Any Dream Will Do (Signed Book)

Any Dream Will Do (Signed Book)

by Debbie Macomber
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Any Dream Will Do (Signed Book) by Debbie Macomber

In this powerful standalone novel from one of America’s most beloved authors, a woman who’s forced to start her life anew embarks on the most courageous journey of all—to a place where she learns what love and trust really mean.
 
This is #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber is at her uplifting best.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524797256
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/08/2017
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 85
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Debbie Macomber, the author of Sweet Tomorrows, A Girl’s Guide to Moving On, Last One Home, Silver Linings, Love Letters, Mr. Miracle, Blossom Street Brides, and Rose Harbor in Bloom, is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Ten of her novels have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller lists, and five of her beloved Christmas novels have been hit movies on the Hallmark Channel, including Mrs. Miracle and Mr. Miracle. Hallmark Channel also produced the original series Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, based on Macomber’s Cedar Cove books. She has more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide.

Hometown:

Port Orchard, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 22, 1948

Place of Birth:

Yakima, Washington

Education:

Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college

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Any Dream Will Do 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Barb-TRC 10 days 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 20 hours ago
Read all Debbie Macomber books! Automatic purchase! Can't wait for more!
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KrisAnderson_TAR 4 days 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.
Anonymous 4 days ago
GREAT READ! It was hard to put this down
TheGrumpyBookReviewer 6 days 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.
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Anonymous 7 days ago
She has done it again!!!
designgirl 10 days 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 11 days 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 12 days 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!
booknooknuts 12 days ago
True to form this author gives us a deep, keep your eyes on the pages story. We meet Shay who by all accounts is a normal female with family issues. She has struggled through life and it will take just one mistake to bring it all tumbling down. When life gives Shay a second chance we meet pastor Drew. He will help Shay more than any man she has ever known. A wonderful second chance story. I enjoyed it very much. And I hope we see more on this couple.
JLYoung 12 days ago
This is the first book by Debbie Macomber I have ever read and let me tell you! Before I even finished the book I was looking for her other books. The story grips you from the beginning. She has a great way of starting a book in a manner that grabs you and makes you want to see what happens. Her characters are developed well and aren't all happiness and sunshine. They experience real things and deal with real emotions and reactions. There are great spiritual truths included and lessons to be learned. I found myself applying the spiritual lessons to my own life. I love it when I do that from a fiction book. Her writing style is easy to read and flows nicely. I do not feel like it is disjointed at all. I hate when books cause you to need to read and reread sentences in order to get it. This is not book like that. Love the story and all the twists and turns. Such a nice summer read. I received a digital copy of this book from netgalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
SSMiller 12 days ago
I loved this book!! This was a little different from Debbie Macomber's usual style of writing but it was a breath of fresh air to me. What a great lesson on trust, faith, redemption and second chances just to name a few. The main character, Shay, has so much to overcome. The love for her brother who really does a number on her, her time spent in prison and her efforts to rebuild her life once released. It made me think that as a Christian, how many times do I sit in judgment on someone without really thinking of the consequences or circumstances, and just going on what you hear or read. Definitely thought provoking.
1parkerd 12 days ago
I think this may be my favorite book by Debbie Macomber. I just fell in love with the whole family. It may just be the right book at the right time. LOL. Shay did what a lot of people have done, trying to help someone they knew they could not depend on to do what they said. What can you do, when your only family needs your help. I loved Richard and Sadie. I enjoyed the kids, as usual. Shay touches everyone's lives just by doing the little things in life. Bringing a cup of coffee and visiting with people, braiding hair, keeping secrets, baking cookies. I felt like I was losing my family when the book ended.
lakraft 12 days ago
This was an absolutely amazing story from start to finish!! This is full of struggles, heart, endurance, and emotion. You will connect deeply with all the characters involved and feel a strong understanding to Shay and her struggles throughout her life as well as how actions affect her and create her life path. This definitely will tug at your heart in was more ways than I realized as I started reading this. I could not put this down and would strongly recommend this book to anyone!!
17939996 13 days ago
This is a book about starting over, making hard choices, learning to have faith, love and forgiveness. It is about believing in yourself, being strong and having hope in your dreams. The characters face real life issues and choices that sometimes are hard to make. I found the characters likable and well developed. It has a lot of emotion and keeps you involved with the characters. As usual a very good and interesting book by this author. I enjoyed the storyline and recommend the book.
westgirlds 13 days ago
I felt this book was a bit of a departure for Debbie Macomber. I did find the book very intriguing. I literally could not put it down. I knew from the first chapter this book was going to be a bit of a roller coaster and it was, but not in a bad way. The characters were all very well developed. We should always look at people the way Pastor Drew did! Definitely a great read! “I received a free, advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review.”
