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The Good Dream ➜ [Epub] ❧ The Good Dream By Donna VanLiere ➦ – Thomashillier.co.uk In this full length novel from the New York Times Bestselling author of The Christmas Hope series Donna VanLiere has written a beautifully rendered and poignant story about one woman s unlikely path t In this full length novel from the New York Times Bestselling author of The Christmas Hope series Donna VanLiere has written a beautifully rendered and poignant story about one woman s unlikely path to motherhood and the healing power of loveTennessee,Still single and in her early thirties, Ivorie Walker is considered an old maid a label she takes with good humor and a grain of salt But when her mother dies, leaving her to live alone in the house she grew up in, to The Good Kindle - work the farm she was raised to take care of, she finds herself lost in a kind of loneliness she hadn t expected After years of rebuffing the advances of imperfect, yet eligible bachelors from her small town, Ivorie is without companionship with love in her heart and time on her hands than she knows what to do with But her life soon changes when a feral, dirty faced boy who has been sneaking onto her land to steal from her garden comes into her life Even though he runs back into the hills as quickly as he arrives, she s determined to find out who he is because something about the young boy haunts her What would make him desperate enough to steal and eat from her garden But what she can t imagine is what the boy faces, each day and night, in the 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, 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 that wayThis pitch perfect story of redemption and the true meaning of familial love is Donna VanLiere at her very best.

    Free Unlimited eBook Where did he come from And, 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 that wayThis pitch perfect story of redemption and the true meaning of familial love is Donna VanLiere at her very best."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 308 pages
  • The Good Dream
  • Donna VanLiere
  • English
  • 24 January 2019
  • 0312367775

About the Author: Donna VanLiere

Donna is a New York Times and USA Today best selling author She s an in demand conference speaker and gifted teacher and has published books including four that have been adapted into moviesDonna is the recipient of multiple industry awards including a Retailer s Choice Award for Fiction, a Dove Award, a Silver Angel Award, two Audie Awards for best inspirational fiction, a nominee for a Gold Medallion Book of the Year and is an inductee in the Ohio Foundation of Independent The Good Kindle - Colleges Hall of Excellence joining such luminaries as Coretta Scott King, Hugh Downs, Dr Norman Vincent Peale and Senator John GlennLearnabout Donna by visiting DonnaVanLiere and stay up to date and in touch by subscribing to her free Friendship List.



10 thoughts on “The Good Dream

  1. Pamela Pamela says:

    People are messy When we re left to ourselves we can make a gollywhopper of a mess Just as in real life, The Good Dream has moments of joy and sorrow, bursts of laugh aloud hilarity, snippets of wisdom, bouts of frustration, hues of love, and delightful examples of great kindness and goodnessI ve always been too impatient with myself and others, my expectations of them too high, but Mother just loved people, plain and true, warts and all Her hope was always cell deep and child simple People are messy When we re left to ourselves we can make a gollywhopper of a mess Just as in real life, The Good Dream has moments of joy and sorrow, bursts of laugh aloud hilarity, snippets of wisdom, bouts of frustration, hues of love, and delightful examples of great kindness and goodnessI ve always been too impatient with myself and others, my expectations of them too high, but Mother just loved people, plain and true, warts and all Her hope was always cell deep and child simple There s also a whole bushel of southernisms and small town jabber jaw sessions that s sure to put a smile on many a reader s face Plus, there s some delightfully atmospheric, pop culture nuances which are eccentrically identifiable to the nineteen fiftiesI m as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rockers I wonder if Refrigerator Lady the prim and proper Frigidaire model in Redbook magazine ever feels all thumbs and left feet before she sips tea with a man at his house Sadly though, there is also a presence of evil an evil so vile and and dark and deplorable it will take your breath away and knock you to your knees Nauseous and enraged, tears flowing down my face At least, that was my reaction to the brief, but intense scenes of child endangerment abuse molestationI looked right in the pit of hell and smelled evilIt was vile and putrid and stank like deathI never thought you can hear darkness but you canit s voice slithered up and wrapped its bony fingers around my spine and sank its teeth in my ears,Thankfully, near the halfway point, the book took a gracious and benevolent turn I don t think I could have handled muchthan the three scenes aforementioned And I would be remiss if I didn t give praise to VanLiere for her respectful tact, discretion, and honesty in the handling of such formidable topics as children abuse, molestation, bigotry, and infidelity She gave just enough information to make apparent the galling atrocities, but without explicit details Somewhat like an impressionist painting slightly out of focus but the scene is discernibly Moreover, the primary focus of this book isn t about the negative aspects of life Rather, negatives turning into positives through loving kindness, generosity, goodwill, tenacity, forward thinking, forgiveness, faith, and agape love Overall, a page turning good read Not quite five stars, but close enough for horseshoes forget the hand grenades FIVE Gollywhopper Good And Honest Storytelling STARS

