Like many of SEP's books, the main characters in this novel, Rachel Stone & Gabe Bonner, come into each others lives with great deal of baggage. Both of them have been widowed, and the effects of loosing their spouses has very different yet equally devastating impacts on their lives. It made for an often emotional love story. Fortunately, Phillips' characters are so witty and funny that the emotionality is more than made up for with laugh out loud dialogue--both between the characters and in their own minds.
Although the main protagonists are Rachel & Gabe, an equally interesting (and perhaps more charming) sub-plot occurs between Ethan & Kristy. Like so many of Phillips' characters, Kristy has to undergo a--somewhat trashy--makeover to finally get Ethan's attention, but it ends up being worth it when she realized she's made those changes for herself and manages to make Ethan fall hopelessly in love with her.
As usual, Anna Fields' did a wonderful job narrating. Especially captivating was her depiction of the children's voices. It was absolutely adorable.
The only thing I didn't like about this story was the difficult relationship Gabe has with Rachel's son, just because it is sometimes difficult to believe that a single mother so interested in protecting her son would fall for a guy who has such a hard time even liking him. But in true SEP style, the story ends with the Gabe & Chip being as close & inseparable as any father & son.
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This is a fantastic listening experience. Susan Elizabeth Phillips really delivers in the contemporary romance genre. I have listened and read hundreds of romance books over the years and have found none better. I know when I finish this series, I will miss the Chicago Stars and will have to return to be a fan once again. Also, Anna Fields is one of the best narrators for Audible. She captures the dialog of the characters succinctly and you will become engrossed in the story and become part of it. The story is so touching that I know that you will enjoy it too. Don't hesitate on spending your precious credit here.
At the top 10, that's for sure.
Out of SEP books, and oddly enough, I would think of Elizabeth Lowell's Only His. I guess Cal reminded me so much of Caleb (and not only for the ring of their names). They were both protective and powerful men on the outside with tender, loving and wounded hearts that needed healing.
Yes. As always (at least with all I have heard on her) she did wonderfully.
Wow, it's difficult to decide. There were so many scenes that brought tears and laughter that I couldn't pick only one. The last few chapters I'll admit were the most dramatic.
If you haven't read it yet, please do. The Chicago series is great and this is one of my favorites. Without giving anything important away I couldn't make it justice, but take my word for it. Great Book!
I loved this book. The characters were believable and you really develop a love for the underdog in this story who happens to be Rachel Stone. You won't be able to stop listening!
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She's hardheaded and strong. He's brooding and bitter...bound to be LOVE.
It was a good story. Entertaining. I was aggravated whenever the reader did the voice of the child--came out as putrid and sticky baby sweet. Aside from that, I would definitely recommend.
The first time I read this book I hated it. I got about 20 or so pages in and was quite disgusted with Gabe's character. Now, two years later I bought the audio book on merit of Susan Elizabeth Phillip. I LOVE the way she writes and I couldn't stand the idea that I hadn't given Dream A Little Dream a chance. I love this book. I love every painful moment, every angry word, I even love how Gabe responds to having Edward around, and how gentle and healing and perfect Edward was. Gabe is like a wounded animal and this book was so beautifully written, so much hurt beautifully, honestly, portrayed that I can't believe how immature I was in not giving it a chance before. As for Anna Fields/Kate Fleming...nothing and no-one will ever compare to how brilliantly she read and what a woman she must have been to bring such animation to SEP's alpha males and strong, resilient female characters. Rest in Peace beautiful soul.
I enjoyed this SEP book. Anna Fields as the narrator is always good. I really felt for the main character in this book and I was rooting for her all the way. Her little boy was a sweetheart too.
I really enjoy the Chicago Stars books by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. This book is not a classical Chicago Stars book but similar characters in familiar places. I listen to these in car and sometimes when i get home I sit in the driveway a little longer to hear more of the story. I like how she weaves the characters story lines together. Although not terribly deep, they are so enjoyable.
I love Suzanne Elizabeth Phillips and her brand of humor. What makes this audiobook special is the narrator. She's able to infuse so much personality to each character in a very believable way. From our gruff hero to the little boy, they come off so much better on audio!