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Dream Country

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,368 ratings  ·  145 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
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
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!
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
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.
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.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! Lots of chores were never done because I couldn't put this book down.
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: paranormal, fiction
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.
Natalie Niemeyer
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great book about family ties, an easy read I thought, couldn’t put this one down!
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Interesting story but it got a little wordy at times, so I skimmed some of it.
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Family drama. A little bit different.
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable summer read by Luanne Rice. So good to read about a family that pulled together following years apart due to an unfortunate situation. Love endures.
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
A beautiful book with a lot of positive auras despite the sad events.
Tara Evans
Sep 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: i-quit

so slow, so boring......
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very good story with just enough mystery and romance in it. Loved all the symbolism in it as well.
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a lovely spiritual book
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great story full of worry and wonder.
Deborah Jepma
Oct 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Great leisurely book to read. If your in the mood for an easy feel good book it is quite enjoyable. First luanne rice book I have read and will definitely read more of hers.
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Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-five novels including LAST DAY, BEACH GIRLS, and THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF SISTER. THE SHADOW BOX will be out in January 2021. 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 sh ...more

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