  2. loretta loretta says:

    Once I started reading this book, I couldn t put It down It is a paradox to say that a story that deals with extreme sexual and emotional abuse of a child is sweet but it is It is a story that shows how one woman who dared to take action in an awful circumstance, changed the life of, not only the child she rescued, but of everyone else connected to her Donna VanLiere tells the story of Ivorie Walker, spinster in a small southern town Set in the 1950 s when society decreed that in order to ha Once I started reading this book, I couldn t put It down It is a paradox to say that a story that deals with extreme sexual and emotional abuse of a child is sweet but it is It is a story that shows how one woman who dared to take action in an awful circumstance, changed the life of, not only the child she rescued, but of everyone else connected to her Donna VanLiere tells the story of Ivorie Walker, spinster in a small southern town Set in the 1950 s when society decreed that in order to have a fulfilled life, a woman had to be married the small town Ivorie lives in is a microcosm of all that is good and not so good about small town living Ivorie defies the conventions of the time and, as a single woman, takes in a young boy who has experienced unimaginable abuse She is determined to redeem what is good In his spirit and banish or weaken what is haunting his soul Somehow the author manages to tell of the horrors while preserving the story s inherent sweetnessNo small feat.There are many lessons to be learned when do we get involved in others lives Do we avoid the messy Do we care what others think Can we accept the different qualities of others while appreciating and really caring about the person inside While simply written, easy to read, The Good Dream tells a story with depth It is a story that I think will stay with the reader for a while after finishing the book

