The Good Dream



The Good Dream From The New York Times Bestselling Author Comes A Poignant, Heartbreaking, And Ultimately Uplifting Novel About An Unlikely Path To Motherhood, And Of Two Lost Souls Healing Each Other

10 thoughts on “The Good Dream

  1. says:

    People are messy When we re left to ourselves we can make a gollywhopper of a mess Just as in real life, The Good Dream has moments of joy and sorrow, bursts of laugh aloud hilarity, snippets of wisdom, bouts of frustration, hues of love, and delightful examples of great kindness and goodnessI ve always been too impatient with myself and others, my expectations of them too high, but Mother just loved people, plain and true, warts and all Her hope was always cell deep and child simple People are messy When we re left to ourselves we can make a gollywhopper of a mess Just as in real life, The Good Dream has moments of joy and sorrow, bursts of laugh aloud hilarity, snippets of wisdom, bouts of frustration, hues of love, and delightful examples of great kindness and goodnessI ve always been too impatient with myself and others, my expectations of them too high, but Mother just loved people, plain and true, warts and all Her hope was always cell deep and child simple There s also a whole bushel of southernisms and small town jabber jaw sessions that s sure to put a smile on many a reader s face Plus, there s some delightfully atmospheric, pop culture nuances which are eccentrically identifiable to the nineteen fiftiesI m as nervous as a long tailed...

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    Once I started reading this book, I couldn t put It down It is a paradox to say that a story that deals with extreme sexual and emotional abuse of a child is sweet but it is It is a story that shows how one woman who dared to take action in an awful circumstance, changed the life of, not only the child she rescued, but of everyone else connected to her Donna VanLiere tells the story of Ivorie Walker, spinster in a small southern town Set in the 1950 s when society decreed that in order to ha Once I started reading this book, I couldn t put It down It is a paradox to say that a story that deals with extreme sexual and emotional abuse of a child is sweet but it is It is a story that shows how one woman who dared to take action in an awful circumstance, changed the life of, not only the child she rescued, but of everyone else connected to her Donna VanLiere tells the story of Ivorie Walker, spinster in a small southern town Set in the 1950 s when society decreed that in order to have a fulfilled life, a...

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    Note Plot includes disturbing child molestation However, despite those horrific scenes, and except for one major quibble and a few minor gripes, I loved this Audie Award Nominee for Inspirational Fiction, 2013, narrated splendidly by the author See below for secondary character listening guide Also, try my 15 question quiz This is the story of a brutalized little boy and the spinster who spits in Satan s eye to save him It s an unforgettable story, the type that lingers long in my mind, Note Plot includes disturbing child molestation However, despite t...

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    This book kept my interest the whole time Loved the main characters and the story I m happy that I randomly decided to pick this to read off my bookshelf It s perfect for summer, even though the story was tragic there was joyous parts as well I recommend.

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    I listened to the audible version of The Good Dream by Donna VanLiere The audible version is an excellent narration by the author Set in the 1950s, The Good Dream tells the story of Ivorie Walker, an unmarried, 30 something year old, who lives in a small town in Tennessee Recovering from her parents deaths, most especially her mothers passing, Ivorie is living alone until she rescues a young and abused boy from the hills Faced with opposition and obstacles from the small community where sh I listened to the audible version of The Good Dream by Donna VanLiere The audible version is an excellent narration by the author Set in the 1950s, The Good Dream tells the story of Ivorie Walker, an unmarried, 30 something year old, who lives in a small town in Tennessee Recovering from her parents deaths, most especially her mothers passing, Ivorie is living alone until she rescues a young and abused boy from the hills Faced with opposition and obstacles from the small community where she lives, Ivorie steps up to the challenge of taking the boy unde...

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    This was my first book by this author and I very nearly didn t read it, once I encountered abuse of a child This is a hard topic to deal with emotionally But neither could I leave it alone The novel starts with the voice of novel of Ivorie, a spinster in her thirties back in 1950 Tennessee After her mother s death, Ivorie lives alone with her faithful canine companion Sally About this time she also starts keeping company with the widowed George The future looks promising, until someone com This was my first book by this author and I very nearly didn t read it, once I encountered abuse of a child This is a hard topic to deal with emotionally But neither could I leave it alone The novel starts with the voice of novel of Ivorie, a spinster in her thirties back in 1950 Tennessee After her mother s death, Ivorie lives alone with her faithful canine companion Sally About this time she also starts keeping company with the widowed George The future looks promising, until someone comes into her garden stealing food.The feel of the story is relaxed and I coul...

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    This book was better than I can say It was a quick, easy read for me because I could not put it down The authors narrative, her characters, and the way story unfolds hooked me instantly I think what I appreciated the most is that its a love story, but not the love story you are expecting The main character does not realize what her life is lacking until she loses her constant companion, her mother When her life aches with emptiness she starts to question the maiden life she has created for This book was better than I can say It was a quick, easy read for me because I could not put it down The authors narrative, her characters, and the way story unfolds hooked me instantly I think what I appreciated the most is that its a love story, but not the love story you are expecting The main character does not realize what her life is lacking until she loses her constant companion, her mother When her lif...

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    Have you ever read a book that you didn t want to end It makes you feel so good inside that you wish it could just go on and on and on The Good Dream was one of those books for me I would give this book 10 stars if I could It s a little scary that possibly here it is only the 5th of January and this feels like the best book I ll read this year The characters, Ivoree, Peter, Henry..they are just so real and they all just touched a place in my heart that fictional characters rarely reach Have you ever read a book that you didn t want to end It makes you feel so good inside that you wish it could just go on and on and on The Good Dream was one of those books for me I would give this book 10 stars if I could It s a little scary that possibly here it is only the 5th of January and this feels like ...

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    Generally, I treat audio books as a convenience, still preferring to read a real book where I can easily flip back through the pages to remind me of something I missed or write in the margins But I highly recommend listening toThe Good Dreamon this audio book recorded by Donna VanLiere Unlike most authors, who should stick to quietly writing and keep their mouths shut, VanLiere background includes doing voiceovers, so she definitely knows how to interpret the written word She brings a h Generally, I treat audio books as a convenience, still preferring to read a real book where I can easily flip back through the pages to remind me of something I missed or write in the margins But I highly recommend listening toThe Good Dreamon this audio book recorded by Donna VanLiere Unlike most authors, who should stick to quietly writing and keep their mouths shut, VanLiere background inclu...

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    I was drawn into this book from the very first page and I literally could not put it down As an adoptee, adoptive parent, and former foster parent, this book spoke to my heart on many levels Although I have never personally worked with a child that has been through as much trauma as the boy in this story, I found myself identifying with Ivorie as she dealt with the small mindedness and prejudices of her community I cried throughout the entire book I cried from heartbreak, I cried from joy T I was drawn into this book from the very first pag...

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