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Rachel Stone is a widow and single mother, broke and alone. Worse, her late husband, a televangelist, stole five million dollars, none of which came to her. Nor did she know about the theft, but it still makes her an outcast, and she is desperate. Then she meets Gabriel Bonner, who gives her a job. Romantic sparks fly, but love is never easy. Gabriel has a tragic loss of his own, and his family, fearing Rachel's motives, campaigns loudly against her.
©1998 Susan Elizabeth Phillips (P)1998 Books on Tape

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"Touching, funny, sexy and humane." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Gina
  • Elmhurst, IL, United States
  • 05-25-07

Read Nobody’s Baby first

Susan Elizabeth Phillips uses characters that you met in Nobody’s Baby But Mine for this novel. This one is less predictable, and I enjoyed every hour of it. Anna Fields is an excellent narrator. This is a romantic comedy with a little suspense thrown in.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • OLIVIA
  • ATLANTA, GA, United States
  • 05-19-09

Great Story and Amazing Narrator

This is another lovely story with great narration from Anna Fields who effortlessly captures each character's voice.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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I Cheered by the End

What made the experience of listening to Dream a Little Dream the most enjoyable?

The whole story. It tied beautifully into the Chicago Stars story line, but told itsown story which was altogether different that the ones before it.

What other book might you compare Dream a Little Dream to and why?

It was like two tragedy trains crashed into each otherand developed into a sweet, beautiful, loving, and trusting relationship. Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas and someof Robyn Carr's Virgin River series books are similar to this storyline.

What does Anna Fields bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She has a unique ability to put emotion into the story from botha male and females reactions. The females responses send me intolaughter in unexpected places that I have to be careful where I listen.I find myself laughing out loud in the grocery store, walking in the park,and driving my car. People must think I'm crazy.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Want a good laugh and cry?

Any additional comments?

I've just discovered Susan Elizabeth Phillips and I feellike I've found a friend.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Another winner

SEP not only writes a great book but her epilogs are the best!!! I continue to enjoy how much this woman makes me laugh."I'm a fox, I'm a fox, I'm a fox." Thanks again for another happy ending.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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SEP doesn't disappoint

If you've read "Nobody's Baby But Mine", this book finishes out the Bonner brothers. It's a great book about a woman who will do whatever it takes to get what she wants, and what she wants is a life that is secure and safe for her young son. She has a backbone made of steel and the hero is a man who is determined to break her so she'll go away. Of course, she doesn't let him and they both end up better for it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jessica
  • Charleston, TN, United States
  • 12-21-11

Dream A Little Dream

I really enjoyed Dream A Little Dream the 4th in the Chicago Stars series by SEP. I liked the first three books better than this one but it was still very good and got better towards the end. I love the narrator and the story line even though very similar and predictable in some ways is still very good and has just enough mystery to keep you listening. I look forward to reading the rest of this series and more books by SEP.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Lauren
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • 10-14-07

Can't Beat this Duo

If you want wonderful, predictable, sexy, romance with a lot of family values and really likeable characters then this series regarding the Bonner family is for you. I keep checking the calendar, waiting for a credit to become available, and then buying another book anyway. I am addicted to the combo of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Anna Fields.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Terrific, Mixed Tearful Emotion with Humor

I put off getting this book because it was very expensive or required 2 credits. Audible has recently changed it to only 1 credit and I am glad they did! This was a great story! I expressed so many different emotions while on the journey of this book. Empathy, sadness, anger, happiness, and desire. If you enjoyed other books by Susan Elizabeth Phillips this one will definitely not disappoint. The narration is never a disappointment by Anna Fields. I've read many of these books but have to purchase the audio version just to find out what expression Anna puts in different scenario's. I highly recommend this book as a one credit purchase but not at 2. Overall VERY happy!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Jane
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 06-30-17

Mostly sad until the end, but the ending was nice.

I’ve given 5 stars to many of S E Phillips’ books, but this book gets 4 stars because it was too sad. Most of the sadness was grieving for dead loved ones and being treated badly by others. I generally prefer uplifting or funny stories. Gabe wanted to kill himself and had a hard time after his wife and son were killed by a drunk driver. Rachel was married to an unethical tv evangelist. He convinced people to give him money that he used to enrich himself. He died in a plane crash and the public hated Rachel, thinking she was his partner, but she too had been taken advantage of. She lives in poverty, with her 5 yr old son.

I read the paperback twice and recently listened to the audiobook. I liked it better the second and third time since I was prepared for the sadness. I could better appreciate how Rachel reacted defiantly to her circumstances which nudged Gabe. For example page 194 “She smiled again, and pleasure leached into some of the barren places inside him. He thought about how she managed to find amusement in the smallest things, even with her life hanging in shreds around her.”

I loved Rachel's smartness, witty comments and actions in the face of poverty and ill treatment by others. I enjoyed the secondary story about Kristy and Ethan.

I think Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a wonderful writer. One of the reasons is character creation. I’m reminded of Sol Stein’s advice to writers: “Imbue your heroes with faults and your villains with charm.” The characters in this story are a good example. Rachel is homeless, no money, no job, and caring for her son. Ethan is a minister who refuses to help her. Gabe is a recluse due to grief. He is hostile and mean to Rachel and tells her to go away. When the cops start to arrest her for vagrancy, Gabe is the only one to come to her rescue and finds her a place to live and gives her a job.

AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
Anna Fields was excellent.

DATA:
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 390 pages. Swearing language: strong including religious swear words but rarely used. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 6. Setting: current day Salvation, North Carolina. Copyright: 1998. Genre: contemporary romance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good characters, terrible story

If all the window dressing surrounding the main characters were stripped away I would have loved this book. Alas, all the extra stories detracted from a sweet romance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful