Dreaming in Colours That Don't Exist by E.J. Stephens

Vivienne escapes to Cornwall to rebuild her marriage. Instead she awakens an ancient, obsessive love. Now she has to choose – man or god?

Vivienne Crawley comes to Eden hoping to save her marriage and rebuild her life.


The house is old and beautiful, perched on a cliff above the pounding sea. But Eden has a curious past and a disturbing reputation. Once home to an esoteric religious community, it holds a legacy of passion, betrayal and violent death.


When Vivienne meets a man in a casual online encounter, she thinks it’s just a harmless flirtation, an innocent way of boosting her confidence and rekindling her bruised sexuality. But then a stranger appears in the village, and past and present collide with disturbing and possibly tragic consequences.



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  • First submitted Oct. 24, 2012
  • Last updated Oct. 24, 2012
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  • HarperCollins's avatar
    HarperCollins wrote 1 year, 8 months ago
    Plot Summary Viv Crawley’s husband is horrific. A writer (who rubbishes Viv’s own work), Nathan cheats on her with a man and pulls her into hare-brained schemes with no regard for her feelings, and his newest project – the purchase of a vast Gothic house called Eden, threatens to bankrupt them both and pull Viv away from her home, London. As the moving date approaches, Nathan is called to go on a publicity tour, leaving Viv to move into ‘Eden’ ...
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    IGottheReaderSyndrome wrote 1 year, 8 months ago
    It was a rough line between the dusky interiors and lusty dreams inside the house and the colourful almost hazy world that she lives in. And suddenly, from in between, she steps out of her house to inhale the clean, blue, pure oceanic reality set above a beautiful village that she likes to look at from a safe distance. I loved it, and it leaves me wanting for more. But the transition from her dreamy state to the dusty reality ...
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    Amanuensis [Retired] wrote 1 year, 8 months ago

    The most intelligent and best written HC review. Positively distinguished. Cor!

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  • Edward Gardner's avatar
    Edward Gardner wrote 1 year, 10 months ago
    Lovely writing - makes sense it's gotten the medal. Not really sure what the etiquette is for medalled books (i.e. what sorts of comments you're looking for) but thought I'd put in my two cents. Chapter 1 This is a great first chapter. I think it's impressive how much you do in such a short time without making it feel forced. Your poetic and intriguing description comparing Viv and Nathan - one carved from something larger than herself, one built ...
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  • jessicaminor's avatar
    jessicaminor wrote 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    i like the way you think. i found it to be an excellent tale.

  • Angietee's avatar
    Angietee wrote 1 year, 8 months ago

    Congratulations to you. That's a great and much deserved achievement.

  • MysterAuthor55's avatar
    MysterAuthor55 wrote 1 year, 8 months ago

    Review -- down-trodden and unsure of herself to an extent that makes her at time difficult to sympathize with--Just saying!

  • Luke Bramley's avatar
    Luke Bramley wrote 1 year, 10 months ago
    Hi, absolutely loved your first chapter, finally a novel with real gravitas, something with a mind and a purpose behind it. I wondered if you wanted to do a deep read - starting with first chapters (though mine is very long!). This is the first time I've ever asked but I can see parallels between our writing styles and thus I think we can help each other. I genuinely think this has got a real shot - I felt like ...
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    JEAhern [Retired] wrote 1 year, 10 months ago

    What's that they say about a great performer leaving the audience wanting more? Well that's the closest I can get to describing how I feel after reading.

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    JEAhern [Retired] wrote 1 year, 10 months ago

    On chapter 4 and at this point I like Tom Bailey as well. He has a natural charm that endears. I reckon, at the moment, that he gets on well with everybody. I'll comment further as I progress.

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    Mahoney wrote 1 year, 10 months ago

    Without belaboring the point, you are a talented writer and to repeat both praise and constructive criticism from others is of no value to you EJ Stephens

  • JD Revene's avatar
    JD Revene wrote 1 year, 10 months ago
    EJ, Long ago I promised to look at this. I imagine you'd given up expecting a read--and I'm embarassed to note that in the meantime you've made the desk, I don't visit often enough--but here I am. Let's start with the pitches, short and long. On the short I'm afraid I wouldn't have read it. These are hard, but I feel you need something strong here, something like the last clause of your long pitch. The long pitch is stronger. ...
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  • W.D. Frank's avatar
    W.D. Frank wrote 1 year, 11 months ago
    Hello, Miss Edentity...Or Mr. Edentity..Honestly I am not sure which one is accurate. I suddenly remembered you and decided to write a quick review for your book before I finally end up going to breakfast. (I am in serious need of some waffles right now) Also, do note that I am really tired, so I hope you can forgive any errors or inconsistencies that you may encounter in my review. Anyway, time for the review... Your writing style is pretty ...
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  • Carol Repton's avatar
    Carol Repton wrote 1 year, 11 months ago
    Have just read the first three chapters, and I was blown away by the quality of your writing! Amazing! It sucked me in as if you were casting a magic spell. From chapter 1, I could clearly picture the scene, with Viv and Nate walking along the coastal path. Taut, concise writing, with realistic dialogue and first person narrator's stream of consciousness. In chapter 2, I like the description of driving down the narrow lane. I'm not sure I like ...
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  • Berta Eugene's avatar
    Berta Eugene wrote 2 years ago
    Well, I read through to chap. 2. What I loved, straight away, was your ability to make me see and feel. I just finished reading Winder Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher, and her style of writing pulled me in the same manner. There are not a lot of stories out there that grab me right away and make me think about "what happens next: but your's has, and I will definitely be back to finish. Love your style ! Good luck, ...
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  • Retired user
    FrankBalm wrote 2 years ago

    Hey there.

    Started reading this when I first joined, but didn't want to post until I went through it a few more times. I'm glad I did since this is incredibly well crafted and down right captivating! Look forward to the paperback!

  • Seven Everson's avatar
    Seven Everson wrote 2 years ago

    Hi EJ,

    I liked this book quite a bit. I hope you have more of it tucked away somwhere. I love the gritty realism of life mixed with the heady fantasy of the "something other". When it's finally all up I will be back to find out what's going on!

    xxxSeven Everson

  • WendyLou's avatar
    WendyLou wrote 2 years ago

    Hi, read a couple of chapters and it sounds like the beginnings of a good story. No obvious mistakes and nothing negative to say except your description of how she was feeling about going to the house in both ch 1&2 was good enough, meaning the explanation and hypothesising afterwards about why she felt this was not necessary and maybe even gives a little too much away, I don't know. Good luck, anyway. You seem to be doing very well.

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    CJBowness [Retired] wrote 2 years, 1 month ago

    This is excellent; well written, easy to read, intriguing. I'm not surprised it's done so well. I have backed and starred it although you probably don't need any more of either! I look forward to reading the rest one day.
    CJ Bowness
    The Accidental Adventurers