- File Size: 463 KB
- Print Length: 356 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: B08B39QPJQ
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: 33 Partner Publishing (June 21, 2020)
- Publication Date: June 21, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0854PFT5M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #895 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Dream: A Funny and Feel Good small Town Romantic Comedy (The Creek Water Series Book 4) Kindle Edition
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"Ashley Monroe grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. She's determined to make a better life for herself, and show her naysayers who she really is, but then life happens.Like every book in this series, there is laughter, so much laughter, then come the tears. Life is a journey of highs and lows, but through them all The Dream shows that it's all about perspective. It's about gratitude, humility, the art of forgiveness, and need to love yourself. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I just wish it wasn't the last in the series; I will miss my friends from Creek Water far too much for them to be fictional characters."--USA Today Bestselling Author, Diana Orgain
"The Dream is an absolute dream of a book-filled with heart, hope, love, and forgiveness. I laughed 'tilI cried and now I'm sitting here wishing this wasn't the last book in the series. Some one in Hollywood please turn these into movies already!"-- Melanie Summers, bestselling author of the Crown Jewel series
"This book has ALL the feels. Every. Last. One. It wouldn't be a Whitney Dineen book without the laughter and there was plenty of that, but there was so much more. I loved this book on so many levels." --Annabelle Costa, author of My Ex's Wedding
"I'm moving to Creek Water, Missouri, with or without my family. I love this town and the all the characters in this series. So much heart, so much laughter, and so many wonderful characters that I will never forget. These books should be a television show so I can have my weekly fix for years to come. Hello, Netflix?Can you hear me?" --Becky Monson, author of Just a Name
"From laughter to tears and back again. Buckle up, The Dream is a dream of an adventure that you won't want to end!" --Kate O'Keeffe, author of the High Tea Series
"Reading Whitney Dineen's books is pure delight. With characters who jump--or in this case, Charleston and paso doble--off the page, every page holds a gift. Whether that's impossibly hilarious moments or ones that tug at your heartstrings,you'll find yourself wishing that your time in Creek Water, Missouri didn't have to end. " --Emma St. Clair
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The Dream is book four in the Creek Water series and I couldn't put it down! Have I mentioned how much I adore the Frothinghams? Because I do.
This is Ashley and Davis' story and it's uniquely theirs. Each of the Creek Water books has been similar in that they revolve around the Frothingham family, antics involving Cootie from the country club, and the closeness of the big, loving, all up in each other's business, family that is the Frothingham clan. This installment was missing Cootie and instead focused more on the main character and her life, both past and present.
In 'The Dream' we meet Ashley Monroe who is not a Frothingham, however, she's lived in Creek Water since she was 15 and has crushed over Davis Frothingham throughout the fifteen years since. Ashley grew up very differently than Davis and lives an equally different life as an adult. She only had her mother and grew up in trailer parks. Whereas Davis has a big, close knit family whose ancestors founded Creek Water. In high school Davis's friend tormented Ashley and made life very difficult for her. It isn't until senior prom that Ashley is paired up with Buck, her future best friend.
That was twelve years ago. A lot changed in the intervening years. Ashley lost her mother to lung cancer, Buck has moved to London to pursue his dreams. Despite leaving college to care for her mom Ashley eventually earns her degree and takes on a supervisory role in the local nursing home. She is exactly the caring, compassionate person that you hope would be looking after your loved one should they ever need to be in a nursing home. Ashley is so determined to make her dreams come true and achieve everything she wants, and that, in her mind, her mother failed to do that she's ignored having a social life and works constantly. She is way overdue to find some balance in her life.
Mrs. Frothingham, Davis's grandmother, resides in the nursing home and it is through his visits to see his Gran that Ashley begins to cross paths with him again.
Mrs. Frothingham has been struggling with dementia for quite some time and she doesn't always recognize her own family. Davis approaches Ashley with a proposal that he and his family be allowed to take Gran out for family dinners each week leading up to Emmie's wedding in hopes that they may bring Gran back to herself, and have one last family event with her. Ashley agrees and ends up further agreeing to be Mrs Frothingham's companion during her weekly outings.
As Ashley and Davis spend more time in each other's company it becomes obvious that there is interest from both parties. Yet both seem confused as to what the other's stance is. Then, Buck, now known as Alexander, comes home for a visit and Davis isn't sure what to make of their relationship. Next, enter Jessica. She also tormented Ashley in high school, and did I mention that she and Davis dated back then? Buck pined after her while Ashley was pining after Davis. Now he's back and has long since shed his awkward teen self. Jessica doesn't recognize him, at all, and is as interested in what exactly is going on between Alexander and Ashley as Davis is. Yet Ashley is of the impression that Davis and Jessica may be rekindling their high school romance.
There's a lot of crossed wires, soul searching, emotional moments, and love. It's hard to read this series and not wish to be part of the Frothingham family. There's such warmth between them and it extends to all of those they care about.
You'll be rooting for Ashley, and waiting impatiently for her to make up her mind. In the end you won't be disappointed with the decisions that she ultimately makes. I highly recommend this series.
My only critique is that as emotional as the scenes with Gran were, I would've preferred that she be given a proper goodbye with family around her. Having her passing just mentioned afterward felt off since we knew that time was coming and to expect it.
I think others have mentioned this, but I’ll add my two cents - this series would make a fantastic and original limited series. Each season could follow a different couple. Voila!! Perfect! Whitney’s humor and heart are so fantastic and her characters so lovable! I read it in one day. I couldn’t put it down.
Loved the journey Ashley and Davis had. Loved the crazy characters in her life! For me, I just think I would have held a few more grudges, for a lot more years. And I won’t even think about the psychology behind that… Great addition to this wonderful series!
Great writing, a fun range of characters and frequent poignant moments characterize this story for me. I loved the plot and heroine Ashley's attachment to the Molly Ringwald John Hughes movies of the 80's. Ashley has been laid low by embarassment, disappointment and loss so often; she's the heroine you can't not cheer for when she gets a break.
This story is a page turner and included some of the saddest moments in the series thus far. Matriarch Mrs. Frothingham is moving on to her last hurrah and Ashley is there to smooth things out and help the Frothingham clan take full advantage of their last days with her. Ashley's sad loss of her mother so early and her struggles as a teenager and young adult made this a wonderfully moving story.
While I didn't think the reasoning and explanations for the cruelty and indifference Ashley suffered in her teens in any way made up for the bullying and humiliation by Chad and Jessica, I truly enjoyed the story otherwise.
I read a copy of the book provided through Booksprout before publication but purchased the book anyway!😉. This is my voluntary and honest review.