Book Review: Dances & Dreams on Diamond Street by Craig Revel Horwood
"Set against the colourful boho backdrop of London’s Camden in the 1990s, Dances and Dreams on Diamond Street, tells the story of an unlikely family of friends who each rent a room in a ramshackle six-bedroom, four-storey townhouse. Like any family, the residents of Diamond Street sometimes fight and often act up but when the chips are down, they’re there for each other in an instant – usually brandishing a cheap bottle of booze, and the offer of an impromptu kitchen disco.
Presided over by the wise-cracking but warm-hearted patriarch of the family, Danny Hall, a professional dancer turned choreographer, the novel follows a year in the life of the inhabitants of Diamond Street, rough diamonds one and all, as they try to achieve their dreams – with unexpected, heart-warming and sometimes hilarious results."
I received Dances & Dreams on Diamond Street by Craig Revel Horwood for free in exchange for an honest review as part of a blog tour organised by Love Book Tours and Michael O'Mara Books. Thank you so much for having me on the tour!
I was so excited to be on this tour because I love Craig Revel Horwood on Strictly Come Dancing (I watch every year!) and I knew immediately that I was going to love his writing too! This review is dedicated to my Nanny who was my Strictly partner in crime and who I miss every single day ❤️ She would've loved this book!
In Dances & Dreams on Diamond Street we follow the lives of Danny, Cat, Lil, Lachlan and Jewel in 1994 as they all become roommates in the glamorous house on Diamond Street.
I absolutely loved these characters! They were all so enjoyable and the multiple POV's throughout the story was done amazingly well! Each character was so interesting and had fun little quirks that I just loved. I have such a soft spot for Lil too! She was so eccentric and like a mother to all of the characters. Her anecdotes, her advice and flights of fancy were hilarious and so random. I think everyone needs a Lil in their life!
Plus this book featured one of my favourite ever tropes - found family! And a gorgeously queer found family at that! It was so heartwarming to see their friendship blossom and how they became such a cute family!
This book was so full of love, magic and creativity - I enjoyed every page! Diamond Street sounds like a truly amazing place. And please forgive me but I have to say that it was 'FAB-U-LOUS darling!'