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Midsummer Dreams

Published Date: February 14, 2016

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Book 2 in series


Four people. Four messy lives. One night that changes everything …

Emily is obsessed with ending her father’s new relationship – but is blind to the fact that her own is far from perfect.

Dominic has spent so long making other people happy that he’s hardly noticed he’s not happy himself.

Helen has loved the same man, unrequitedly, for ten years. Now she may have to face up to the fact that he will never be hers.

Alex has always played the field – but when he finally meets a girl he wants to commit to, she is just out of his reach.

At a midsummer wedding party, the bonds that tie the four friends together begin to unravel and show them that, sometimes, the sensible choice is not always the right one.

A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and second novel in the 21st Century Bard series.

Available as an eBook and in paperback from all good bookshops and online stores.

Alison May

Alison Maynard_low resAlison was born and raised in North Yorkshire, but now lives in Worcester. She is a History graduate from the University of York and has a Creative Writing degree from the University of Birmingham. Alison has worked as a waitress, a shop assistant, a learning adviser, an advice centre manager, and is now a creative writing tutor and freelance trainer for charities and voluntary organisations.

She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and won their Elizabeth Goudge trophy in 2012 for her short story  Feel the Fear which was published in the RNA’s 2014 anthology.

Alison writes contemporary romantic comedies.

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Customer Reviews


  1. Gen
    Gen at

    ….Therefore I was intrigued to see just how the writer, Alison May could translate such a bright, and in truth confusing story into modern day language, but she managed. I think it helped that she decided to use multiple voices, separating each by chapter or else the reader would have had no chance! What with the King and Queen of the Fairies and well as the four confused lovers I don’t thing Shakespeare ever intended for his plot to be emulated. However I’m all for the retelling of the classics, especially if they are done with both style and humour.

    Well done Alison!

    Reviewed by Gen

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  2. Anne
    Anne at

    I read this book in one sitting – in fact I delayed doing other things because I had to read more. This is an excellent story of contemporary love which culminates in a midsummer ball with all the characters in fairy costume, some strange punch and a hypnotist in the crowd. It was at this point that I rather belatedly realised that the story is a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” a fact that I had somehow missed up to then. You really don’t have to know the play to understand this book but if you do it gives the ball scenes an additional impact…..

    Reviewed by Anne at DnS Media Book Reviews

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  3. OctoberwomanRobyn
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    …Overall, I enjoyed the story and the writing. There’s plenty of humor, and each character’s personality is distinct and well drawn out. I sometimes wanted to smack a character and tell him or her to chill out or grow up, especially Emily, but I liked all of them, and I was quite satisfied with how everyone’s story was resolved.

    Reviewed OctoberwomanRobyn blogspot

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  4. Dear Author
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    Dear Author

    …The book started with the play’s plot but then embroidered on it at the end. It gets taken further in a way that makes sense in a modern setting. The end is HFN and in love. People are still growing and changing. With counseling Emily is working on her issues, Alex has found his true passion, Helen is moving up academically and Dominic has realized what will make him happy and has shifted his professional career. The book is funny but realistic. It’s obviously taken from the play but is not a slavish adaptation. The modern doesn’t get shoehorned into the actual play. I enjoyed reading it, catching the homages and discovering the updates. B

    Reviewed by Jayne, Dear Author

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  5. …You don’t really have to know much about A Midsummer Night’s Dream, it won’t stop you enjoying it – but being an ex English student I know the play well, and this is such a clever re-telling of the story with a 21st century twist.

    And as for the writing – it really sparkles, gentle humour, a little slapstick along the way, and the odd very unexpected tear in the eye. Wonderful stuff – don’t overlook this one whatever you do, you’ll be missing a few hours of unadulterated fun and enjoyment – I really loved it.

    Reviewed by Anne, Being Anne Reading blogspot

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  6. Old Victorian Quill
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    …I really enjoyed the changes that Alison May adopted for this story, particularly that of the relationships between the four lovers are, and how they play out throughout the course of the novel. Dominic and Helen’s slow-burning relationship allowed for some hilarious scenes between Helen and Alex, where we see her attempting to rid herself of her infatuation with her best friend’s boyfriend, whilst Alex kids himself that his persual of Emily is all for Helen’s sake so that she can get the guy.

    This perfectly fits the category of Romantic Comedy, and I enjoyed every second of it.

    Reviewed by Sorcha, Old Victorian Quill

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  7. Keeper Bookshelf
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    …I would recommend this novel for those that simply enjoy a slightly complicated group of stories that merge into one grand tale. There is plenty to love in Midsummer Dreams so your next step should be to go read it for yourself and enjoy.

    Reviewed by Marsha, Keeper Bookshelf

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  8. Read to the Stars
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    …I found this story to be inspiring. As someone who has just graduated and is desperately searching for a job, it was nice to read a story where things did work out for the best, even if it took a little longer. As an impatient person, it’s nice to be reminded that even though sometimes things take time, you just have to be patient and they can still work out of the best.

    Jordan, Read to the Stars blog.

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  9. “Ill met by moonlight, proud Titania”. Thus says Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I didn’t read the blurb before I read the book (I trust Chic Lit implicitly!) and was delighted to discover my friends from the magical forest of Shakespeare!

    I loved the characters and how they blended with their literary counterparts. It was a beautifully tangled plot – the Bard would have been pleased!

    The scenes on Midsummer Night were brilliantly described and the “magic” cleverly integrated. Was impressed with the way all the minor characters were tied in with the action of the main characters.. Although I did feel like chasing Emily a few times!

    This is my first Alison May book and I am looking forward to reading her others.

    Reviewed by Ann, Annie’s Book Corner

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