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Any Dream Will Do

(New Beginnings #4)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  8,362 ratings  ·  1,076 reviews
Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold.

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published August 8th 2017 by Ballantine Books
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Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
My first experience reading Debbie Macomber and it definitely won't be my last. I actually did the audio on this book and the storyline was very moving, well placed, with two strong characters that were easy to bond with.
Drew, a pastor with 2 children, who has been widowed for 4 years, and Shay, who is attempting to move on from an evil ex-boyfriend and a reckless, uncaring brother.
The chapters alternated between Drew and Shay which gave the listener a chance to become involved from both povs.
Jill McGill
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Uplifting, Powerful, and Full of Love!

Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber is a beautiful story about second chances, love, trust, faith, and redemption! Debbie Macomber has a wonderful way of bringing all her characters to life - simply an incredible story from beginning to end.

Shay Benson loved her brother Caden, and all she wanted to do was help him stay out of trouble. Unfortunately, that act of kindness cost her three years of her life behind bars. Now she is determined to start over, she
Cathy Daniel
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a good and sweet book! I cried several times! There needs to be a sequel. I'm not ready to leave these characters.
There are two curse words in this book (in context and makes sense. There is a convict and ex con in the story, it's not all roses) but besides that, exceptionally clean.
I love, love, love how the characters healed separately and then were friends and then dated. Sometimes in romances I want to scream when the author has two broken people start a relationship. This was done so
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
I really enjoyed this book! A different change of pace

Debbie Macomber is known for her stories of overcoming mistakes and regrets. Of people changing and finding new paths. And, also, connecting with those that are seemingly opposite’s in every way. But this story seems to take that theme to a different level.

I’m not sure what it is that made this book different for me. Two completely opposite people that are struggling to find an answer to what is missing in their lives? To find happiness? Or m
Sherri Thacker
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A nice quick read and i loved it. This is my 6th book by Debbie Macomber and as always, I love all of her books!
Julie Carpenter
I love Debbie Macomber's Christmas stories. I haven't read too many of her books that aren't set during Christmas time so this was a fun change of pace for me and her books. I really enjoyed it! I enjoyed the different characters, the pacing, the lapse of time, the theme, the plot. Definitely an all around good read.

Shay is one of those characters that you feel torn about. Not torn in a bad way but torn because you see the struggle and dilemma that she is faced with and you are torn hoping the c
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

Any Dream will Do is about Second Chances, starting over, love, and faith

Shay Benson goes against her better judgement to help her younger brother and pays for it dearly. After serving her time, she finds herself in a church trying to make sense of what she is going to do next in her life. She believes that she is there alone but is soon approached by Pastor Drew Douglas.

Drew Douglas has been mourning the loss of his wife the last 4 years. His congregation is suffering and he needs to
debbicat ☮~Traveling Sister
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2017-reads
This is a great little read. Not the kind I usually gravitate to. But very enjoyable. I felt really connected to the characters, Drew and Shay. It has some great themes that I think are important. It's a romance, sure, but so much more.

Shay commits a crime to save her brother and gets caught. She goes to prison. When she is released, she has no money and nowhere to go. She finds herself getting out of the weather in a church. That is where she meets the pastor, Drew. They form a friendship that
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Confession--Apparently I thought this author was someone else when I entered to win this from Goodreads. I was not expecting Christian lit. That said, this is very easy reading. Macomber is definitely a pro and tugs away at those heartstrings in an unlikely romance full of near misses and outside pressures. What makes the book really excellent in my opinion is the deft handling of "church people" and showing their, well hypocrisy may be too strong a word but I'll go with it, in judging the heroi ...more
Susan Crowe
Well now.....
I listened to the first two books in this series and I really enjoyed them. the third book not so much. this book not at all. the only reason I gave it two stars was because I just could not bring myself to give one star to Debbie Macomber. I am really shocked at the rave reviews that this book has gotten. you all must be hard core Debbie Macomber fans because I cannot think of anything that I liked about this book. it was extremely predictable and so corny. I'm sorry I can't say an
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, 4-star
Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber sucked me in right from the beginning and I couldn't believe that it was 352 pages long. It felt like 100. It is delightful, warm and entirely a 'feel good' book. And... just a little different to her other books to make me sigh with happiness when I had finished.

I loved the characters. Shay is a little hard edged to begin with, but then her life has been no picnic and she has had it tough since childhood. Now being 'played' by her brother and having just com
Janet Robel
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Picking up a book by Ms. Macomber is like a balm for the soul. While this starts out a little differently from her others, the wonderful storytelling we've come to expect is still there. She has a gift for creating magic on the pages. I love Shay immediately. Getting out of prison after three years, she feels all is lost. Until a kind stranger helps guide her where a future may be possible after all. This spans over a year so friendship and romance slowly develop. Pastor Drew is a rare breed of ...more
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, romance
A few months ago I was talking to an acquaintance about books and she mentioned how much she likes Debbie Macomber because the books make her happy and she feels "safe" reading them. I'll definitely need to point her towards this book because I know she'd love it.

I too enjoy this author, and I liked this one and its focus on basically just the main characters and two points of view (although the side characters were lovely). Shay was a great protagonist - she had been through a lot and felt wort
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Any Dream Will Do
Debbie MacComber
4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This isn't my usual type of read but I really enjoyed reading this story. It's such a sweet and eye opening read.
It shows you how much others judge people due to their pasts.
It show that people are able to change and that people deserve second chances.
This story was similiar to all of those lifetime movies my mother watched when I was younger. This was such an inspirational read it just warms your heart.
Thanks NetGalley for the arc in exchange for my ho
5 "Faith, Love & 2nd Chances" Stars for the story and narration!

