The Good Dream

The Good Dream The Good Dream By Donna VanLiere Set In The S, The Good Dream Tells The Story Of Ivorie Walker, An Unmarried,something Year Old, Who Lives In A Small Town In Tennessee Recovering From Her Parents Deaths, Most Especially Her Mothers Passing, Ivorie Is Living Alone Until She Rescues A Young And Abused Boy From The Hills Faced With Opposition And Obstacles From The Small Community Where Sh A Good DreamIMDb A Psychological Thriller About A Girl In Her S Trying To Find Herself In New York City When She Suddenly Finds Herself Haunted By A Presence, She Gyeongju Good Dream, Gyeongju TarifsWelcome To The GOOD DREAM GUESTHOUSE Our Guesthouse Is Located Two Minute Walk From The Gyeongju Express Intercity Bus Terminal And Twenty Minute Wlak From The Cheomseongdae, Donggung Palace Wolji Pond And Daeneungwon Park We Are Bathroom In All Room, Free Breakfast, Free WiFi Service, The Finest Facilities The Good Dream A Novel VanLiere, DonnaIn The Good Dream, Donna VanLiere Has Created A Heartwarming Story Of Redemption And Has Shown The World That She S Not Just For Christmas Any Richard Paul Evans,bestselling Author Of The Christmas Box, Lost December, And Miles To Go The Good Dream Snares The Reader Right From The Start DonnaVanLiere S Pitch Perfect Voice Captures All The Country Charm And Mystery Of A Good Witch The Dream TV EpisodeIMDb Directed By Annie Bradley With Catherine Bell, Sarah Power, Catherine Disher, Peter MacNeill Sam Successfully Operates On Adam, But Not Without Complications Joy Dreams That Abigail And Donovan Break Up, And Against Cassie S Advice, Tries To Stop It From HappeningCustomer Reviews The Good Dream Find Helpful Customer Reviews And Review Ratings For The Good Dream AtRead Honest And Unbiased Product Reviews From Our Users The Good Dream A Novel By Donna VanLiere In This Full Length Novel From The New York Times Bestselling Author Of The Christmas Hope Series Donna VanLiere Has Written A Beautifully Rendered And Poignant Story About One Woman S Unlikely Path To Motherhood And The Healing Power Of Love The Dream Good Witch Hallmark Channel Cassie Feels It Is Natural For Him To Be Uneasy Because His Patient Is Adam Martha Uses Real French Butter To Butter Up The Representatives From Bois Du Frre, Hoping They Will Agree To Designate Middleton As Their Sister City Martha Enlists George S Help To Get Middleton Fully French Ified For Castlevania SE, The Good Dream Episode This Thread Is For Discussion Of Castlevania Season , EpisodeThe Good Dream DO NOT Post Spoilers In This Thread For Any Subsequent Episodes I Am Not A Moderator I Did This So We Fans Could Talk And Discuss About The Showcomments Share Save Hide Report % Upvoted Log In Or Sign Up To Leave A Comment Log In Sign Up Sort By Best Level Pointsmonths AgoDream The Good Patch Dream Patches As Low Asper Patch When You Subscribe To Packs Subscribe Save Free Shipping OverStay Connected See All The Statements Made In Connection With These Products Have Not Been Reviewed By The Food And Drug Administration, And The Products Efficacy Has Not Been Confirmed Through Food And Drug Administration Approved Studies Talk To Us The Good Patch La Mend, Inc and stay up-to-date and in-touch by subscribing to her free Friendship List.

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  • Audiobook
  • The Good Dream
  • Donna VanLiere
  • English
  • 04 July 2017
  • 9781427227652

10 thoughts on “The Good Dream

  1. says:

    "People are messy. When we're left to ourselves we can make a gollywhopper of a mess."

    Just as in real life, The Good Dream has moments of joy and sorrow, bursts of laugh aloud hilarity, snippets of wisdom, bouts of frustration, hues of love, and delightful examples of great kindness and goodness.