LGHudson 13 days ago
HEARTWARMING!! Shay Benson only wanted to take help her younger brother Caden stay out of trouble. It cost her three years of her life. When she gets a second chance, she's not really sure where to start. Pastor Drew Douglas lost his beloved wife to cancer and has been just going through the motions trying to take care of his children and his church family. They meet as they are both at desperately low points in their lives. Shay is introduced to an opportunity at the Hope Center where she learns what it means to have people who love her and care about her for the first time in her life. Shay is given a second chance at a fulfilling life. She has friends that are as close as family. She displays forgiveness over bitterness. She chooses redemption over retaliation. She teaches everyone - particularly Drew and his family - any dream will do to look forward to! I was provided an ARC by NetGalley and Random House. The opinions expressed here are completely my own.
AmyStephens 13 days ago
I have been a fan of Debbie Macomber's work for many years and was so excited when I got the opportunity to read and review an ARC of Any Dream Will Do. As with many of her other works, Any Dream Will Do was such an uplifting story. My heart immediately went out to Shay and everything she'd had to endure. Her character was genuine and her heart was truly in the right place despite the many roadblocks that she kept facing. The writing was so suburb, that I ached every time she ached. I felt all the emotions she was going through--the good and the bad. I also enjoyed Drew. A man of God, he'd certainly had his own battles losing his wife and raising his two kids, Sarah and Mark, on his own. It's a wonder he'd been able to keep his family together with all they'd been through. But his heart was in the right place and he had faith. I found that I didn't want to put this story down. There was even a little bit of suspense to it which really kept my attention. I literally loved everything about it and would love to see what happens to Drew and Shay later on. If you need something heartfelt that will really help you to see the good in everyone, even when you're struggling to find just one positive things about them, then I'd definitely recommend reading this one. It'll leave you feeling like there's still good people in the world. **ARC provided via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 13 days ago
Shay, paid the price for making bad choices in men (Shooter) and trying to save her brother (Caden). After serving her time, she had no where to go and no one to help her. Slow moving story of finding hope and believing in dreams. Both Shay's and Drew's struggles were similar though different. Believing that something better awaits you when you've lost someone precious isn't easy. Enjoyed how Ms. Macomber displayed this and more in this clean, Christian romance. Voluntarily read ARC for honest review.
Jarina 13 days ago
Any Dream Will Do is the third book in Debbie Macomber's Second Chances series. Shay Benson has spent three years in prison because she was lured into helping her brother. When she is released, the prison bus stops in front of a Seattle church. On such a chilly day and with nowhere to go she enters the sanctuary seeking warmth. What she finds is a second chance. Pastor Drew Douglas has been struggling since the death of his wife Katie,, who succumbed to ovarian cancer. He is doing his best for their two children, but he is hollow inside and lost. As he is praying at the front of the church, a beleaguered young woman carrying an old fashioned suitcase enters. He was praying for help, for a sign, and here is this person in need. And thus begins a story of how second chances come when least expected from the most unlikely sources. The plot twists, the storyline keeps you guessing, and we all root for a happy ending. Debbie Macomber again weaves an interesting story of people from different walks of life. I do recommend this book.
sgreene01 13 days ago
A new style of writing with serious subject manner is given to us by the author. Life hands us many curves that we don’t anticipate. New dreams can occur when lives are reshaped by circumstances. Will those dreams be fulfilled? We meet a widowed Pastor, his children and a lady, who after time in prison form a friendship. This book shows us how rehabilitation, second chances and new life changes can affect lives. It also touches on how unfortunately church congregations will or will not accept new people into their fellowship. I loved this new style and story theme. I highly recommend this book to all readers who love Debbie Macomber books. I couldn’t put it down. It has a great story line and strong characters. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine.
gamom56 13 days ago
Inspirational and Uplifting! When I see the name "Debbie Macomber" on a book jacket, I know I am in for a treat. Her books are filled with uplifting emotion that make the reader want to keep turning the pages. This book, ANY DREAM WILL DO, features two people who have had heartbreak in their lives. The story line weaves around their lives and learning to have faith enough to love again. It is a little darker than some of Ms. Macomber's work, but no less special. I felt encouragement in Shay's experiences and convictions. This truly is a feel good story that is well worth your time. Highly recommend!
KaraWescott 13 days ago
I felt a minister and an ex-con is a unique story line. This is a story of second chances at love and at life for both the main characters, Drew and Shay. Shay, after first meeting Drew, found the Hope House. The Hope House took her in, gave her a food and shelter and counseled her while preparing and encouraging her for a future on her own. Drew had been crippled by grief for his late wife, barely keeping it together for his two kids and his congregation. After meeting Shay, he reached out to friends, started interacting more, and became a better Pastor. Their chance meeting became a catalyst that got them both on the right track with their lives. Although obstacles kept getting in their way from Shay's past and Drew's church, they managed to fall in love and be there for each other. I really cared about the characters and cried right along with them through their trials and tribulations. I strongly encourage you to read this book. It has now become my favorite book by Debbie Macomber. I received this book free from Ballantine Books and Netgalley for an honest review.