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Dream a Little Dream (Chicago Stars) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Elizabeth Phillips
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

Setting her story in Salvation, N.C., Phillips adeptly develops the theme of love's healing power. Broke and desperate to provide a better life for her son, gutsy Rachel Stone ends up in Salvation when her car breaks down. She knows the place?even worse, they know her as the widow of G. Dwayne Snopes, a televangelist who fled stealing millions. Luckily, Gabe Bonner, who owns a drive-in theater where Rachel asks for work, seems to be the only person who doesn't recognize her right off. Rachel's proud mettle distracts Gabe from the grief of his own tragic loss, but enemies strike out at Rachel, while Gabe's brothers mount a family defense against the gold-digging widow. Phillips (Heaven, Texas) digs deep to expose weaknesses and strengths in the psyche and faith of her characters. The result is a book that is touching, funny, sexy and humane.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"A warm and humorous story." -- Los Angeles Times

"No one tops Susan Elizabeth Phillips." -- Jayne Ann Krentz

"What The World Needs Is More Books By Susan Elizabeth Phillips." -- Elizabeth Lowell

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1136 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reissue edition (Oct. 13 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC11HY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,731 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By V
Format:Audio Cassette
Susan Elizabeth Phillips is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine. This is her fourth book I have read in the past month and I have given three of those books the highest rating. Her stories are so touching and full of life. In Dream a Little Dream, her leads are very likable with well-rounded and interesting secondary characters. And one of those secondary characters is Rachel's five-year-old son, Edward. At times your heart loves him and breaks for him as he attempts to guard his mom, arrange a marriage for her, and put down roots in Salvation. This is not some cutesy kid - this is a heartrending portrayal of the son of a single mom who doesn't expect any one to like him and requires so little in life for happiness. As the son of a crooked, notorious, deceased televangelist, he has experienced a lot of rejection. There is a lot to be worked out in his life and it is a very dear sideline for this story. His relationship with the hero is realistic - filled with problems and those problems propel the turning point of the book.
Rachel has returned to her former home of Salvation, North Carolina - a place where she is despised because she is the widow of the deceased televangelist who put Salvation on the map and then ran away with millions from his ministry. They believe she was involved in the religious scam and spurn her and her son at every turn. Rachel is totally without money, friends, family, or resources. Her car breaks down as she is nearing Salvation at an old drive in movie theatre. There she meets Gabe Bonner who has purchased the old drive in and is restoring it. He has advertised for help and she decides she will fill the job. However, Gabe wants nothing to do with this woman and her young son.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best S.E. Phillips book I've read. Dec 3 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I actually read "Nobody's Baby but Mine First", liked it, and looked for other of her books. I found out there was a sequel, about the second Bonner brother, Gabe, so I went ahead and bought "Dream a Little Dream", and let me tell you, I haven't laughed and cried so much reading a book before,and all at the same time! I read other reviews and people raved about Heaven, Texas, but this is sooo much better.
Rachel Stone was married to a corrupt televangelist who died in a plane crash. She lost everything and left town with her son, Edward (otherwise known as Chip). Years later she suddenly finds herself stuck in Salvation, a town that hates her,as a last resort because she is determined to find some money she knows her husband left behind, money that will help her feed and keep her son because they have $10 dollars left and are living in their car (which dies a noisy death at the entrance of town, leaving them definitely stranded). Enter Gabe Bonner, a vet whose son and wife had been killed in a car accident and who has lost the will to live. He reluctantly ends up hiring her to help him put up a business and gets much more than he ever bargained for. She constantly challenges him, taunts him,insults him, and even desperately offers her body to him the day they meet, and through it all manages to keep her composure, strength and dignity, her spunk, her sense of humor and her desire to go on despite unimaginable hardship. She makes him feel again, even if it's mostly anger,and slowly brings him back to feeling somewhat human again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Story That Needed To Be Told!!! May 27 2004
