Any Dream Will Do

Any Dream Will Do

by Debbie Macomber

Overview: 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 Drew Douglas adored his wife. But when he lost her, it was all he could do to focus on his two beautiful kids, and his flock came in a distant third. Now, as he too is thinking about a fresh start, he walks through his sanctuary and finds Shay sitting in a pew. The pair strike up a friendship—Drew helps Shay get back on her feet, and she reignites his sense of purpose—that, over time, turns into something deeper, something soulful, spiritual, and possibly romantic. Even Drew’s two children are taken with this woman who has brought light back into their lives. Perhaps most important, Shay learns to trust again as she, in turn, proves herself trustworthy to her adopted community.

But Caden’s return to town and a disastrous secret threaten to undo the life Shay has tried so hard to rebuild. It will take the utmost courage and faith if she and Drew hope to find healing and open their hearts to a brighter future.

Deanna Boe (01/03/18): ANY DREAM WILL DO by Debbie Macomber, is a light, easy to read type of book that you know from the beginning is “all’s well, that ends well.” The main character, Shay Benson, was just managing to do something with her life when she secured a job with a bank as a teller. Her brother comes to her and convinces her that he is going to be killed if he doesn’t give $5,000 to some bad guys that he owes money. Because he is the only family that she has, Shay steals the money from the bank. Off she goes to prison for three years. During that timeframe Shay never hears a word from her brother. Once she is out from prison she has nowhere to go. Shay just happens to go into a church to get warm and try and figure out her next step. Here she meets a minister, who also is having problems of his own because his wife died three years ago. His depression kept getting deeper and deeper, making it difficult to take care of his two children plus his job ministering to his parishioners. He takes pity on Shay and takes her to an organization that helps people like her. This small act ironically helps him. The next year is a life savior for both of them. Just telling you this much I am sure you can guess the outcome.
Rating: ***

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