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Lost Dreams

Narrated by: Reagan West
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Romance, Military
4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)
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When Carter is killed in combat, he leaves behind his heartbroken wife, Avery, and his shattered best friend, Remy. Naturally, these two wounded souls gravitate together, irresistibly drawn by the loss of the one they both loved, as well as their deep friendship with each other. But when that friendship starts to turn into something more, new problems arise.

Will Avery be able to move on after losing the love of her life?

Will Remy be able to fill the void left by the loss of his best friend? Or will this new chance at love cost them all they have left?

©2014 Jude Ouvrard (P)2018 Jude Ouvrard

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The audio was just as beautiful as I imagined

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REVIEW - ✯✯✯✯✯

I volunteered to review this book without any promises about the review (the rating or the posting).

I’ve read Jude’s books in the past, including this one. I fell in love with Avery and was so excited to hear her words in her “own” voice. The audio version was just as beautiful as I imagined it would be.

The following is my personal opinion and thoughts about many aspects of this book and its author.

COVER: ✯✯✯✯✯ - I’m unsure if Jude wrote the characters based off the models, but they are exactly how I felt they should look. I’m so happy to see Jude didn’t do the typical 1/2 naked embracing couple as some authors would have for a contemporary romance. This cover matches perfectly due to the emotions and inner thoughts by the main characters. Congrats!

PLOT: ✯✯✯✯✯ - Avery is a retired soldier and newly married woman who deals with the separation from her husband, Carter, and their best friend, Remy. While overseas Carter is killed in action in front of Remy. Both Avery and Remy share the grief and heartache that comes along with the loss. However, Remy harbors a long kept secret that under any other circumstances would’ve gone to his grave. How will they both cope with the loss and the soon to be discovered knowledge that Remy has loved Avery for years?

WRITING STYLE: ✯✯✯✯✯ - Being French Canadian, Jude’s second language is English. However, you would never guess since her style outranks many authors out there. She isn’t overly descriptive in settings, but she definitely makes up for it in the emotional department. She makes it very easy to love and hate her characters.

CHARACTERS: ✯✯✯✯✯ - Avery is so easy to fall in love with. She’s sweet and caring. Having been in the military for years, she’s become more comfortable in army fatigues than in dresses. Through this book Avery is put through a roller coaster of emotions while learning how to live a civilian life. It’s easy to laugh and cry when thinking about her.

NARRATOR: ✯✯✯✯ - I’m only giving Reagan 4 stars because I’ve read the book prior to it being an audio. I had it in my head how the emotions surrounding Carter’s death should sound like. Unfortunately I didn’t truly believe Reagan’s performance. I’m unsure if it was actually her performance or just because I had it so highly built up in my mind. But, unfortunately it did lack for me. Don’t get me wrong...Reagan was awesome in the changing up with the different characters and is truly gifted. And the rest of the book was extremely well executed. I will be looking for more books narrated by her.

Remy is the second main character. He’s been Avery’s best friend for years. He’s loyal and willing to do anything for Avery. After the death of Avery’s husband and his best friend, he helps her to pick up the pieces while also grieving. His strength of character and caring nature is something that Avery needs to help her move past Carter’s death and learn to live again.

OVERALL FLOW: ✯✯✯✯✯ - The overall flow of the book was relaxed and inviting. I loved Reagan’s take on all the characters. She definitely was able to bring them to life as I had always hoped (since the first time I read the book).

If you are looking for a book with heart and soul-breaking emotions...well I highly recommend you grab your own copy. And be ready for a couple ugly cries in there too.

Under no circumstances was I approached by the author to read or review this book. I offered without any agreement or promise for any compensation. I am voluntarily giving my opinion about this book. My only affiliation with the author is that I am a fan and want to support by reading and posting this review of my own free will.

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Heartfelt

I am sure my heart was ripped out of my chest. It got put back in by Jude. Carter was deployed only two days after his wedding to Avery. Carter and Remmie and Avery were best of friends. They shared a strong bond. When Carter was shot, he asked Remmie to take care of Avery, then died in his arms. Such a heartwarming story. Narration was great!

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Great Story & Narration🎧 Captivating & Heartfelt!

