Dusty Fairchild longs for the adventure and independence of college, but her father sends her to a finishing school instead. Her cousin also attends, and they become fast friends---until they fall in love with the same handsome young man. When tragedy strikes, what truths will they learn about their hearts and dreams?
It's 1962, and Dusty Fairchild, daughter of a self-made millionaire and oilman, wants to go to college. Instead she is sent to a private finishing school in East Texas. Although she's never wanted for material possessions, Dusty longs for independence and adventure. The only upside to attending Miss Fontaine's is having her cousin and best childhood friend, Paisley, join her. Paisley has traveled the country with her bohemian mother, but she dreams of putting down roots and living a settled life. At Miss Fontaine's, their loyalty to each other binds them, but when they fall in love with the same handsome young man, their relationship teeters on shaky ground. Only after a tragic accident do they learn where their true hearts-and dreams-lie.
Carla Stewart's writing reflects her passion for times gone by. She launched her writing career in 2002 when she earned the coveted honor of being invited to attend Guidepost's Writers Workshop in Rye, New York. Since then, her articles have appeared in Guideposts, Angels on Earth, and several regional magazines and anthologies.
Carla received two American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis awards for unpublished authors. The novel that won in 2007 went on to become her first published novel-Chasing Lilacs which has garnered many rave reviews including a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly and 4 ¿ stars from RT Book Reviews. Sweet Dreams is her fourth novel.
Carla graduated from the University of Oklahoma and worked as a registered nurse for a number of years. She and her engineer husband are the parents of four married sons and relish the adventures of their six grandchildren. She enjoys a good cup of coffee, great books, and weekend getaways with her husband. Learn more about Carla at www.carlastewart.com.
"Long before I met Carla Stewart and her work, I had heard others sing her praises. She does not disappoint. SWEET DREAMS is an inspiring novel and one that is heartfelt. Readers are sure to savor every page of this wonderful story."
"Pick up one of Carla Stewart's books and prepare to be enchanted by endearing characters, nostalgic settings, and lyrical prose. Capturing the angst of the '60s in the struggles of two determined women, SWEET DREAMS is another outstanding novel from one of the best!"
"Stewart writes about powerful and basic emotions with a restraint that suggests depth and authenticity; the relationship between Sammie and her mother Rita, the engine that drives the plot, is beautifully and delicately rendered. Coming-of-age stories are a fiction staple, but well-done ones much rarer. This emotionally acute novel is one of the rare ones."
"From the very first sentence of SWEET DREAMS, I knew I was in good hands with Carla Stewart as a storyteller. The language is lively, and there's a lot in the pages to keep a reader hurrying forward. Carla Stewart writes about friendship, love, family, and what it is to dream. This is a book that takes you back in time, one that makes you laugh, and most of all, one that causes you to consider the importance of family. SWEET DREAMS is a book to be savored and enjoyed. What a funny and touching read!"
"Carla Stewart has a knack for bringing to life the not-so-distant past of the 1950s and '60s. SWEET DREAMS is no exception. Rich in detail and relationship, this story of two cousins seeking their own dreams amidst a tangle of relationships and secrets tugs the heartstrings in every direction. A lovely journey to self-discovery, truth and freedom."
"SWEET DREAMS draws you in to a simpler time with charm and humor. As two cousins dream and fret about the future, they see God's plans unfolding within them. Carla Stewart is masterful at creating characters you care about-and places that seem so real you feel like you've gone for a visit. Her details of Texas oilfields and ranches are so vivid that you can almost tasted the grit in your mouth."
"While the story is heartbreaking, there is much more to this book. The lives of Mitzi and Brooke are told both in present time and with flashbacks, weaving together love, loss, tragedy and friendship. Stewart skillfully entertains and engages the reader with each character's private pain and survival skills."
"Carla Stewart is one of the best at slicing out a piece of Americana and serving it to the reader in a delicious story. Stardust is a smooth, inviting, well told story that will stick with you long after you read the last line and close the book. A worthy read."