    "I've always been too impatient with myself and others, my expectations of them too high, but Mother just loved people, plain and true, warts and all. Her hope was always cell deep and child simple."

    There's also a whole bushel of southernisms and small town jabber-jaw sessions that's sure to put a smile on many a reader's face. Plus, there's some delightfully atmospheric, pop-culture nuances which are eccentrically identifiable to the nineteen-fifties.

    I'm as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rockers. I wonder if Refrigerator Lady [the prim and proper Frigidaire model in Redbook magazine] ever feels all thumbs and left feet before she sips tea with a man at his house."

    Sadly though, there is also a presence of evil - an evil so vile and and dark and deplorable it will take your breath away and knock you to your knees. Nauseous and enraged, tears flowing down my face! At least, that was my reaction to the brief, but intense scenes of child endangerment/abuse/molestation.

    "I looked right in the pit of hell and smelled evil . . . It was vile and putrid and stank like death . . . I never thought you can hear darkness but you can . . . it's voice slithered up and wrapped its bony fingers around my spine and sank its teeth in my ears,"

    Thankfully, near the halfway point, the book took a gracious and benevolent turn. I don't think I could have handled much more than the three scenes aforementioned. And I would be remiss if I didn't give praise to VanLiere for her respectful tact, discretion, and honesty in the handling of such formidable topics as children abuse, molestation, bigotry, and infidelity. She gave just enough information to make apparent the galling atrocities, but without explicit details. Somewhat like an impressionist painting; slightly out of focus but the scene is discernibly.

    Moreover, the primary focus of this book isn't about the negative aspects of life. Rather, negatives turning into positives through loving kindness, generosity, goodwill, tenacity, forward thinking, forgiveness, faith, and agape love. Overall, a page-turning good read. Not quite five-stars, but close enough for horseshoes - forget the hand-grenades.

    FIVE ***** Gollywhopper Good And Honest Storytelling ***** STARS

  2. says:

    Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put It down. It is a paradox to say that a story that deals with extreme sexual and emotional abuse of a child is sweet but it is. It is a story that shows how one woman who dared to take action in an awful circumstance, changed the life of, not only the child she rescued, but of everyone else connected to her.

    Donna VanLiere tells the story of Ivorie Walker, spinster in a small southern town. Set in the 1950's when society decreed that in order to have a fulfilled life, a woman had to be married. the small town Ivorie lives in is a microcosm of all that is good and not so good about small town living. Ivorie defies the conventions of the time and, as a single woman, takes in a young boy who has experienced unimaginable abuse. She is determined to redeem what is good In his spirit and banish or weaken what is haunting his soul. Somehow the author manages to tell of the horrors while preserving the story's inherent sweetness...No small feat.

    There are many lessons to be learned: when do we get involved in others lives? Do we avoid the messy? Do we care what others think? Can we accept the different qualities of others while appreciating and really caring about the person inside?

    While simply written, easy to read, The Good Dream tells a story with depth. It is a story that I think will stay with the reader for a while after finishing the book.

  3. says:

    Note: Plot includes disturbing child molestation!! However, despite those horrific scenes, and except for one major quibble and a few minor gripes, I loved this Audie Award Nominee for Inspirational Fiction, 2013, narrated splendidly by the author. (See below for secondary character listening guide. Also, try my 15-question quiz.)

    This is the story of a brutalized little boy and the spinster who spits in Satan's eye to save him. It's an unforgettable story, the type that lingers long in my mind, somehow both heartbreaking and heartwarming, utterly appalling and then hope-filled and optimistic, with brief flashes of humor. (The child abuse isn't portrayed with full explicit coverage, and that section is over fairly soon, I was relieved to note. It was bad enough as it was.)

    It seemed slow at first, but I think that was the plan: my tension and frustration increased as the opening chapters shifted back and forth from the hellish events up on the mountain to the commonplace events down in the valley (gardening, cooking, courting). This contrast had me about to scream. At one point, I almost found myself praying for the child (how crazy is that?!) and half yelling at Ivorie to "forget the blasted berries" and "hurry your ass up that mountain!" (she literally rode a mule named Miss Kitty into the Appalachians).

