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Si les petits boulots et les salaires de misère sont son lot quotidien, Rachel Stone n'est pas femme à se laisser décourager. Aussi, pour Edward, son fils, elle est prête à tout. Jusqu'à retourner à Salvation. Une ville qu'elle donnerait cher pour oublier... D'abord, elle doit trouver un nouveau job. Un poste est à pourvoir dans le drive-in de Gabriel Bonner? La chance lui ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 316 pages
Published September 21st 2011 by J'ai Lu (first published February 1st 1998)
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♥Sharon♥
Jun 15, 2015 ♥Sharon♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am finding by reading this series back to back I am running out of creative opening lines for my reviews. So I guess I will go back to the basics. Simply put, I loved this book. I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips writing. I love her creativity. With each one of ther books she gives you a little ‘something’ that makes the story special.

In Dream a Little Dream that ‘something’ was the sweetest little 5 year old boy who stole my heart within minutes of starting the book. For me Edward was at the he
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Mo
Jun 11, 2015 Mo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five Heartache Mountain Stars.

This is my third time reading this book. I loved it .... again. It is truly heartbreaking. Edward, bless his five year old heart will steal your own heart away. I adored him.


Rachel, what a strong, brave heroine.

Pain sliced through him. He'd been numb inside, just the way he wanted it but the two of them were cutting him open all over again ...


Gabe, Gabe, Gabe ...



Although this is part of a series, I really think it can be read as a standalone. It was great to catch
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Ingela
Written July 9, 2015

4.7 Stars - Wonderful, touching, lovely .... simply great

The last one for me to read in this lovely Chicago Stars series. 11:30 hrs audiobook narrated by the FANTASTIC Anna Fields.



Once again; I'm happydancing
I'm not exaggerating, Susan Elizabeth Phillips is still one of the very BEST in this feel good m/f genre.

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Dream a Little Dream from the Chicago Stars football 'world' is book #4 published 1998 and my sevent
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Karen
Mar 26, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
5 STARS
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You know, I keep trying, but I cannot rate any of Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ books less than 5. It just isn’t ever going to happen. And each one I read suddenly becomes my favorite. And this one is no exception. Seriously, these books are FUCKING SENSATIONAL! And that is all I need to say about it.

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Rachel Stone is only twenty-seven and already the destitute widow of a dead crooked television evangelist. She is a public pariah, who has lost everything, her husband, her home, all of her mo
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Nisha
Nov 08, 2010 Nisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who love a SEP book
I avoided this book for some reason. Possibly because I wasn't in the mood to read about a non athlete hero after falling through SEP's Chicago Stars. I'm glad I did get around to read it since it is one of the most heartwrenching stories I've read. Chip, Rachel's son, is absolutely adorable. Especially his relationship with Cal's daughter, Rosie. Gabe and Rachel's relationship grew slowly and pain was involved considering their pasts, but in a SEP's manner, they do end up together. Ethan and Kr ...more
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Ovo je možda najsentimentalnija priča celog Chicago stars serijala. ...more
Marisa Sauco
Apr 23, 2016 Marisa Sauco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¡MARAVILLOSA! Apenas un sueño es una de las historias más hermosas y emotivas que he leído de SEP.

Gabriel y Rachel son los personajes principales, y se encuentran en el momento más doloroso y difícil de sus vidas.
Rachel es una mujer con una fortaleza admirable e inquebrantable. Su vida gira por y para su pequeño hijo de 5 años (Edward), lo que hace que, a pesar de todos los problemas que van surgiendo, su actitud frente a ellos sea la de una luchadora. Es imposible no sentir empatía por ella.
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valee
Dec 07, 2010 valee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5++ stars!

Another terrific installment in this outstanding series. This book was soooo goooood! Loved it. Once again SEP surprised me big time.I still feel bad because I had not read anything from this author before, I adore her style so much now.

Do you know what's so good about this series? It's the way the author makes it seem so real. I'm usually a paranormal-romance reader so I don't care much about contemporary romance. I don't like cheesy or corny stories. So that's what's so good about th
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MRB
Jun 13, 2013 MRB rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a whiplash-inducing experience :) If you'd asked me to rate the first third of this book, I would have gushingly informed you that five stars just didn't feel sufficient to capture how much I loved it. I fell immediately and deeply in love with the writing style. I couldn't get over the beautifully, poignantly REAL depiction of these characters and their struggles. So we've got a down on her luck yet plucky, sassy heroine whose resourcefulness and resilient spirit enables her (and, in this ...more
Patry Fernandez
Apr 24, 2016 Patry Fernandez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha encantado la historia de Rachel y Gabe y necesitaba algo asi, SEP siempre me salva de mis crisis lectoras. Cuando no se que leer un libro de ella siempre es una apuesta acertada.

