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Free to Dream

(Amaryllis #1)

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4.35  ·  Rating details ·  257 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Cassidy Freeman doesn’t believe dreams come true because every night her dreams trap her in a nightmare she barely escaped as a child. She maintains rigid control over all aspects of her life, giving the illusion she's strong and confident. Allowing very few close enough to see the brave heart buried beneath, she’s convinced she’ll carry her burdens alone.

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Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published August 4th 2018 by Tracey Jerald
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Dilek VT
There are a lot of abuse survivors in this book. I must warn you that there are some details about child abuse, as well.

I find stories of abuse survivors worth reading so I wanted to read this book.

Our heroine has made her own family and there are lots of side characters in the book. The guy who saved her from her abusers, and four more girls they have picked up some time in their lives have managed through the hardships of life and created their own family under the name of Freeman. A made-up
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Kindling Micky
2.5 - 3 stars

I liked the story concept and I found it easy if a bit ‘dropped straight into the fire’ to get into. The heroine was likeable and admirable but I didn’t always gel with the writing style. I found some of the description clunky and the family in general didn’t grab me. I didn’t enjoy the food scene (if you’ve read this, you’ll understand me).

There was a compelling story to be told here and there was a clever twist that I didn’t see coming. A solid debut but it didn’t wow me. I would
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Dora Koutsoukou
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5 ❤💔❤💔🌹🌟🌟🌟🌟s❣❣❣

“Her strength brings me to my knees.
Her honour is like a sword to my gut, slowly bleeding me.
She’s the other half of me.
The dream I didn’t know I was chasing.
The quiet to the storm in my soul. “ Caleb
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Alissa
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those rare debuts where you just can’t believe this was the author’s first book!! I absolutely loved this story and the entire cast of characters. Normally the hero is what makes a story for me, but in this case I fell in love with Cassidy. She’s so fierce, strong and independent, especially after everything she’s been through. She and Caleb have a unique story and I enjoyed the ride. I would’ve liked just a little more of an in depth look in the situation with Keene towards the e ...more
Soulla Georgiou
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This debut novel totally blew me away! One of my top reads of 2018. Free To Dream was recommended to me and I couldn't resist picking it up. And I'm so happy I did.

This story stands out in a market that it saturated with the same old romance books. Romance books that you feel like you've read a million times before.

But Cassidy and Caleb's story is unique, suspenseful and full of heartache and swoon. The secondary characters are a delight too.

This book had me hooked from the first line and I sa
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Milica's Bookshelf
It's hard for me to believe this is Tracey's first book! It's awesome! Loved every single page of it! Caleb & Cassidy are so such wonderful couple, perfect for each other.
Can't wait to read Ali's & Keene's story!

Sue
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by Tracey Jerald and certainly won’t be my last! I loved it!!!! Couldn’t put it down!
Coco.V
Mar 19, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Blurb:
Cassidy Freeman doesn’t believe dreams come true because every night her dreams trap her in a nightmare she barely escaped as a child. She maintains rigid control over all aspects of her life, giving the illusion she's strong and confident. Allowing very few close enough to see the brave heart buried beneath, she’s convinced she’ll carry her burdens alone.

From the minute they met, Caleb Lockwood disrupted everything by destroying her sense of order. Hi
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Tiffany
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this story!!! So many twists and turns, angst, love, lust it was just amazing.

Cassidy has a very dark past but keeps it hidden very well or so she thought. In walks Caleb to help plan his brother's wedding. Sparks FLY! This book is so much more than your average love story. It touches on some very deep subjects and the author portrays them so well. I can't wait to read the next book!

"Just because something is a difficult mess, doesn't mean you won't find something beautiful i
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Three Chicks
3.5 stars
Review by Lisa Kane

This one just didn't do it for me. The main character was so abused that she had never been on an actual date. The insta love between Cassidy and Caleb felt forced. There were so many characters in her adopted family (all abuse survivors) that their personalities just become too jumbled and mixed up. And every single one of them was so talented and successful...

The stories from the family members themselves and their histories would have been enough but then there was
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Sassy Southern
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing! I was truly on the edge of my seat while reading this. With the amount of twists and turns it had it was anything but surprising that I was eat and sleeping this book. It had so many emotions. Fantastic plot. I was obsessed with this book. So much so I picked it up every chance I had. Even taking it to the bathroom with me. The way this book flowed was amazing. There were things in this book not many authors would delve into. This was done in such a way that it made you fa ...more
Ri
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My heart

Sweet lord. I had no idea going into this new to me author that she was going to gut me. This story. Holy hell. Cassidy and Caleb are truly what love should be about.

The horrors, and the subsequent aftermath, Cassidy went through was enough to give even the heartless a heart. She truly is the epitome of, "she believed she could, so she she did." What she endeared was handled with grace by the author which I greatly appreciate. The relationships she had with her family was beautiful. I l
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Lourdes Acosta
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Addicting 10 shinning stars!!!
This book consumed me from prologue to end its because of the way this author wrote it was beautiful even the angst was worth my tears.
The darkness Cassidy suffered had me filled with emotions and hurt for her. What a strong woman.
Cassidy & Caleb's chemistry was off the charts and how Caleb was her 1st in so many ways still has my heart beating.
I also loved all the secondary characters.
I still cannot believe this is a debut novel for this author.
Cannot wait for
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Iman
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The whole story is over the top : abuse survivors with crazy personalities create their own family and wedding planning business, strong h, caring alpha H, weddings, secrets, twists every 10pages...

