Monday, July 9, 2012

Review of The Good Dream by Donna VanLiere

1950 Tennessee, 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 thirties) 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 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 secret. The Good Dream is Donna VanLiere is at her absolute best. 

From The New York Times bestselling author comes a poignant, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting novel about an unlikely path to motherhood, and of two lost souls healing each other

My Review

Oh readers let me tell you Donna is just not for CHRISTmas anymore. As you may know, Donna wrote the book The Christmas Shoes.  Many of you may have heard the song played on the radio, read the book, or watched the super movie. She has written  Christmas books up until now but she sure has knocked it out of the park with this, her latest book!

I can relate to the character of Ivorie in this book.  I to am very lonely and long for a family so this book hit home and really stirred some deep emotions inside of me.  I laughed and cried all the way through this book and did not put it down until I read the very last page.

I hope that you all will RUN to Barnes and Noble and pick up a copy today. I give this book 5 stars 3 times! I can't wait to read it again!  It is going  on my book shelf. I want to buy a copy for one LUCKY reader, So leave a comment and post on all your social network sites in order to be entered to win.

Donna VanLiere is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author and gifted conference speaker. She has published ten titles including The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing, both of which were adapted into movies (starring Rob Lowe, Kimberly Williams-Perry and Neil Patrick Harris) and garnered big ratings for CBS television. Lifetime Television adapted The Christmas Hope (starring Madeline Stowe) and premiered it December 2009 to stellar ratings as well. Donna's non-seasonal novel, The Angels of Morgan Hill, has captured the same warmth as her Christmas books and continues to please loyal and new fans alike.

Donna is the recipient of a Retailer's Choice Award for Fiction, a Dove Award, a Silver Angel Award, an Audie Award for best inspirational fiction, a nominee for a Gold Medallion Book of the Year and was recently inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Hall of Excellence joining such luminaries as Coretta Scott King, Hugh Downs, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and Senator John Glenn. Donna is an in-demand conference speaker having appeared at countless women's and family events, including select Women of Faith and Extraordinary Women conferences.

Donna lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband, Troy, and their children, Grace, Kate and David.


  1. Looks like a book I need to read,another great interview.

    1. James, You are the winner, I will get it in the mail to you ASAP! Congrats!

  2. I really want to read this book and all of her other ones too!

  3. Your review touched me Mary! I would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks for this giveaway!


  4. 15 STARS! Mary, you really did it this time! Fabulous review of a great sounding book by a favorite author! Thanks so much! I'm praying that I win a copy of this one! Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  5. I can soooooo relate to this story! I would totally love to win a copy of this. I love stories like this! Thanks for that review Mary!

  6. I would love to read this book.Thanks for the opportunity to win it.I love your reviews.Have a great week.

  7. Mary. your review is good as it always is. This sounds like it will be a big seller. I know I'd love to read it. I would like to try to win it. Thanks! Maxie ( )