  3. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    Note Plot includes disturbing child molestation However, despite those horrific scenes, and except for one major quibble and a few minor gripes, I loved this Audie Award Nominee for Inspirational Fiction, 2013, narrated splendidly by the author See below for secondary character listening guide Also, try my 15 question quiz This is the story of a brutalized little boy and the spinster who spits in Satan s eye to save him It s an unforgettable story, the type that lingers long in my mind, Note Plot includes disturbing child molestation However, despite those horrific scenes, and except for one major quibble and a few minor gripes, I loved this Audie Award Nominee for Inspirational Fiction, 2013, narrated splendidly by the author See below for secondary character listening guide Also, try my 15 question quiz This is the story of a brutalized little boy and the spinster who spits in Satan s eye to save him It s an unforgettable story, the type that lingers long in my mind, somehow both heartbreaking and heartwarming, utterly appalling and then hope filled and optimistic, with brief flashes of humor The child abuse isn t portrayed with full explicit coverage, and that section is over fairly soon, I was relieved to note It was bad enough as it was It seemed slow at first, but I think that was the plan my tension and frustration increased as the opening chapters shifted back and forth from the hellish events up on the mountain to the commonplace events down in the valley gardening, cooking, courting This contrast had me about to scream At one point, I almost found myself praying for the child how crazy is that and half yelling at Ivorie to forget the blasted berries and hurry your ass up that mountain she literally rode a mule named Miss Kitty into the Appalachians Yet I also chuckled and smiled several times The narration was pitch perfect, too, reinforcing the vivid descriptions, clever metaphors, solid dialogue, and bad bad jokes It s so hot, my chickens are laying hard boiled eggs This aptly named story is set in a small fictitious community in Tennessee, 1950 A spinster at age 30, Ivorie Walker isn t expecting to find a half feral 7 year old boy raiding her garden The boy has been horrifically abused by the man on the mountain Sarah Ivorie Walker takes the nameless child under her wing, despite the naysaying neighbors Not a romance, but there is a courtship and a happy ending Not a suspense novel, but there are several mysteries that must be resolved Not a thriller, but there is certainly horror, a monstrous beast, and some lesser demons Not a fantasy, either, but the boy s new home must have felt somewhat fantastical He s finally safe, clean, fed, cherished.Tension continues after Ivorie rscues the boy, including threats and worse Some folks think she s crazy Several want Ivorie to let them mountain folk alone, they re not our kind they even demand that she put the boy back But she s like a mama bear, determined to help the boy, who is on top of everything else view spoiler speechless due to a hole in the roof of the mouth, a cleft palate hide spoiler I appreciated the shifting perspectives, as the first person POV changed from Ivorie to her big brother Henry to the boy This shift only occurred once per chapter usually , so I wasn t constantly hopping from one head to another yay for that When Henry was talking or thinking, Ivorie became Sarah her first name Henry called Ox by his real name, Holt I loved Ivorie, her brother Henry, and his wife Loretta Loved seeing the boy with the dog Sally s help begin to forget his past horrors it would take much much longer, but I reckon his healing has only begun Although this book may be classified as Christian fiction, the author didn t spout a lot of scripture and she wasn t preachy It reads like any other post war novel, when folks said grace before dinner, etc.Support characters Listening Guide Ivorie s brother Henry and wife Loretta drug store owners Davis Carpenter, banker, wants Ivorie to sell her land Holt Oxman called Ox and wife Avis farmers Pete Fletcher preacher mechanic and wife Charlotte Joe and Fran Cannon, their kids Jane, John, Milo, Will Henry George Coley, farmer, suitor Aunt Dot Dotty Hot Dot Ivorie s mom s sister Dr Culp at the Crippled Children s Hospital in Knoxville Dr Langley in Morgan Hill Dolly Wade, a childlike adultQuibbles Major gripe is that I wish the author had come down like the wrath of Khan on the villians I wanted all the bad guys to pay a much bigger price I especially wanted to bury the mountain monster alive and spit on his grave His sniveling enabler, too It breaks my heart to think this kind of thing goes on But I know it does I felt the author rushed the boy s healing, and too quickly exposed him to so many new people and places I wanted another chapter or two to see the boy growing up, going to school, learning to speak better, to read and write better, etc Maybe a sequel is coming I d like Ivorie to feature largely in the sequel, too I want Ivorie to help that poverty stricken family on the hillside that sometimes fed the boy.Nonetheless, I enjoyed this one An ultimately uplifting book, with a fairly credible peek into post war Appalachia, when female cosmetics were still considered fast and intolerance was still the status quo When gas stations were springing up across the nation even though many women couldn t drive When war rationing was still vividly remembered and poverty was profound still is today This is a stand alone book, but a previous publication tells the story of some key secondary characters How Joe Cannon marries Fran, and how young Jane and Milo a black boy and a white girl become siblings See The Angels of Morgan Hill

  4. Brooke Brooke says:

    This book kept my interest the whole time Loved the main characters and the story I m happy that I randomly decided to pick this to read off my bookshelf It s perfect for summer, even though the story was tragic there was joyous parts as well I recommend.

