Dream Country Paperback – Aug 26 2008
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In Dream Country, Luanne Rice describes the reverberations that tragedy can have on a family. Before Daisy and James Tucker lost their 3-year-old son, Jake, in the mountains of Wyoming, they thought nothing could shake their marriage. Daisy had moved west looking for adventure and discovered a man and a landscape that nourished the deepest parts of her soul. With James and their twins, Jake and Sage, Daisy found courage and inspiration for her artwork. Soon after Jake disappeared, Daisy returned to Connecticut with Sage, determined to live a life of comforting reserve. Thirteen years later, a pregnant and isolated Sage feels Wyoming calling. After arguing with Daisy, she embarks on a cross-country trip to discover her father and her family's past.
Rice has a talent for describing people's complex and conflicting emotions. As Sage travels across the country, her love for her unborn child grows, while her first love unravels. Tragedy both unites and separates Daisy and James, and age and infirmity begin to eat away at the love of James's father and his girlfriend. Though the underlying premise feels a bit contrived, Rice's realistic dialogue and exquisite descriptions are completely convincing. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
A compelling plot and nuanced character portrayals contribute to the emotional impact of Rice's ninth novel, a transcendent story about the power of hope and family love. Daisy Tucker has built a comfortable life with her 16-year-old daughter, Sage, in Silver Bay, Conn., where she has gained a reputation for designing jewelry that seems to have inspirational powers. Combining artistry with her knowledge of Native American myths and legends, Daisy creates pieces that bring people together, heal wounds and serve as talismans. But no combination of gemstones and carved animal bones can assuage the pain in Daisy's life. Sage's twin brother, Jake, disappeared in the wild country of Wyoming during a cattle roundup 13 years ago, when he was three. Fleeing the scene of tragedy with her daughter, Daisy left her husband, James, behind at his family cattle ranch and moved to New England to be close to her sister, Hathaway. Now Daisy faces another crisis when a pregnant Sage runs away with her boyfriend, Ben, intent on a new life with her father at the ranch. Ben has second thoughts and decides to return home, so Sage heads on alone. Hitchhiking leads to danger, and a mysterious, tattooed teenager rescues Sage and agrees to drive her to Wyoming. Daisy joins James in Wyoming, where another teenager, calling himself "The Guardian," is stalking the ranch. Rice (Cloud Nine) creates believable dramatic tension about Jake's true fate, though the suspense lies mainly in whether the other characters will realize what has become of him. Though she overdoes the sentimentality, her fans always welcome the family values her stories celebrate. Author tour. (Jan. 30) Forecast: Among writers of women's fiction, Rice has a loyal following based on her ability to place realistic characters in atmospheric backgrounds and crisis situations. Cloud Nine became a bestseller in paperback, and its popularity could carry over to sales of this novel, which will enjoy national TV advertising on the Lifetime network and print advertising in a variety of venues.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Dream Country is about finding the love of your life and sharing and building that forever life, and yet, that once in a lifetime dream comes shattering down on you with the devastating loss of one of your children. Jack and Daisy are ripped apart by the mysterious disappearance of Jack, their darling three year old. Unable to cope and fearing for Jack's twin, Daisy flees to Connecticut from Wyoming with Sage, Jack's sister, divorcing Jack in the process.
With Sage's disappearance at sixteen, Daisy's life is once again thrown into turmoil. Knowing that Sage is on her way to Wyoming to see her father, Daisy flies to Wyoming and has to confront all that she escaped from, including the undying love, that she still has for her ex-husband.
Rice brings together another heart-warming tale of family conflicts, enduring love and the mysteries of the heart. The ending will blow readers away and have them once again grabbing their Kleenex! Rice fans will delight in her departure from the shores of Connecticut to the roaming and wildness frontier of Wyoming.
Readers will once again be captivated, drawn, and immersed into the lives of the Tuckers. Rice weaves magic once again! Wonderful, captivating book!
I, like another reader, found it very annoying that she felt it was unimportant to get her facts straight about ranch life. There was this two ton steer(!) herded, no doubt by the Sheltie stockdog! So I flipped to the back of the book and found she spends her time in New York City - and Lyme, Connecticut! Yippie Yi Yo, yuppie. Must have watched a lot of Bonanza and Big Valley. Brass hinges on horse stalls. Well, maybe there are brass hinges on W's ranch, but most ranchers I know have got a lot of things to do besides polish brass. James and Daisy galloping a valuable cutting horse and a very old horse through two feet of snow with a crust on top - just fer fun!
I also found inexcusable her description of a psychotic dog with Daisy getting down on the floor, staring her in the eyes and trying to touch her toy. This dog would have done one of two things: peed on the floor and run screaming off, or more likely given her a nasty bite because she was terrified. Oh yeah I forgot about the magic. Wish I had some. I rescue abused dogs.
Before I forget: dairy farms are no less cruel than ranches and they can be far worse. What does Ms. Rice think happens to all those little bull calves, unneeded heffers and cows whose milk production has dropped on dairy farms? Cows are bred every year to keep milk production high. Calves are separated from their mothers shortly after birth and they are generally hand fed, until they are picked up by the meat packer (for veal).Read more ›
Thirteen years later, Jake's twin sister, Sage is 16 and finds herself pregnant, wanting her baby, but afraid to disappoint her mother. She leaves her a note as the book opens, and takes off on a difficult trek from Connecticut to Wyoming through bad weather and much soul-searching in hopes of re-uniting with her father, and learning about her past. Even 'though the story as it reaches its climax, seems a bit far-fetched, the dialogue and exquisite descriptions along the way make it completely enthralling to the reader. The descriptive scenery of the Wyoming landscape and the spiritual pull of Native American influence make it different from the usual. I enjoyed it, and love Luanne Rice's writing. It keeps you interested and turning those pages.
Most recent customer reviews
I read Dream Country about a year ago and I was so discusted with the book...well I can't even put in in words. Read morePublished on April 23 2004
I've never written one of these reviews before but felt I had to for this book so that other readers might give it a chance. Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2003
I have read all of Luann Rice's books, but this was the most disappointing one in terms of story and character development. Read morePublished on April 26 2003 by Sunstorm
Dream Country by Luanne Rice is a novel that follows the lives of different individuals in the story. Those individuals are Daisy, Sage, and James. Read morePublished on April 22 2003
I think this is one of Ms. Rice's best books yet. I loved the Wyoming setting and the characters Jake and Sage. The Indian folklore thrown in was an added treat. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2003 by Marion
I've read several of Ms. Rice's books and this was the one I've liked the least. I'm from a large city but even I couldn't believe that calves were all taken from the cows for... Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2002
That's all I have to say. She really pulled off this topic...which is hard to do. Get it today!Published on Aug. 29 2002 by Theresa W
Well, I am a fan of Ms. Rice's. I just recently started reading her works. This book was a little hard for me to start getting into, but I was caught up pretty quickly. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2002 by Theresa W
This is a beautiful, albeit predictable, novel by Luanne Rice. The story again has some moments for which it is hard not to know what's coming, but there are just enough twists... Read morePublished on July 4 2002