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Dream Again

(McIntosh Brothers #1)

4.62  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  44 reviews
One random day. One burst of laughter. One perfect moment. That’s all it takes for Gianna Barrett to capture Carter McIntosh’s attention—and his heart. His whole life has been a series of miracles, so this falls right in line. If only it were that simple. The object of his desire refuses to give him the time of day. Not deterred, Carter is sure he’s ready to put his heart ...more
Kindle Edition, 345 pages
Published August 20th 2020
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Tera L. Kirksey
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dream Again

God is in the business of giving second chances. Carter got a second chance at love after losing his wife. Gianna got a second chance to love, trust and dream again after experiencing trauma. But when these two got acquainted, love was definitely in the air. That was almost broken but with God all things are possible because He's able!
An anticipated read from this author who never seems to disappoint. I expected nothing less. A testament to the power of God's love!
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Deana Dick
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The author shows her talent by writing a story that examines the emotions of loss, trust, love and faith. She has wrapped it all up in a beautiful story that follows our main character as she slowly lets her heart trust. Gianna is poised, smart and faith driven. I love that she listens to God about every aspect of her life. I love the fast pace of her job as editor. It has to be difficult to tell writers they need to change certain words or paragraphs.

I was excited that she was taking a much de
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"Dream Again" by Ann Marie Bryan is a story filled with the aftereffects of loss, one of the characters through death, the other a relationship gone wrong, trusts and love.

This is a story about keeping secrets isn't a good thing!

I really liked that this story is about a book editor and a writer. What could be better for a reader than to read about an author and the editor. But I wonder does an editor really research out an area the writer is writing about? If not, there book is fiction right?
Mar 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have really been enjoying my reading year. Dream Again is by another new to me author and the story just really captured my feelings and heart. I would say that this is a story of second chances, of even second chances in your second chances.

Sometimes a girl meets guy and their romance that follows is exactly what I want to read. Gianna and Carter are meant for each other even before they know each other. And one finds out before the other that some things already bind them, but decides to kee
Excel Andy
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Gia, you’re powerful. You’re special. You’re amazing. The Bible says, there is no fear in love for perfect love casts out fear…” This quote just made me smile. The verse used here is one of my favourite bible verses.

In this book, you’re going to meet Gianna and other awesome characters. I love the italicised words that shows her thoughts mentally. They made me laugh.

This book is perfect for a movie. I fell in love with Carter, how can a fictional character be descriptively handsome like that?

Kendra Neal
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
I get really excited when I find books from a new to me author. Also,
new series are something I truly enjoy. Dream Again by Ann Marie
Byran is Book 1 in the McIntosh Brothers series and I jumped at the
opportunity to read this book.

Carter McIntosh and Gianna Barrett meet by chance. Carter is totally
smitten by Gianna as soon as he hears her laugh and for him it is
love at first sight. Gianna does like Carter, but she is fearful to be in a
relationship as she went through a heartbreaking relations
Connie Carpenter
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Dream Again By: Ann Marie Bryan is a Christian Fiction book. This is the first book that I have read by this author and I enjoyed it very much. This is book 1 in the McIntosh Brothers series. This book is the story of Gianna Barrett and Carter McIntosh. They were such a cute couple. Gianna is a successful book editor ( I would love to get paid to read and edit books!!!) She has had her heart broken over and over and isn't sure she will ever find love. Enter Carter. Carter lost his wife and is un ...more
Patti Pierce
Mar 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
As I began reading Dream Again, the story of Gianna, Carter, along with their friends and family captured my attention. Having both suffered losses in the past, the immediate chemistry between the two pulled me into their story. But the more important point resulted from their faith in God and reliance on Him and His Word.

Sometimes we need a reminder from God to wait on Him and follow where He leads. The inclusion of writing books, the publishing world, the power and connection of family, praisi
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: celebrate-lit
Gianna doesn’t believe in love anymore. And she doesn’t even want to fit this new somewhat annoying guy into her life. But when the unexpected happens and it throws them together she has to learn to trust him. But can she ever love him like he loves her?

