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The Good Dream [Kindle Edition]

Donna VanLiere
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this full-length novel from the New York Times Bestselling author of The Christmas Hope series Donna VanLiere has written a beautifully rendered and poignant story about one woman's unlikely path to motherhood and the healing power of love.


 Tennessee, 1950:  Still single and in her early thirties, Ivorie Walker is considered an old maid; a label she takes with good humor and a grain of salt. But when her mother dies, leaving her to live alone in the house she grew up in, to work the farm she was raised to take care of, she finds herself lost in a kind of loneliness she hadn't expected.  After years of rebuffing the advances of imperfect, yet eligible bachelors from her small town, Ivorie is without companionship with more love in her heart and time on her hands than she knows what to do with.  But her life soon changes when a feral, dirty-faced boy who has been sneaking onto her land to steal from her garden comes into her life.  Even though he runs back into the hills as quickly as he arrives, she's determined to find out who he is because something about the young boy haunts her. What would make him desperate enough to steal and eat from her garden?  But what she can't imagine is what the boy faces, each day and night, in the filthy lean-to hut miles up in the hills. Who is he? How did he come to live in the hills? Where did he come from? And, more importantly, can she save him? As Ivorie steps out of her comfort zone to uncover the answers, she unleashes a firestorm in the town-a community that would rather let secrets stay that way.


 This pitch perfect story of redemption and the true meaning of familial love is Donna VanLiere at her very best.

Editorial Reviews


Praise for The Good Dream:

"The story of a woman's love, sacrifice, and bravery to save a small, wounded boy, Donna VanLiere has faithfully re-created the South of the 1950s, in both the innocence of the time and its evil. It's a beautiful story."--Kathleen Kent, bestselling author of The Heretic's Daughter

"The Good Dream is a great story of people saving each other in the unlikeliest ways. A heartwarming winner of a book."  -- Jenna Blum, bestselling author of The Stormchasers

“Both heartrending and redemptive, The Good Dream imagines the profound power that love holds to change a life.”--- Katherine Howe, bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

Donna VanLiere has created a marvelous character in Ivorie of Morgan Hill, Tennessee.  Hers is a compelling story of a young woman who must choose between her dreams and saving a boy she is told is forever damaged.  Her struggle will intrigue you, entertain you, and will make you think important thoughts.  That's about as much as we can ask a novel to do.  - Homer Hickam, author of Rocket Boys/October Sky and The Keeper's Son.


"Written with all the gumption of its Tennessee characters, The Good Dream is a great story of people saving each other in the unlikeliest ways.  A heartwarming winner of a book."  -- Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers


"Donna VanLiere has woven an intoxicating Southern gothic tale of solitary Ivorie Walker, a capable young woman who must confront the terrible secrets that lie below the placid surface of life in the 1950s Tennessee countryside. At times both heartrending and redemptive, The Good Dream imagines the profound power that love holds to change a life, while tracing the reverberations that one woman's courage can send tearing through an entire community."— Katherine Howe, New York Times bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane


"In The Good Dream, Donna VanLiere has created a heartwarming story of redemption and has shown the world that she's not just for Christmas anymore."--Richard Paul Evans, #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box, Lost December, and Miles to Go


"The Good Dream snares the reader right from the start.  DonnaVanLiere's pitch perfect voice captures all the country charm and mystery of a long-ago time and place with its many acts of kindness and courage, as well as its secrets." - Mary McGarry Morris, New York Times bestselling author of Songs in Ordinary Time

About the Author

Donna VanLiere is The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Finding Grace, The Angels of Morgan Hill and seven Christmas books, including the perennial favorites The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Hope. She travels as a speaker and lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband and three children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071NOKEQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,979 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!! July 10, 2012
I am one of Donna's Dream Team that got an advanced copy of this book. I loved The Good Dream. It took us back to when life was more simple. There were no computers or cell phones. Also there was more time spent with family. It tells the story of two people who are alone. Their relationship takes time to develop but in the end their love for each other is very genuine. This is a must buy book. You won't be sorry. Hopefully this story will continue in another book in the future. We all want to know how Ivorie and the boy are doing.Good job Donna!!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Dream July 3, 2012
By Christa
Donna VanLiere really knocked it out of the park with this book. She has a way of pulling you into the story, and the flow of the book makes it easy and exciting to read. The characters come to life and you feel transported into Ivorie's world and struggles. It is a heartwarming book that takes you on a roller coaster of emotions. You will laugh, cry, and get angry, but you will not be able to stop reading. I would also recommend reading Angels of Morgan Hill because it has some of the same characters.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! September 11, 2012
By 2LZ
Despite the amazing reviews of The Good Dream by Donna VanLiere, I was hesitant about reading it once hearing that the author was described as an inspirational Christian writer. I was nervous about the book being too preachy or religious, but I was wrong. I absolutely loved this story. In fact, I would consider it one of my top five favorite novels for 2012. As the plot has been discussed at length by other reviewers, I will just provide my overall impressions of the book.

The Good Dream is a story with substance that takes place in a small Tennessee town. The characters are so beautifully developed, that the reader feels a closeness with them. Simply summarized, Ivorie, one of the nicest, kindest characters, along with her brother, Henry, who also has a special way about him, and a cast of quirky characters, save a severely abused boy. But, the story is far from simplistic. As Ivorie helps this child, she saves her own lonely life as well.

