An Odyssey of Love and Mystery

Romance - Contemporary
194 Pages
Reviewed on 11/18/2022
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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite

In the lovely romance novel, Dreams: An Odyssey of Love and Mystery by Otilia Greco, a brief encounter between two strangers blossoms into a beautiful romance story years later. Nina struggles with her grief after being widowed twice by the age of thirty-five. She retreats to her favorite place, a hotel located on a picturesque Greek island which has been her peaceful haven during overwhelming times in the past. As she looks out at sea from her balcony, she sees the same sailing boat she saw each time she came to the hotel. Nikos is a man who has attained remarkable professional success but struggles in his personal life. He now lives separated from his friends. His encounter years earlier with a beautiful ice skater has become a cherished dream.

Otilia Greco depicts the emotions that each character experiences wonderfully, creating evocative and poignant scenes. The story includes compelling, in-depth backstories of the main characters which cover their childhood, coming of age years, and adulthood. The characters come alive in the beautiful, breathtaking settings painted in the story. I enjoyed the different sub-plots threaded together to create the main story. I also loved how the story moves between the past and the present, following each character’s path. There are many surprises included which I found captivating. The story involves interesting Greek historical detail. Dreams is a wonderful romance with intriguing characters and thrilling twists. Recommended to all fans of romance novels.

Luwi Nyakansaila

Dreams: An Odyssey of Love and Mystery by Otilia Greco is a mystical romance novel. This book is about a small Greek island community and its love stories. Over a long period, the members of this community experience love and loss. They grow from generation to generation, and the community continues to develop economically. Other people visit the island to witness its beautiful scenery and calming sea. One such visitor is Nina. One lonely night, Nina watches a man on his sailboat on the island. She wonders about the mysterious man's life story. Unbeknownst to Nina, this man is the key to her happiness. They have intertwined stories, and destiny has finally decided to cross their paths. Nikos is a member of this island community, but he has chosen to hide. He has experienced great misfortune when it comes to love and thinks he is bound for loneliness, but fate has other plans.

I could not stop reflecting on the fascinating connections in these stories. Otilia Greco had me confused at the beginning with all the random stories about the inhabitants of the island. I loved how the author finally connected all the stories and had my jaw dropping with the realization of Niko's and Nina's fates. Dreams has a perfect build-up to its plot twist, and I did not see it coming. The author's writing is so beautiful and engaging. Every character had a story to tell, and the author relayed every story so perfectly. Courage is vital when it comes to love. Love is complicated, or maybe it is not. Sometimes we need to take that giant step and put our hearts on the line.

Miche Arendse

Dreams: An Odyssey of Love and Mystery by Otilia Greco follows the life of Nina and her friends Demetrios and Penelope as they experience love, loss, and hardship. Nina had always wished for everlasting love and, after a trip to Greece, it seemed as though the hands of fate had pulled together all the people she needed in her life. It appeared as though all was well but things change, and so did the relationships she found herself in. Life never seems to play out the way you expect and Nina is an example of that.

Dreams by Otilia Greco is truly an example of expectation versus reality. This novel does such an amazing job of showing how life can take the most unexpected turns and lead you down a path you never expected to be on. The characters in the novel are authentic in that they want what everyone else wants: happiness, love, and peace. It is through their eyes that we see the hardships that they end up enduring for the sake of these things. My only criticism of this novel is that as it developed it seemed to switch perspectives and timeframes rapidly, which was a bit confusing at first but, other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I appreciated that the author touched on such real and deep emotions through the character's experiences, especially with Nina. In particular, I got emotional reading through her perspective, and to me, that shows what a great book this is.

Pikasho Deka

Penelope, Demetrios, and Nikos were inseparable friends as they grew up on a small picturesque Greek island in the late 1940s. While Demetrios and Penelope would go on to own a hotel and start a family together, life had other plans for Nikos, who left to further his studies at a university in Athens. Meanwhile, a woman named Nina has been visiting this island for two decades, seeking an escape from the sorrows she had been through. After two marriages that ended in tragedy, all Nina wants is a peaceful place to recuperate. However, when fate crosses Nina's path with Nikos, the two realize that they had met decades ago in Switzerland when Nina was a young ice skater. What does the future hold for these two? Grab a copy of Otilia Greco's Dreams: An Odyssey of Love and Mystery to find out.

Although the narrative may feel like a slow burn, Otilia Greco's slice-of-life tale is all the more immersive for it. Dreams follows a small group of people on a beautiful Greek island as their lives intersect through some momentous events. This is a character-driven drama that takes its time setting up the plot while the characters draw the reader into their lives and keep them hooked on their stories. Greco paints a vivid portrait of people growing up with few material possessions who still hold on to their dreams and, sometimes, exceed their expectations. If you're in the mood for a heartwarming story about love, friendship, and resilience, this is the perfect book for you.

Maria Victoria Beltran

Dreams: An Odyssey of Love and Mystery by Otilia Greco is a romance novel set on a beautiful Greek island in 1986. The story unravels with Nina taking time off from her busy life in Portugal and taking a holiday in her favorite island destination. Sitting for hours alone on the balcony of her hotel room, fixed on the familiar sight of a small sailing boat anchored in the bay, she wonders if anyone lives there. Widowed twice, her life has been filled with ups and downs. She stays in her favorite hotel owned by the Greek couple Demetrios and Penelope who have become her friends. What follows is the telling of a fascinating story that will reunite her with a man she briefly met years ago. She has come to love Greek culture and learned that almost every person on the island has a unique history. Will the ancient Greek gods and the mysterious sea determine her destiny?

Otilia Greco’s Dreams: An Odyssey of Love and Mystery is a captivating love story. Although set in contemporary times, readers can get a look inside the lives of the island’s inhabitants and Greek culture. The author’s literary writing style is lyrical and descriptive, and the characters are exciting and well-developed. The plot is also woven together in a very creative way. I find the main characters enigmatic but still relatable; perhaps the main reason it’s an absorbing read. With all the elements of a great love story, this is a must-read for lovers of romantic novels!