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Chasing Dreams

(Harper Family #1)

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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  273 ratings  ·  52 reviews
* * * A SEXY small-town contemporary romance * * *

He's a single father. She's a former ballerina. Can they risk getting involved when a little girl's heart is involved?

Isabella Harper lived in the bright-lights of New York, a performer at the top of her field until a career-ending injury drove her home to find a new dream. If she can’t dance anymore, at least she can
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Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published March 19th 2018 by Anderby Lane Publishing
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Coco.V
May 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
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Books and Spoons
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, earc
The well-written, ardent, and passionate stories from the Oak Grove introduced the author Nancy Stopper to me, and the first installment of the Harper Family series is delivered with the same smooth and fluent way that pulls you into the life of The Harper's and their friends while telling an entertaining and enjoyable story.
Isabella Harper and Tanner Ross's story is a steamy, erotic, passion-filled tale of falling in love and learning to trust again despite the past hurt. There is a lot of int
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Isha Coleman
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Nancy Stopper speaks to the dreamers of the world. Chasing Dreams is a voice of hope in a world that can often feel hopeless. Tanner and Isabella are the perfect example of how one person can make a difference. She's lost her way. Injury has sidelined Isabella's promising career as a ballet dancer. He's lost his faith. One broken heart is one too many. Tanner wants to be happy and he wants his daughter to be happy, yet despite his penchant for encourages others to never lose heart in navigating ...more
Bette Stanek
A single dad disillusioned with love after his wife simply left because she “couldn’t be a mom anymore” and an eight-year-old daughter who has to come first makes giving a second shot at any type of a relationship nearly impossible. That’s Tanner’s lot in life. Plus, he’s always tied up with the kids at Jason’s House. Then he meets Isabella.

A newly single and disillusioned ballerina whose career ended suddenly due to an accident has come home to open a dance studio and still keep ballet in her
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Yvonne Cruz
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am always looking for authors new to me , and when I came upon this book, I knew I had to give it a try.
This first book in a series about four siblings, centers around Izzy Harper. She was a prima ballerina in NYC but an injury brings her back home where she’s looking forward to opening a ballet school. She’s dealing with the loss of her career, and the boyfriend who left her when she got injured.
Tanner Ross is a single Dad, who adores his daughter and when she begs him to take her to the danc
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Shari
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love single dad romances!! Tanner, single dad is wonderful to his daughter, Hayley and does not want her heart broken again, so no relationships for him. Until he meets Izzy, a ballerina who has returned to town from the big stage to open her own studio. Neither are in a place in their lives to start a relationship but can they deny the chemistry.

This is the first book in a new series by Nancy Stopper and I thoroughly loved. Loved the family of both characters, the charm of the small town and
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Michelle
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tanner is a single dad who spends most of his time running a center for troubled teens, Jason's House. Izzy returns to her hometown after a career ending injury to start a ballet studio. They meet when Tanner's daughter Hayley wants to register for classes. Neither of them are looking for a relationship but when sparks fly, they keep finding reasons to cross paths. They both have been burned and are hesitant to get involved again especially with a little girl's feelings in the mix. This was an e ...more
Kim
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feel good story

This is a story about a woman who has to figure out her life after her dancing carrier was brought to an abrupt end. She also has to deal with her demons. She meets a wonderful man who is also dealing with demons of his own. They have immediate chemistry. Tanner has a daughter that is his world and he needs to protect her from being hurt. Izzy is finding who she is as a dance teacher and reconnecting with her family. They come together in spectacular fashion. Good read.
Baca Buku
Apr 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
There was a story here. A romance between a ballerina and a social worker/single father got my attention.
But the storytelling was quite dull and the main characters were so bland. Their dialogue was bland and the way they spoke was unrealistic.
The subplots sounded interesting at first but didn't end up anywhere exciting.
I don't mind sex scenes but at least two could have just been alluded to. Those pages could have been better used elsewhere.
Cynthia
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Story

Tanner was a single dad with a daughter who he loved dearly, but he worries about all the girl things she might want to do. He sees a sign for a new fan e studio opening up and he knows that his daughter would love it. Izzy is opening the studio with her best friend after recuperating from a knee injury and surgery. When she meets Tanner and his daughter she know it is something.
Sharon
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet love story

Good characters Izzy and Tanner are perfect together and his daughter Hayley adds so much warmth and humor. A quick read filled with romance, love, humor and a little intrigue. This is the start of a series and has hooked me enough to read the next book in this series. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️4 Stars from with a recommendation you read it too.
Sylvia Joseph
Follow your dream

Story of a lost love, dreams, a fathers alcoholic addiction, Dad raising a small daughter on his own when he finally loses his heart ❤ and his desire agajn. A very elicited sexual description of wild lust. This would have been given a five star rating of I had not had to do many pages due to sexual orientation.
Jackie
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet

Cute story. I like all the underlying themes. Body image distortion, issues with eating, come backs after being injured and overcoming being cheated on and discarded for something new. Abandonment, among other issues were also touched on. Tanner, Izzy and Haley were adorable together with their unique family dynamic.
James Brighton
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very emotional story well written I hope the following books live up to this one

Well done Nancy keep up the good work I really enjoyed it. I will read the next book in this series
InD'tale Magazine
4.5/5.0

“Chasing Dreams” is the first novel in the Harper Family series by Nancy Stopper.