By L. Hall
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book handled a very rough plot very smoothly. I
admire this author for writing this book. There are so many
situations out there just waiting to have stories written about
them, and I applaud Susan Elizabeth Phillips for having the courage to write this book.
A woman and her son return to Salvation, NC, with not much more than a bad reputation. People try every trick in the book to make her leave.She takes a low paying job and falls
in love. With the few friends she has she manages to prove herself.
I really enjoyed this book, I would recommend it, and this reviewer gives it 5 stars:)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Dream Was Simply Wonderful April 21 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Rachel Stone's bad luck reached its pinnacle the moment her car stalled in front of the Pride of Carolina drive-in. Rachel is the widow of G. Dwayne Snopes, the crooked televangelist who died while fleeing Salvation, North Carolina with millions of dollars donated to his church. With only nine dollars in her pocket, and a few meager possessions, Rachel's old car is now the home for herself and her five-year-old son. She's returning to the town whose inhabitants can't stand the sight of her. But Rachel has a child to care for, and she will survive no matter how insurmountable the obstacle.
The drive-in is now owned and being renovated by Gabe Bonner, a member of the town's most prominent family. Gabe's life is empty and overflowing with the pain of survival, after losing his wife and child in an auto accident two years prior. He doesn't want anything to do with this strong-willed woman, and her son who triggers painful memories, but he finds himself unable to abandon them.
What happens when you combine a determined woman who has lost her faith in God, but will survive at all costs, with a miserable man who has all but given up on life?
This is the fourth installment in the Chicago Stars/Bonner Brothers series, and serves as another sparkling example of this author's immense talent as a master storyteller. I have quickly become a most devoted fan of Ms. Phillips work. This is a beautifully written, inspirational story of love, forgiveness, and redemption. Thank goodness SEP injects a healthy dose of humor throughout, because the story certainly deals with some heavy issues with these two troubled souls. A great deal of the humor came from the secondary love story between Gabe's minister brother, Ethan, and his secretary who has been infatuated with him for years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate
This is about woman who is "fresh out" of false pride but full of smart aleck remarks for a man who wants to hate her. She's poor and he is forced into giving her a job. Read more
Published on June 16 2003 by soapydoc
5.0 out of 5 stars i'm in love with the Bonners!!!
I've always loved romance novels and every romance writer knows how to work their readers. To me, Deveraux's stories are lovable, McNaught's are intense, Roberts' are realistic but... Read more
Published on March 16 2003 by Ivy Tan
3.0 out of 5 stars Page-turner, but romance for the Mommy-van crowd...
Enjoyable, but sappy with the son Edward and all her holier-than-thou sacrifices for him and the sudden turn of Gabe's feeling for Edward (a.k.a. Chip - how dumb was that? Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!! Great!!
This is my favorite Susan Elizabeth Phillips book so far! I loved the characters, they were very believable. I loved Rachel Stone, she was a very strong and beautiful charcter. Read more
Published on April 6 2002 by Ana Karina Diaz
5.0 out of 5 stars So far my favorite SEP book
I have been reading alot of her books lately and this is one of my favorites. She is becoming on of my favorites writers. This story was very touching. Read more
Published on March 24 2002 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A Different Tenor for Susan Elizabeth Phillips
I'd like to take a moment to say: Ms. Phillips THANK YOU for writing romances and stories that do not feature murder to catalyze a plot or to furnish a conflict. Read more
Published on Dec 4 2001 by --corinne--
5.0 out of 5 stars An A for the romance, an A for the humor
How is it that I'd never even heard of SEP before? I have a policy of always trying a new book along with my other buys, this way I occasionally stumble onto someone really... Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars SEP at her best!
Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of the best writers of contemporary romance as is amply proven by "Dream a Little Dream" . Read more
Published on June 24 2001 by mirope
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read
This is the first book I've read by Ms. Phillips, and I was not disappointed and hope to read many others as good as this one was. Read more
Published on May 20 2001 by FannyPrice27109
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