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
The story was amazing, but in the end, it felt rushed. The beginning was well laid out and everything flowed, but then the last fifth of the book just kind of ties up weird loose ends. That being said, it's definitely worth the read/listen.
This was an uplifting story. I felt like I was part of the book. Been a while that I have been that engaged in a story.
My first experience with this author. I would definitely try another of her books.
If you are looking for good summer entertainment this is a book to try.
Beatrice A. Lumma
This is a book that cries out to the reader...go,go on! It took me a little while but once I got past The Man I was hooked. Sarah/Ivory is an amazing, courageous girl/woman who grows as each new challenge is presented and overcome. Peter,likewise is a child of incredible brave desire to live and keep on living.
These are models of what it means to be truly human.
This was one of the best Audible books I've ever listened to....and I've listened to a lot. Great story and great narration. I fell in love with the characters and didn't want it to end. I don't think reading it would have really captured the characters as well as listening to it because the narration couldn't have been better. I would have given performance 10 stars if I could. I really looked forward to my morning commute so I could listen to it! Really bummed it ended. Would recommend this book to anyone.
What a fabulous story, the author is very empathetic and really keeps you guessing until the last chapter. So real and thoughtful........ i will read more of this author
its gritty, sad but uplifting
Keep your tissue box ready and your disbelief at the ugliness and beauty of human nature ready....
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.
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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.
"Listening with my other ear"
My new favorite writer is Donna VanLiere. I love the story that are so familiar, but lost in times considered old fashion now, but oh so missed. when community was more than the place you lived. I loved this book so much, it made me smile, laugh, and cry. In a world gone cynical and cold, in a world were someone being nice, brings the paranoid thought that the person must want something, we desperately need these stories to remind us of what can be. Thank you Mrs. VanLiere, wonderful. That's my two cents worth😁
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