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Dream a Little Dream (Chicago Stars #4)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  20,001 ratings  ·  630 reviews
A Desperate Young Mother

Rachel Stone's bad luck has taken a turn for the worse. With an empty wallet, a car's that's spilling smoke, and a five-year-old son to support, she's come home to a town that hates her. But this determined young widow with a scandalous past has learned how to be a fighter. And she'll do anything to keep her child safe—even take on. . .

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Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by Avon
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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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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
Nov 08, 2010 Nisha rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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
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.

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
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
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
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
To this day my favourite book by this author!

The story was captivating, deeply moving and I loved the main characters. Moreover, as often in SEP books, I really enjoyed the secondary romance and liked the secondary characters (Ethan, Kristy and the children) except for Cal who once again managed to get on my nerves :p
Mar 06, 2015 Shawna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: contemporary-romance, author-susan-elizabeth-phillips, aar-top-100-romances, small-town-lovin, hh-widow-or-widower, brothers-sisters-cousins-family, hero-daddy-warbucks-wealthy, heroine-destitute-poor, heroine-kickass-spirited-strong, heroine-naïve-virgin-like-a-virgin, heroine-redhead, heroine-ridiculed-unpopular, heroine-single-mom, hero-black-sheep, hero-celibate-virgin-virginesque, hero-brooding, hero-cold-cruelbrute-dark-dangerous, hero-abused-scarred-tortured-angst, heroine-abused-traumatic-past-rape, heroine-badgirl-improper-scandalous, hh-addiction-recovery-sobriety, sports-romance-hot-jocks, 2011-reads, angsty-dark-heavy-lotsa-drama, animals-matter, best-wittiest-banter-dialogue, chick-lit, best-endings-epilogues, enemies-to-lovers-opposites-attract, heartbreaking-gutwrenching-romance, hero-alpha‎, hero-not-enough-groveling, hero-southern-boy-charmer, heroine-i-adore, hh-across-the-tracks, hh-bad-communication-conflict-mgmt, hh-riches-to-rags, hh-social-class-wealth-matters, hh-sweet-nice-paired-vs-gruff-cynic, humorous-at-times-or-fluffy-fun, made-me-cry, pregnancy-fertility-baby-kids-drama, satisfying-secondary-romance, steam-2-warm, sweet-romance-left-smile-on-my-face, series-chicago-stars, heroine-bad-reputation-fallen, hero-asshat-award-hall-of-shame, tearjerker-tugs-at-heartstrings, hh-on-the-run-in-hiding, heartwarming, favorites, hero-i-wanna-smack, hero-redeems-himself-reformed, hero-recluse-loner-lonewolf, hero-mix-of-alpha-beta, i-read-own-faves-keepers, best-top-favorites, 5-stars-plus, feel-good-read-pick-me-upper, a-all-time-favorite-heroine, a-all-time-best-top-fave-dik-reads, steam-3-hot, 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
Krista (One Love) (Critical)
If you don't mind annoying, bitchy, rude, selfish, irrational, whiny, self-pitying, petty heroines who snap and snarl at everyone, then this book is for you.

Rachel = person I despise.
Edward = the most annoying, unlikable kid in booky existence.
Gabe = very likable hero.
Rachel + Gabe = bad idea!
Gabe, you can do better!

I suppose I was supposed to feel sorry for Rachel because she was poor and had to take care of her kid, but I just didn't, because she was mean as heck! Especially to Gabe, who sh
This book was better....

SEP seems to have a theme here. Boy meets girl, boy and girl don't like each other, AT ALL. Boy and girl are forced together by some action on one of their parts. Boy and girl HATE each other and bicker all the time. One day the light turns on for boy and he realizes that he cannot spend another minute of his lonely miserable life without girl. But first boy does something really stupid to girl and she is not sure she can find it in her heart to ever forgive him. Boy prof
5++++++++++++++++ stars!! Wow, let me tell you that this is the 4th book out of 7 that I've read and this... is BY FAR, my FAVORITE!!! I can't even begin to tell you how, beautiful, heartfelt,romantic not to mention heart breaking but HEA!! I hate giving spoilers, but I love reading them... lol so i'm not going to leave any since everyone has. All I will say is... Gabe and Rachel's relationship is amazing!! I love how they bring the best out in each other!! I love how, sweet.. caring and loving ...more
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
Dec 15, 2011 Yvonne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Yvonne by: Shawna and Lacy!
Shelves: favorites
I wish I could give this one an 11 but that's not possible so instead I give it an enthusiastic 5 star rating!
This book will be going on my "desert island bookshelf". I don't know why I waited so long to read this book, maybe it's because I was told that it was a real tearjerker. LOL - It was that but so much more. It was also funny, sweet, sexy, uplifting and filled with love and hope.

