Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Last Dreamer - Review

Review by Marlene Engel
Fifteen years ago Iliana sacrificed her career as a journalist to start a family and support her husband in his career.  She’s anxious to get back to the career that she loved, but she’s been away for so long that she’s finding it hard to get back in the game. 
While watching old reruns, she gets to wondering … what ever happened to Jeff Downs, the hot guy on the show?  What was a question of simple curiosity turned into a quest to revive her career.  What if she could find Jeff and do a story on where he’s been since the show ended?  Maybe then she’ll get the attention of potential employers. 

From Iliana’s first meeting with Jeff, a host of lies begin.  What was supposed to have been an interview to restart her career, has turned into more than she could’ve ever imagined.  She justifies that it’s for her career, but has she gotten side tracked by her celebrity crush?  And is she willing to sacrifice her marriage for the sake of her career?

I feel that many will be able to relate to Iliana and her story.  So many women put their dreams and aspirations on hold to raise a family.  Sometimes we even fantasize about how life would be if we did thing differently.  But what if you acted on those fantasies?  And when do we say we’ve gone too far and need to reel it back in?  This story focuses on the here and now.  We are so consumed with the “what ifs” that we don’t take time to consider the “now.” 

A relatable, well written story that just about any mom can relate to.  The struggle between finding a balance between your family and professional lives.  I definitely recommend this to others and look forward to reading more from this author.

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About the Author:
Barbara Solomon Josselsohn is a New York-based novelist and freelance writer. Her first novel, THE LAST DREAMER, from Lake Union Publishing, debuts in December, 2015. Her articles and essays appear in a range of publications, including Consumers Digest, The New York Times, Parents Magazine, American Baby, Westchester Magazine, The Journal News, and Westchester Home, as well as online at, and
Barbara also teaches adult writing classes at the Scarsdale Library in Scarsdale, New York, and conducts a magazine writing course for children each summer at the Scarsdale-based JCC-Midwestchester. She is a frequent presenter at local writing workshops for children.

Barbara began her career as a reporter and editor with HFN, a trade magazine covering the home furnishings business. She has a B.A. in English from Binghamton University and an M.A. in English from the University of Connecticut, and has studied fiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College and Manhattanville College.

She is currently working on her second novel.

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