Any Dream Will Do: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Beloved and best-selling author Debbie Macomber returns with a powerful stand-alone novel about a woman forced to start her life anew, embarking on the most courageous journey of all - to a place where she learns what love and trust really mean.
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.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 13 minutes|
|Narrator||Mark Deakins, Laurel Rankin|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 08, 2017|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #31,554 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#120 in Christian Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#297 in Religious Romance (Books)
#423 in Fiction Sagas
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I liked the interactions between Shay and drew as they develop a friendship and then become more. Drew struggles with the demands of being a single parent, a pastor, and the criticism that he’s getting from his church members as he gets closer to Shay. This story also showed how judgmental people can be sometimes and we see how these church members learn from their mistakes and come to know Shay as the person that she is and not based on her past mistakes. Drew and Shay’s journey is an uplifting and inspirational one, I highly recommend this book, Debbie Macomber is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.
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Shay is released from prison after being caught for doing something her brother had pleaded with her to do. It's December and the weather is cold, the bits drops her off outside a church. With nothing better to do except walk the streets until the shelter opens she takes refuge in the warn church.
Drew, Pastor Drew, is sitting in his church contemplating what to do. His wife, Katie had died recently and he was struggling, struggling with his congregation and also with bringing up his 2 young children Sarah and Michael.
Fate takes a hand when Drew finds Shay a place in a program aimed at helping people like Shay. However, there's more to it than that and, unbeknowningly, Shay helps Drew to find his way again. This is their story.
There are ups and downs, some people aren't happy with Drew's inclusion of Shay in his life, it's not all plain sailing.
As usual with Debbie's books there is an underlying message in this lovely story, always take time to dream. It's well worth a read, I devoured it in 2 sessions, but it took alot of will power to put it down after the 1st session, I could quite as easily read it all in 1 go.
Any Dream Will Do is a story about second chances; a time for Shay Benson to put her past mistakes behind her and start afresh in a new city, and for widower Drew Douglas to start living his life again rather than just existing for the sake of his young children. A chance encounter brings Shay into Drew's church where he recognises a kindred soul in need and helps Shay find somewhere to live and work.
Told in alternate chapters from the perspectives of both characters, we follow their stories as their paths cross on a regular basis and a friendship blossoms. But as expected in life, and a romance novel, nothing is ever quite straight forward and they have more than their fair share of dramas to deal with.
I have to confess that despite being invested in what was going on with Shay and Drew, it was his children Sarah and Mark who stole my heart as it was obvious they were missing their mother and struggling without a female role model in their lives despite plenty of older women in their church community being around for them. There was one particular storyline with regards to Sarah and her hair that really struck me, something so small but it obviously meant such a big deal to her to ask Shay to do as it was something that her father struggled to do for her.
Even though Any Dream Will Do was not the typical community spirit style of novel I've come to expect from Debbie Macomber, her wonderful, heartwarming storytelling drew me in until before I knew it I'd finished reading the book in a single sitting. I'll be interested to see what's in store for us next, more standalones or whether we're in for a treat and the start of a new series.