Read full review in the 2018 June issue of InD'tale Magazine.

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Judy Nelson
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightful story!!!

The positive attitudes exhibited in this read really warmed my heart and I enjoyed every word of it from beginning to end. Thank you!!
Marjorie M. Lotz
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
CHasing Dreams

Loved the storyline. Kept one interested throughout the book. Did not appreciate the lengthy descriptions of the various sexual activities.
Rebecca
3 star

Felt character driven and relationship had enough stressors to be credible. I would read more from this author if I had opportunity.
T'Shura Sinclair
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book
Becky Claxon
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great start to a new series. Tanner Ross is the director of Jason’s House which is a safe place for troubled teens in Cedar Hill, Pennsylvania. He is raising his eight year old daughter Haley by himself as her mother left when Haley was young wanting nothing to do with either one. Tanner puts all his energy into the kids of Jason’s House and his daughter. In a meeting with the mayor, he is told that a new dance studio is opening that Isabella Harper, the prima ballerina from New York, is ...more
Monica
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Isabella Harper has returned home to Cedar Hill after a serious injury ended her career as a prima ballerina in New York. Now, with her good friend they have opened a dance studio in her home town where she can indulge her greatest love by teaching young children. With her hopes of a future on a New York stage behind her as well as her ex boyfriend who no longer had any use for her after her accident, Izzy is ready to move on. She just doesn't expect a handsome teen center director and his adora ...more
Stephanie (Between the Coverz)
A passionate, sweet and charming romance!

Chasing Dreams is the first book in the Harper Family series. This is an inspiring story full of romance, passion and emotion. There is just enough action and romance throughout to keep my interest piqued. This story caught my attention from the very beginning. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. This is a great book to start the new series off. It will draw you in and have you engaged from start to finish.

Nancy Stopper does a fantastic jo
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DetroitSoccerMom
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to read the first book in Nancy Stopper's new Harper Family series. This book was about to Isabella Harper, who left her position as a prima ballerina in New York to return to her home town, to find a hunky single dad with a daughter who wants to take dance lessons at Izzy's new studio. The book also introduced us to some of Izzy's family, and it left me excited to see what's in store for all of them.

This author does such a great job of drawing you into the story, and Chasing D
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Tracey
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
*This ARC was received in exchange for an honest review*

This is the story of single father Tanner Ross, who is the director of a safe place for troubled teens to stay, but this job seems to be taking more of his time than he thought and when the Mayor suggests a new dance studio in the town for his daughter, he jumps at the chance, anything to make his daughter happy.
When they get to the studio he meets the new dance teacher, former prima ballerina Isabella Harper, who had decided after an accid
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Larry Sells
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Chasing Dreams
By Nancy Stopper

Review
By Larry Sells
Nancy Stopper wrote about a human condition when she wrote Chasing Dreams. Almost everyone would follow their dreams if they give the opportunity. The dream follows a part of the human condition.
Inside Chasing Dreams, we have two people, Tanner Rose and Isabella Harper (Izzy) chasing two dreams. Tanner’s dreams are a child’s shelter called Jason’s House and the other one is following in love. Izzy first dream is to return to New York to recapture
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Lynette
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in a new series from Nancy Stopper and I can’t wait to see where her stories take me and the people I’ll meet along the way.

Cedar Hill is the hometown of Isabella Harper, a retired prima ballerina with a prestigious New York dance company. Izzy has returned to Cedar Grove to open a dance studio after a catastrophic accident ended both her career and the relationship with her partner-boyfriend.
Single dad Tanner Ross moved from Philadelphia to Cedar Hill to provide a bette
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Teresa
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When an accident knocks prima ballerina, Isabella Harper, off her feet and into retirement, she goes back home. Instead of dancing on the stage, Izzy opens a dance studio which allows her to help young dancers follow their dreams. Tanner runs Jason’s House, a place for troubled teens. He is also raising his daughter, Hayley, alone. When Hayley wants to take ballet lessons at Izzy’s studio, their previous chance meeting begins to turn into something more. Tanner is scared of a relationship becaus ...more
Annemarie Rudolph
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tanner runs a center for troubled teens, Jason’s House. He is single parent to eight year old Hayley — his wife left when Hayley was a toddler (4). Izzy was a prima ballerina before an injury ended her career. Back in her hometown, Cedar Hill, she opens a dance studio. Hayley wants to dance and Tanner signs her up for ballet class. This is where he and Izzy meet. Right from the start there is an attraction between them. When they see each other later that same night, sparks fly.
This is the eigh
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BP34
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After her dream as a talented ballerina was ended by an injury, Izzy opened a dance studio. She still wanted to be close to ballet, the love of her life. Tanner is the father of one of her students and he has no interest in risking his wounded heart. He doesn't allow himself to feel anything for anyone except his daughter because of the fear of being hurt. Izzy breaks down his barriers and he finds himself feeling again and then the drama begins. Decisions have to be made when she receives an of ...more
Eileen
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I totally enjoyed Chasing Dreams by Nancy Stopper, the first book in her Harper Family series. Tanner Ross, a single dad, has avoided getting involved in a relationship until he meets Isabella, Izzy, Harper. Izzy, a dancer with a New York Ballet, returned to home to Cedar Hill after a career-ending injury to open a dance studio. When Izzy has a chance to return to the stage how will this affect their hopes for a future together?

I really loved reading this book and had trouble putting it down. M
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