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Dream Child

(Dream #3)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  39 reviews
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"I would give anything to take this away from her. I would gladly go back to having the nightmares myself – the very worst ones, the ones that had me waking up screaming in a pool of my own vomit – rather than see Lizzie go through this..."

As a resident at Children's Hospital, Sara can handle ninety hour workweeks, fi
Kindle Edition, 293 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 (first published March 18th 2013)
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J.J. DiBenedetto’s Dream series of novels just keeps getting better. The characters grow convincingly into their lives. New friends are introduced with an enjoyably natural touch. And the world of a new doctor feels real enough despite this new doctor’s many other activities. Overworked... always overworked... struggling to balance family and job... eager to serve each of her young patients and their parents, Doctor Sara suddenly finds that scary dreams just might be genetic.

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The third book in the Dream series by J.J. DiBenedetto. Sara's young daughter has inherited her ability to see other's dreams. A light paranormal mystery. Entertaining read. ...more
Julianne Redmon
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sara and Brian's story continues with a new twist...their daughter, Lizzie, has inherited Sara's gift!

The mystery that Sara's, and now Lizzie's, dreams are prompting them to solve is entirely different than the previous two books. There is always a fear that the plots will get boring and formulaic in a series but that is definitely NOT the case with this one. However I was waiting for Sara to get injured in the line of crime fighting this time...maybe it's the klutz in me who can relate to a cha
Sassy Beta Reading & Review
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If I had to describe this 3rd book and series in 1 word only, it would be FREAKING SPECTACULAR! (Yes I know that is 2 words but hey!) Thank goodness I am not limited to only 1 (or 2) words :) This book was even better than the first and second. It really kept me guessing from start to finish. James had me hooked from the first word....okay maybe not the first...but at least by the 3rd! A few years have passed and surprises awaits! James did a fantastic job in filling us in on what has happened i ...more
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This third book skips ahead a few years. Sara now has Lizzie who is almost 4 as well as 3 months old twins (Ben and Steph). On a trip to a conference where Sara’s mother in law and Lizzie come with them something terrible happens. Lizzie has a dream about a boy that she met on the train. Her friend Billy is really scared. Someone is threatening his daddy and he doesn’t know what’s going on. Of course neither does Lizzie. She runs to her mom and tells her about this terrible dream and that’s when ...more
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This third book in the Dreams series seems to take a little different turn. Sara and Brian have children and the responsibilities of parenthood. Lizzie, their smart little girl, has ended up with Sara's gift of dreams and has her own mystery to solve when she runs into a congressman's son on the train and starts to have dreams of some kind of cover up. Sara and Brian are there to do what they can to help her solve the mystery and track down the clues. This storyline has a lot more mystery in it, ...more
Mary Lou Hoffman
Book three in the series. This does stand alone, but I highly recommend reading in order.
Category: Fiction, Paranormal
Recommended for: Teens and adults
Grammar/editing: A – near perfect
Received from: J. J. Di Benedetto (in exchange for an honest review)/ Blog Tour

What would you do to prevent fear for your child? To save the life of a child? Twenty children? Two hundred?

This was another terrific, suspenseful, paranormal tale with a large touch of family love. I am loving this se
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Better than the first two! Dream Child picks up a few years down the road, Sara is a doctor, and her and Brian now have kids- 4 year old Lizzie and the twins. Lizzie has inherited her mother's ability to see others' dreams, and stumbles into a huge political coverup that has her friend scared. Sara and Lizzie are able to see each other in the dreams, Sara can see the nightmares that Lizzie is having about her friend, about this new ordeal that they have to unravel. So many more twists, amazing s ...more
This series is really addictive. Sara gets more interesting with each book. Not only that, but now her daughter Lizzie is having these same dreams about things that they have to fix, so everyone has to work together just to solve the mystery about the scary man in the big black car.

I'm interested in what happens in the next book, because it sounds really dramatic. Plus, it feeds my addiction for the books in this series.
InD'tale Magazine
DiBenedetto cites the book as a standalone but it is recommended that readers have a knowledge of the prior two books to fully grasp the background information that is revealed about Sara and her husband, Brian.

