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Ditching The Dream: Dream Series, Book 1 [Kindle Edition]

Isabelle Peterson
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Feeling dead in her marriage, Elizabeth Fairchild ditches the dream of her seemingly perfect life with her husband in search of who she really is.

She went from her parents' house to her husband's home and never really learned to stand on her own two feet. She decides to leave her comfortable life in Napa Valley in search of her inner fire in New York City. She certainly didn't leave her husband to find another man, but she soon finds herself involved with two: Jack Stevens and Kevin Parker.

Jack is older. He has heart-stopping good looks, is wildly successful, and is very much in control of everything around him - especially Elizabeth.
Kevin is younger. He is carefree with a heart of gold and loves Elizabeth's spunk.

While Elizabeth's old life still calls to her, she also finds what she needs in New York. But which dream will she choose?

Editorial Reviews


Alissa at Author Stalkers - 
I absolutely loved this book! Once I started I couldn't put it down. This book has some taboo subjects, but Isabelle writes so well that it's so hard to even care!

Magic Within the Pages - 
Reviewer : Kaylene - Magic Within The Pages
Rating : 5 Stars

What a pleasant surprise, well written Isabelle Peterson .. I loved it.

I saw this book advertised by the author on facebook and decided I would give it a go, I had seen it advertised before and for some reason skipped over it ... well what a mistake that was.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2409 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494291762
  • Publisher: Isabelle Peterson; 2 edition (October 11, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FTCUW34
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,803 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given this book as an ARC for an honest review.
5 Wonderful, Powerful, " you go girl " stars!!!!

WOW! Honestly when I started reading this book, I was a little scared, I was unsure how it was going to go. I hate leaving bad reviews. And that being said. I loved this book, I have read only one other book that has effected my life. BUT this one would now be the second, it grabbed a hold of me and I was unable to put it down. It related to everything in my life. It was kind of very scary. All accept when she got on a plane and headed to New York to find out who SHE really was.

Elizabeth is in a marriage of 20 some years, and she is unhappy, she is not abused or mistreated, but she is ignored and taken for granted, and sometimes that is just as bad. She finally makes up her mind, and I am sure it was a very hard decision to make. With three kids grown and in college what does she have left? A husband who is rarely home and when he is all he really expects from her is a clean house and supper. Where are the emotions, the love? It is very sad and I feel for her right away.

Things get a little crazy once she lands in New York, she gets a job, gets an apartment AND she gets TWO men pining after her. Damn I wish this would happen to me. But I guess I would have to leave the house then lol.

Jack. Oh Jack. He is an older man a beautiful gorgeous older man that shows "Beth" how it feels to be wanted. Not needed to clean, cook and run errands but really truly wanted for her mind, her body, and her soul.

Kevin. Can you say yummy!! He is 29 years old to her 43 and the chemistry between these two is off the charts. And Kevin lets "Lizzie" take charge, and boy does she need that.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carpe Diem-And Elizabeth does!!!! October 25, 2013
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A very well written book that is refreshing and has great detail. A fresh look at a 40-something woman that finds her sexual pleasure, instead of the 20-something woman that we've been give. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed those too, but given that there are a good handful of us in the higher age group it is refreshing.

Needing to go find herself, Elizabeth leaves life as she knows it to the other side of the country. To avoid guilt of leaving Elizabeth avoids calls from her husband and her very displeased mother.

Elizabeth learns that she has some strong allies in her decision and feeds off of that. Giving herself a new look and discovering what she's been missing in life, including inside the bedroom. She makes some hard decisions while on her adventure, but they pay off in the end.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Married with children? This is for you! October 23, 2013
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This is an amazing read - the story of a woman, Elizabeth, who married right out of college and gave everything to her family. Now that her children are all out of the house, she finds that she has lost herself somewhere along the way. Her incredible journey to find inner strength and find herself was the focus of this book. The story is hot and steamy - that makes it a fun read, but what is more intense is her self reflection and growth. "The grass is always greener where you water it" has stuck with me since finishing the book. What she was feeling really hit home for me and I hope that I can learn and grow from her experiences. If you have been married a while and wonder what is out there, this book will cause you pause. I highly recommend it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I was provided at ARC copy of Ditching the Dream from the author in exchange for an honest review…

Honestly, I really don’t know how to begin. My first response to Isabelle was, "I'm done and I am so broken...I'm crushed...and need more. I connected with this book on so many levels it frightens me! I want to go curl up in the shower and cry."