I've been meaning to try a book for Debbie Macomber for some time now. The blurb for Any Dream Will Do finally made me to give Ms. Macomber a try, and boy did I pick a great first book to sample Ms. Macomber's works! I absolutely loved the faith and hope-filled message in this story that provides inspiration that even those who have had the hardest luck and lived in dire straights are worthy of second chances and finding their H
Aug 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Did not finish - overwhelming Christian themes plus unbelievable set up in the beginning plus the overall terrible Hallmark movie vibe drove me away from this book. There are better Macomber books to read than this, and I was disappointed.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
Very good!

Shay is a felon. What happens to her after her release from prison is probably the least likely scenario that she could imagine. What a story of redemption and love! This is one of Ms Macomber’s very best!
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Debbie Macomber’s books are a safe bet for me when I’m in the mood for feel-good, uplifting reads with a happy ending. Granted, her books sometimes seem like too all-rounded, too neat, too beautifully wrapped-up, and this book, Any Dream Will Do is no exception in that equation, yet it still hit me in the feels much stronger than I had anticipated and gave me a lot of emotions.

As usual, Debbie Macomber’s writing is clean, solid and emotionally evocative. In fact, well, I might be a bit partial t
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Title: Any Dream Will Do
Author: Debbie Macomber
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four

"Any Dream Will Do" by Debbie Macomber

My Thoughts.....

Who would have thought that Shay Benson and Drew Douglas who were complete opposites would one day come together and actually fall in love? We find that Shay has just been released from prison and finds herself showing up at Drew's church where we find that he is a widower, pastor and also a single father of two who was frownin
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't know how she does it but EVERY book I've read written by this woman leaves me with a feeling of being engulfed in a huge hug. What more can I say.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Debbie Macomber has done it again. This book is exactly what I needed to read right now. It has everything. There is betrayal, anger, forgiveness, family loss, unsuspecting emotions, friendship, loyalty, respect, acceptance, love, unsuspecting emotions, and second chances. There is also a Christian theme running throughout the story that is necessary to the storyline.

Shay Benson was a character that grew in leaps and bounds in this book. She went from a bitter, angry, knocked down woman to someo
Maureen Timerman
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
From the first to the last page this story became a compelling page-turner, and I could just see it unfold like a TV movie, and it sure would make a great one.
Shay Benson has not had an easy life, and early on took responsibility for her brother, and in the end it costs her dearly to the point she ends up in jail.
Fate or not, I believe God had a hand in bringing her just where she needed to be on that December day, and just where Pastor Drew needed her to be. Yes, he needed her as much as she ne
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been years since I've read a Debbie Macomber book. Despite the religious undertones i enjoyed this low-keyed romantic book. Stories about redemption and finding oneself always intrigue me. If you are a Macomber fan this book is a must read.
Kirsten #EnoughIsEnough
I am beginning to really, really like Debbie Macomber's books. They're not my usual type of romances -- historical or suspense driven, with big, rich alpha males. No, all the people in Macomber's books are people that you'd recognize from your own life.

Her themes of second chances and redemption really do your heart good and this novel is no different. At first, I was worried that since one of her characters was a Pastor that I would have to put up with a lot of preaching, but that wasn't the c
Judy Collins
Review to follow. .
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wonderful story of second chances and redemption.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Another classically fun novel by Debbie Macomber. It's an easy, fast read with a unique story about a young woman who spends three years in prison and where her life takes her when she gets out. A perfect summer read.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it
The premise for this story is a good one that wasn't handled well. Drew and Shay, the two main characters, had experienced a lot in their lives by the start of the book. However, their behaviors were more like two high school kids experiencing "life" for the first time. The conversations and thoughts were a bit too sugary for real people. Some good editing to remove repetitious thoughts and dialogue would have helped as well as situations that REALLY injected some tension into the story. I've re ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
This was a quick read for me. I enjoyed the story and did not mind the religious tones at all. I normally shy away from any book that contains too much religion. It can get in the way of the story, in my opinion.

But, this book was a beautifully written story about starting over and forgiveness and it really struck a chord in my heart and my thinking. The characters were well developed from Shay to the most minor character. I felt a part of the story which is rare.

Thank you to NetGalley and Rand
I seem to be making a habit recently of reading books by authors I’ve never managed to get to before. Despite having a couple of her books tucked away, Debbie Macomber is one such author. After reading Any Dream Will Do I’m literally kicking myself for this – why have I left it so long? I absolutely loved this charming, uplifting and moving book.

Shay hoped her life had turned a corner, she had a job and her wild past seemed to be behind her. But when her brother comes to her for help, she can’t
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Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 1,000 weeks on the New York Time ...more

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New Beginnings (4 books)
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“I served the counter while Sadie and Alice managed the floor. As soon as one seat emptied, someone else took the spot. After removing the dirty dishes and wiping the area clean, I looked up to greet my new customer.” 0 likes
“Pastor…” I stood outside, unsure this was the right place. “This is it? Hope Center?” I called him pastor but I thought of him as Drew. That was the way he’d introduced himself to me and it was the name that stuck in my head” 0 likes
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