Dream Series by Isabelle Peterson
Ditching the Dream (book 1)
Wonderful read, I couldn’t put it down. The characters were relatable and the story well developed. This isn’t your ordinary mid-life crisis, this is a story of a lost woman trying to find her way. The story shows that aging doesn’t mean settling. Easy flowing writing style made this an easy read.
Not In My Wildest Dreams (book 2)
(5/29/14) great conclusion. Realistic story with just enough flare for us hopeless romantics
(2/5/15) and because I’m an idiot
I forgot to write this review right after reading and decided to remedy that. I thought about rereading the book to refresh my memory, but decided it wasn’t necessary. Reviews are supposed to be your reaction to what you’ve read and I thought why not write about how I STILL feel almost a year later.
Not in My Wildest Dreams goes back in time to tell about the rise of Jack Stevens and then (to my great relief) what happens after the end of Ditching the Dream. What I remember most is that Jack is confident. No matter what challenge or obstacle appeared he dealt with it; he didn’t give up. This served him well at the start of his career, through his adult life and when the love of his life left. After Elizabeth leaves Jack goes through the normal mourning, but once he comes to his senses (with a little help) he fights for his girl. Showing how much he understands and is the right fit for Elizabeth Jack sets a plan in motion to let Elizabeth know that. He isn’t aggressive and doesn’t resort to competition, but lets her know he’s not going away quietly. The book leaves off on a hopeful note.
Now seeing that I did actually write a review, but it wasn’t anywhere near what I felt at the time, I don’t feel so bad about being late.
Chasing The Dream (book 3)
Beautiful story, great characters. The change Phoebe inspires in Chase is so romantic. I like that they didn’t play games, no trying to make the other jealous, etc. It was a straight forward story that dealt with a real life situation in a mature, realistic way. Isabelle Peterson’s characters are always relatable and wonderfully sweet.
Unexpected Dreams (book 4)
Talk about a life makeover! As you may have figured out from the synopsis Greg might be gay… This book explores one man’s quest to find himself. After a divorce he didn’t understand and weeks of just getting by, Greg has an unexpected encounter with Tanner. What follows is a wonderful journey of exploration and understanding and finally acceptance. In this book you not only learn more about Greg and meet Tanner, but get snap shots of the rest of the family. This family is full of surprises and reinvention, four books in and I want more. Isabelle has created another realistic masterpiece.
Feels Like A Dream (book 5)
50% into the book my heart broke. I knew it was coming, but somehow through Isabelle’s amazing story telling I was so absorbed in Kevin and Shelby’s world it took me by surprise. Isabelle Peterson is wonderful at creating a realistic story that takes your emotions on a journey. Shelby is an older woman (if you can call 39 older) who thought she knew what she wanted in life. She accepted things as they were, not daring to dream, but complacent in the single, independent, strong woman life. Then comes Kevin. Yes, he’s younger, but mature with an optimistic look on life that has Shelby questioning her solitary existence. Kevin sets out to prove that age is only a number and dreams do come true even if not traditionally.
Dare to Dream (book 6)
It’s been said, but worth repeating, that Dare to Dream was the perfect end to this series. The Fairchild/Stevens/Parker extended family proves that family is what you make it and with love anything is possible. I love that each couple gets their version of HEA, but realistic ones. None of the characters are too perfect and each have real life problems. They are authentic, honest. Isabelle Peterson has written a beautiful story that flows naturally easy, belying the enormous amount of time and effort I know went into this. The Fairchild/Stevens/Parker family have become close friends and I enjoyed reading about their lives.
The New Neighbor (juniper Court 2)
The Neighbor is a story of new beginnings, friendship and love. Erik is moving on from a failed relationship, while Kyle is still in the closet. As work friends they have appreciated each other, but a relationship is the last thing on their minds, then one day it is. Their relationship evolves naturally and the two balance each other and while Kyle is slightly younger the age difference is not an issue.. The story is about two people starting a new (kind of) relationship and all that goes with it; learning each others background, telling secrets, meeting the family. Obviously Kyle being in the closet is an issue, but one that is dealt with maturity.
I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a honest review.