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In Dream Country, Luanne Rice describes the reverberations that tragedy can have on a family. Before Daisy and James Tucker lost their 3-year-old son, Jake, in the mountains of Wyoming, they thought nothing could shake their marriage. Daisy had moved west looking for adventure and discovered a man and a landscape that nourished the deepest parts of her soul. With James and their twins, Jake and Sage, Daisy found courage and inspiration for her artwork. Soon after Jake disappeared, Daisy returned to Connecticut with Sage, determined to live a life of comforting reserve. Thirteen years later, a pregnant and isolated Sage feels Wyoming calling. After arguing with Daisy, she embarks on a cross-country trip to discover her father and her family's past.

Rice has a talent for describing people's complex and conflicting emotions. As Sage travels across the country, her love for her unborn child grows, while her first love unravels. Tragedy both unites and separates Daisy and James, and age and infirmity begin to eat away at the love of James's father and his girlfriend. Though the underlying premise feels a bit contrived, Rice's realistic dialogue and exquisite descriptions are completely convincing. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A compelling plot and nuanced character portrayals contribute to the emotional impact of Rice's ninth novel, a transcendent story about the power of hope and family love. Daisy Tucker has built a comfortable life with her 16-year-old daughter, Sage, in Silver Bay, Conn., where she has gained a reputation for designing jewelry that seems to have inspirational powers. Combining artistry with her knowledge of Native American myths and legends, Daisy creates pieces that bring people together, heal wounds and serve as talismans. But no combination of gemstones and carved animal bones can assuage the pain in Daisy's life. Sage's twin brother, Jake, disappeared in the wild country of Wyoming during a cattle roundup 13 years ago, when he was three. Fleeing the scene of tragedy with her daughter, Daisy left her husband, James, behind at his family cattle ranch and moved to New England to be close to her sister, Hathaway. Now Daisy faces another crisis when a pregnant Sage runs away with her boyfriend, Ben, intent on a new life with her father at the ranch. Ben has second thoughts and decides to return home, so Sage heads on alone. Hitchhiking leads to danger, and a mysterious, tattooed teenager rescues Sage and agrees to drive her to Wyoming. Daisy joins James in Wyoming, where another teenager, calling himself "The Guardian," is stalking the ranch. Rice (Cloud Nine) creates believable dramatic tension about Jake's true fate, though the suspense lies mainly in whether the other characters will realize what has become of him. Though she overdoes the sentimentality, her fans always welcome the family values her stories celebrate. Author tour. (Jan. 30) Forecast: Among writers of women's fiction, Rice has a loyal following based on her ability to place realistic characters in atmospheric backgrounds and crisis situations. Cloud Nine became a bestseller in paperback, and its popularity could carry over to sales of this novel, which will enjoy national TV advertising on the Lifetime network and print advertising in a variety of venues.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (August 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055338581X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553385816
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,194,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LUANNE RICE is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty one novels. THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF SISTERS will be published by Scholastic in February 2016.Her novels, including Cloud Nine and Last Kiss often center on love, family, nature and the sea, and have been translated into twenty-four languages. A number of Rice's novels have been adapted for television, including Crazy in Love for TNT, Blue Moon for CBS, the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentations of Follow the Stars Home and Silver Bells, and Beach Girls as a summer drama series for Lifetime Television. She has contributed a theatrical piece to the new off Broadway play Motherhood Out Loud. Rice loves nature and frequently writes about it. Born in Connecticut, Rice divides her time between New York City and Southern California.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nancy R. Katz VINE VOICE on November 2, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It is no surprise to friends from online book groups or readers of my reviews for Luanne Rice's books, that this talented writer is one of my favorite authors. I buy all of her books as soon as they are published and place them on my keeper shelves after I read them. As much as I would like to save her new books for rainy days, I find myself gulping each book down too quickly, always regretting when the book is finished. For some reason, though, I never read Dream Country and found it calling out to me recently saying, "Read me, read me!" While I may never regard this book as one of my very favorite Rice read, I do think that any any Rice book is worhtwhile and this is no exception. And like most of Luanne Rice's books, Dream Country, is filled with a haunting tragedy, regrets for past actions but most of all the abiding love of parents for their children.