PD: lo único que no me ha gustado ni me ha convencido y por eso no se lleva mas puntuación es por la relación de Ethan y Kristy, vamos que no me la he creído para nada. No me gustó.
Sunny
4.5 stars. This book rivals my favorite book by this author, Kiss an Angel. I struggled through the first part of the book because I could not handle how mean the townsfolk were to our heroine. I didn't even like our hero too much because I really thought, given Rachel's dire circumstances, he was taking advantage of her. I had to put the book down for a few days, that's how upset I was. Once, I re-engaged and let the story progress, it was magic.

Rachel represents the kind of heroine I love fro
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Ellie
I don't cry when I read books or watch movies (apart from Air Bud, when I was 11) partly because I don't seek out stories that will make me cry, and partly because I have a cold cold heart. But with this book I found more than a few tears rolling down my cheeks.

Maybe this book caught me at a particularly emotional time, but I think not. It is more likely that the complex characters and their unfathomable situations were well written enough to touched me. Deeply. But it wasn't a hopeless type of
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Denisa
As great as I expected it to be!

I started to expect great things from this author. And it continues to amaze me, never disappointing. I cried at this book like I haven't cried in a long time! And I absolutely adore the books that make me feel something.
It's a great read, really worth giving a try!
Piper
May 17, 2016 Piper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
OMG!! Sweet Edward!! Another winner from SEP.
*Lynn*
4/5 Stars
Yolanda
Feb 25, 2016 Yolanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pero que maravilloso!!!!!!
SEP me matas.
Preciosa y emotiva historia. He pasado unos ratos de risa de esos que la SEP sabe darme.
Me ha encantado!!!!
Paige  Bookdragon

Almost a favorite.

You know that feeling that after reading a few pages, you know the book will definitely fuck you up? This book will give you that.

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Nikki
3 stars.

It's been quite a while between SEP reads for me hence why I picked this up off my TBR shelf last night. After such SEP beauties as Match Me If You Can and It Had to Be You, Dream a Little Dream left me a little disappointed, to be honest.

Despite such a promising storyline, the H/h didn't really capture my emotions and whilst I certainly felt for them in certain situations in the book, I found myself apathetic a lot of the time. I couldn't even stack this into any of my GR shelves becaus
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F
Jul 13, 2012 F rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Downtrodden and desperate, Rachel Stone returns to the town of her youth (whose residents her deceased TV evangelical husband conned and all but bankrupted) to find a lost 5 million dollars to raise her five year old son, Edward.

The secondary plot line is just as ridiculous and insulting. Reverend Ethan Bonner (let’s not even discuss that the man hears the voice of God as three different celebs in his head) is as hypocritical as the lambasted TV evangelical, Dwayne. Attracted to scantily clad a
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Dija
SEP has outdone herself. Dream a Little Dream is the most heart-wrenching and poignant book of hers I've read to date.

I was already intrigued by Gabriel in Cal's book yet more than a little skeptical as well, about whether or not SEP would be able to depict his grief properly while giving him a second chance at having a family. Relieved to say she wrote a realistically believable story on love, loss, and depression, one that was mostly touching and emotional, but occasionally humorous too.

Gabe's
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Elizabeth ☆❀Hot for Alphas❀☆
Feb 04, 2016 Elizabeth ☆❀Hot for Alphas❀☆ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Religious
4 Chip Stars

**Not a sports romance**
Valquiria
May 26, 2016 Valquiria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: TODO EL MUNDO
4, 5

Este libro es muy bonito. Tanto Gabe como Rachel son personajes memorables y con mucha fuerza como protagonistas. Como siempre, los personajes secundarios de las obras de SEP no son malos, todo lo contrario, tiene su propia personalidad e intriga, y ,desde luego Ethan Bonner y Kristy me ha gustado mucho. Algo que me ha encantado es que Cal y Jane (protagonistas de el anterior libro), estuvieran tan presentes en este libro. Sí, Gabe, Ethan y Cal son el trío Bonner, luego yo recomiendo leer pr
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Hollie
What a heartbreakingly beautiful read