Read full review in the 2013 Dec/Jan Holiday issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a time jump from the last book to this one, as I've read other books in between it did take me a few pages to catch up, however I loved where this story led the characters and the nice twist at the end, I can't wait to read the next book to discover more. ...more
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Good book about a Doctor who has been having dreams since college. She learns her young daughter starts having these mysterious and sometimes scary dreams as well.
Nicole Dunton
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the Dream series by J.J. DiBenedetto. In this book, Sarah's daughter Lizzie starts having dream walking dreams as well. Sarah is understandably upset and does everything in her power to figure everything out so that her daughter will stop having the dreams. Can she stop them in time or are forces out of her control?

I really enjoyed this book! I think it's been the most intense one of the series yet! I can't wait to dive into the rest of the series personally! I kind of
Rosemary Hughes
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dreams are bad enough for adults, but for 4 year old child, seeing people you know in a situation that caused them pain. It is extremely hard, but when the mother has had dreams similar and understands that the dreams are sent for a reason, and that reason has to be figured out, to stop the dreams, well compassion and understanding is part of the help that is given to the child, who is experiencing the trauma.
I would suggest books 1 and 2 of this series be read, prior to reading this book, as i
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was just as captivating as the ones before. I love being able to follow along with the life of a character that I enjoy. Watching her life unfold and finding others in her life that have the same abilities is so fun. I still love the style of writing this author does, and how the story moves at a steady pace that never seems to rush or drag.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-others
3.5 stars, I enjoyed the first two books in the series, but this just didn't hit the mark with me. if I'm honest the Lizzie character was just to good to be true for a four year old, a little overbearing. ...more
Penelope Bartotto
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Today I dive back in to a series that I think is being overlooked by the greater literary market, the Dream Series by J.J. DiBenedetto. First came Dream Student (Read full review: HERE) which brought romance into a very odd development in a young woman's life. Dream Doctor (Read full review: HERE) takes our young heroine into the demanding world of becoming a doctor and a wife. The third book, Dream Child, finds us with Sara and her growing family, and is on review today at The Library.
Of the th
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dream Series #3. By: J. J. DiBenedetto. Format: eBook. Read: August 2013.

Sara is a resident at Children’s Hospital, which means excruciatingly long work weeks, but it is worth it to come home to Brian and their adorable daughter, Lizzie. Sara is very grateful that she is able to bring Lizzie to work with her when she can’t find a babysitter. All the staff love Lizzie and Lizzie gets to play with the children, which helps distract them from the routines of being a hospital patient. Lizzie is a lo
Michelle Randall
Dr. Sara Alderson is in the middle of her residency, and she hasn't had a dream that needed her interference since her first year of med school. Just when she is about to believe that they have disappeared from her life forever, she gets the biggest shock of her life as she discovers her four-year-old daughter Lizzie has inherited her gift too. Dream Child follows Lizzie's dreams as she meets a new friend on the train to Washington DC for the week, and ends up dreaming about him. Sara and Brian ...more
Y.I. Lee
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I confess this is my first foray into J.J. Dibenedetto’s writing. I chose to read book three, unaware they were a series. However, it didn’t matter because the book stood alone.
The story is based around Lizzie, a sweet little girl who has dreams. Some okay, but a number more scary.
Her mother, Sara, is a doctor working in a busy children’s hospital. Sara also dreams, but not as often as she did. Naturally, realising her daughter is going down the same unpleasant road is upsetting for her. It wo
Uvi Poznansky
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This time, the twist of the entire Dream series on the “What if you could see someone else’s dreams” question has taken an extra new bend. It is, “What if your child could see your dreams, and the dreams of others? What if she has your power?”

Here is the first time Sara realizes that her daughter, Lizzie, can see inside her: “She was seeing—she was inside—she saw me dreaming. She’s got it just like I do.” Being inside her is doubly frightening because at this point there is a new life inside Sar
Lenore Sagaskie
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The story continues four years later. Sara is doing her medical residency in Pediatrics. She has a daughter Lizzie, who is almost four years old, and also twin babies. The story begins with Sara,
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Lizzie and her mother-in-law, Helen going by train to Washington so Sara can attend a conference. On the train, they meet a woman and her son Billy, who Lizzie befriends. They soon discover that they are the family of Congressman Hanratty,
Perry Martin
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dream Child by J.J. DiBenedetto and Narrated by Heather Jane Hogan is DiVenedetto's third book in the Dream Series. At this time the first four book are available on as well as a short story that takes place between book 3&4 as Betty and Howard Barnes take a European Vacation.

