Beautiful Illusion ARC Review – Jacquie Underdown

BIIn a moment your life flashes before your eyes, seconds before a semi drives your car into the path of an oncoming ambulance. That’s the end right? Not necessarily. You wake miraculously unharmed, sharing your room with a lovely man. Could it be anything but a dream?

A beautiful, spiritual story about a woman who meets the man of her dreams — and then wakes up…

The last thing Leah thought she’d get out of a shocking car accident was the perfect boyfriend. But there was Brennan in the hospital bed next to hers — equal parts charm, cheek, and chocolate. Their relationship, their love, her life, is almost too good to be true.

Then, to Leah’s horror, she discovers that it is. Her new life with Brennan is only a fabrication of her injured mind — a coma dream that ends when she wakes up.

Struggling with injuries and grieving for a man that never existed, Leah battles to put her life back together. But a series of coincidences hint that for some people, love can transcend all barriers and achieve the impossible.

Jacquie Underdown‘s Beautiful Illusion is just that, it reads lightly with a dreamy, ethereal quality. Leah awakens after a major traffic collision to find herself rooming with the man who was being transported in the ambulance her car collided with after the semi rear ended her car. Brennan is the perfect roommate, funny, attractive, single and in possession of contraband of the best kind, chocolate. Their sojourn in the hospital is all too short, following which Brennan and Leah’s flirtation soon turns to love.

As all things that seem to be to be too good to be true often are, so to is the life that Leah has woken to, or so she  finds when she wakens in truth. Her father and sister have no knowledge of Brennan or the life that they had begun to build together what was months prior in her mind but in fact only days had passed since the collision. She faces significant recuperation from the injuries sustained in the accident. Leah cannot even properly mourn the end of her relationship with Brennan, to everyone but herself he doesn’t even exist.

I found the premise of this book fascinating, the ability of the subconscious mind to create another life seemed entirely plausible and captured my attention. My criticisms of the story itself are in fact few. I believe I would have enjoyed Beautiful Illusion more if the reader was not made aware in the synopsis that the relationship with Brennan was a construct of Leah’s mind, because I knew she was dreaming I found I kept waiting for her to wake up and realize the truth. When she did awaken so much of the story had been devoted to her life with Brennan in the coma that the remainder of the story seemed a bit rushed and I would have enjoyed further development of the Leah’s life after the coma.

Jacquie Underdown has penned an enchanting, fantastic tale of a love that shouldn’t exist but somehow does. I know that I will look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

AUTHOR: Jacquie Underdown

RATING: 3 1/2 Stars

GENRE: Fantasy Romance

http://www.escapepublishing.com.au/product/9780857990846

Disclaimer: ARC was kindly provided by the publisher for an honest review. 

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