    Yet I also chuckled and smiled several times. The narration was pitch perfect, too, reinforcing the vivid descriptions, clever metaphors, solid dialogue, and bad bad jokes: "It's so hot, my chickens are laying hard-boiled eggs."

    This aptly named story is set in a small fictitious community in Tennessee, 1950. A spinster at age 30, Ivorie Walker isn't expecting to find a half-feral 7-year-old boy raiding her garden. "The boy" has been horrifically abused by "the man" on the mountain. Sarah Ivorie Walker takes the nameless child under her wing, despite the naysaying neighbors.

    Not a romance, but there is a courtship and a happy ending. Not a suspense novel, but there are several mysteries that must be resolved. Not a thriller, but there is certainly horror, a monstrous beast, and some lesser demons. Not a fantasy, either, but the boy's new home must have felt somewhat fantastical. He's finally safe, clean, fed, cherished.

    Tension continues after Ivorie rscues the boy, including threats and worse. Some folks think she's crazy. Several want Ivorie to "let them mountain folk alone, they're not our kind" -- they even demand that she put the boy back. But she's like a mama bear, determined to help the boy, who is -- on top of everything else -- (view spoiler)

  4. says:

    This book kept my interest the whole time!

    Loved the main characters and the story. I'm happy that I randomly decided to pick this to read off my bookshelf. It's perfect for summer, even though the story was tragic there was joyous parts as well!

    I recommend. :)

  5. says:

    I listened to the audible version of The Good Dream by Donna VanLiere. The audible version is an excellent narration by the author. Set in the 1950s, The Good Dream tells the story of Ivorie Walker, an unmarried, 30 something year old, who lives in a small town in Tennessee. Recovering from her parents deaths, most especially her mothers passing, Ivorie is living alone until she rescues a young and abused boy from 'the hills'. Faced with opposition and obstacles from the small community where she lives, Ivorie steps up to the challenge of taking the boy under her wing.

    This is an easy listen, a heart warming, feel good story which shows how much one can achieve with determination, love and caring. I enjoyed Ivorie's character a lot. She was extremely likeable and I loved some of her 'sayings'. The writing was very good and there were interesting characters throughout. However whilst I liked this book for what it was, an easy listen, I can't help feeling that while it was cute, it was perhaps too light for my personal taste. Recommended, if you are looking for a very light, quick read.

  6. says:

    This was my first book by this author and I very nearly didn’t read it, once I encountered abuse of a child. This is a hard topic to deal with emotionally. But neither could I leave it alone. The novel starts with the voice of novel of Ivorie, a spinster in her thirties back in 1950 Tennessee. After her mother’s death, Ivorie lives alone with her faithful canine companion Sally. About this time she also starts keeping company with the widowed George. The future looks promising, until someone comes into her garden stealing food.
    The feel of the story is relaxed and I could picture it all. When I came to the second chapter, the boy’s chapter, that’s when I started to have doubts about whether I could read it. I’m glad I did.
    This is a story about the evil in our world but also about the redemptive power of love. I liked the way the author handled the abuse, giving enough details but without subjecting the reader to every gory moment. There are enough details to form a clear picture of the situation.
    The chapters alternate between Ivorie and the boy, with the occasional chapter by Henry, Ivorie’s brother. The author included enough description to make you feel you are there. The colourful expressions are interesting too. I kept reading gems out to my husband. I loved the character of Ivorie. She was spunky and not afraid to go against public opinion even if it cost her. It's a book to make you think as well as emotionally involve you. The scene where she takes up her rifle in the hills is a beauty and will have any reader cheering for her.

