Any Dream Will Do (Signed Book)

Any Dream Will Do (Signed Book)

by Debbie Macomber
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Any Dream Will Do 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
There will be some people who will say that stories like this are unbelievable and sappy. But not me about this story. I appreciated that all the characters were well-rounded, had faults as well as strengths, and grew as the story progressed. This will be a book I re-read.
Anonymous 9 months ago
What an inspirational read! I couldn't put it down. It kept me needing to get to the next page to see what was going on. This's her best story yet!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Read all Debbie Macomber books! Automatic purchase! Can't wait for more!
Anonymous 10 months ago
GREAT READ! It was hard to put this down
Barb-TRC 10 months ago
Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber is a wonderful heartwarming story about second chances and finding love. Any Dream Will Do begins with Shay Benson, our heroine, making a grave mistake in helping her brother; after serving three years in prison for embezzlement, which during that time, she never heard from her brother again. When Shay is released from prison, she has no money, and has no one to help her; she gets on a bus to nowhere, and ends up in a local church in a small town and desperately prays for some guidance. Drew Douglas, is the pastor of his church, and when he hears a noise, he realizes that someone has entered the church. Drew himself was deep in prayer, trying to find a way to get past his depression, since the loss of his wife 4 years before. Drew has two children, and he knows he needs to find a way to step out of his mourning for them, as well as he is losing members of his church. When Drew goes to find out who entered, he meets Shay, and he will try to bring her to one of the town’s clinics that help those in need. Shay openly explains that she just got out of prison, but Drew is determined to help the young lady. Shay at first is not too sure she will qualify to be in this program, but she will persevere and slowly change her perspective at having a chance for a new life. She meets many people who will become her friends along the way, which also includes Drew, who will become her friend, as will his two children. Drew finds himself having a new purpose, and begins to return to the living, winning back his parishioners, his friends, and spending quality time with his daughter and son. Drew also finds himself enjoying spending time with Shay, and how she is with his children. Both know theirs is just a friendship, which has some townspeople not happy, as Shay’s past has them determined to force Drew not to become romantically involved. Those who know Shay, have seen all the good she does helping others, with volunteer work, and the homeless, not to mention how Drew’s children have grown to love her. Shay’s brother and her ex will come back to haunt her, causing more problems, but she is now strong enough to fight them Even though this was an unlikely pair, their growing romance was so well written and beautiful to see. I loved how Shay was so loving to the children, and to Drew, even though she felt she was not worthy of him. I loved how they both got second chances in life to rise above the trauma of their past; as each needed to learn to trust their hearts, and have faith and hope again . Debbie Macomber gives us wonderful story about love, second chances, friendship, issues, and forgiveness. This was a sweet and inspiring story, with a great couple, wonderful children and secondary characters. I strongly suggest you read Any Dream Will Do.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Well, another one that I want more of in the future. Characters you care about and want to continue their walk with them.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I have been a fan of Macombers for years, but that is sadly coming to an end. Paying $12.00 for 270 pages is outrageous! At least in her earlier works, there were free recipes! The characters were so predictable and lacked deep emotions, given the storyline. If this were a Hallmark movie, I'd be asleep. I am so disappointed in the weakness of this book to draw the reader into the characters.
Anonymous 6 months ago
This was a very heartwarming story! I truly loved reading this book!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Great book for dreams and a really feel good book
BrandyJB 7 months ago
What a wonderful book. In a nutshell the very best book I've ever read. I somehow connected with both Drew and Shay and how wonderful to see the growth and the very sweet romance develop between two people who started as so different. I so hope this Debbie will write her next book in this same format. I so enjoyed how the Chapters were first one for Drew, then Shay, and yet they each connected. Five + stars for a book I loved and related to although my life isn't or hasn't been like this. Many thanks to Debbie, Jan Blake
Anonymous 8 months ago
Loved this book! Hard to put it down. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous 8 months ago
This was the first Debbie Macomber book that I have read and it didnt disappoint. It was a great read and hard to put down.
