What’s in a Dream?

Her Name

Alicia Joseph

A Lesbian Fiction Novella


“There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio,

Than are dreamt of your in your philosophy”


Have you ever had a dream that felt so real it made you wonder for a moment, just a moment if it could have been real? Somehow it made you re-think everything you knew to be true, and caused you to take a new look at the life you were living and wonder if, perhaps, you weren’t missing something incredibly vital. Something that you may have gotten a glimpse of in that very dream. Something that makes you strive for more in the waking world. Dreams can be just that powerful. No one understands this more than Madison Andrews.

Here’s The Deal

Madison has begun having extremely life-like dreams that seem to be showing her visions of a beautiful woman and a life that she seems to have  with her. She can’t explain everything about these dreams which isolates her and makes her seem unhinged to her friends and loved ones, but she can’t seem to let go of the feelings inspired by these dreams and what they show her about the life that she could be having. The kind of life that she has been dreaming of for years. So she’s left with one pertinent question. What in the world is she supposed to do about it all, and who is the woman that she is so in love with in her dreams?

Real Talk

This book was engaging from the very first page. I found myself hooked and I wasn’t even ten percent into the story yet. The writing was beautifully done. These were real, wonderfully fleshed out and fully emotional characters. Madison and Shelly’s friendship was incredibly believable. I could see how their friendship had lasted for years all in their conversations with one another. Their interactions made their bond stronger and I felt like I was part of that bond.

In fact, there were very few if any moments that I found in this book that I thought were unbelievable. Madison’s interactions with women just served to show me how she had gotten to be the way that she was. How she had grown to be the woman who constantly looked for love but somehow could never find it. She was a snarky, funny, confident woman, but she yearned for love and I could see how she would find shelter in intensely beautiful dreams, even if she was unable to explain them. I felt like I understood Madison and I could place myself in her shoes which of course pulled me that much deeper into the story.

This became a story less about dreams and more about life. About how we go through life thinking we focus our intentions on something but we miss vital opportunities and connections that could turn our potential into reality because we simply cannot see the wonderful things in front of us. It is a story about hope and about change within the human spirit. It’s about how we call out for the things that we want most with our very essence until the Universe answers us back in mysterious ways. I know that all sounds super cryptic, but I don’t want to give anything away.

I really enjoyed this novella. I was drawn into the story and I had to sit for a long while and journal and think with a big mug of tea after it was done. It gave me food for thought and made me reflect on my own life and my intentions for what I wanted. Cleverly written, with real life characters that jumped off the pages and into my life, I loved each tender, intense, deep, even heartbreaking moment of this story. I wanted more from these characters after I was done. I wanted more from Ms. Alicia Joseph. And I look forward to reading much more.

This is a touching tale that gets five stars from me, all the colors of the rainbow and a full bouquet of roses for being my date on a crisp November evening.

Go ahead and check it out, I guarantee you won’t be sorry you did 🙂

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Reviews are love!

Until next time…

Wishing you Romance and Whimsy,


About Avery Rose

I'm a 30-something year old living in my native New York...I adore the city, writing, books, tea, music, long walks and rainbows :) Aaaand What happens to a dream deferred? In my opinion it gets sucked up dry and spat out as a gnarled petrified mass of what the heart used to be...so I'm also coming out as a writer who wrestles with questions of identity, reality, race and even sexuality. I'm having fun finally writing my own story. Feel free to help :)


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  2. Thank you, Ms. Rose, for the wonderful review. I’m so glad you enjoyed the story. 🙂

  3. Thank you. Although Loving Again is a completely different kind of story from Her Name, I still hope you enjoy it. Looking forward to checking out your work, too. 🙂

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