  5. Noeleen Noeleen says:

    I listened to the audible version of The Good Dream by Donna VanLiere The audible version is an excellent narration by the author Set in the 1950s, The Good Dream tells the story of Ivorie Walker, an unmarried, 30 something year old, who lives in a small town in Tennessee Recovering from her parents deaths, most especially her mothers passing, Ivorie is living alone until she rescues a young and abused boy from the hills Faced with opposition and obstacles from the small community where sh I listened to the audible version of The Good Dream by Donna VanLiere The audible version is an excellent narration by the author Set in the 1950s, The Good Dream tells the story of Ivorie Walker, an unmarried, 30 something year old, who lives in a small town in Tennessee Recovering from her parents deaths, most especially her mothers passing, Ivorie is living alone until she rescues a young and abused boy from the hills Faced with opposition and obstacles from the small community where she lives, Ivorie steps up to the challenge of taking the boy under her wing.This is an easy listen, a heart warming, feel good story which shows how much one can achieve with determination, love and caring I enjoyed Ivorie s character a lot She was extremely likeable and I loved some of her sayings The writing was very good and there were interesting characters throughout However whilst I liked this book for what it was, an easy listen, I can t help feeling that while it was cute, it was perhaps too light for my personal taste Recommended, if you are looking for a very light, quick read

  6. Dale Harcombe Dale Harcombe says:

    This was my first book by this author and I very nearly didn t read it, once I encountered abuse of a child This is a hard topic to deal with emotionally But neither could I leave it alone The novel starts with the voice of novel of Ivorie, a spinster in her thirties back in 1950 Tennessee After her mother s death, Ivorie lives alone with her faithful canine companion Sally About this time she also starts keeping company with the widowed George The future looks promising, until someone com This was my first book by this author and I very nearly didn t read it, once I encountered abuse of a child This is a hard topic to deal with emotionally But neither could I leave it alone The novel starts with the voice of novel of Ivorie, a spinster in her thirties back in 1950 Tennessee After her mother s death, Ivorie lives alone with her faithful canine companion Sally About this time she also starts keeping company with the widowed George The future looks promising, until someone comes into her garden stealing food.The feel of the story is relaxed and I could picture it all When I came to the second chapter, the boy s chapter, that s when I started to have doubts about whether I could read it I m glad I did This is a story about the evil in our world but also about the redemptive power of love I liked the way the author handled the abuse, giving enough details but without subjecting the reader to every gory moment There are enough details to form a clear picture of the situation.The chapters alternate between Ivorie and the boy, with the occasional chapter by Henry, Ivorie s brother The author included enough description to make you feel you are there The colourful expressions are interesting too I kept reading gems out to my husband I loved the character of Ivorie She was spunky and not afraid to go against public opinion even if it cost her It s a book to make you think as well as emotionally involve you The scene where she takes up her rifle in the hills is a beauty and will have any reader cheering for her

  7. Megan Megan says:

    This book was better than I can say It was a quick, easy read for me because I could not put it down The authors narrative, her characters, and the way story unfolds hooked me instantly I think what I appreciated the most is that its a love story, but not the love story you are expecting The main character does not realize what her life is lacking until she loses her constant companion, her mother When her life aches with emptiness she starts to question the maiden life she has created for This book was better than I can say It was a quick, easy read for me because I could not put it down The authors narrative, her characters, and the way story unfolds hooked me instantly I think what I appreciated the most is that its a love story, but not the love story you are expecting The main character does not realize what her life is lacking until she loses her constant companion, her mother When her life aches with emptiness she starts to question the maiden life she has created for herself Then one day a dirty little boy from the mountains steals her heart and changes her world I sat at work and cried while I read this book You see my world changed when my son arrived I have a new lens on viewing the world and the atrocities that happen in it When I thought of this shaggy little boy I thought of my son and my heart broke When the story works out for this duo and their dog you are left feeling warm and complete I have not loved a book this much in a long time It is lovely