I loved this book, it captivated both my heart and my attention right from the start and held it all the way to the end. Jude Ouvrard is a gifted author, she created a beautiful, heartfelt story with interesting storylines and characters that are realistic and easy to relate to. I adored the characters, Avery, Carter and Remy share a special bond, they had all served together before Avery left the service. Avery & Carter married just before he and Remy were deployed overseas. I loved how well written and plotted this story is, it is told chronologically but each chapter alternates character’s points of view. We are given an inside view of what they are thinking, going thru and what is going on at that moment. A lot goes on in this book and there is never a dull moment. There is plenty of drama and emotional moments, heartfelt ones and loving ones too. I also appreciated how well the author captured the life of a serviceman/woman gave us a glimpse of some of their struggles like being away from loved ones, dealing with PTSD and more. Jude Ouvrard, thank you for this wonderful story and the emotional rollercoaster ride.

Reagan West is a talented narrator and voice artist. She brings the characters to life giving each their own voice and personality, as well as heart and attitude. She does a great job portraying the characters and projecting their emotions into her performance. She is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another great listen🎧

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Laughter and tears

Both author Jude Ouvrard and narrator Reagan West are new to me and this was a strong introduction to both.

Lost Dreams was an emotional roller coaster of a listen and I felt that the narrator did a credible job in bringing the story to life for me. It was a raw, gritty read that was at time emotional and certainly had me in tears at times.

Avery is a retired soldier whose husband Carter is killed in the line of duty, leaving behind his shattered wife and best friend Remy, who witnessed his death to try and pick up the pieces of their shattered life.

As Avery and Remy try to come to terms with Carter’s death they are drawn to one another in their grief. It is further complicated that unbeknownst to Avery, Remy has been in love with her for years.

Is the chance for happiness, worth putting their friendship at risk?
Can this new chance at happiness mend both these two shattered hearts?

I spent equal amounts of time laughing and tearing up. This was a sweet romance with plenty of heart and one I enjoyed.

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Heartfelt Listen

Lost Dreams by Jude Ouvard is a heartfelt listen and full of emotions. The storyline is realistic. I felt terrible for Avery in losing Carter, yet got how she and Remi clicked afterwards. The tribute to Carter's memory was well done and compassionate. Reagan West was wonderful bringing the characters to life with her voice. I could hear who was speaking.

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Beautiful Story

This is the sweetest story I have listened to in a while. Once the connection between Avery and Remy starts there is no stopping their relationship. They face a few hardships along the way. They really have the sweetest love story. Starting over with her husbands best friend would be so difficult and think it crosses so many lines. This author makes it so seamless and worry free. I can completely focus on the previous relationship between Carter and Avery. Then transition to the second relationship between Remy and Avery. I love how Carter is still incorporated into their lives since they both loved him so much.

This really is a lovely story. This isn’t my first book by this author. She always amazes me with her stories about humanity and romance. Reagan West did another wonderful job reading this. Even though she doesn’t use voices for the characters she does well with her voice inflictions whenever needed.

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Let this audio fill your dream

This story has it all . Drama , military, this story has a great love story . It will have you crying a bit from the grief the author teasers you with . My first from the author . This story has it all . But you will not be able to put it down . This story shows how best friends and partners go through when one gets discharged and one is left in the service. The one that has left the service is wondering when their partner will come home .,. And will they . Grab it and see the grief that comes with the story ... but hope and love also .

Reagan voice is smooth , seductive and strong . She does justice to the story . She’s a great narrator

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Excellent Story

I was given this free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was an excellent book. The story told of how someone can find love again after losing the love of their life. I would recommend this book.

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Heartbreakingly beautiful

Losing a spouse no matter now long you’ve been together is heartbreaking. To loose one to war I can not even imagine. It is beautiful how the characters that had always been friends and close come together to heal each other and become one.

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This book was not what I was expecting based on the synopsis given. Yes, it is about a wife who loses her husband in combat and that the wife and best friend depend on each other to move forward over the lost, but it didn't really fit what I thought the story was going to be about. This was the first book by this author that I have read and there were times she had me confused. The major confusion was that nicknames were used heavily in the book and at times I was lost as to who was being talked about, as the same person could have several different nicknames by the same characters. The confusion could have been increased because this was not a duel narrated book and the the narrator struggled with changing her voice between different characters. Her struggling was a big part of my struggle as it made it difficult to follow at times and not knowing who was speaking was making me even more confused. At other times in the story, the narrator was able to change up her voice enough but just wasn’t consistent enough. I felt that the author was trying to add to the plot and a few secondary characters, but that sort of just ended and I was left wondering what actually happened. The author did do a good job with her focus on how to move on after the loss of someone you love and her ability to capture the " wondering how things may have been different" was good, too. I just felt as if there was so much more potential for more with this story and that things were left out which gave it a choppy feel at times. I can see this being a five star read with some resolving of unfinished plot additions which would give more flow and enrich this story's theme of dealing with loss.