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Ransomed Dreams (Side Roads #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  345 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
Sheridan Montgomery leads a charmed life as the wife of Eliot, U.S. ambassador to Venezuela. But an attack on their lives cripples Eliot, and they retreat to a remote Mexican village. As Sheridan quietly cares for her husband, she sees her dreams slipping away. Luke Traynor shatters their reverie when he arrives to tell Sheridan of her father’s heart attack and the evidenc ...more
Paperback, 391 pages
Published June 21st 2010 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Sheridan Montgomery, the wife of Eliot Montgomery, former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela, has gone from her dream life to her worst nightmare after her husband was seriously wounded in a shooting. She felt she had lost everything - her husband, her career, her peace of mind, and nearly all contact with the outside world - in a matter of mere minutes. Choosing to retreat to a remote Mexican village to escape the trauma of the incident and to care for her disabled husband, she thought she had put di ...more
Michelle Rayburn
Jun 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Sheridan Montgomery had been living her dream as the wife of an ambassador and the director of a program to help underprivileged women. Until a vicious attack changed everything. As she cared for her disabled husband, she watched her dreams slip away.

In “Ransomed Dreams,” Sally John creates a story that touches readers. With the right balance of mystery, action, and emotion, she knows how to draw a reader in. At the heart of the story is the dream that Sheridan Montgomery gave up to care for he
Mar 29, 2010 rated it liked it
One shot shattered more than just bodies, it decimated lives and realities, crushing innocent illusions.
The story behind this novel was intriguing, and it interested me. The prologue gripped me, the drama intense and the emotions high, planting many question in my mind. But the novel really didn’t interest me until I was about 150 pages into it. As the drama was kicked up a notch and the emotions flowing, the story kept me interested. Two plot lines on different paths, but managing to intersect
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
The book was very slow moving and kind of boring. The characters were well-developed but there was very little activity...mundane...monotone.. I liked that God was important to Sheridan (main character), but her life was not very exciting. I could not identify with her or her sister Calissa. The main male characters Elliot and Luke were not the sort of people I could understand either. Overall this was not an enjoyable read.
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hyacinth Bucket on the phone saying,

Every time I read the main character's name, that's all I could think of.

Seriously, though, I enjoyed the book.
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book moved too slowly and was too long. A bad combination. Story was fine.
Nov 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
I am not a fan of this book. The writing was not clear and the story was convoluted. While the characters were ok, their spiritual transformations seemed contrived. Not worth reading. 1 star
Feb 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sheridan was married to the U.S. ambassador to Venezuela. Her life was wonderful until some one attack her husband and now she's taking care of him . Now all her dream's are gone. This book was very slow and was every where first time I ever read this anything by is author
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
This review was first posted on my blog:

Sheridan and her husband Eliot have escaped to backwoods Topala, Mexico .. victims of PTSD after an attack that left Sheridan's friend Reina dead, herself injured, and her husband Eliot severely injured. Sheridan, who felt a calling to community service, helping impoverished women escape life on the streets by teaching them skills and a trade, is now nursemaid to a husband who no longer shares her bed. There is no p
Victor Gentile
Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Sally John in her new book, "Ransomed Dreams" Book One in the Side Roads series published by Tyndale brings us to the world of politics and the people who live in that world.

Sheridan Montgomery is the wife of Eliot Montgomery, U.S. Ambassador to Caracas, Venezuela. An assassination attempt leaves Eliot crippled and Sheridan traumatized. The two abandon everything and escape to Topalaa small out-of-touch city in Mexico; no phone service, no paved roads, no Internet. Sheridan feels her life and ma
May 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Renee by: First Wild Card
I'll start off by saying this is not what I usually read. It's not really a romance but a book featuring a middle aged married couple facing struggles physically and emotionally that are taking a toll on their marriage. I'm not married or in a relationship right now but I do realize that in any kind of relationship, even friendships, there are going to be rough spots so I thought this would be a good story to read for a change of pace.

Ransomed Dreams is the first novel I've ever read by Sally J
Pamela (Lavish Bookshelf)
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“At precisely twelve minutes, thirty-five seconds past ten o’clock in the morning Venezuelan time, Sheridan Montgomery’s world ceased to exist.”

Probably the best opening sentence I have read in years, it’s the opening sentence of the newest novel by Sally John titled Ransomed Dreams. Sally John has spun an exciting and intriguing tale that leads readers through the high-stakes world of international diplomats into the deep nitty-gritty emotions of family loyalties and secrets. “Ransomed Dreams”
Jul 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian, fiction
"Ransomed Dreams" is a Christian general fiction novel set in Mexico and in Chicago in the USA. The story switched between the current story of overcoming fears and forgiving others and the story of the events leading up to the assassination attempt. They do connect together in important ways, and I thought it was handled well.

