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review 2017-09-16 21:28
Any Dream Will Do
Any Dream Will Do: A Novel - Debbie Macomber

Title:  Any Dream Will Do

Author:  Debbie Macomber

Publisher:  Ballantine Books

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Four



"Any Dream Will Do" by Debbie Macomber


My Thoughts.....


Who would have thought that Shay Benson and Drew  Douglas who were complete opposites  would one day come together and actually fall in love?  We find that Shay has just been released from prison and finds herself showing up at Drew's church where we find that he is a widower, pastor and also a single father of two who was frowning in sadness.  Now why was that?  This author does well in giving the readers a real intriguing emotional story of just how life can change and present its form in so many different ways as it was for Shay.  One could see why Shay may have had a chip on her shoulder as her life hadn't been easy for her at all especially with her father and brother.  It was sad to see how she had been too trusting with her brother that she seemed to not being able to tell him NO. Will Shay learn from this bad experience she had gone through?  Well, the story is quite deep and you will just have to pick this well written story that this  author presents to her readers to see how things will change for Shay as she seems to have been given a second chance and finally have found someone who truly loves her.  


Thank you to NetGalley and Random House - Ballantine for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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review 2017-08-26 05:17
Christmas Cheer
Merry and Bright: A Novel - Debbie Macom... Merry and Bright: A Novel - Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber’s new book, Merry and Bright, is exactly that. The story follows Merry, a young woman with a loving family and a lot of responsibilities. One night, after a long day ruined by her rotten boss, her family announces they’ve signed her up for online dating. The story that follows is pleasant and undemanding. Unlike some of Macomber’s books, this one is not particularly church oriented. This book might make a good gift for an older female relative you’re visiting but don’t know well.

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review 2017-08-09 21:26
Any Dream Will Do (New Beginnings #4) by Debbie Macomber
Any Dream Will Do: A Novel - Debbie Macomber

My thoughts on: Any Dream Will Do

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review 2017-08-08 21:42
Any Dream Will Do/Debbie Macomber
Any Dream Will Do: A Novel - Debbie Macomber

Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold.

Pastor Drew Douglas adored his wife. But when he lost her, it was all he could do to focus on his two beautiful kids, and his flock came in a distant third. Now, as he too is thinking about a fresh start, he walks through his sanctuary and finds Shay sitting in a pew.

The pair strike up a friendship—Drew helps Shay get back on her feet, and she reignites his sense of purpose—that, over time, turns into something deeper, something soulful, spiritual, and possibly romantic. Even Drew’s two children are taken with this woman who has brought light back into their lives. Perhaps most important, Shay learns to trust again as she, in turn, proves herself trustworthy to her adopted community.

But Caden’s return to town and a disastrous secret threaten to undo the life Shay has tried so hard to rebuild. It will take the utmost courage and faith if she and Drew hope to find healing and open their hearts to a brighter future.


Oh, Debbie Macomber.


I actually forgot that this was a Debbie Macomber book, having read it on my Kindle app without a cover, and then I got to the end and read an acknowledgement and started laughing because everything about it made so much sense knowing that it was one of hers. I think I've read a previous book in the series, because all of a sudden I recognized characters back and forth, and was very amused.


That being said, I think this is one of her better books of the last few--I hadn't been terribly impressed by the last two she's published, but I felt like this one had morals that were far less in-your-face and a really interesting premise.


Of course, the characters are overly goody-goody and the actions too picturesque--this IS a Macomber book, after all--but I LOVED that Shay was dealing with coming out of jail and presenting a whole new set of struggles. This was a very uplifting book that I'd quickly recommend to someone needing a dose of hope, and Shay's determination is lovely.


There is very little suspense and conflict, and Shay's brother doesn't really drive the plot, but I happily recommend this to Macomber fans!


I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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review 2017-08-04 05:09
Any Dream Will Do
Any Dream Will Do: A Novel - Debbie Macomber

Any Dream Will Do is a pleasant, undemanding escape. The book revolves around Shay, who has just been released from prison, and details her path back into society and into a positive life. Any Dream Will Do would make a good gift for an older, church-going relative.

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