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Product Details

  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456588729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456588724
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,085,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cheryl Shireman lives in Midwest on a beautiful lake with her husband, Bruce. "One of the things I like best about writing is that I can do it from home in my pajamas." She started writing as a teen, probably inspired after reading one of her favorite books, My Friend Flicka. Through the years, amid marriage, the birth of three children (Rocky, Lee Anne, and Scarlett), divorce, and a second marriage, the one thing that has remained constant is her love of writing. She has written many "practice novels" through the years ("the kind that get stuffed in a box and shoved under your bed or clutter your hard drive"). With her last child married, she is now ready to spread her own wings. Life Is But a Dream is her first novel. Her second novel is entitled Broken Resolutions. She is currently hard at work (probably in pajamas and staring out the window at the lake) on her third novel. Her website is...

More About the Author

Cheryl Shireman lives in the Midwest on a beautiful lake with her husband, Bruce. She has three adult children and one adorable granddaughter. She writes full-time, often in her pajamas.

She is the author of several novels including:
Life is But a Dream: On the Lake
Life is But a Dream: In the Mountains
Broken Resolutions
Cooper Moon: The Calling
Cooper Moon: The Temptation

She is also the author of the much-loved non-fiction book, You Don't Need a Prince: A Letter to My Daughter

In addition, Cheryl created the Curious Toddler Series of children books after finding it difficult to find books to engage her then 3 year old granddaughter. The first book of the series, Let's Learn About...Dogs! was such a hit with her granddaughter that Cheryl went on to create several books in the series. Like all of her other books, the books in the Curious Toddler series are available as ebooks and as paperbacks.

In 2011, Cheryl gathered a group of women writers together to create the first Indie Chick Anthology. Since then, more bestselling women writers have joined the group and together they continue to create anthologies based on various themes. Cheryl and the other "Indie Chicks" can be found blogging about topics they are passionate about at

Cheryl's website is

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A NOTE FROM CHERYL: Thank you so much to all of my readers. YOU have made a life-long dream come true. I spend my days (and nights!) writing because of your continued support. And I would like to offer special thanks to those of you who have taken the time to leave reviews, send emails, and visit my website. Your kind words mean more to me than you will ever imagine.

One of my readers (Kristyn) quoted J.D. Salinger on her Facebook page - "What really knocks me out is a book that when you are all done reading it, you wish the author who wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much though." She then added..."I had this happen so I found her on Facebook. Thank you for being you Cheryl Shireman!" How can I ever top that?

I have felt that way, too. I have read books by certain authors and felt that I knew them better - almost as if we were friends and they just shared a very precious secret - let me see a small piece of their heart. I love that about writing - how it can connect total strangers together in a way that feels intimate and profound. So - again - thank you for reading my books and making that connection with me. I am so very grateful.


Customer Reviews

The author does a great job of making the characters real.
I, too, found too many mistakes in the text - tense changes, gramamatical errors, etc.
C. Kabat
This book really ended up having a lot of twists and turns, was a real page turner!
Pam Roberts

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By chinamom0608 on March 10, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
If you've read the other reviews, you have an idea what this story is about, so I won't rehash it. And I'll say that the storyline was interesting, the characters were human and believable. But, in the end, I'd have to say that the issues I had with the book took away a lot of enjoyment that I was hoping for in the story.

But I couldn't quite figure out, while reading, what the book's focus was really about. The author included a conversion to Christianity section, followed by doubt that God was real and powerful, followed by...nothing. Totally unresolved.

Some of the characters were really more developed than they needed to be for their part in the story. Tony, for instance, yes she's needed in the story but the author focuses on the mundane tasks of Tony making dinner and cleaning her store thoroughly, but doesn't tell the reader anything about Tony's back story, doesn't even hint at Tony's back story so that things make sense in the end of the book. Same thing with Grace's daughter, who is off hiking with a friend in Colorado -- in the context of the book it was not necessary at all to hear, in first person, what these characters were going through, it would have been much better for Grace to keep guessing and making assumptions, in my opinion.

And then there's the aborted romance portion, which was a big part of the beginning of the story (Grace deciding that she was going to take drastic action in her own life, so why not have a little fun before the
"end") and what started out as an okay seduction got weird really quickly. I personally think the editing could have been a little tighter in this section as well. I get it that people change their minds, it's okay to not have sex with a stranger, but this section of the book had me scratching my head saying "huh?"

I hope the author continues to write, but a good editor and a really good outline would make her books much better, in my opinion.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Sunny on February 17, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I really liked this book written by Cheryl Shireman. From the moment I started reading this book, I could relate to the main character "Grace" and what an appropriate name it was. In the beginning I was not sure what to think but it really took off with some nice twist and turns. It was an easy and enjoyable read. I was very surprised at the ending and sad about a few things. I love The relationship between Grace and the PI. His character reminded of Columbo. He was very serious but yet he gave us many laughs and some tears a long the way as did poor frightened Grace. Things did not turn out at all like I expected it to.

This is book about everyday people and the problems we face. I found the characters very believable and unique. Grace's character really develops during the book. Grace really has a lot of struggles and strange people in her life. She is so intimidated by everyone but her character take on new dimensions later on. I found myself laughing and crying at times and it played on my emotions. But, they were good ones. I certainly recommend this book. Especially for the women. You will be able to relate to Grace, I am sure. I really hated for this book to end. But, there certainly could be a sequel to this one. A Good story that you will enjoy.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By lannie on June 3, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
After reading the reviews and then reading the book, I read the reviews again and was left wondering if I had missed something that the other reviewers experienced. I didn't find the characters to be real or down to earth regular folks at all. Where the heck was Irene & her husband all the time anyway? Grace was whiny and a little pathetic and hard to like. The story was so slow in places I had to resist skimming. A surreal amount of weird or downright creepy cast of characters: Tony, Bert, Nick, Nick's dad, the boat rental owner...complicated by unbelievable events: Paul's family issues and Paul's final experience. How Grace managed to overcome as the storyline peaked. Seriously? And a timeline that was like the drawn out slow climb to the top of a high, high roller coaster then the warp speed descent was just not enough to convince me that this was worth the time or money I spent on it. The ending seemed as though it was from an alternate universe. When I finished it I muttered to myself What??? Wait!!! Or maybe it was Wait...WHAT?!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G. McCullough on March 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The word which stays with me when I think about this book is `powerful.'

Right from the first page, when Cheryl Shireman takes us into Grace's thoughts, dreams, and dream-memories, she grips. Using a poetic, literary style, she plunges us right into Grace's psyche, just in the same way that Grace plunges into the swimming pool. And throughout the book she takes time to bring us into the head and soul of each of her major characters as we meet them - Nick, Tony, Bert, Paul.

It's Cheryl Shireman's amazing way with words more than anything else that makes her people so alive. The reader knows so many deep things about each of them in such a short time after she meets them: -

the child Grace's thoughts as she moves slowly nearer and nearer to the pool, unobserved by her mother: `She does not see. She does not. See me. See. Me.' ;

Nick's pain as her mother fails to return. `When he found her she would ask him, "Quanto tempo ti amo?" And he would pull out the picture and say, "Ti amero sempre."' Words repeated with immense emotional effect towards the end of the book;

Grace's experiences with God, and her feelings;

Paul and his child, and his final experience... `a little girl was waiting. A beautiful little brown-eyed girl named Julie whose arms stretched toward her Daddy. And Paul had smiled.'

It is these moments and many more like them which make this book so special.

For the first few chapters, I thought I was reading a gentle, moving, literary romance with great characters, a story which focused mainly on the people, their backgrounds, and their interaction.
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