Dream Child revolves around Sara's 4 year old daughter who has inherited Sara's Gift. You learn that as in other books the ability to see others dreams only manifests itself if you meet the person. Keeping a 4 y
Perrin Larton
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuing on with J.J. DiBenedetto's 'Dream' series, I, once again, enjoyed the book.

Sara is off to a medical convention in Washington D.C., with her 4 year old daughter, Lizzie and Sara's mom-in-law, Helen, leaving husband Brian at home with the fairly new twins. On the train ride south, they meet up with the wife of a politician and their little boy. Lizzie and the little boy hit it off and Lizzie becomes 'Dr. Lizzie' after she bandages the Billy's 'owie'.

Lizzie begins to have nightmares ab
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
The series continues with Sarah and Brian having a daughter who has inherited her mother’s dream talents. As a mother myself I can relate to how Sarah feels wanting to protect your child, take away the bad and leave only the good. To have a child have to deal with these nightmares makes it a nightmare for the parents. I could relate more to the characters than I could in the first two books.

I loved Lizzie she is such a sweet, friendly, smart, cute and bubbly with a wonderful imaginative she is s
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of the ebook for an honest review.

Dream Child is the third book the Dream Series. I thought the first two books, Dream Student and Dream Doctor, were okay but I liked this one quite a bit more. One thing that I didn’t care for in the first two books was Sara’s rambling thoughts, but there wasn’t near as much of that in this book.

In Dream Child, Sara finds out that her 3 (almost 4) year old daughter, Lizzie, has the same gift (curse?) that she does. She and her husband, Bri
Ann Snizek
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This third installment of the Dream series has jumped more into the future and in its own way is more difficult to deal with the distresses the characters problems. I've always had an emotional connection and protective instinct that kicks in when children are involved and this is no different. DiBenedetto does NOT disappoint in Dream Child. He keeps the same pace and high level of characters as I've come to expect.

I am amazed at the depth reached in Dream Child. Lizzie is a precocious, lovable
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sara and Brian now have three kids, Lizzie who is three and the two twins. Sara, Lizzie and Brian's mom Helen, are on their way to DC for a medical conference. On the train ride, Lizzie makes a new friend, Billy. Billy is the son of Congressman Hanratty. Once Lizzie meets Billy, she starts to dream hop into his dreams and realizes that he is really scared. When Lizzie tells her mother about this, Sara realizes that she needs to get to the bottom of why Billy is scared so her daughter doesn't hav ...more
Niki Driscoll
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Things are progressing in lives of Sara and Brian, they now have children to enrich their lives. Their daughter Lizzie is 4 years old and had been gifted with the same ability as her mother, she can enter and see dreams. Its bad enough when you have to see other peoples dreams but how do you protect your 4 year old. Another awesome story to add to this wonderful series. Every book just keeps getting better and I feel as if I am right there when everything happens. The story lines are exciting wi ...more
Sherri Malia
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited to read Dream Child, since I had already read Dream Student & Dream Doctor. I just feel like I’m part of their family now, and it was great that Beth was back. I did find this one just a bit slower to start, but picked up quickly. It’s hard enough to deal with your own “gift” of dreaming others dreams, but then to find out your innocent 4 year old daughter has the gift. It makes you wonder if this is a gift or a curse. How do you explain these things to a 4 year old child? Howev ...more
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J.J. (James) DiBenedetto was born in Yonkers, New York. He attended Case Western Reserve university, where as his classmates can attest, he was a complete nerd. Very little has changed since then.

He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with his beautiful wife and their cat (who has thoroughly trained them both). When he's not writing, James works in the direct marketing field, enjoys the opera,

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  • Dream Family (Dream, #4)
  • Waking Dream (Dream, #5)
  • Dream Reunion (Dream, #6)
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