I am on vacation so it fit the « I don’t care if it is believable, I am on vacation » bill perfectly!

Full disclosure : I skipped all pages describing her abuse, it was too horrific for me.
Susan W
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, pov-both
It was a good read but the h’s past abuse was hard to read. To the extent author wrote about it, I would have liked more closure as to the punishment of the abusers. The way the author ended up linking the characters at end was completely unbelievable. Also, the epilogue wasn’t belieavable to the extent they had kids, hard to believe given her past abuse.
Kim Carter
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, suspense
Very good debut novel, does not end in cliffy, next book is about 2 characters we meet in Free to Dream. Looking forward to it!
Amanda Dubuque
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. This is my first book by Tracey Jerald and I will be reading more. If you haven't tried any of her books, give them you a try you will like them.
Amber Gragg
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG the feels!! This book made me laugh, smile and cry the whole way thru!! I was absolutely not disappointed!! There is some very heart wrenching times.. but it all comes together so well great!
Reese
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
**2.3 stars**
Passionpages50
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: angsty-reads
If I could write a debut novel as well as Tracey Jerald just did, I'd quit my job tomorrow.

What a great book! Fascinating plot, full of twists and turns that kept me glued to the pages. I love a well written romantic suspense, and this book delivered.

CEO wedding planner Cassidy Freeman knows how important maintaining focus and control is when trying to pull off every bride's dream wedding. She and her siblings have been the masterminds behind too many successful weddings and events to count. So,
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Kelly
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-2-blog
It was the relationships that hooked me--a great debut

Caleb and Cassidy are well-matched, both care deeply for their siblings and both are workaholics who are cynical about love. Plus Caleb loves a challenge, and with Cassidy's background (and the hole Caleb dug for himself at their initial meeting), Cassidy certainly is that. Caleb was a bit of an a-hole but he won me over--I loved how protective and caring he could be. I loved Cassidy's strength and spirit; her background was very intense and
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Carma
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-kindle
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From the very start of this book, you can read between the lines and know that these characters have a pretty dark past and some things that they definitely hadn't gotten over and is still affecting their day-to-day lives. And through a not-so-chance meeting but still kind of, Cassidy and Caleb meet and seem to help each other alleviate some of their demons.

I really enjoyed a lot of the relationships that occurred in this book, and not just those between Cassidy and Caleb. Cassidy has this whol
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Sandra
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This debut novel by Tracy Jerald was an amazing find! I felt so many emotions that at times it was very hard to continue. The horrific abuse a child can go through is definitely very difficult to read but seeing the inner strength and resilience, love from family and love from a strong man is just as beautiful to read.

Cassidy Freeman is definitely a survivor, she still has nightmares and have issues of intimacy but from what she’s endured as a child, one can not blame her. But with the help of
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Lisa
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just read this book in one sitting, not coming up for air until I had devoured ever last word and this...this was an incredible read. It was powerful, emotional, fast paced and had me on the edge of my seat. My heart is still racing.

Cassidy is an incredible woman. She is a survivor after being subjected to years of torment and abuse. With her family, she has created a life for herself planning events. She is grace and hope and courage in one package. Although she has closed herself off from ev
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Jennifer Wolfel
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fabulous debut book from this new author!

Free to Dream was a great first book for Tracey Jerald! I really enjoyed the story and she obviously took a lot of time and put great detail into building this family saga. I loved the dynamic between the brother and sisters, they are a sort of motley crew formed out of protection and necessity rather then being related through blood. But sometimes the bonds we forge outside of blood are the strongest and this family sure does prove that truth.

Tra
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Vânia Nunes
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vânia by: Blog Tour
I began to read this book imagining that it was another romance between two people hard heads, who fight all the time, each wanting to prove to the other their point of view. I could not be more wrong...
And happy about it.

In fact, this is the first book in the series that brings the story of the Freeman siblings.
They are different, they have met from a devastating situation, and that is exactly why Cassidy continues to have terrible nightmares to this day.
Now, the siblings have a wildly successf
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Teri
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't read this book what are you waiting for. These days we see books about ladies recovering from abuse but this one touched me in a special way. Phil and his girls are family. Not the typical family that we all know and love but a family of choice. They have helped each other become more than anyone ever would have thought and maintained their humanity. Each one has a story and this one is Cassidy's. Viciously and brutally raped from a young age her full story isn't revealed until th ...more
Jennifer Pierson
Tracey Jerald has landed herself firmly on my radar with her debut book as I'm completely blown away. Now there's nothing I would rather do than break it down bit by bit, but that would so rude because everyone should go into this amazing experience blind, so I'm going to keep this review short & sweet. When I got done with it after devouring it in a matter of hours, the first thing I wanted to do was go back and started it all over again in case I missed anything. The twists and turns alone ...more
Miria Ardizzi
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to start out by saying that I cannot believe this was the authors first book as it was simply AMAZING!! I am in awe of Tracey Jerald beautiful and unique writing style as she presented this sensitive story with heart and emotion.

I loved Caleb and Cassidy's relationship right from the start as it was fresh, cute and filled with so much love for each other and with each other. They were two individuals who both had a past filled with demons and regrets. The loving and supportive family dyna
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