This is a nice love story. There is some plot of course but not a lot of suspense or drama. I like the fact that this is going to be a series so maybe these characters can revisit some of the books in the future. They definitely get a unique sto
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is book one in The McIntosh Brothers Series and it is Gianna and Carter's story. Gianna was a big fan of romance books and she was chief editor of a publishing house and loved her job but now she is off to Tallahassee for a holiday and hopefully work as well. Carter is staying at the same hotel as his mother so they could spend time together when he hears someone laughing and on seeing the beautiful women with the delightful laugh he decides that he would like to get to know her. They have ...more
Kenneth Preston
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gianna is an immensely successful book editor at a major publishing company. She has nearly everything she could possibly want. But the one thing her life is missing is love. After having her heart broken, she’s given up on love. She may have given up, but her friends her friends and co-workers have not.

Enter Carter. At first sight, he finds himself smitten with Gianna, but Gianna is having none of it. So sure that love is not in the cards for her, she pushes Carter away. But Carter knows that t
Jamie Jack
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, p-2020
Slow Start But Then Delightful Christian Romance

This book has a bit of a slow start for me because the couple didn't meet until near the 10% mark of the book. For me, the romance can't start until the meet-cute. We learned quite a bit about the heroine and her work life before she meets him. We learn of her prior romantic disappointment and her job as an editor. As someone who does freelance editing myself, I thought it was fun to see her working with books. The hero is a kind and decent guy, an
Cheri Swalwell
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Dream Again was a beautiful story combining a great storyline, believable characters and a biblical message woven throughout. This was a new author for me, but I enjoyed her style, tone, and message. I enjoyed getting to know Gianna and Carter. The storyline kept my attention throughout and the characters and their experiences, the way it was written, allowed me to experience what they were alongside them. I love books that are realistic and this one hit that goal. This is an author I will share ...more
Tabitha Bouldin
Feb 20, 2021 rated it liked it
Ann Marie has written quite the story. Filled with tender moments and a good bit of excitement, she draws you into Carter and Gianna's lives. These two characters live through the pages of Dream Again and will make you want them to walk into your life for a cup of coffee and a chat. I loved the authenticity of the characters, the way they were not perfect and made mistakes, yet there was always the undercurrent of grace that carried them through the tough moments and pushed them to be better. Th ...more
Ashley Dawn
Mar 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. Two people meet who each have issues to deal with when it comes to their heart and trust. It seems like they would be the perfect match, and maybe its true but in God's time. Carter is my favorite character. He was just almost too perfect then the author gave him some obvious issues and he became 'more perfect' due to the imperfections.

I like how the author handled love, loss, friendship, family and all of it woven together that could have become overwhelming but didn't
Mar 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Dream Again is a fantastic inspirational novel that speaks to the heart and captures the awesome power of God! This new to me author writes a memorable story that demonstrates her faith and all the Lord will provide for those who give Him their hearts. I loved this story of worship, tragedy, healing, forgiveness, family and love. I’m looking forward to reading the upcoming books in this series when they are released. I highly recommend this book for those that enjoy romance and inspirational fic ...more
Shannan Harper
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Carter and Gianna are stranger with an unknown common interest. They meet by chance (or so it seems at the beginning) and there is an immediate attraction. As things progress, secrets are uncovered and they have to decide if they feel they are still right for each other.

Stories like this give me hope. It shows real people dealing with real issues, but a perfect God is able to see them through everything they're going through. Engaging characters, Well thought out and written plot, and a story wi
Florizel Brown
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dream Again Oh my it was worth the wait . Dream Again is about love from start to finish its also about fear and overcoming fear, also not letting the pass interfere with the future you have to face your pass to go on to the future with God all things are possible. It's also about trust and faith in each other being honest to each other no matter what secret can break up relationship and friendship. It's about forgiveness, second chances, family love also the love for God faith and trust that th ...more
Millicent Battick
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Found it....DreamAgain:
There are so many aspects of Dream Again that grabs me. The way they met was so magical.... the magnetic pull of laughter, being enjoyed by a sole person, pulling another and latching a heart: Carter was eternally captured. I know real personally someone who was captured by laughter and today he still loves when I am joyful and filled with laughter. That spirit of laughter captured Gianna and Carter's relationship thorough Annmarie's descriptive and expressive writing. The
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dream Again begins the McIntosh Brothers series. It is, also, the first book I have read by Ann Marie Bryan. I loved getting to know Gianna. She is a type of character that so many other readers would be able to relate to. I know I could connect with her. I enjoyed the scenes with her and Carter. I admired his determination. It was fun to see how the story would end and had no problem reading the whole book read in one sitting. It was so good.

