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Publication Date: 2009
Series: Singing River
Lanie Freeman had to grow up fast. Her mother died when she was just fourteen and now her father is in prison. The oldest of five children, seventeen-year-old Lanie has transformed into a surrogate mother … and a beautiful young woman. Not only must she keep her family together, but lately she has drawn the attention of Roger Langley, son of the richest man in town. Tensions run deep between the Freemans and the Langleys. And on top of it all, Louise Langley accuses Lanie of trying to snatch away her handsome fiancé, Dr. Owen Merrit. Dr. Merrit has long helped out the Freeman children, but Lanie isnt sure he even notices that shes no longer a child. Then Fairhope is thrown into chaos when the new preacher arriveswearing blue jeans and riding a motorcycle. In only a month, dashing Brother Colin Ryan shakes the entire town to the core of their beliefs. With the town embattled over the preacher, her family struggling to survive, and her own heart in turmoil, Lanie seeks solace in her writing. She pours out her heart to God, trusting his promises. But when things fall apart at every turn, will Lanie continue to trust? The Dream continues the inspiring saga of one womans struggle to hold together her family and follow her dreams in the midst of Americas darkest hour.
The author uses many different subplots to formulate the overarching narrative of this saga. His events take twist and turns, always keeping the reader entertained. The characters are realistic, with struggles and flaws that encourage readers to explore aspects of their own Christian behavior.
The only points I would make readers aware of would be that the author espouses Calvinistic theology, and that there are certain sexual innuendos not appropriate for younger readers. Also, although abortion was not legalized until 1973 in the United States, part of this story focuses on the underground abortion practices of 1931.
The Dream is a heartwarming story about real people doing their best to survive during the era of The Depression. Its a mature story that is frank, believable, and emotionally challenging. Khrista Beckmann, Christian Book Previews.com
Amanda5 Stars Out Of 5June 19, 2007AmandaThis a very good book. A must read if you like historical fiction.
Deborah4 Stars Out Of 5May 17, 2007DeborahSince I'm an avid Gilbert Morris reader, I picked up this book. I guess because I'm such a fan I feel like I have to read every book written by him. That said, I did enjoy this book over the past few I've read of his. The characters in this story are very colorful and bring life to the story. I find the background characters to be more interesting especially the restaurant group scenes. There is lots of historical fact and research done for the book and I enjoy all mention of the food that is eaten. I do like how Colin is a non typical pastor and he does grab the reader's attention from his first appearance. However once again what I find most annoying (but new readers won't notice) is recycled plot use. Why are there always characters that insist on sitting in the front row at church? There will be plenty of rows throughout the church but these characters always march right up in front under the nose of the preacher. The girl being disguised as a guy gets really old too because she doesn't really try hard to disguise herself (cut your hair instead of hiding it under a hat). I really didn't like Lanie's brother after he became a Christian. While I was happy to hear that he became saved, I really think he went overboard with trying to convert others. Why would someone tear up a Bible and give people random pages expecting them to become saved without telling them about it? This character seemed very judgmental and stereotypical of a Christian trying to convert everyone. One more thing that really bugged me was when Colin and Louise finally kiss, they both back away immediately and the first thing Colin says is "Well I guess I shouldn't have done that." That phrase has been used too many times in Morris's books and just doesn't sound realistic at all. I also won't lie, i skipped over Lanie's poetry. I feel bad but it didn't really interest me.I did enjoy the book but mostly out of loyalty for being a Morris fan.