Any Dream Will Do

Any Dream Will Do

Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold.Pastor...

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Title:Any Dream Will Do
Author:Debbie Macomber
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Any Dream Will Do Reviews

  • Cathy Daniel

    Such a good and sweet book! I cried several times! There needs to be a sequel. I'm not ready to leave these characters.

    There are two curse words in this book (in context and makes sense. There is a convict and ex con in the story, it's not all roses) but besides that, exceptionally clean.

    I love, love, love how the characters healed separately and then were friends and then dated. Sometimes in romances I want to scream when the author has two broken people start a relationship. This was done so

    Such a good and sweet book! I cried several times! There needs to be a sequel. I'm not ready to leave these characters.

    There are two curse words in this book (in context and makes sense. There is a convict and ex con in the story, it's not all roses) but besides that, exceptionally clean.

    I love, love, love how the characters healed separately and then were friends and then dated. Sometimes in romances I want to scream when the author has two broken people start a relationship. This was done so well and so healthy!! Two giant thumbs up!!!! One of my favorites of the year!!

  • Jill Croce-McGill

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    is a beautiful story about second chances, love, trust, faith, and redemption! Debbie Macomber has a wonderful way of bringing all her characters to life - simply an incredible story from beginning to end.

    Shay Benson loved her brother Caden, and all she wanted to do was help him stay out of trouble. Unfortunately, that act of kindness cost her three years of her life behind bars. Now she is determined to start over, she

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    is a beautiful story about second chances, love, trust, faith, and redemption! Debbie Macomber has a wonderful way of bringing all her characters to life - simply an incredible story from beginning to end.

    Shay Benson loved her brother Caden, and all she wanted to do was help him stay out of trouble. Unfortunately, that act of kindness cost her three years of her life behind bars. Now she is determined to start over, she finds herself searching for a place to stay and walks into a church to escape the cold. Pastor Drew Douglas lost his wife to cancer and has been struggling ever since to take care of his two children and his church. Now he is thinking about a fresh start and as he walks through his church he finds Shay sitting in a pew.

    Shay and Drew form a friendship. Drew wants to help Shay get back on her feet and introduces her to the Hope Center. While staying at the Hope Center she learns what it's like to have people care about her for the first time in her life. Shay has been given a second chance at life and can finally learn to trust again. Shay and Drew's friendship starts growing into something deeper. Could romance be in the air? Drew's children absolutely love Shay and can see the life coming back into his eyes again. But Shay's brother returns back to town. Will he undo the life she has tried so hard to rebuild? It will take extreme courage and faith if she and Drew want to heal and open their hearts to a beautiful future. After all, Any dream will do! Highly Recommended!

  • Sherri Thacker

    A nice quick read and i loved it. This is my 6th book by Debbie Macomber and as always, I love all of her books!

  • Debra

    3.5 stars

    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

    3.5 stars

    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.

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  • Chris  C - A Midlife Wife

    I really enjoyed this book! A different change of pace

    Debbie Macomber is known for her stories of overcoming mistakes and regrets. Of people changing and finding new paths. And, also, connecting with those that are seemingly opposite’s in every way. But this story seems to take that theme to a different level.

    I’m not sure what it is that made this book different for me. Two completely opposite people that are struggling to find an answer to what is missing in their lives? To find happiness? Or m

    I really enjoyed this book! A different change of pace

    Debbie Macomber is known for her stories of overcoming mistakes and regrets. Of people changing and finding new paths. And, also, connecting with those that are seemingly opposite’s in every way. But this story seems to take that theme to a different level.

    I’m not sure what it is that made this book different for me. Two completely opposite people that are struggling to find an answer to what is missing in their lives? To find happiness? Or maybe it’s the fact that it is a an unacceptable relationship for many?

    The fact of the matter is, and as the author poignantly points out, is that recognizing and feeling a connection between two people is God’s will and not our will. The only thing we have to do is be open and excepting of that relationship, as long as it is healthy.

    This story is rich with deep emotion and intense feelings. We get to know these two people on an intimate level. I am not talking physically, but emotionally. Choices can be difficult – right or wrong and everyone involved in the story had something to learn and deal with. It was a powerful read for me.

    While I think some of the background on Shay could have been explored more intensely so we could connect with her better, there is only so much an author can pack in without overwhelming the reader. The author chose to focus on the present and not too much from the past. It was enough for me.

    Overall, this book is brought to us from a Christian point of view and is a lovely romance for all ages. Another winner with Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber. Don’t miss it!

    * copy received for review consideration

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  • Julie Carpenter

    I love Debbie Macomber's Christmas stories. I haven't read too many of her books that aren't set during Christmas time so this was a fun change of pace for me and her books. I really enjoyed it! I enjoyed the different characters, the pacing, the lapse of time, the theme, the plot. Definitely an all around good read.

    Shay is one of those characters that you feel torn about. Not torn in a bad way but torn because you see the struggle and dilemma that she is faced with and you are torn hoping the c

    I love Debbie Macomber's Christmas stories. I haven't read too many of her books that aren't set during Christmas time so this was a fun change of pace for me and her books. I really enjoyed it! I enjoyed the different characters, the pacing, the lapse of time, the theme, the plot. Definitely an all around good read.

    Shay is one of those characters that you feel torn about. Not torn in a bad way but torn because you see the struggle and dilemma that she is faced with and you are torn hoping the choices she makes would be a little different. Now if she followed those choices then the novel wouldn't be what it is of course. So you sit back, keep reading, turning pages and silently cheering this character on in your mind. Hoping that her goodness will be seen and her trust in others with be worth the risk.

