Audie Award Nominee, Inspirational Fiction, 2013
From the New York Times best-selling author comes a poignant, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting novel about an unlikely path to motherhood, and of two lost souls healing each other.
Tennessee, 1950: a time and place that straddles the past and present. Ivorie Walker is considered an old maid by the town (though she’s only in her early 30s), and she takes that label with good humor and a grain of salt. Ever since her parents passed away, she has hidden her loneliness behind a fierce independence and a claim of not needing anyone. But her mother’s death hit her harder than anyone suspects, and Ivorie wonders if she will be alone forever.
When she realizes that someone has been stealing vegetables from her garden - a feral, dirty-faced boy who disappears into the hills - something about him haunts Ivorie. She can’t imagine what would make him desperate enough to steal and eat from her garden. But what she truly can’t imagine is what the boy faces, each day and night, in a 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 secret.
The Good Dream is Donna VanLiere is at her absolute best.
©2012 Donna VanLiere (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
I am an avid fan of Donna Van Liere's having read most of her novels. However, at first, the heavy southern drawl of the narrator really put me off in the beginning. In fact, I read another book and then returned to this one. I can't tell you how glad I am that I did. This was simply a beautiful story with amazing characters. And after all, the author was depicting life in Tennessee in 1950--hence the dialect and quaint sayings. The story and characters stole my heart as all the author's previous novels have. I highly recommend "The Good Dream."
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
By far the best Donna Van Liere book I've read, and I like all her books. But this one has a maturity and depth that is miles ahead of all the others. Set in the 1950s, when all women married young and "fit the pattern" that society set for them, Ivory refused to fit the mold. The people in the story are true to their southern roots, right down to their country sayings . . . which I see that one reader found to be off putting. Well, that's the way folks talk in the hills of Tennessee. The narration is perfect, the way of life is portrayed spot on and it put me in the mind of my own grandparents, and growing up in Kentucky. Growing a garden and working in tobacco fields, all a part of rural life, and going to a little country store, where everybody knows everybody else. The courage and stick-to-it-ness of Ivory in an age when women just didn't do such things will inspire you, and make your heart break, give you hope and ultimately make you examine your own "safe" choices.
In fact, I have already recommended this audiobook to friends, and I am recommending it to you now as well. In seeking a good book, I seek a good story, and Ms VanLiere has crafted a believable story. The listener actually cares about the characters and wants particular outcomes. At various points in the story, you may feel that you know how it will end, but you are never certain. The she provides additional information through the characters and you wonder if you know at all.
It was heartwarming without being sappy or pedestrian. The people are honorable in the ways they approach their lives and the dilemmas they face.
It does my heart good to hear a book written with some southern dialect delivered authentically- without the fakey-sounding put-on accent. Hearing her performance lends validity to the inclusion of particular turns of phrase with which I grew up and hear so seldom!
I laughed AND cried- repeatedly! Most of all, I could not turn it off! I so wanted to hear the next step of the journey all the way through.
Everything about this book kept me intrigued. The author read this book and did a fantastic job with the accents. This is a heartwarming story that I recommend to anyone.
Tell us about yourself!
The story, setting and narration were unusual. I loved the accents the narrator (author) used and found the story compelling.
Donna VanLiere is one of the very best voice actresses I've heard -- and she's the author! She brings an authenticity to this work, both in her writing and in her performance, that wrap you up so tightly, it's as if Morgan Hill is a real place and these folk are your kin. But the best thing about this story is the unconditional love that springs out of nowhere within the characters and stays with you, the listener/reader, long after the story has ended. I will return for another visit to The Good Dream -- something I rarely do. That's how GREAT this story is.
Definitely one of my favorites!
The narration brings the story to life and the humor that makes you laugh out loud. This story makes your emotions go in all different directions... and the narrator makes you feel like you are there.
I love Ivory with her humor, spunk and honesty.
Download this book today!!!
Love the pure goodness of the book and the narration is so wonderful! Some parts were difficult to read, sad, but it is worth it.
"heart warming and heart breaking."
At first I was worried that this Tennessee voice was going to be too much for me, but I settled into it and eventually didn't notice it. The fact that the story is read by the authoress gave it a little more feeling as she spoke as she had meant the story to be heard.
She paints the characters so well, I could actually see the people and I could visualise the community she lived in.
There is some sadness in the story and I have to admit, I cried in places. But I also laughed out loud in others.
A very good story, well told and worth a listen.
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content