Tennessee, 1950: 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 30s), 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 a 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.
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By Judy on 06-08-12
heart warming and heart breaking.
At first I was worried that this Tennessee voice was going to be too much for me, but I settled into it and eventually didn't notice it. The fact that the story is read by the authoress gave it a little more feeling as she spoke as she had meant the story to be heard.
She paints the characters so well, I could actually see the people and I could visualise the community she lived in.
There is some sadness in the story and I have to admit, I cried in places. But I also laughed out loud in others.
A very good story, well told and worth a listen.
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By Linda on 07-08-12
Do not give up on this book!
I am an avid fan of Donna Van Liere's having read most of her novels. However, at first, the heavy southern drawl of the narrator really put me off in the beginning. In fact, I read another book and then returned to this one. I can't tell you how glad I am that I did. This was simply a beautiful story with amazing characters. And after all, the author was depicting life in Tennessee in 1950--hence the dialect and quaint sayings. The story and characters stole my heart as all the author's previous novels have. I highly recommend "The Good Dream."
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By Debbie on 17-05-13
Authentic Southern Jewel that will Surprise You
By far the best Donna Van Liere book I've read, and I like all her books. But this one has a maturity and depth that is miles ahead of all the others. Set in the 1950s, when all women married young and "fit the pattern" that society set for them, Ivory refused to fit the mold. The people in the story are true to their southern roots, right down to their country sayings . . . which I see that one reader found to be off putting. Well, that's the way folks talk in the hills of Tennessee. The narration is perfect, the way of life is portrayed spot on and it put me in the mind of my own grandparents, and growing up in Kentucky. Growing a garden and working in tobacco fields, all a part of rural life, and going to a little country store, where everybody knows everybody else. The courage and stick-to-it-ness of Ivory in an age when women just didn't do such things will inspire you, and make your heart break, give you hope and ultimately make you examine your own "safe" choices.
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