  7. says:

    This book was better than I can say. It was a quick, easy read for me because I could not put it down. The authors narrative, her characters, and the way story unfolds hooked me instantly. I think what I appreciated the most is that its a love story, but not the love story you are expecting. The main character does not realize what her life is lacking until she loses her constant companion, her mother. When her life aches with emptiness she starts to question the maiden life she has created for herself. Then one day a dirty little boy from the mountains steals her heart and changes her world. I sat at work and cried while I read this book. You see my world changed when my son arrived. I have a new lens on viewing the world and the atrocities that happen in it. When I thought of this shaggy little boy I thought of my son and my heart broke. When the story works out for this duo and their dog you are left feeling warm and complete. I have not loved a book this much in a long time. It is lovely.

  8. says:

    Have you ever read a book that you didn't want to end? It makes you feel so good inside that you wish it could just go on and on and on? The Good Dream was one of those books for me. I would give this book 10 stars if I could. It's a little scary that possibly here it is only the 5th of January and this feels like the best book I'll read this year. The characters, Ivoree, Peter, Henry.....they are just so real and they all just touched a place in my heart that fictional characters rarely reach. This story of an "old maid" (30 years old!) whose life becomes entangled with an almost feral 8 year old boy is wonderful to behold, the love that's there, the sacrifice, the compassion. Ivoree is so brutally honest and straight-forward, speaks straight from the heart. I listened to this book on audio and it was narrated by the author, and she did a fantastic job. She tells the entire story in a back-hills of Tennessee southern drawl that is perfect. I believe in this case the audio is probably better than reading it on the printed page. Listen to this book, you will not be sorry.

  9. says:

    I was fortunate enough to get an advance copy of this novel from my friend Donna VanLiere and I devoured it within several days. I used to be strictly a fiction reader and yet I find myself drawn more these days to non-fiction, likely due to the proliferation of hopelessness offered in so much fiction today. I want to find some hope (albeit realistic) in a story, and I want to find characters I can develop some empathy for. Too much modern fiction offers neither.

    Donna is a friend, so it is a delight to see her and meet others she knows in her fiction. She writes with the same southern flavor I find in her home, her day to day sense of humor, and even on her Facebook page. As I completely appreciate Donna's sense of humor, this makes her slice-of-life fictional style quite satisfying to read.

    Donna creates characters at once ornery, compassionate, broken, derisive, helpless, and driven... sounds a lot like my own family members. I appreciate the fact the bad guys are bad - not at all sugar coated. It is as if she has perhaps come face to face with evil during the course of her own life, which of course she has. Some of her villains, too, are merely misguided and wounded souls. Nowhere do we find a protagonist who is flawless. These are all key character development points for me. This is a real story comprised of REAL pain, REAL risk, and REAL redemption.

    I don't want to live in a world that is so dark the light cannot penetrate it, because personally I do not believe such a darkness exists. Neither does Donna VanLiere. The light shines in the darkness, and even if the darkness does not comprehend, it is compromised and truly dark no more. Thus we have here a tale of darkness penetrated by the light and restoration of hope, and that is always going to be a good dream.

  10. says:

    Generally, I treat audio books as a convenience, still preferring to read a “real” book where I can easily flip back through the pages to remind me of something I missed or write in the margins. But I highly recommend listening to The Good Dream on this audio book recorded by Donna VanLiere. Unlike most authors, who should stick to quietly writing and keep their mouths shut, VanLiere background includes doing voiceovers, so she definitely knows how to interpret the written word.

    She brings a heap of atmosphere to this story set in 1950′s Appalachian Tennessee. I was roaring with laughter at some passages, and appreciated the humor breaks in what could be at first a depressing picture and later a cloyingly sentimental story. The author balances the book's moods with skill.

    Although I have traveled to Tennessee, one of these days when I take a road trip through some southern states, I think I’d like to include Eastern Tennessee. When the book ended, I wanted to stay right there. Sit a spell on the front porch and have some berry cobbler in 1950′s Morgan Hill, Tennessee.

    This is just a portion of the book review published at A Traveler's Library. Read more.

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