Watching children play and invent whimsical games of fantasy is one of life s great joys But what if you could actually see your child s imagination as it unfolded And what would you do if your child s imagination suddenly became dark and threatening Burned out and broke, twenty two year old single mother Anna Jennings moves to her grandparents rural home for the summer with her four year old son, David The sudden appearance of shadowy dinosaurs forces Anna to admit that either she s lost her mind or she can actually see her son s active imagination Frightened for David s safety, Anna struggles to learn the rules of this bizarre phenomenon and how best to protect him But what she uncovers along the way is completely unexpected revelations about what her son s imaginary friends truly represent and dark secrets about her own childhood imaginary friendLiving next door is Jamie Presswood, Anna s childhood friend who s grown much handsome and hardened than the boy she once knew But past regrets and their messy lives are making the rekindling of their complex friendship prove easier said than done Between imaginary creatures stalking her son and a tumultuous relationship with David s biological father, Anna may find it impossible to have room in her life or her heart for another man But as David s visions become threatening, Anna must learn to differentiate between which dangers are real and which are imagined, and whom she can truly trust


10 thoughts on “Imaginary Things

  1. Jeanne Adamek Jeanne Adamek says:

    If I didn t love the authors Versions of Her so much I probably would have never picked this book up It just didn t sound like my type And I have to admit that it was a bit slower to get into, mainly because I couldn t warm up to the main character I am definitely a character driven reader and I never read books where reviewers mention that main character or even all the characters are unlikeable in the beginning.BUT with that said, if I didn t pick up this novel I would have lost a special If I didn t love the authors Versions of Her so much I probably would have never picked this book up It just didn t sound like my type And I have to admit that it was a bit slower to get into, mainly because I couldn t warm up to the main character I am definitely a character driven reader and I never read books where reviewers mention that main character or even all the characters are unlikeable in the beginning.BUT with that said, if I didn t pick up this novel I would have lost a special read Andrea Lochen is wonderfully able to take themes that you might have read before or seen movies of and put a spin on the them that one, at least I, could never have imagined.I loved Versions of Her , but that could be just because this story is much darker or simply because the story line wasto my taste One thing is certain, though I will be watching for Andrea Lochen books and have already ordered her The Repeat Year.I REALLY recommend this book, Imaginary Things to everyone who wants to read something totally different4.25 stars


  2. Magen Magen says:

    This book was written by a local author in a fictious local setting and as a reader, I strive to support both For me personally, I rate this book 2 stars, but for readers of the genre, I rate it at 3 to 3.5 stars I read this book as well as Lochen s The Repeat Year and I very much encourage readers interested in Imaginary Things to read The Repeat Year as it is a book that fits solidly well into its genre If you are interested in reading this book, due note that it doesn t exactly fit into th This book was written by a local author in a fictious local setting and as a reader, I strive to support both For me personally, I rate this book 2 stars, but for readers of the genre, I rate it at 3 to 3.5 stars I read this book as well as Lochen s The Repeat Year and I very much encourage readers interested in Imaginary Things to read The Repeat Year as it is a book that fits solidly well into its genre If you are interested in reading this book, due note that it doesn t exactly fit into the genre of magical realism and or romance as nicely as The Repeat Year does I can see some readers who enjoy those genres being disappointed with this book I sort of balk at a plot which has one character think she can see a child s imagination being labeled as magical realism, especially when compared to the novels that defined the genre like One Hundrend Years of Solitude, but, that s not the reason I state this book doesn t exactly fall nicely into the magical realism category For that, you will have to read the book.The concern about how neatly this fits into a particular genre wasn t the reason this wasn t a favorite book for me The book didn t grab my interest and I didn t find the ability to see her child s imagination to add much to the book I know other readers in my book club really liked this added plot element, but it wasn t for me This meant that the plot wasn t particularly interesting to me and this is a mostly plot driven book The characters felt a bit flat to me and there wasn t much growth But ulimately, this was a book outside the norm of books I typically read and thus I am not the ideal reviewer for this book I am glad I read this book and while it wasn t for me, from my fellow book club members, it was clear it is for lots of readers If you want a light hearted, good natured, sweet romance, this is a great book and I certainly recommend it to those who are interested in it I was given this book free from the author through my local library book club There was no expectation of a review inexchange for the book and thus it did not impact my review.


