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Dream Country

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  2,729 ratings  ·  169 reviews
It was just an argument, one of hundreds Daisy Tucker must have had with her teenage daughter, Sage, over the years. But this one had ended differently, with Sage gone from their Connecticut home the next morning, leaving behind only a brief note: ""I have to go."" Daisy tried not to overreact, tried to remind herself this was different from what had happened thirteen year ...more
Paperback, 504 pages
Published January 2nd 2002 by Bantam (first published January 30th 2001)
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Apr 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-2016
This was a tough book to read. I have many of Luanne Rice’s books and decided to read this one first, since I haven’t read any of her books before. The synopsis for Dream Country sounded like something I was in the mood to read, but the further I read, the more mixed feelings I had about the story.

What I enjoyed most were the Shoshone myths and Native American lore that gives the book that Western outback feel. Ms Rice also creates a clear picture of life on a cattle ranch. Her characters, altho
Sharon Huether
Daisy had traveled to Wyoming from Connecticut for inspiration for her jewelry making.

She met a rancher, James Tucker, fell in love, married and started a family.

One day while working the cattle their three year old twin disappeared. Heartbroken Daisy took their daughter Sage, back to Connecticut with her.

Thirteen years later Sage left a note for her mother , It said" I have to leave" Sage traveled to Wyoming by rail, bicycle and hitchhiking. She was lucky a boy about her age picked her up and t
Many years ago, having just gotten out of college, jewelry maker Daisy Tucker had traveled to the wilderness of the Wind River Mountains in Wyoming in search of inspiration to fuel her art. What she had found was rancher James Tucker, a man with the wilderness inside him. Their life together was as close to paradise as a family could get - until the day their three-year-old son Jake disappeared without a trace. Her heart broken, her marriage in tatters, Daisy returned to Connecticut with Jake's ...more
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nls-audio
Luanne Rice is known for her explorations of family complexities and relationships in general, and this book is no exception. Thirteen years before this book opens, Daisy and James Tucker, a Wyoming ranch couple, are reeling under the sudden kidnapping of their three-year-old son, Jake. So horrific is the tragedy that the marriage ultimately falls apart, and Daisy, highly spiritual and extremely creative, insists that the couple’s remaining child, a daughter named Sage, would be safer if taken o ...more
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a good but long read. In Dream Country, author Luanne Rice takes the reader on the journey of a family that is broken by tragedy. We go from Connecticut to Wyoming. From uptown to the wilderness and wild country. Sage and jake are twins, born to James and Daisy Tucker of the reknowned tuckers of the sprawling DR ranch. When the twins are 3, Jake disappears while out with his father. No body is found. he is presumed dead. but, James won't leave the ranch,and Daisy is born and bred in new England ...more
Jan 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pleasant, story line was good. I could not deeply connect to this story, because there was just too much fantasy and not enough reality in it. Every twist and turn was contrived, and unbelievable.

It is supposed to be a story of second chances, and how even after a life-devastating tragedy, families can heal and reconnect. The problem for me was that the author was so in love with the background (western country life) that she focussed on that with very little research. Much of wha
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down! I think it's the fastest I have ever read a 500 page book! The story is so interesting and you can't wait to see what happens on the next page. The best Luann Rice book I have read so far! ...more
Jul 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the premise of the story and enjoyed the read; it's only the execution that ticked it into the 3.5 star range. On the plus side, I had a pretty good idea of where the plot twist was going from the beginning and had it all figured out--until I didn't! That's my favorite kind of twist. I would have liked the scenes of life on a ranch to be a bit more detailed (and accurate) but enjoyed the picture she painted of Wyoming in winter. All that being said, as a fan of Luanne Rice, I found this ...more
Christine Thibodeau
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Throughout much of the novel, James is a closed-off, almost cardboard cutout. Not a jerk, but didn't hold my interest. When he tries to reunite with Daisy, it was a surprise and often I didn't really buy it. But he forged on, showing us more and more bravery in letting his emotions come out, and he became my favorite character.
I appreciated that the reunion with Jake was slow and rocky. He had a lot of baggage to deal with and unload, but I loved the glimmers of progress and the fact that he st
May 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this read very much. Very well written, there was always so much going on and it really kept the story flowing. I also love how it jumps to different characters points of view so it was very easy to understand how everyone felt. At first I didn’t think there would be a happy ending, the Tucker family was doomed right out the gate. Everything was like a fairytale for Daisy and James until one day their three year old son disappears and is never seen again, Daisy moves across the country ...more
Stella Clara
just shook the tears from my eyes and gave this beautiful read of a novel a hug.

