on January 1st 1970
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Any Dream will Do is about Second Chances, starting over, love, and faith
Shay Benson goes against her better judgement to help her younger brother and pays for it dearly. After serving her time, she finds herself in a church trying to make sense of what she is going to do next in her life. She believes that she is there alone but is soon approached by Pastor Drew Douglas.
Drew Douglas has been mourning the loss of his wife the last 4 years. His congregation is suffering and he needs to find purpose in his life. When he sees Shay alone in his Church he offers her help by way of taking her to a shelter run by his friend.
Drew and Shay see each other sporadically as he occasionally checks in on her and agrees to attend her graduation from the program. Both feel a connection with the other. They are an unlikely match but both see the good in the other. Both need to time to trust and be willing to commit to another person again.
With all romance stories, there is a wrench in their plans for a happy relationship. Shay’s ex-boyfriend and brother come back into the picture to cause some drama and angst. Through communication, trust, and community both find support and acceptance.
This is a sweet story about starting over, hope, faith and love. There is nothing graphic in this book and what is even more surprising is that the romance did not feel rushed nor did the ending. My biggest gripe with romance books is that the ending is rushed, everyone falls in love and they all need to get married right away. This book feels like it takes its time which is a good thing. Nothing is rushed. I enjoyed how they both learned to trust each other and formed a friendship first. I also like that many topics were covered even if in a minor way – death, loss, homelessness, prison.
This is a fast read perfect for a sunny summer day spent at the beach or while relaxing in the backyard.
I received this book from Random House publishing -Ballantine and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.