  3. Kristin Kristin says:

    A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review The original review is posted here when I write a review of a book, I start off by giving you pointers on why I loved hated it and a breakdown of those parts This time I would like to start out by saying FIVE STARS As you all know, I do not give five stars lightly Andrea Lochen deserved it with Imaginary Things.When I first read the synopsis of this book I wa A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review The original review is posted here when I write a review of a book, I start off by giving you pointers on why I loved hated it and a breakdown of those parts This time I would like to start out by saying FIVE STARS As you all know, I do not give five stars lightly Andrea Lochen deserved it with Imaginary Things.When I first read the synopsis of this book I was intrigued I thought I was going to read a slighty supernatural story with some fun ups and downs I mean, a book about a single, young mom who can see her kids imaginations come to life This book is so muchthan that, though I have never read anything like it Lochen developed characters that so many people can relate to I found myself comparing my life to that of Anna s, being a single mom myself, and there were so many things I found myself encouraging her through or shaking my head because I d made the same mistake This is a story of life Simple as that Imaginary Things is a glimpse of reality mixed with imagination, the ups and downs, and the awesome adventure we call life This book is the perfect description of a parent connecting with their child, the urge to keep them safe at all costs even from wait for it imaginary things , falling in love, and moving on from the past A tale of letting go and things falling into place Imaginary Things is such a magical book with a great lesson intertwined in the pages that I encourage everyone, young and old, to take the time to read this book It is going on my favorites shelf and will probably be re read sometime in the future most likely multiple times Have I mentioned the cover art is incredible too It fits it so perfectly I do not have enough hands to clap or hats to take off to let Andrea Lochen know how incredible her book was If I could, I d scream it from the rooftops FIVE STARS


  4. Shannon Rogers Shannon Rogers says:

    When I first started reading this book, I wasn t sure if I was going to like it I thought it would be too different for me It didn t take long, however, before I was completely sucked into this book and enjoying every page of it I loved the grandparents so much But I m getting ahead of myself.At first, I thought it would be hard to relate to Anna in the sense that, although I m a mother, my children never had any imaginary friends, and neither did I That disconnect was something I thought When I first started reading this book, I wasn t sure if I was going to like it I thought it would be too different for me It didn t take long, however, before I was completely sucked into this book and enjoying every page of it I loved the grandparents so much But I m getting ahead of myself.At first, I thought it would be hard to relate to Anna in the sense that, although I m a mother, my children never had any imaginary friends, and neither did I That disconnect was something I thought would put me off and keep me from fully investing in the character, but the author did such an amazing job with Anna s characterization, that I had no trouble sympathizing with, and feeling very strongly for her As a mother, I can t imagine what it must be like watching your child not only have an imaginary friend, but for that imagination to come to life.That may not sound like a bad thing, and at first it isn t Later, however, a darker undertone begins to hit, and there were a couple moments that I felt the hair raise up on my arms I don t want to give anything away, but David s little imaginings did get a bit freaky at times, and I felt so bad for the mother trying to make sense of what she was seeing, and wondering if she was going nuts.I really enjoyed the introduction of Jamie Presswood into the story as a love interest Although the romance took a backseat to the main part of the story, I was okay with that In fact, Jamie was an old friend, so I m glad that I wasn t distracted from the main story line by having to watch a meet and greet turned love affair I really don t want to saybecause I don t want to ruin it for anyone, but suffice it to say, this story definitely had me engaged, on the edge of my seat at times, and really rooting for Anna to figure out the mystery of her son s imagination and its manifestation It had suspense, great characterization, and a very unique plot that held my interest Great book


  5. Karen Karen says:

    I finished this book 4 days ago and it is still swirling around in my head A child s imaginary friends are the cornerstone and something I had never read about before A beautiful, heart rending story, I fell into this book and hated to see it end, that doesn t happen often to me Difficult to believe that this is only the author s second book, so well written I might add that the paper quality is A 1 and the cover art as well as the feel of the cover are beautiful Now I am sounding a bit lik I finished this book 4 days ago and it is still swirling around in my head A child s imaginary friends are the cornerstone and something I had never read about before A beautiful, heart rending story, I fell into this book and hated to see it end, that doesn t happen often to me Difficult to believe that this is only the author s second book, so well written I might add that the paper quality is A 1 and the cover art as well as the feel of the cover are beautiful Now I am sounding a bit like a paper person , which I am, along with being an avid reader, but I do love my books and this one is definitely a favorite


  6. Sara Ann Sara Ann says:

    From the moment I purchased this novel I was hooked and could not put it down While I was a little weary on the plot, Lochen s creative and captivating writing style and likable characters kept me reading until the last page I still wantI would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a laid back story with a plot that will keep you guessing Outstanding, Mrs Lochen


  7. Shelly Shelly says:

    Part mystical, romance, and mystery A single Mom takes her 4 year old son back home to her grandparents house where she begins to see his imaginary friends, which are dinosaurs It was an easy read but parts of the story seemed rushed and haphazard.


