The Cure for Dreaming is about Olivia Mead, a budding suffragette who lives in Oregon in 1900 with her father, an infamous dentist. Her father hires a hypnotist, Henri Reverie, to get rid of Olivia’s rebellious thoughts. Henri accidentally gives her the gift/curse of seeing people as they really are; Olivia sees her own father as a vicious monster. As the story progresses, she starts to realize that the hypnotist may need help of his own, and they need to work together to solve their problems.
I really liked Olivia. I could tell how she changed in her views and opinions throughout the book. I was impressed by how she and Henri worked together. However, I didn’t think the monsters and ghosts that Olivia saw were completely believable. Maybe that could have been portrayed in a different way.
One memorable thing about the book was Olivia’s ability to change peoples’ minds about women’s suffrage. I won’t give anything away, but she does something very brave that pays off.