  8. Patricia Patricia says:

    Have you ever read a book that you didn t want to end It makes you feel so good inside that you wish it could just go on and on and on The Good Dream was one of those books for me I would give this book 10 stars if I could It s a little scary that possibly here it is only the 5th of January and this feels like the best book I ll read this year The characters, Ivoree, Peter, Henry..they are just so real and they all just touched a place in my heart that fictional characters rarely reach Have you ever read a book that you didn t want to end It makes you feel so good inside that you wish it could just go on and on and on The Good Dream was one of those books for me I would give this book 10 stars if I could It s a little scary that possibly here it is only the 5th of January and this feels like the best book I ll read this year The characters, Ivoree, Peter, Henry..they are just so real and they all just touched a place in my heart that fictional characters rarely reach This story of an old maid 30 years old whose life becomes entangled with an almost feral 8 year old boy is wonderful to behold, the love that s there, the sacrifice, the compassion Ivoree is so brutally honest and straight forward, speaks straight from the heart I listened to this book on audio and it was narrated by the author, and she did a fantastic job She tells the entire story in a back hills of Tennessee southern drawl that is perfect I believe in this case the audio is probably better than reading it on the printed page Listen to this book, you will not be sorry

  9. Suzy Suzy says:

    I was fortunate enough to get an advance copy of this novel from my friend Donna VanLiere and I devoured it within several days I used to be strictly a fiction reader and yet I find myself drawnthese days to non fiction, likely due to the proliferation of hopelessness offered in so much fiction today I want to find some hope albeit realistic in a story, and I want to find characters I can develop some empathy for Too much modern fiction offers neither Donna is a friend, so it is a de I was fortunate enough to get an advance copy of this novel from my friend Donna VanLiere and I devoured it within several days I used to be strictly a fiction reader and yet I find myself drawnthese days to non fiction, likely due to the proliferation of hopelessness offered in so much fiction today I want to find some hope albeit realistic in a story, and I want to find characters I can develop some empathy for Too much modern fiction offers neither Donna is a friend, so it is a delight to see her and meet others she knows in her fiction She writes with the same southern flavor I find in her home, her day to day sense of humor, and even on her Facebook page As I completely appreciate Donna s sense of humor, this makes her slice of life fictional style quite satisfying to read Donna creates characters at once ornery, compassionate, broken, derisive, helpless, and driven sounds a lot like my own family members I appreciate the fact the bad guys are bad not at all sugar coated It is as if she has perhaps come face to face with evil during the course of her own life, which of course she has Some of her villains, too, are merely misguided and wounded souls Nowhere do we find a protagonist who is flawless These are all key character development points for me This is a real story comprised of REAL pain, REAL risk, and REAL redemption I don t want to live in a world that is so dark the light cannot penetrate it, because personally I do not believe such a darkness exists Neither does Donna VanLiere The light shines in the darkness, and even if the darkness does not comprehend, it is compromised and truly dark noThus we have here a tale of darkness penetrated by the light and restoration of hope, and that is always going to be a good dream

  10. Vera Marie Vera Marie says:

    Generally, I treat audio books as a convenience, still preferring to read a real book where I can easily flip back through the pages to remind me of something I missed or write in the margins But I highly recommend listening toThe Good Dreamon this audio book recorded by Donna VanLiere Unlike most authors, who should stick to quietly writing and keep their mouths shut, VanLiere background includes doing voiceovers, so she definitely knows how to interpret the written word She brings a Generally, I treat audio books as a convenience, still preferring to read a real book where I can easily flip back through the pages to remind me of something I missed or write in the margins But I highly recommend listening toThe Good Dreamon this audio book recorded by Donna VanLiere Unlike most authors, who should stick to quietly writing and keep their mouths shut, VanLiere background includes doing voiceovers, so she definitely knows how to interpret the written word She brings a heap of atmosphere to this story set in 1950 s Appalachian Tennessee I was roaring with laughter at some passages, and appreciated the humor breaks in what could be at first a depressing picture and later a cloyingly sentimental story The author balances the book s moods with skill.Although I have traveled to Tennessee, one of these days when I take a road trip through some southern states, I think I d like to include Eastern Tennessee When the book ended, I wanted to stay right there Sit a spell on the front porch and have some berry cobbler in 1950 s Morgan Hill, Tennessee.This is just a portion of the book review published at A Traveler s Library Read

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