“The Brushwood Boy,” Rudyard Kipling, 1895 — A young English army officer dreams of a mysterious woman in an imaginary country only they share. He does his duty and lives his life well, but he is without love. Upon returning home for a visit with his family, he’s annoyed by the guests which seem to have insinuated themselves into his parents’ lives. One of them is, he discovers, a very mysterious woman who sings songs about an imaginary land.
Comments: Appreciated by Kipling fans as a classic love story with a fairy tale ending. Others criticize it as being too sentimental. Read in Perchance to Dream. See the more detailed review at The Kipling Society, which suggests that the dream woman is just that.
Author: Wikipedia: “Joseph Rudyard Kipling (30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936) was an English poet, short-story writer, and novelist chiefly remembered for his celebration of British imperialism, tales and poems of British soldiers in India, and his tales for children.”