ive been meaning to read this off and on for years but for some reason or another ive never finished it

all I can say is wowza

the imagery of east and west melding together was absolutely gorgeous

the tale of half gone. but always feeling connected to each other twins absolutely. beautiful

what dazzled me was the Native American spirituality threaded throughout the prose that brought a lump to my throat those moments
LInda L
Jul 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Despite some lukewarm and downright ugly reviews, I just loved this book. Not a surprise, as I've loved most of Rice's writings. This one is 20 years old and MAYBE I had read it many years ago, but if so, I'm sure I loved it then as well. The story is charming/tragic and the characters are all interesting. Well, there may be a couple that are not all that much, but for the most part -- great. The descriptions of Alzheimer's are spot-on, and heartbreaking. Twists at the end are wonderful, and all ...more
Donne Knudsen
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book just because it's not the type of genre I typically read. But I have say it was a pretty good book and a wonderful family drama story. I may even check out some other books by this author.

The only thing I didn't like was reading about the puppy farms and all of the dog abuse. As a long time dog mama, I can't stand that kind of stuff and it just breaks my heart.

Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Had to push myself to get through this one. It's a romance, but with a little extra angst thrown in to make it more interesting. It still moved too slow for me, though. It picked up toward the end, but I still didn't really enjoy it.

I have two more Luanne Rice books on my To Read Shelf, so I'll try one more and see how it goes.
May 07, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This book was and still is my all-time favorite book if I had to choose a favorite book. The like-ability of the story is what makes it such an intriguing story to hold onto. There is the lure of the wild west and the inspiration coming from it along with a heart-wrenching story about family that I just keep coming back to over and over again since the time I first read this book in high school.
May 17, 2022 rated it did not like it
I've read books by Luanne Rice before and enjoyed them. I couldn't get through this one. I was well over 3/4 the way through this book and I had to just skim the rest of it. It seemed like nothing was happening for long periods of time. I was disappointed. I won't stop reading books by this author, though. ...more
Blair Michal
Jul 18, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book! Found this at a thrift store and now one of my top 3 favorite books. You will be transported to Wyoming with Luanne's thorough descriptions of landscapes, people, and healing spirtual powers of out west. Great family story. If you like Where the Crawdads sing you may also like this book. ...more
Joan  Ridge
This was good story and one I found that I read before......being 76 now one tends to forget things but I finished it. A good read without a doubt, the way Ms. Rice writes nothing is never dull about her stories.
Autumn Branson
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was a great read. Animal lovers will appreciate the storyline especially, but it’s a sweet story will enough intrigue and character all Rice fans will be completely satisfied. It kept me coming back anxiously seeking the next line.
Jun 21, 2022 rated it liked it
I like reading/ listening to Luanne Rice books....this was a really good story but seemed repetitive at times- therefore the 3 star rating. I listened to it on audio CD and really enjoy the performance by Laural Merlington.
Hailey Thomas
Sep 05, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Such a good book! Had everything from romance to mystery. Lots of love connections between husband and wife, parents and kids. Lots of trauma leading to special healing. Great characters, all around great book! Would read again!
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! Lots of chores were never done because I couldn't put this book down. ...more
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Like watching a Hallmark movie - you may not be any smarter when you are done, but you feel really good!

second time to read this one
Echo Elizabeth
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Luanne Rice is one of my favorites, this was such a great story, sad in parts but a good enfing.
Nikki Baas
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What an adventure!
Veronica Bercaw
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great storyline!

Best book I've read in a long long time. It makes you believe that anything and everything is possible in life. I hope to read another by this author.
Dorothy Clark
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a typical Rice novel exploring human relationships stressed by tragedy.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, paranormal
At times it was interesting, at times it bordered on boring or over the top melodramatic. As an escape, it was generally enjoyable but not remarkable.
I lost interest in Dream Country and did not finish listening to the audiobook.
Harold Walters
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
A love story.
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Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-six novels including THE SHADOW BOX, LAST DAY, BEACH GIRLS, PRETEND SHE'S HERE, and THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF SISTERS. Five of her books have been made into movies and mini-series, many have been New York Times bestsellers and two of her pieces have been featured in off-Broadway theatre productions. She lives on the Connecticut shoreline. ...more

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