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Jar of Dreams

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  47 ratings  ·  21 reviews
For as long as she can remember, Lucy Dolan has been jotting down her hopes on slips of paper and saving them in a pickle jar—her jar of dreams. It was the first thing she saved when the beloved family diner went up in flames, and it's safely buckled in her beat-up minivan when she lands in Taft, Indiana, to start over. She rents a room and goes into business with her land ...more
Published January 14th 2013 by carina press
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Zoe and the Edge
This is my first book by Ms. Flaherty and some of her phrases are just darn original. These are Lucy's lines.

She liked rooms better when he was in them.

Weakness crept warmly down her legs, and she took a moment just to enjoy it.

Boone isn't too bad himself.

”I don't know what it is about your knees, but I really like them.”

I don't like melodrama but this book is so undramatic I was kind of missing the heart-clutching and the hysterics. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the subtleties, it's just that e
A. Bookzilla.
I liked this.

I think it's the way this author writes - it has this calming effect, if that even makes sense - that works so well with the setting of the book, a fictional small-town of Taft where time seems to run at its own pace.

There is absolutely no drama in this book. Not that it's boring, though, even if it is a bit slow, things are happening and it kept me turning the pages.

The build up of the relationship between Lucy and Boone is slow too, but it works, it's realistic that neither of the
Kate Vale
Chicago cartoonist, Boone, comes home to make sure his Aunt Gert isn't being taken advantage of by a young woman she's now partners with in her tea shop. That young woman, Lucy, is still recovering emotionally from the loss of her father. From Alzheimer's? More like the fire that destroyed their family restaurant. Smoke of any kind makes her queasy and when a series of fires (are they going to follow her forever?) occurs increasingly close to her friends and the tea shop she has come to love, pe ...more
Paula  Phillips
Have you ever looked at a cover and thought hmm that looks like a good book ? Jar of Dreams was one of those books for me. The end result was that it wasn't half-bad but it wasn't the best book I have ever read.
Do you have a book where you write all your dreams and goals down in ? What about a jar like they had on the movie Legally Blonde 2 when Elle went to work in Politics ? This novel focuses a bit on that as the main female character has a jar of dreams, the other part which makes it a cont
An incredibly likeable, small town romance populated by appealing characters you want to spend time with.

Lucy is starting fresh after years of taking care of her ailing father. Boone is trying move on after his wife's death. Their world collide when Lucy starts a business venture with Boone's aunt. Just as they start to get to know each other, a series of events bring suspicion down on Lucy who now has to decide whether to stay or go and Boone, who has to decide if he can risk his heart again.

Linda Morris
One of the best books I've read in a while. This small-town romance is what I'd think of as an ensemble piece. Instead of focusing mostly on the couple, it's more of a wide-angle look at the town of Taft, Indiana and the relationships surrounding an aging couple, Gert and Sims, and the now-grown children they took in as teens. The romance is tender and sensual and moves at a slow pace, which is understandable considering the hero's and heroine's histories. The couple is bound by grief: Lucy the ...more
***3.5 out of 5 stars**

I was lucky enough to get a review copy from NetGalley thanks to the publisher. I’d read another book by Liz Flaherty and really enjoyed it.

First I have to say how much I love the characters Flaherty writes. I loved Aunt Gert, Lucy, Sims and Boone as soon as we met them. Took me a bit longer to like Boone’s sister Kelly and their cousin Crockett, but I ended up really liking them too. I also loved the instant attraction between Lucy and Boone. Even though he didn’t want to
Jenny - Book Sojourner
4.5 stars

Aunt Gert raised Boone and his sister Kelly after their parents died when they were children. She also raised Crocket, Boone's best friend; the three of them growing up together, then going in different directions after high school. But all three are still protective of Aunt Gert. Enter the mysterious Lucy, who was actually referred to Aunt Gert by Crocket, but has a cloud of suspicion over her according to Kelly. Kelly's suspicions initially rub off on Boone until he starts to get to k
Vorrei iniziare col dirvi che questo libro è stato davvero un percorso ad ostacoli.
Nonostante io legga in inglese da quasi 12 anni, ho avuto serie difficoltà.
Quando ho cominciato Jar Of Dreams avevo delle aspettative enormi, venivo da One more Summer e non vedevo l’ora di leggere altri lavori della Flaherty. Non mi è piaciuto tanto quanto OMS ma anche JOR è un piccolo capolavoro.
La cosa che più stupisce dei lavori della Flaherty è la minuziosità dei particolari. Tu credi di leggere una Romance N
Guilty Pleasures
Slick's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