    Drew, another character you're torn about. Someone who has lost a strong foundation in his life. He's trying to rebuild it but struggling with the load and pain of the labor. He's floundering under the heavy load, and when he is at his breaking point, there's a lightening, a lifting off of the weight. Not all at once but slowly and the ability to breath and keep building that foundation is possible again.

    Two characters from two completely different backgrounds are brought together. Alone they struggle and are drowning but together their ability to succeed and inspire and help those around them is beyond what anyone would or could imagine. Especially considering their vast differences.

    That might seem very vague but it truly summarizes this story and the two main characters. Of course there is so much more involved because I haven't added any details or information about the other characters who also play a part in the growth and change. There's lots of pain, sorrow, heartache, loss of dreams, hope, trust, healing, love, peace, friendship (especially the very unlikeliest of friendships), anger, feeling of absolute loss after hope, forgiveness, safety, redemption, acceptance, prejudice, achievements.

    I probably could keep going but I'll stop there with all my descriptive words.

    I was very invested in these characters while reading. I've decided that they're my new book friends. Shay and Drew and many more, Lilly, Richard. Yep most definitely my new book friends. As I was writing my previous review I realized that that book was also very similar in themes and the process of healing and redemption. Two completely different storylines except for those themes. I love how no matter the story or situation, those themes are always very prevalent and true in any aspect of our lives. This is a Christian fiction novel for sure but for those who aren't Christian and don't believe that, I still believe that everyone has that feeling of hope or the desire of hope in their lives. Hope for a better future, hope to do well, hope to overcome mistakes. Hope for something.

    If you are or are not a Debbie Macomber fan, I highly recommend this book. It's different than other books I've read by her, and yet it's similar. Read it, savor it and hopefully you'll fall in love with the characters like I did.

    Content: Clean. Talk of drug use, but nothing graphic. Talk of past relationships but nothing graphic. Kisses, the couple talks about not having a physical relationship until after marriage. A character gets attacked by a gang member.

    I received a copy from the publisher, Random House Publishing-Ballantine, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.

    Happy Reading!!!

  • Enchantress  debbicat ☮~Traveling Sister

    This is a great little read. Not the kind I usually gravitate to. But very enjoyable. I felt really connected to the characters, Drew and Shay. It has some great themes that I think are important. It's a romance, sure, but so much more.

    Shay commits a crime to save her brother and gets caught. She goes to prison. When she is released, she has no money and nowhere to go. She finds herself getting out of the weather in a church. That is where she meets the pastor, Drew. They form a friendship that

    This is a great little read. Not the kind I usually gravitate to. But very enjoyable. I felt really connected to the characters, Drew and Shay. It has some great themes that I think are important. It's a romance, sure, but so much more.

    Shay commits a crime to save her brother and gets caught. She goes to prison. When she is released, she has no money and nowhere to go. She finds herself getting out of the weather in a church. That is where she meets the pastor, Drew. They form a friendship that at first I questioned. But, they both are in need of second chances for different reasons...no spoilers. I thought the plot very well developed and moved at a great pace. I found it realistic and could identify with the characters and their struggles and joys. I rarely read this kind of book but am so glad I gave this one a chance. It was a breath of fresh air in the midst of heavier books.

    Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC to read in exchange for a review. Highly recommended to those that like feel good stories with warmth and compassion. I enjoyed it!

  • Aisling

    Confession--Apparently I thought this author was someone else when I entered to win this from Goodreads. I was not expecting Christian lit. That said, this is very easy reading. Macomber is definitely a pro and tugs away at those heartstrings in an unlikely romance full of near misses and outside pressures. What makes the book really excellent in my opinion is the deft handling of "church people" and showing their, well hypocrisy may be too strong a word but I'll go with it, in judging the heroi

    Confession--Apparently I thought this author was someone else when I entered to win this from Goodreads. I was not expecting Christian lit. That said, this is very easy reading. Macomber is definitely a pro and tugs away at those heartstrings in an unlikely romance full of near misses and outside pressures. What makes the book really excellent in my opinion is the deft handling of "church people" and showing their, well hypocrisy may be too strong a word but I'll go with it, in judging the heroine. What I did not like was the predictability of plot (seriously who didn't know who stole the money or why?) But on the other hand the title and explanation of that concept was extremely moving and powerful. I'd almost recommend the book on that alone.

  • Starjustin

    My first experience reading Debbie Macomber and it definitely won't be my last. I actually did the audio on this book and the storyline was very moving, well placed, with two strong characters that were easy to bond with.

    Drew, a pastor with 2 children, who has been widowed for 4 years, and Shay, who is attempting to move on from an evil ex-boyfriend and a reckless, uncaring brother.

    The chapters alternated between Drew and Shay which gave the listener a chance to become involved from both povs.

    I

    My first experience reading Debbie Macomber and it definitely won't be my last. I actually did the audio on this book and the storyline was very moving, well placed, with two strong characters that were easy to bond with.

    Drew, a pastor with 2 children, who has been widowed for 4 years, and Shay, who is attempting to move on from an evil ex-boyfriend and a reckless, uncaring brother.

    The chapters alternated between Drew and Shay which gave the listener a chance to become involved from both povs.

    If you like this author you will enjoy this one. Highly recommended!

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