It is a book about values and about doing what's right in the face of adversity, challenges and hardships. If this book represents Christian Fiction, then I have found a new genre to devour. I highly recommend this book. It is not to be missed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Couldn't Put Down This Book! July 18, 2012
I was fortunate to recieve an ARE of this book, and I promised to write a review. I gladly do so because it is an excellent book! It didn't take long for me to get caught up in this wonderful book! I got caught up in the main character's life, and all the townspeople as well. The main character ends up following her heart and risks loosing a man she is interested in, but she takes the plunge anyway to help a little mute boy from up in the hills. She risks the love of a man, and risks the rebuke of the people in the town also. But she follows her heart, and helps this little boy. I could not help but feel empathy for the boy as well as her. There is also a secret that is reveled that adds to the story. Ms. VanLiere also addresses many issues that were thought provoking to me as the reader, ...Not living with regret, the importance of courage and hope, and can beauty come from ashes?, are just to mention a few. I recommended this book to my bible study group, as well as my friends. It is one that I will go back and reread!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deep Meaning July 16, 2012
I have read almost all of Donna's books including her autobiography and have enjoyed them all. I think I like them because she uses the most average of people and you would be able to relate to at least one of them. They all have a need fulfilled in their life by the end of the story. I would recommend the Good Dream but it does deal with the hard issue of abuse and in the end you are celebrating with the heroine and her newfound little friend, but to get to that there are hardtimes and ugly moments. Be ready to be touched. I was waiting for a bit more scripture or christian truth to come out, it seemed a little abstract, but perhaps that was just the way the characters were to be portrayed. I enjoyed it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Good Dearm July 25, 2012
By kdl
I have read Donna's Christmas books and have enjoyed them all. The Good Dream is very different, but still good. It is set in the 1950's and tells of the relationship of an "old maid" and a little boy. There are places in the book that are hard to read and you will probably cry, but it has a very good message of doing what you know is right in your heart despite what others think.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME READ July 3, 2012
You don't want to miss reading this book. It was a great read. Donna can write more than Christmas. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Triumph over evil July 11, 2012
By Kelley
This was an awesome book. I have recommended it to all of my friends. I got up in the middle of the night to finish reading it because I couldn't wait to see how it ended. It was a true example of a Women's triumph over evil. She never gave up and through her goodness changed the lives of those around her. It is a heartwarming book that gave me my faith back that there are good people in this world that would go to any extreme to help children!!! Its a must read!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars OK light fiction
OK for a light fiction book. This was for a book club; not my normal fare.
Published 3 days ago by Carole J. Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book!
Published 3 days ago by Ellen
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the story but had to put it down at ...
This is a well written book. I loved the story but had to put it down at times because of the content.
Published 4 days ago by Sanci patterson
4.0 out of 5 stars Compasion and family is what this book is about.
Great novel about compassion, loneliness and love. Sometimes the truth does not set you free.
Published 26 days ago by Jenny M
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I love Donna VanLiere but never expected this story line.
Published 27 days ago by Debra J Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great heartwarming story!
Published 1 month ago by Tracy Farmer
5.0 out of 5 stars touching story; great writer
This author can really evoke word pictures. Well done. I thought Van Liere's books fell into the Christian fiction category mostly because of the "Christmas Shoes" tie-in with the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Laney
5.0 out of 5 stars I could not put this book down!!
A heart wrenching story of two individuals finding one another after much trials and tribulations.
Published 2 months ago by Patricia Kyle
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I loved this book! This author has always been able to hit on all the emotions and spiritual ups and downs in life with good overcoming bad. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sherry
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good book.
Published 3 months ago by Gwen Dorman
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More About the Author

Donna VanLiere is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author and gifted conference speaker. She has published ten titles including The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing, both of which were adapted into movies (starring Rob Lowe, Kimberly Williams-Perry and Neil Patrick Harris) and garnered big ratings for CBS television. LifetimeTelevision adapted The Christmas Hope (starring Madeline Stowe) and premiered it December 2009 to stellar ratings as well. Donna's non-seasonal novel, The Angels of Morgan Hill, has captured the same warmth as her Christmas books and continues to please loyal and new fans alike.

Donna is the recipient of a Retailer's Choice Award for Fiction, a Dove Award, a Silver Angel Award, an Audie Award for best inspirational fiction, a nominee for a Gold Medallion Book of the Year and was recently inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Hall of Excellence joining such luminaries as Coretta Scott King, Hugh Downs, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and Senator John Glenn. Donna is an in-demand conference speaker having appeared at countless women's and family events, including select Women of Faith and Extraordinary Women conferences.

Donna's latest book, The Christmas Journey (October 2010) is a retelling of the story of the Nativity told through Donna's signature voice and accompanied by moving and beautifully rendered watercolor illustrations throughout. The eighty-mile journey of a common carpenter and a simple peasant girl is one of the most powerful stories in history. As books go out of print and stories fade from memory, the journey of Joseph and Mary and her delivery inside a common barn continues to bless and inspire hope in people around the world.

Look for her brand new novel entitled "The Christmas Note this fall (2011).

Donna lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband, Troy, and their children, Grace, Kate and David.

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