4.5 stars

I really need to thank Carina Press as I’ve been exposed to so many great new to me authors because of them and Liz Flaherty is just the latest on that list. Jar of Dreams is such a feel good story that I enjoyed completely. This story makes you look at all stages of life and how choices you make can and will affect those around you. It’s about love, loss, and learning to live again; sometimes it’s not pretty but sometimes it’s magic

While The Debutante's second chance isn't my favorite Liz Flaherty novel, I fell in love with the fictive small town Taft, so when I discovered this was another Taft novel, I requested it on the spot.

It was nice to revisit Taft, and see it from the perspective of someone who hadn't grown up there. I really enjoyed how Lucy became friends, and slowly got a part of Taft. I also liked that Taft wasn't perfect, that the downturn of the economy also affected Taft.

I enjoyed how Taft accepted Lucy. But
Roz ~ My Written Romance
This review and others can be found at my blog, My Written Romance. Just click here.

I have never read anything by Liz Flaherty before, and after hearing some great things about her previous book, I put in a request for Jar of Dreams.

The praise that others have given to Ms Flaherty is much deserved. This is a story that is both deeply emotional and humorous. There is a feeling I got from this book that the characters maintain a real sense of enthusiasm about life, despite what is so often thrown
Hsiau Wei
This book tell the story of Lucy who found herself landed at Taft Place and befriended her landlord, Gert after the demise of her father. Together they started a tea room and for awhile she thought that she found her home at last. But when Boone, Gert’s nephew turn up after the instigation from his sister, found that her happy world is not so rosy anymore. She found herself to be constantly on target for discrimination given her past and the suspicious mind that Kelly (Boone’s sister) has over h ...more
Stephanie Collins
This was a very well done story with a long build-up between the main pair and a definitely understandable hesitancy from both of them to jump in to any relationship. I'm looking forward to more from this author and hopefully see the other hinted at pairing find their own HEA.

Boone is still living in a world of regrets and what-ifs. He gets word from his sister that something hinky is going on with his aunt that raised him so goes to his old hometown to get to the bottom of things and put a stop
Sara  HarlequinJunkie
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Rating: 4.5 Stars

Jar Of Dreams by Liz Flaherty is a very pleasant, endearingly quaint, small town yarn, full of wishes and dreams come true!

Boone Brennan having received an urgent missive from his sister stating that their aunts health is failing has hastily returned home to Taft, Indiana. Expecting to find his aunt in frail condition, Boone is surprised to find that his aunt seems to be in good shape. Unbeknownst to him his aunt has opened a tea room at her home,
Blackravens Reviews
If you like heartwarming stories that will take you through a myriad of emotions that range from anger to laughter, to sadness, to understanding, to forgiveness not only of others, but also of oneself, and ultimately to love, then Jar of Dreams is definitely the book to read. Ms. Flaherty has crafted a compelling story that will put a smile on your face, a tear in your eye, and love in your heart. Jar of Dreams is a true gem that you don’t want to miss, so pick up your copy now. Read More...
Liz Flaherty is, hands down, one of my favorite authors. She has an amazing ability to weave together stories that touch the heart as her characters overcome tragic losses and find happiness. Her latest release, Jar of Dreams is a poignant yet humorous novel that is heartwarming and sweetly romantic. To read my review in its entirety, please click HERE.
InD'tale Magazine

If you, dear reader, are at this very moment making your own jar of dreams, be sure to add this fantastically sweet romance to it!

Full review in March 2013 issue of InD'tale Magazine.
This was such a delight to read... I love it! it made me happy [and sappy]

very sweet and cute with loveable characters and I really hope we get another book soon...

I'm totally checking out more books by this author
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Chris Mead
4.5 stars This was a great small town romance! Full review coming to Harlequin Junkie soon! :-)
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