  8. Kathie Giorgio Kathie Giorgio says:

    Well, overall, this was a charming book The main character, Anna, is an admirable and strong single parent mom who is adamant about not being like her own mother, who was also a single parent mom, but neither admirable or strong Lochen caught what it s like to be four years old in Anna s young son He reads so real and fun.The situation a boy whose imaginary friends dinosaurs come to life and his mom can see them is unique and thought provoking I love magical realism the mixing in of Well, overall, this was a charming book The main character, Anna, is an admirable and strong single parent mom who is adamant about not being like her own mother, who was also a single parent mom, but neither admirable or strong Lochen caught what it s like to be four years old in Anna s young son He reads so real and fun.The situation a boy whose imaginary friends dinosaurs come to life and his mom can see them is unique and thought provoking I love magical realism the mixing in of a magical element in a realistic story Throw in Anna s issues with her mother and her son s unstable father and you ve got a story that holds the attention.The problem comes with the magical realism part grounded in reality, the magical element should be believable, even as it s magical The reader should accept it I accepted that young David had imaginary dinosaur friends, and that both he and his mother can see them But I didn t accept Anna s acceptance She talks about sending David to a child psychologist, but she never once considers going to a counselor herself She says several times that she wonders if she s going crazy but she doesn t speak to anyone about what s going on, or her part in it David never does see a child psychologist, and Anna never once considers going herself That made it feel unbelievable to me.But fun The references to the dinosaurs are funny and made me laugh out loud several times It s a good read I just so wanted to set aside my disbelief and fully lose myself in the story I enjoyed itbut I stayed present in my own chair the entire time


  9. Jenny Belk Jenny Belk says:

    What an enjoyable book This book is about a 22 year old single Mom who moves to Wisconsin to live with her grandparents to try and make a new life for herself and her young son David Her past involved an unstable ex and her neglectful mother Living next door to the grandparents is Anna s all grown up childhood best friend, Jamie Jamie cares for his invalid mother and has a questionable past as well Anna soon discovers her son has imaginary friends in the form of dinosaurs Oddly enough Anna What an enjoyable book This book is about a 22 year old single Mom who moves to Wisconsin to live with her grandparents to try and make a new life for herself and her young son David Her past involved an unstable ex and her neglectful mother Living next door to the grandparents is Anna s all grown up childhood best friend, Jamie Jamie cares for his invalid mother and has a questionable past as well Anna soon discovers her son has imaginary friends in the form of dinosaurs Oddly enough Anna seems able to see them as well Is she going crazy Romance blossoms between Jamie and Anna Can they solve the reasons for David s imaginary friends Will it lead to a dangerous confrontation that could change everything Will they all live happily ever after A nicely paced book with memorable characters


  10. Nita Nita says:

    I read the author s first book, The Repeat Year , which I thoroughly enjoyed,and I was really looking forward to Imaginary Things I was not disappointed I loved the premise one of my favorite movies is Drop Dead Fred and she did an excellent job making the imaginary friends come to life in this reader s imagination I loved how the mood of the friends changed as the story built to it s climax The author does a great job bringing a scene to life how the feel of a carnival changes a I read the author s first book, The Repeat Year , which I thoroughly enjoyed,and I was really looking forward to Imaginary Things I was not disappointed I loved the premise one of my favorite movies is Drop Dead Fred and she did an excellent job making the imaginary friends come to life in this reader s imagination I loved how the mood of the friends changed as the story built to it s climax The author does a great job bringing a scene to life how the feel of a carnival changes as day slips into night and also the emotions of the characters.Being from Milwaukee originally, and now living in a small town in Wisconsin, of course it was fun speculating where the towns mentioned in the book might be located Definitely a fun read I am looking forward to the next book