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by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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Title:Dream a Little Dream
Authors:Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Info:Avon (1998), Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
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Rating:*****
Tags:read, pb, eb, Chicago Stars

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Dream a Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
"Chicago Stars" series #4

Excellent! This one goes on my short list for books I would read again.

Rachel Stone reluctantly returns to the town she had to leave in shame after her televangelist husband swindled millions of dollars from his innocent parishioners. Once he realized he was going to be caught, he made a point to blame his "Delilah" of a wife, saying she was the one who urged him to provide for her extravagant lifestyle, even though he forced her to dress the part of a teased/trampy wife. So now here she is broke, with her her 5yo son in tow, returning to face all the scorn which should have been directed toward her now deceased husband.

Her car breaks down outside of Salvation on the property of a drive-in movie theater owned by Gabriel Bonner, one of the town's favorite sons. When she meets him, he is in deep despair after losing his wife and child in a car accident. He is incredibly surly and rude to both her and her son, Edward, and does whatever he can to get them off his property. Unfortunately, no one else in the town is willing to help her, including his brother who is the town pastor. Rachel is full of pride and dignity, but they have been living out of her car (which has now just been towed away) and she is fighting for her life and is desperate enough to now be willing to do anything just to provide food for her son.

They spar constantly, but she refuses to give up and talks him into hiring her to help fix up the drive-in before the summer season starts. She faces one uphill battle after another but never gives up. He cannot understand why she won't admit defeat and is determined to break her. It enrages him. It pains him. He is forced to face his own pain whenever he is around her or her son, who reminds him so much of who he lost. Their story is filled with real pain, sadness, regrets, shame, and desperation to hold onto a reason to go on.

For those who are new to this genre, this is a good example of one that is done right. It has a story and characters with depth, an interesting plot that that keeps you on your toes, additional stories of side characters which also draw your interest, heart-tugging angst (but not so much to be annoying or tiresome), and loads of good chemistry and sexual tension. The end resolution is also well done and doesn't feel rushed or contrived. Recommended. ( )
  AddictedToMorphemes | Dec 5, 2015 |
1.5

Me encanto Rachel como protagonista pero , además de que todos los masculinos en la novela eran insoportables (sobre todo Ethan y sobre todo Cal) , había también DEMASIADA religión junta - mas de la que puedo soportar antes de que mis ojos den cinco vueltas completas y se queden atascados para adentro d tanto ponerlos en blanco .
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  LaMala | Jun 7, 2015 |
Damn, SEP. Decided at 10 p.m. to just read a chapter or two before going to sleep. FIVE HOURS (and many tears) LATER, I reached the last page. So good. Sad in a way I usually can't tolerate, but SEP is just so good that I couldn't help myself. Soooo worth it in the end.

Rachel's inability to keep herself from mouthing off made me fall in love completely, and the I particularly enjoyed Jane's reaction to her. The scenes with her and Gabe's brothers were great, even if it was difficult to see them be so hard on her. (Her getting them back was worth the payoff, though.) And I did love not just how Gabe stood up to them on her behalf, but also how they all stuck it out because of how much they care about each other. Plus the epilogue was one of my favorites ever.

It would have been a 5 for me if not for the sadder parts. But SEP does it once again. ( )
  jendoyle2000 | Oct 26, 2014 |
Incredible and so, so sad and heart wrenching! I think I cried the first time when I was only 15% into the story. Rachel and Gabe both had it so tough in their lives and then their misery just mashed together and they found the strengh in eachother to move on and live their lives. Chip was this amazing kid who was there for his mom and ended up being one of the reasons why I almost cried until the book ended. The author showed us another side of Ethan and Cal and how their obssessive protection of their brother could bring a lot more grief into Gabe's and Rachel's lives. Good to see that those two strong minded men had some space in their lives to make some pretty grueling mistakes. And another joy to the whole was Krystie's part in it and her own story too. Amazing! ( )
  msralways | Aug 19, 2014 |
Dream A little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Her swindling husband dies in a crash and Rachel and her son go back to her home in Salvage, NC
Rachel Stone and her 5 yo son has a scandalous past and nothing much left to her name.
Gabe Barner wants to be left alone. He has lost his whole life and child and sees her as a nuisance.
Over time he tries to help her and her son out and gets a bit too close at times. He is still healing and can he move past it?
She has a hard life trying to convince others it was her husband cheating them all and not her. Some in town think she can be their miracle and cure them from their ailments.
Hot steamy sex scenes. She realizes that there is no treasure where she thought it was and maybe it was time to move on...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device). ( )
  jbarr5 | Feb 25, 2014 |
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After the discovery that her late husband, a popular televangelist, embezzled five million dollars from his ministry, Rachel Stone, the televangelist's widow, is an outcast—broke, unemployed, with a five-year-old son to raise. Fate and a dead car engine leave her at a shabby drive-in theater owned by Gabriel Bonner, the hostile black sheep of the town's most prominent family. Welcome to Salvation, North Carolina, where a man who's forgotten what tenderness means meets a woman with nothing to lose.
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A Desperate Young Mother

Rachel Stone's bad luck has taken a turn for the worse. With an empty wallet, a car's that's spilling smoke, and a five-year-old son to support, she's come home to a town that hates her. But this determined young widow with a scandalous past has learned how to be a fighter. And she'll do anything to keep her child safe—even take on. . .

A man With No Heart

Gabe Bonner wants to be left alone, especially by the beautiful outcast who's invaded his property. She has a ton of attitude, a talent for trouble, and a child who brings back bad memories. Yet Rachel's feisty spirit might just be heaven-sent to save a tough, stubborn man.

Dare To Dream

Welcome to Salvation, North Carolina—where a man who's forgotten what tenderness means meets a woman with nothing to lose. here two endearing lovers will set off on a funny, touching journey of the heart. . .to a place where dreams just might come true.

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A widow tries to survive in a hostile town in North Carolina. She is Rachel Stone whose TV evangelist husband defrauded scores of citizens. Rachel, who has a child, finds work at a drive-in theater owned by widower Gabe Bonner. Love is born, but his family opposes her, considering her a gold digger.… (more)

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