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
"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.
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