Daisy, a jeweler lives in Connecticut with her 16 old daughter, Sage. While she is content with her life and the freidnship and deotion of her sister, there is a deep void in her life which she can never replace. As Daisy create one of a likd pices of art which represnte the strenght of realtionships, she remembers back to the raly days when she visited Wyoming. Seeking the solitude and speactacular sights of thsi arewa, Daisy founds herself meeting and then marrying James Tucker, a rancher with a passion for the land that rivals Daisys. family. The beautiful Wyoming land is also wonderful for Daisy's artistice bent while her love for James has few limits. In time Daisy and James are blessed with twins, Sage and Jake. But then tragedy strikes when the twins are 3 and while James turned his back for a fwe minutes, Jake is nowhere to be seen.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JJ Stark VINE VOICE on February 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I've read Luanne Rice's last two books (Cloud Nine & Follow the Stars Home) so I anxiously awaited the release of Ms. Rice's newest novel. I heard about it back in October, and as the day got closer, I began to get excited. Boy, was I disappointed. The story carries a bit of a mystery (which I'm not a huge fan of any way), but believe me when I tell you - NO SUSPENSE WHATSOEVER!!!! I figured out the ending less than 100 pages into the story. I only continued reading because I was curious how long it would take the characters to figure out what I already knew - It took until about the last 2-3 chapters - then the story was rushed forward to wrap it up nicely leaving no loose ends whatsoever. She took all this time dragging out the story - following the characters around & basically getting to know them (which was one of the pluses of this book & why I gave it three stars - good character development), only to have the ending rushed through way too quickly. I also found it senseless to have new characters, never mentioned at all earlier, introduceed in the final chapters of the book. They made brief appearances apparently in an effort to fill up pages - How else can it be explained? I don't want to give it away - there may be others who find this story interesting & would like to figure it out for themselves, I just felt totally let down and disappointed way before I finished reading this book, and for once, was glad when I finished reading it so I could go on to my next book!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Miale on January 15, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I liked Dream Country. It's a pretty intense and emotional rollercoaster ride that hinges on some fairly unique plot points and takes some interesting side roads along the way. For that alone, I give Ms. Rice credit. I've read lots of books, and this particular plot is a new one to me.
It isn' t the best book I've ever read, and I enjoyed Firefly Beach (the other Luanne Rice novel I've read) more, but there was something almost hypnotic about the way this story unfolded that kept me riveted right from the beginning.
The main characters in this novel are very well developed, and the constantly changing POV is interesting, if a little over-used. I agree with some other reviewers that said the mystery wasn't much of a mystery, but I think that was the point. I think we were supposed to figure it out before the characters did and wait with bated breath to see how it would unfold. I certainly did.
I was a little disappointed with the ending, which felt rushed and didn't do justice to the well-drawn characters we'd spent so much time getting to know. I was rooting for Daisy and James, and for Sage and David, so it was a bummer to not see more of them together in the end.
If you're in the market for a dense, well-written novel that has an "epic" feel to it, then give this a try. If you're looking for something light to pass the hours, this will not suit.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By WyoRedhead on July 1, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read and enjoyed several of Luanne Rice's books, though after reading Dream Country, I hesitate to continue. As a native of Wyoming, I am extremely disappointed that she didn't spend a little time in our beautiful state, and give her readers an accurate picture of this country, its people and the abundant wildlife (though sadly you'll not find bison grazing by any streams, unless you're in Yellowstone Park, or on a Reserve). She has wolves howling throughout the book--one wonders if she has them confused with coyotes??? Does she know these animals had disappeared from the West, and had to be brought in from Canada several years ago to re-populate Yellowstone Park, and though they are doing well, they are not prolific throughout the entire state? Even her geography is completely off---believe me, I don't know of any "logging" roads connecting Nebraska and Wyoming, and beyond that, it would have taken Sage and David about seven hours (in good weather) to get from the Nebraska border to anywhere near Dubois. Her picture of ranch life, and the cattle industry is filled with innaccuracies and stereotypes. A small number of calves may be sold for veal, but most cattle are not sent to slaughter until long after they are weaned. Many are not slaughtered, but sold for breeding stock to other ranches. It all makes me wonder what other kind of misinformation and shoddy research techniques (or none at all) were used to create the atmosphere in any of her other books. One assumes she knows the New England area, because that's where she grew up, but if she intends to set her books in other locations, I really believe some research, and perhaps a trip to the area is required. The American West is a fascinating and beautiful part of the country, with history and mystery to spare, and deserves to be rendered accurately.
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