This book surprised me and totally rocked my world. I was not prepared for my intense connection to Elizabeth and how I felt every emotion of her character. I’m still in a daze. The writing was phenomenal and brilliant.

Elizabeth is a dedicated wife and mother coming to the realization that she doesn’t know who she once her children have grown and moved out. She finds herself feeling empty…just like the beautiful house she lives in. Greg, her husband, is a successful businessman whose marriage to his job is a higher priority than the 20+ year marriage to his wife.

Elizabeth for the first time in her life is breaking free and searching for who she is. Leaving a “Dear John” note for Greg and packing her bags for New York is a pretty big step to take! With an inheritance to help her get settled, she knows she still needs to find a job in the quest to make something of herself. Luck happens to be on her side and she is able to secure a job quickly and moves into the perfect little furnished apartment to call home...for now. Little does she know that between her new job and new home…temptation is unavoidable and she is about to embark on journey she never intended to take!

Kevin, a young Spanish teacher, is her scrumptious neighbor in the building who seems to be around every corner and it is not by coincidence.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Ditching the DULL!!
GREAT book, I can't wait to read book 2 now. This is the first I've ever read by Isabelle & by the first chapter I already knew I was a new fan of hers. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounded like a winner to me
I picked up this book from a promo post in a group yesterday, when it caught my attention. Two men? Sounded like a winner to me. But this story offered so much more than that. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Author Groupies
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding herself and love?
I loved this book! Elizabeth takes a chance and leaves her safe life and boring husband to find herself. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kim T
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ! Could not put down!
I would definitely rate this book five stars. I could not put this book down for nothing! This book is definitely a little different than what I have been reading but I loved... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ashley Brack
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, Incredible, LOVED IT!!!
Amazing, incredible, could not put this book down!!! Who will Elizabeth choose: Jack, Kevin, or Greg?! I loved every second of this book so much!!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lynne
5.0 out of 5 stars A relatable masterpiece.
4.5 Stars
I picked up this book from a promo post in a group yesterday, when it caught my attention. Two men? Sounded like a winner to me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Author SkLogsdon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I came across this series because the 4th book was recommended as a good m/m book. Although I could have read book 4 as a standalone I wanted to get the back story for everyone. Read more
Published 2 months ago by LCH
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ!!!
Published 2 months ago by Liz Ruggiero-Miele
4.0 out of 5 stars Love me a good triangle!

Ok, so I wasn’t sure how I would feel reading about a book with a woman leaving her husband to try life... Read more
Published 2 months ago by NerdGirlNoelle
5.0 out of 5 stars They have a comfortable life. Greg is too comfortable with their...
Elizabeth has been married for 22 years. She has raised 3 children with her husband Greg. They have a comfortable life. Greg is too comfortable with their routine. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Molly Lyon
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More About the Author

The short story:
I'm the wife of a most fabulous man for twenty years.
I'm a mother of 2 busy teens.
I'm a dog lover.
I'm a serious drinker of coffee and wine.
I live near New York City.
My favorite place that I've visited is Monaco.
My favorite color is green (but I look best in pink/salmon).
My favorite food is chocolate.
My favorite kind of music is New Country.

The long story:
I've always been a creative sort of person... I started with my college studies in Advertising Design and Illustration. I'm good at drawing and coming up with clever ideas.
As for story telling - well, that's where I have the most fun! Ditching The Dream is my first novel, but I've been working on writing movies since, what seems like forever. Way back in high school my friend Aimee and I started writing a movie and I was hooked. We didn't know what we were doing, but we loved coming up with the story. I also like to come up with stories about people I don't know. Like the guy that cut me off on the expressway...He had quite a story - at least in my mind! Who knows? Maybe I've come up with a story about you! ;)

Ditching The Dream is a story that came to me while I was helping two author friends of mine. I was helping them with their books and I would make suggestions to amp up their stories along the way. Bev and Amy encouraged me to write my own story and Ditching The Dream was born. Is it auto-biographical? No, not in the least. But it sure has been a fun story to come up with (especially when my hubby gets involved with coming up with ideas).

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