The Good Dream

The Good Dream

Book - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
When Ivorie Walker discovers a feral boy stealing from her garden, she reaches out to uncover where he comes from only to encounter fierce resistance from the town.

McMillan Palgrave

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 love.

Tennessee, 1950: 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 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 more 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, 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 that way.

This pitch perfect story of redemption and the true meaning of familial love is Donna VanLiere at her very best.



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Denounced by her 1950 Tennessee community as an old maid, 30-something Ivorie Walker hides her loneliness and grief over her mother's death behind good-humored independence before advocating on behalf of a feral boy who has been stealing vegetables from her garden. 150,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312367770
Branch Call Number: FIC VAN
Characteristics: 308 p. ;,25 cm.

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Reads_A_Lot
Aug 31, 2017

Sometimes I just need a wholesome, feel good story set in a simpler time. This book was just that. A young boy who has survived a terrible life with an abusive father finds a lonely woman who needs someone to love and take care of. The boy's plight is heart-wrenching, but the majority of the book is filled with love and hope. Really enjoyed it, read it in a day.

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Jasmine2013
Jul 15, 2013

I really enjoyed this story. Heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time.

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MElaineMilanMerry
Jun 05, 2013

Very good story. The only thing that took away from it for me was the almost consistently short sentences. This does make it very down-to-earth, and the shorter sentences might just fit the Southern environment (where I'm not from and have never lived, granted) and the character best, but the writing could have been "matured" just a tiny bit for me.

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AliciaAllison
Apr 11, 2013

One of the most delightful books on CD I have ever listened to. The author's accent makes it so real that you feel you are actually in each scene. While it was a sweet story, it was not to sugary to believe. After reading/listening to this story, I have looked at people different from me, in a more gentle light.

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