First Impression Review: Dali Summer by T.J. Brown

About Dali Summer

• Paperback: 344 pages
• Publisher: Tule Publishing Group, LLC (May 5, 2020)

Her wild and vivid visions inspire an icon…

Nothing is more important to prim, colorblind Dolors Posa than family and living down the shame of her illegitimate birth, but when the sudden onset of fantastical visions threaten her sterling reputation, she must search for answers before the inhabitants of the tiny village of Cadaqués brand her as demente– crazy like her mother. In a quest to stop her hallucinations, she befriends a beautiful, intoxicating fortune teller and her handsome anarchist brother, as well as becoming a reluctant muse for thirteen-year-old Salvador Dali. In a summer that changes everything, Dolors must choose between her family’s reputation and a life filled with adventure, friendship, rapturous color and the possibility of love.

Set against the political upheaval of 1917 Spain, Dali Summer captures the fierce spirit of Catalonia, the generosity and stubbornness of its people and the blossoming promise of a woman who thought life was bland and empty and had long ago had passed her by.


One of the things I love about the spring is all the new up and coming releases for spring and summer! Especially all the great historical fiction and this is one of those books that came up on my radar but only after much of my calendar was filled for the spring/summer.

So instead, I decided to do a first impression review of this novel. I have only read a couple of chapters but plan on finishing this one a little later this summer once my calendar opens up a little more.

This book features one of my all time favorite painters, Salvador Dali, side note my son’s name is Salvador too! I love his painting and his life was truly remarkable so when I saw that this book featured him I couldn’t wait to at least start it.

While I am only a couple of chapters into this one I am already loving it and might just finished it before the summer is over. While this book only features a young Dali, it really focuses more on Dolors and her struggles. I have enjoyed getting to know Dolors so far and feel that this novel has a lot of potential and color that will certainly entertain readers.

This isn’t your typical novel about ‘impressionist painters’ or ‘Renaissance masters’ in fact it’s a very different kind of novel with very different kinds of painters and I absolutely love how refreshing it is.

Dolors is a bold characters and the fact that she is colorblind offers readers a new perspective about the struggles she faced and how her life will unfold. If I had to rate this novel at this very moment I would go with 4.5 stars. It’s an engaging story thus far and I am eager to see more of the story unfold along the way!

Book Info and Rating

Kindle Edition, 344 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by Tule Publishing
Free review copy provided by publisher, Tule Publishing in partnership with TLC Book Tours, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced.
First Impression Rating: 4.5 stars
Genre: historical fiction


Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

About T. J. Brown

Well behaved women rarely make history. Teri Brown lived that quote way before she ever even heard it. The two things she is most proud of, (besides her children), is that she jumped out of an airplane once and she beat the original Legend of Zelda video game. She is a novel writer, head banger, pet keeper, math hater, cocktail drinker, booty shaker, book reader, city slicker, food fixer, French kisser, rule breaker, wine sipper and word scribbler. She loves her husband, kitties and chocolate.

Find out more about Teri at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

3 thoughts on “First Impression Review: Dali Summer by T.J. Brown

  1. It sounds like any art fan would enjoy this one! Thank you for being on this tour. Sara @ TLC Book Tours

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