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The Hambledown Drean By Dean Mayes

A young Austrailian man, Denny Banister has a perfect life, the woman of his dreams a great career and a passion for the guitar. He finds he has terminal caner, as he struggles to fight for his life he fails to succeed and cancer takes his life. Left behind in a state of grief is his true love Sonya Llewellen.

American Andy DeVries has not much in life. Living in Chicago and fighting a drug addiction he has a near death experience that alters the course of his life. Estranged from his family, with nothing but his love of his guitar Andy tries to change his ways. Soon he starts experiencing dreams and feelings of being in places he has never been before, almost as if he is reliving someones life memories. These dreams feel so real he can not push them aside. He has feelings of love for a woman he has never met before and of a place called Hambledown.

Andy has a once in a life time chance to go to Australia and participate in a concert for the best new guitarist. He feels compelled to this foreign land, being pulled almost as if by a magnet unsure of why he needs to go, but knows in his heart he is meant to be there, meant to meet her. He packs his bags and sets out to find a truth, a truth that seems almost unreal.

Dean Mayes knows how to grab the attention of the reader and bring them into the story. I found it heartfelt and emotional. At times sad, yet fulfilling. I enjoyed The Hambledown Dream from the first page until the last. ( )
  SheriAWilkinson | Apr 2, 2014 |
The Hambledown Drean By Dean Mayes

A young Austrailian man, Denny Banister has a perfect life, the woman of his dreams a great career and a passion for the guitar. He finds he has terminal caner, as he struggles to fight for his life he fails to succeed and cancer takes his life. Left behind in a state of grief is his true love Sonya Llewellen.

American Andy DeVries has not much in life. Living in Chicago and fighting a drug addiction he has a near death experience that alters the course of his life. Estranged from his family, with nothing but his love of his guitar Andy tries to change his ways. Soon he starts experiencing dreams and feelings of being in places he has never been before, almost as if he is reliving someones life memories. These dreams feel so real he can not push them aside. He has feelings of love for a woman he has never met before and of a place called Hambledown.

Andy has a once in a life time chance to go to Australia and participate in a concert for the best new guitarist. He feels compelled to this foreign land, being pulled almost as if by a magnet unsure of why he needs to go, but knows in his heart he is meant to be there, meant to meet her. He packs his bags and sets out to find a truth, a truth that seems almost unreal.

Dean Mayes knows how to grab the attention of the reader and bring them into the story. I found it heartfelt and emotional. At times sad, yet fulfilling. I enjoyed The Hambledown Dream from the first page until the last.
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The moving first novel by Australian Pediatric Nurse, Dean Mayes, about a young man whose spirit refuses to die.
Australian, Denny Banister had the world at his feet; a successful career, a passion for the guitar and he is in love with Sonya – his best friend and soul mate. Tragically, Denny is struck down with inoperable cancer & he is destined to die.
Meanwhile, Andy DeVries has almost nothing; he is alienated from his family, he moves through a dangerous Chicago underworld dealing in drugs, battling addiction & now he’s gone and overdosed - jeopardizing the only thing that matters to him; a place at a prestigious Conservatory for classical guitar.
Having been snatched from the abyss Andy recovers, but he is plagued by dreams - memories of a love he has never felt, and a life he's never lived. Driven by the need for redemption and by the love for a woman he's never met, Andy begins a quest to find her, knowing her only by the memories of a stranger and the dreams of a place called Hambledown...
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