RANDOM RETRO READ!
ANY DREAM WILL DO
Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold.
Pastor Drew Douglas adored his wife. But when he lost her, it was all he could do to focus on his two beautiful kids, and his flock came in a distant third. Now, as he too is thinking about a fresh start, he walks through his sanctuary and finds Shay sitting in a pew.
The pair strike up a friendship -- Drew helps Shay get back on her feet, and she reignites his sense of purpose -- that, over time, turns into something deeper, something soulful, spiritual, and possibly romantic. Even Drew's two children are taken with this woman who has brought light back into their lives. Perhaps most important, Shay learns to trust again as she, in turn, proves herself trustworthy to her adopted community.
But Caden's return to town and a disastrous secret threaten to undo the life Shay has tried so hard to rebuild. It will take the utmost courage and faith if she and Drew hope to find healing and open their hearts to a brighter future.
published in 2017
My thanks to my public library for providing me with the audio version of this retro read!
I'm just getting into Debbie Macomber's work and I've been enjoying her lighthearted romantic comedies -- especially the Christmas ones -- so Any Dream Will Do was quite the surprise. It has more serious undertones and a strong faith component that totally rocked my world. I was completely sucked in right from the very angsty prologue and it was excruciating to have to endure the measured pace of the narrators when I kept wanting to read faster and leap ahead and find out what happens next....Aaaaggggh, what sweet torture.And excellent performances by Mark Deakins and Laurel Rankin.
And what a powerful redemption story! So many layers packed with grace and forgiveness and hope. Also the most unusual romance that I've ever read in that it develops over the course of months. Loved the way Drew and Shay are drawn together (definitely divine intervention there!) and how they build a respectful acquaintance into friendship and finally love. These isn't a hasty road to romance kind of read. Macomber places way too many speed bumps in their way to slow things down and make that struggle to a HEA the touching triumph it became. Make sure you have copious amounts of tissues on hand -- you'll need a truckload. What a stunner of a read!
Side note: There are a few instances of coarse language.
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