Miccox99 8 months ago
This book is well plotted out with great character development. There are a few twists and turns in the story, but it pretty much sticks to the theme of the overall book which is second chances. I must admit that the book isn't my usual preferred genre, but I have liked this author's books in the past and thought I would give it a listen. I like how the story's perspective was broken down to the point of view of each main character. Each chapter was a the others POV. The audiobook readers did a great job as there were two different readers to lead the varying perspectives.
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Anonymous 9 months ago
Debbie Macomber has done it again. What an awesome and inspirational book. I'm having trouble putting into words how I feel after reading this book. It's a story about new beginnings and God's love for us all. She is a phenomenal writer of women's fiction.
V-Rundell 9 months ago
Shay Benson served three years after taking money form the bank where she worked to help her younger brother, Caden, pay off his drug supplier--and save his life. It's time she never wanted to spend, but she didn't have anyone left in her life to keep her or Caden out of harm's way. Now freed, she has $100 and some hand-me-down clothes with which to begin again. Tired and cold in the December weather, Shay stops into a church to find a little warmth. She also find Pastor Drew Douglas, a man still fighting his grief over the passing of his beloved wife three years prior. Pastor Drew makes it his mission to help Shay find shelter, and his connection with a womens' center gets Shay not just a place to stay, but also counseling and job training. Over the course of a year, Shay and Drew see each other sporadically. His friend runs her jobs program, and she sometimes watches his daughter in a center-sponsored childcare. Both his children, surprisingly, gravitate toward Shay and want to include her in family dinners and special moments.It's not long before Drew acknowledges his own attraction to Shay's gentle nature and abundant kindness. Though, it's not all easy. Drew's parishoners aren't keen on him marrying an ex-con--not when there are so many "decent" women to marry. And, Drew's bombarded by offers on many side before he recognizes that Shay is the gal for him. Naturally, there are some crises, and Shay falls under suspicion of wrong-doing--only to have things turn out sunny in the end. I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of religious romance, but I really appreciate the delicate position of a minister looking for love. It brings an interesting gravitas to a romance. There's no steam here, but there are plenty of feels. Drew's plagued by doubt and guilt--in his faith and his love. Shay's a good woman who had a bad start in life, and she's paid her dues more than twice. I was glad she found a good stable man to love her, but she's not going to take any guff from him either. I sure liked the 'atta girl moments, and had a few times where I shook the bed holding in my laughter. Poor Pastor! Those eligible ladies sure had high hopes, and he's called tot he carpet a few times defending Shay from some nasty allegations. Expect a hefty helping of redemption in this one, and all the folks who initially cast a gimlet eye on Shay ended up being smitten with her in the end. Its a sweet read, and I enjoyed it.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I have read almost everything written by Debbie Macomber and this has to be one of my very favorite books. Thanks Debbie for writing this book.
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KrisAnderson_TAR 10 months ago
Any Dream Will Do is the latest novel by Debbie Macomber. Shay Benson is trying to turn her life around. She is clean (no drugs), working as a teller at a local bank, and taking accounting classes. Then Caden, her brother (and only family), shows up needing help. Caden states he needs $5,000 right away or he will be killed. Promises to get the money back to her within days if she will obtain it from the bank (not through legal means). Caden gets the money and disappears. Shay is sentenced to three years. Three years later, a bus drops Shay off in front of Seattle Calvary. She walks inside and feels a sense of peace. Pastor Drew Douglas has been having a crisis of faith since the loss of his wife three years prior. It has been a struggle managing his children and his flock. Drew is in the church when he hears a noise and encounters Shay Benson. Shay needs assistance (a new start, a place to live), and Drew takes her to Hope Center. Drew keeps track of Shay’s progress in the year long program and they develop a friendship. As time passes, Shay gets to know Drew’s children, finds a job, a place to live, and a church family. Life is good for Shay and romance is blossoming, but then her past comes back to haunt her. Shay’s dreams for her future are threatened. Shay will need to stay strong and hold onto her faith to get through this trial. Will Shay and Drew get their happily ever after? Any Dream Will Do is nicely written, has a good steady pace, and is set Seattle, Washington (I have always wanted to go there). This book is different from Debbie Macomber’s other novels. She always writes clean, wholesome books, but Any Dream Will Do has a Christian theme. The values of faith, trust, hope, second chances, redemption and love are prevalent throughout the story. Shay is given a second chance, but no one ever said it would be easy (life is full of struggles/obstacles to happiness). Life is fraught with hills and valleys (shadow and light). We get to see Shay and Drew go through good times and bad. I am rating Any Dream Will Do 4 out of 5 stars. The romance takes a backseat in this novel. It places out softly and slowly which I liked. Any Dream Will Do is an uplifting and inspiring novel. The story touches on the plight of the homeless, how people struggle with addiction, and dealing with prejudice (assuming that Shay is bad because she was in prison). Any Dream Will Do does have the expected ending, but it is touching. Any Dream Will Do is a good novel to enjoy on a Saturday afternoon while lying about in a hammock with a cool drink nearby.
