people’s lives and the ripples that had in the town, I would have liked it more. Some of that

    I was really intrigued by the concept of this book - a man who sells bottled dreams arrives in a small town the same day a young boy goes missing and the ramifications in the town of the dream peddler being there. I liked how the story played out, but I wanted more from it. I think if the book was longer and dove more into the goings on in the town, described dreams in detail and how they were changing people’s lives and the ripples that had in the town, I would have liked it more. Some of that was there, but a lot of it was inferred, implied, or we found out second hand through “gossip.” That may have been a choice on the author’s part since that’s how small towns tend to work, but I would have rather read about the events as they happened than read a one or two sentence synopsis of the event.

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