I am normally not a fan of books that make me teary, but I'm going to make an exception with this one. I had tears on numerous occasions, but it was
well worth it. I fell in love with the characters. Each and every one came across as solid and realistic. This book was published in 1998, and I was worried it would have a "dated" feel to it, but it didn't. It felt quite modern. I'm so happy to have read this. I do believe this is one of my all-time favorite roma
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Duchess Nicole
This book is intense! SEP has a knack for taking these realistic characters, putting them in unrealistic situations, and making them flop around until the situation seems realistic again. And it works! This is such a fabulous book. It just made my heart hurt. For some reason, when kids are involved, I get much more personally invested in the story. When this story ended, I wanted to crawl back inside the pages and live in Heartbreak with the Bonners. And once again, what a great ending line! Mad ...more
Shawna
Mar 06, 2015 Shawna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, sports-romance-hot-jocks, contemporary-romance, i-read-own-faves-keepers, made-me-cry, author-susan-elizabeth-phillips, heroine-i-adore, hero-alpha‎, hero-abused-scarred-tortured-angst, best-top-favorites, hero-mix-of-alpha-beta, hero-i-wanna-smack, heroine-abused-traumatic-past-rape, chick-lit, humorous-at-times-or-fluffy-fun, heroine-naïve-virgin-like-a-virgin, hero-celibate-virgin-virginesque, brothers-sisters-cousins-family, hero-cold-cruelbrute-dark-dangerous, heroine-kickass-spirited-strong, enemies-to-lovers-opposites-attract, hh-widow-or-widower, small-town-lovin, pregnancy-fertility-baby-kids-drama, satisfying-secondary-romance, angsty-dark-heavy-lotsa-drama, aar-top-100-romances, hh-social-class-wealth-matters, animals-matter, sweet-romance-left-smile-on-my-face, hh-sweet-nice-paired-vs-gruff-cynic, hh-addiction-recovery-sobriety, 2011-reads, 5-stars-plus, steam-2-warm, steam-3-hot, hero-redeems-himself-reformed, hero-brooding, hh-across-the-tracks, heroine-badgirl-improper-scandalous, hero-daddy-warbucks-wealthy, feel-good-read-pick-me-upper, hero-not-enough-groveling, hh-bad-communication-conflict-mgmt, heartbreaking-gutwrenching-romance, best-wittiest-banter-dialogue, best-endings-epilogues, heroine-single-mom, heroine-destitute-poor, heroine-redhead, heroine-ridiculed-unpopular-teased, hh-riches-to-rags, hero-southern-boy-charmer, hero-black-sheep, series-chicago-stars, heroine-bad-reputation-fallen, hero-recluse-loner-lonewolf, a-all-time-favorite-heroine, hero-asshat-award-hall-of-shame, tearjerker-tugs-at-heartstrings, heartwarming, hh-on-the-run-in-hiding, a-all-time-best-top-fave-dik-reads, kids-cute-faves-prominent-in-story, hero-silent-quiet-type-reticent, a-all-time-best-top-50-fave-dik, hero-i-disliked-much-of-the-book, a-all-time-best-favorites-treasures, a-will-stay-with-me-forever-gem, a-all-time-best-top-10-20-fave-dik, made-me-ugly-sob-bawl-like-baby
5+ stars – Contemporary Romance
Jayme
Absolutely amazing and deserved 5 stars!

This woman has ideas! On the amazing stories of course. I weeping half the book. Beautiful story. Her son Edward just every moment broke my heart. I cried for him, for Gabe and for Rachel. Background history about Kristy and Ethan is also great.

I don't know why so many people means this as sports romance. There's no sport. He is a vet. She is actually no one - widow of religious cheater. And there is nothing in the world but her son for her. She is in a si
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Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Rachel and her son have been on the move since the death of her televangelist husband who conned people out of most of their money. Broke, but with a possible idea, she returns to Salvation, North Carolina, only to have her car literally die. With only a few dollars left to her name, she heads into the drive in that has a help wanted sign. Unfortunately, the owner is a "butthead".

I was drawn to this book because it is suppose be very emotional and I do have to say that there are some emotions j
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Shxrxn
Feb 03, 2010 Shxrxn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What was the point of being fastidious when her child was hungry and homeless?
- Rachel
Her eyes began to sting with tears, but she wouldn't let a single one fall. No time. No point.
- Rachel
love the sinner and hate the sin.
- Carol
Are you so stupid you haven't figured out yet that it doesn't matter?
- Rachel
Tell you what, Rachel. I might consider giving you a raise one of these centuries if you start restricting yourself to four words when I talk to you. Yes, sir. No, sir.
- Gabe
Poor people don't g
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Nana
Apr 30, 2016 Nana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
PRECIOSO!!!!! En serio persona que no haya leído este libro no se que esta esperando. Es increíble como esta mujer crea historias tan conmovedoras!! Este libro tiene de todo para acabar terminándolo con nostalgia pura ;'(! Segundo libro que leo de ella y voy por el tercero, cuarto y ultimo que tenga! Rachel y Gabe entran en mis parejas top. Hermosisimos! Y mi Chippp, imposible no amarlo como a todos en la Fam Bonner. A cualquiera que caiga este libro en sus manos les digo: ¡¡¡¡¡No te arrepentirá ...more
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The Huffington Post says the books of Susan Elizabeth Phillips provide a “gateway drug to the whole [romance] genre,” which she assumes is a good thing. Bookpage magazine calls her “the crown jewel of romantic comedy writers,” which is definitely a good thing. Since she wrote her first novel on a typewriter in her kitchen, her books have been published in over 30 languages
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“The engine roared to life. He ran toward her. She shot our of her parking space. He rushed to the side of her car. "Stop it, Kristy! You're overreacting! Let's talk about this." That was when she did the unthinkable. She rolled down the window, thrust out her hand, and gave Reverend Ethan Bonner the bird.” 50 likes
“Ironic, isn't it, what religion does to people?"
"I guess it's more ironic what people do to religion.”
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