I am giving Dream Again four and a half stars. I reco
Amanda  H
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Gianna is a successful young woman who has given up on the idea of finding love after suffering from heartbreak. I love that Carter enters the picture and tries to change her mind! While my own love story is a bit different, I was in a similar place as Gianna, with thinking that love wasn't in my future when my husband waltzed into my life and turned it on it's head. So, I loved that I could relate a little bit to the heroine.

This is a wonderful story of what happens when God has a different pla
Denise Boldt
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It is a privilege to read DREAM AGAIN by Ann Marie Bryan. Her seamless plot, character development and artful descriptions are masterful. Her logophile tendencies create a rhythm in her dialogues, setting her apart from my other favourite authors. I found myself praying with her characters, rejoicing in their moments of joy and grieving in their dark times. This is the first book I have read of hers but she is immediately firmly in my top five authors. *Spoiler* My favourite quote that summarize ...more
Anonymous 5
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the McIntosh Brothers series, and I think it is off to a great start! I was invested in the story right from the beginning. Gianna has everything in her life that she could possibly want except love, which she has given up on due to a heartbreak. That's where Carter comes in. Gianna is sure love is not in her future, and Carter is determined to prove her wrong. Both of these characters are realistic and relatable and have endearing qualities. A beautifully written inspi ...more
Danyelle Scroggins
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This Is A Move!

I can never get enough of books that refine and validate the power of our risen Savior, and Author Ann Marie gives us a glimpse of a God move. I was caught in the pages of this book movie and never wanted it to end.
In relationships, if we would just see God moving in the midst of our situations, He will validate our love. Thank you for a wonderful experience. This book was a move that flowed from heavens abode, into your heart, through your fingers, and through the readers eyes.
Heather Williams
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dream Again is a well-written easy read. The characters in this book are falliable humans who are trying to live a better life. Through many mistakes, hard challenges in their past, and struggles in their spiritual life, they are able to overcome with God’s help and find redemption and love. This book challenged me to deepen my dependence on God and whet my appetite for a deeper prayer life. Great book!!!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Another moving romance from Ms. Bryan. She is very good at making you feel for the characters. They are always very real people that you can't help but become invested in. Wonderfully told through prayer and scripture highlighting their thoughts and feelings. A really powerful story of love and second chances.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Marsha Brown
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good read during a pandemic ❤️

I was excited to read a love story during this covid pandemic. It was refreshing to read about successful men who loves the Lord. The praise and worship part had me longing to be back in church. The plot was a good reminder that God can and will restore if we don’t get ahead of Him. As a mother I saw myself interfering in my daughters love lives🥴

This is a good one for the book clubs with the discussion questions at the end. Enjoyed!
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you find a book that needs more than 5 stars and this is one of those books. No spoilers here.

An amazing story line that's clean, heartwarming, endearing, captivating and so much more. The characters are just as amazing, easy to get to know, easy to love and feel like family long before you read the last words. Highly, highly recommend!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Tramaine Green
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great read!

Such a powerful and uplifting story! Gia and Carter were absolutely great together! From the moment they met, I could feel the chemistry between them and a deeper connection. They both loved God and had some emotional baggage. But both of them had to deal with that & really look within themselves to put it behind them. As always, Ann has delivered an exceptional story to her readers. I look forward to reading Book 2.
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
A beautiful story of second chances and learning to love again. I love how the author deals with the topic of heartbreak and trusting again after you've been hurt. A beautiful reminder that beauty can come out of our brokenness.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. All opinions expressed are solely mine.
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Ann Marie Bryan is a multi-talented leader with a passion for excellence. She is the CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design, an organization committed to providing top quality writing services, comprehensive author services and exceptional performing arts services to meet the unique needs of individuals and organizations.

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