Thanks to all my friends who wouldn't give up asking me "Have you read Dream a Little Dream yet"?
You all are t
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Comencé a leer la serie Chicago Stars de Susan Elizabeth Phillips hace ya más de un año y, honestamente, estoy avanzando a paso de tortuga. El último libro en la serie que leí fue ¡en julio del año pasado! Creo que la razón principal de haberme “estancado” con la serie fue porque el último libro que leí, Nobody’s Baby but Mine, realmente no fue demasiado de mi gusto; sí, me gustó pero tampoco conecté demasiado con los personajes. Sin embargo,

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Jul 11, 2009 southpaw285 rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to southpaw285 by: bethany/amazon
A tragic story of a man who loses his wife and child;a woman who is desperate to provide for her precious five year old son.

This is the story of a man who struggles to live every day, and the woman who helps him overcome such a tragic loss.

This is the story of a desperate mother trying to provide for her child, and the man who helps her overcome the hatred and discrimination of an entire town.

A wonderful story that will bring you to tears.
Asal Sepassi
Nov 16, 2014 Asal Sepassi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who don't want to think
Shelves: braincandy
Aw jesus, another fluffy brain candy romance to make people doubt my feminism, my literary seriousness, and my love of intelligence.

I loved it. Its got everything it should have...a good looking and grouchy man, a feisty woman, an adorable and pathetic little boy, and a dead TV evangelist.

So sometimes I shop for books at a pharmacy....
After reading:
Bu kadin o kadar gercekci ve içten yaziyor ki anlatilmaz okunur diyorum sadece.

Ethan&Kristy'e bayildim. Yazarin diger kitaplarinda da ikinci cifti hep sevmisimdir ama bunda ikinci cifti daha cok sevdim.

Cal&Jane'i tekrar okumak hatta cocuklariyla birlikte okumak o kadar tatliydi ki ayyy hepsinin yanaginin mincirasim geldi.

Chip'i de kacirip evlat edinesim var. Kitabin scene stealer i oldu. Zaten belki de bu yuzden ana karakterleri ayri ayri sevsem de çift olmalari cok hizli
This isn't the first book by this author that I've read but I do believe that this is the first one that I've really liked.

Rachel (h) is coming back to the same small town that she had lived in with her late husband. Now you would expect the locals to love the wife of a popular priest but not here, they found out the hard way that her husband was a fake and a user.

Gabe (H) after losing his wife and child to a drunk driver,he's been living minute by minute torn between eating a bullet or survivin
A hunky hero: check
A heroine to be rooted for: check
Well-developed characters: check
Intriguing storyline: check
Passionate love: check
Hilarious witty banter: check

Now tell me what more a romance reader could ask for? Trust Susan Elizabeth Phillips to get your fix of romance and then find yourself desperately longing for the love story she expertly conveyed.

I want to point out that this book was a little on the darker side when compared with the rest of the Chicago Stars series. Gabe and Rachel ar
Jul 17, 2008 MelissaB rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: contemporary romance lovers
I really enjoyed this book. I felt so bad for Rachel and Chip as they were just trying to survive. Rachel was running out of money and had no job propects. She goes back to the hometown she was run out of after her preacher ex-husband was found swindling parishoners money. She goes back to find diamonds that were hidden away because she is desparate. She asks Gabe Bonner for work at his movie theater but he is an emotional mess after losing his wife and son. He is pretty mean at first but comes ...more
Bu nasıl bir kitap? Bu yazar nasıl bir yazar? Hiçbir zaman şaşırtmıyor Susan Elizabeth Phillips.. Hiç bir zaman hayal kırıklığına uğratmıyor..
Oğlunu koruyabilmek, iyi bir şekilde yetiştirebilmek uğruna her şeyi göze alarak, her şeyi yapmaya hazır bir kadın Rachel Stone ile karısını ve oğlunu bir kazada kaybetmiş olan Gabe Bonner'ın hikayesi..
Nasıl mükemmel, nasıl duygusal, nasıl güzel anlatılmış..
Hele Chip ve Gabe sahneleri bitirdi beni burada..
Her zaman olduğu gibi yan karakterler müthiş.. Öze
Holy Amazing! I've enjoyed this whole series, but this one was just gut-wrenchingly, fantastically wonderful.
Elizabeth Scott
This is part of the Chicago Stars series, but it's not about a football player. It's about Rachel Stone, who will do anything for her five-year-old, Edward, and ends up saving a man who thought he'd lost his soul forever. I adored Gabe, but Rachel--well, to me she was the heart and soul of this book and I loved her journey and how strong she was.

I still can't believe I didn't know about Susan Elizabeth Phillips until last month--how is that possible? HOW??
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Chicago Stars (8 books)
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  • Match Me If You Can (Chicago Stars, #6)
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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.” 45 likes
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