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Monday, July 5, 2010

Feasted On: Chicago Stars Series, Book 4

Format: Paperback | Pages: 390 | Release Date: February 1998 | Publisher: Avon Books

"Dream a Little Dream" [Chicago Stars Series, Book 4] by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

My Book Summary : This book picks up just about 8 months after Book 3 in this series left off. Rachel Stone is coming back to Salvation, North Carolina; the town that she never believed she would return too. Especially after her televangelist husband fled the country so the police couldn't arrest him and died in a plane crash. However, before he died he made certain that everyone believed his wife was the one who swayed his ways to do the "devils deeds" by giving her whatever she wanted and dipping into his church funds to do so.

Since then she has changed her last name back to her maiden name and tried to make ends meat for her five-year-old son and herself. But now she's at the end of her rope and came back to the town thinking that she might be able to find where the missing money her husband stashed was so she will be able to finally settle down in a small house and put the rest of the money aside for her son's future.

In doing so, she runs into Gabe Bonner (Cal's brother), who is trying to work through his own demons (dealing with the fact that he lost both his wife and son in a car accident about 3 yrs ago) by cleaning up and opening a local drive-in. This is where the two meet when Rachel's car brakes down for good and he finds them trespassing on his property. From the beginning the two don't see eye-to-eye ... she has a never back down attitude and he just wants to be left alone. Somehow she gets herself a job helping him clean up the drive-in with him. In doing so they become closer. Gabe helps her in find a temporary place to live (his grandmother's cottage) and without her knowledge makes sure she takes care of herself (since she was looking out for her son over her own well being).

However, except for a handful of people and majority of everyone in town believes Rachel is a really bad person. Because of that belief some towns people try to do things to her to either get her to leave town or just to get revenge for what they believe she has done. Gabe becomes her protector, and when her roommate moves out of the cottage he decides to move in with her.

Will Gabe get over his demons? Will the town ever accept Rachel and her son? Will Rachel ever find the missing money?

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars!! This book was GREAT!!!!!! I LOVED Rachel & Gabe as a couple!! Plus, finding out what else happened for the Bonner family was icing on the cake! Then the cherry on top was the secondary story of Pastor Ethan (Gabe & Cal's younger brother) & Kristy. =0) If I gush any more then you'll know what will happen in the book so ... I just say .... GO READ IT!

My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 3

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Ain't She Sweet | What I Did for Love | Honey Moon

Book Teaser(s) :
"I just can't figure out how we're going to manage our--you know. Our fling?"
"Fling?" He sounded offended. "Is that what this is?"
They rounded a bend in the road, and she had to squint against the setting sun. "It's not an affair." She paused. "Affair is too serious. It's a fling, and the point is, I don't see how we're going to manage it."
"We won't have a bit of trouble." ~ within Chapter 12
She gave no smile of greeting, no sign that she was glad to see him. "Why did you take off like that?" he snapped.
"I wasn't feeling well."
"You seem to be feeling fine now."
She didn't reply. Instead, she bent her head and began working a clump of chickweed free.
"If you wanted to leave, you should have told me. You know I don't like it when you're here by yourself."
"You can't be with me every minute. And why should you try?"
"What does that mean?"
"It means I'm not your responsibility." ~ within Chapter 19
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Susan, then please check out her website.

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