TheGrumpyBookReviewer 10 months ago
The latest stand alone novel from Debbie Macomber, Any Dream Will Do, is Christian fiction at its best. Protagonist, Shay Benson, is a sympathetic character who would do just about anything to protect her younger brother, Caden. Shay is forced to start over in life after making a poor choice to protect Caden from drug dealers who want him dead. That choice earns her three years in prison. Antagonist, Drew Douglas, a local pastor, is still struggling to raise his two children and put his life back together four years after the death of his beloved wife. When the bus drops Shay off in front of Drew’s church on the day she left prison, she ventures inside to escape the cold. As Drew helps Shay re-enter life on the outside, his sense of purpose is reignited. Gradually, their friendship grows, but the two are faced with obstacles such as disapproving church elders, the appearance of an abusive former boyfriend, Shay’s difficulties with trust and self-esteem, and even her brother, Caden. This complex novel deals with current social issues:  the bullying of Drew’s son, homelessness, drug dealers, grief, Christians who don’t always behave in a Christ-like manner toward others, and briefly with the role of a male pastor’s wife. The story unfolds smoothly, not in flashbacks, as many do, making it a quick, easy read. It’s a romance, a mystery, and oh, so much more. I was disappointed when it ended.   What Makes This Book Reviewer Grumpy? No much. Only the usual things like split-infinitives and improper word usage:  the word “loan” was used repeatedly when “lend” is what should have been used. Yes, I’m very picky.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Anonymous 10 months ago
She has done it again!!!
designgirl 10 months ago
Really liked it! Having read many of Debbie Macomber's popular novels, I found "Any Dream Will Do" to contain all the best of Debbie Macomber's writing with a fresh new impact . . deep spiritual dimension and real faith substance. She has created a gripping, poignant story that really made me care about characters Shay Benson and Drew Douglas. When Shay's story unfolds the deeply touching details of the punishment Shay endured in an effort to protect her brother Caden brings new meaning to "No good deed goes unpunished." She not only receives no credit for laying down her life for he brother, but the price she pays is severe and finding her way back seems impossible. Not just an entertaining story, but will inspire your faith and provoke deep thinking.
Lilac_Wolf 10 months ago
A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review **I received a free digital copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** This was a surprisingly quick read. I quickly fell in love with the main character, Shay. The story goes between her and Drew, the pastor she meets after getting out of prison. Drew is a widower with 2 children, a young girl and a teenage boy. Shay is a child abuse survivor from the wrong side of tracks. She has a big heart, but 3 years in prison left her feeling bitter. This story just made my heart swell. I'll be honest, Christian fiction usually makes me cringe. Often when that is the selling point, that seems to be the only thing the author has to offer. This is just a well written, sweet story of love, forgiveness and redemption. And the kind of romance that makes you go, "awwww!"
bookluvr35SL 10 months ago
I am a huge Debbie Macomber fan, so I was excited to read and review this book. I have to say, I think this is one of her best! Shay, the main character, is someone you want to root for from the beginning. She tries to help her brother, her lone remaining family member, and ends up paying a huge price for it. The characters all seem so life-like that you feel as if they are standing there before you while the story unfolds. This is definitely a must read!