The Good Dream (Unabridged)
by Donna VanLiere
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Audie Award Nominee, Inspirational Fiction, 2013 From the New York Times best-selling author comes a poignant, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting novel about an unlikely path to motherhood, and of two lost souls healing each other. 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.
I am not yet finished with this book but felt compelled to write a review based on what I've already listened to. I find myself alternately regretting that I didn't download the book version of this so I can read it anywhere and thrilled that I did download the audio version because the narrator is so fantastic. I'd even go so far as to say readers are doing themselves a disservice by not buying the audio version since the narrator's Southern accent is so perfect for the story. As far as the plot itself, the main character, Ivorie, is leading an uneventful life as a "spinster" in a small town in the 1950's. Alternating chapters are told by "the boy" who is a victim of some horrible abuse. He begins to forage from Ivorie's vegetable garden and their lives are about to intersect. I can't wait to find out what happens! I highly recommend this book, especially at its current price!