The world-building was very good. The tension in the story was created by the strain in the various relationships, and it had a slightly slower pacing. The characters were
Tamara Tilley
May 01, 2011 rated it liked it
RANSOMED DREAMS by Sally John focus’ on the life of Sheridan Montgomery, wife to former U.S. Ambassador, Eliot Montgomery. After a near fatal shooting, the Montgomery’s go into hiding in a small out-of-touch city in Mexico. Sheridan, the daughter of a U.S. Congressman feels her life is over and she is only going through the motions as a companion/nursemaid to her now permanently disabled husband. When Luke Traynor, a man from her past, shows up on her doorstep, Sheridan’s life and emotions once ...more
Christy Lockstein
Jul 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Ransomed Dreams by Sally John is the first book in the Side Roads series. Sheridan Montgomery's life was shattered by an assassin's bullet that nearly killed her ambassador husband, Eliot, on their assignment in Caracas, Venezuela. Now they live in a remote village in Mexico trying to put back together the pieces of their lives. Eliot, who was a suave and eloquent gentleman is almost mute in his struggle with constant pain and the loss of independence. Sheridan gave up her charity work in fear t ...more
Jul 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I kept thinking of Don Henley's song "The End of the Innocence," while reading Ransomed Dreams. If I were to sum up the first part of the book in one thought it would be; "When happily ever after fails." Sheridan and Elliot's lives shattered in an instant on a Caracas street. Sheridan even goes as far to refer to things as "B.C.E." (Before the Caracas Event) and "A.C.E" (After the Caracas Event). They've built a new life for themselves in a sleepy Mexican village, but that peace is shattered whe ...more
Sara Pack
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a thought-provoking story. It reminds us that healing isn't something that can be placed on someone else's timeline. It also reminds us of the good that can come when we remain faithful to God and to others because of God.

The plot was interesting, and the characters were well developed. It was all in past tense (which was difficult for me because I was editing another book at the time in present tense). The announcement of location at the beginning of every chapter was helpful. I also e
Rachel Thompson
Jun 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
I received a free copy of this for my e-reader.

Sheridan is the wife of a politician. Her life is perfect, until Eliot is shot, turning their lives upside down. They flee to a small town in Mexico to recover. While the bullet didn't kill Eliot, it nearly crippled him. Now he lives with pain as a constant reminder, and has trouble walking without assistance. Some days are worse than others, but life has become a constant battle. One day, their hero/tormentor Luke Traynor shows up, even though he v
Janet Reeves
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“With the flash of a bullet, Sheridan Montgomery’s world ceased to exist.” And a Side Roads series novel demanded to be read! Each stand-alone story in this series tells of people whose lives get bumped off the main road, away from their intended path. In Ransomed Dreams, Sheridan Montgomery’s life is changed forever when her husband, Eliot—U.S. ambassador to Venezuela—is shot. He survives but struggles to recover, both physically and emotionally. Suffering from post-traumatic stress herself, Sh ...more
C.E. Hart
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When a dream life turns horribly tragic, Sheridan and Eliot Montgomery whisk themselves off to a remote place in Mexico to escape further danger. A year and a half later, someone Sheridan thought she’d never see again, finds her and detours her quiet life into a whirlwind of the past—filled with deception, betrayal, and heartbreak.

I couldn’t put this book down. Ransomed Dreams pulls the reader through intrigue, misfortune, doubt, attraction, loneliness, revelation…and the list goes on! The main
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Jun 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
I hate it when reviews don't come easily. This is the first book I've read by Sally John and I don't think it will be my last. When their lives are devastated by an assassin's bullet, Eliot and Sheridan retreat to a remote town in Mexico to recover. Sheridan is terrified of the real world and angry at her situation and husband. Eliot is tortured with chronic pain and can't bear his wife's touch. Together they struggle to simply survive.

When Sheridan's estranged family reappears in her life with
Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, first-reads
This book is about forgiveness, love and corruption. It starts with an tragic event in Caracus, Venezuela and then to a small rural town in Mexico, then to Chicago. At first you wonder why are Sheridan and Eliot in seclusion in Mexico? Family secrets are uncovered slowly and the characters have to adjust to the truth and begin the process of forgiveness. The good and bad points of the main characters laid out in the open. I only really felt close to one of the minor characters, Mercedes who was ...more
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! It's intriguing with mystery, murder, romance and lots of twists and turns. The setting is mostly in a small village in Mexico, but also some in Chicago. The main characters are sisters who haven't seen each other in several months, but due to their politician father having a stroke they see each other again and mend fenses from years of misunderstandings. Their mother had passed away and left a box of information about their dad hidden in the attic and a letter with her best fr ...more
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting plot twists that a couple I didn't see coming, but the book is slow to start and a little difficult to follow at first. Author does a good job and showing Sheridan finally making her faith a real part of her life and not just a fond memory of her mother and how Christ can make a complete turn around in someone else. Was one thread I was disappointed, with her mom, that it wasn't followed a little bit more in depth. I will probably read more from this author since her style wasn't com ...more
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really liked Sheridan. You can't help but sympathize with her situation and I think the author handled her frustrations and marital stress well. Her relationship with Luke was well done too, the temptation to cross the line into adultery and the struggle not to give in to it. All marriages go through rough patches, Sheridan's aittle more than most, so it was easy to relate and I was happy to see her and her husband ultimately star closer to God and each other as a result of their experience.
Oct 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
I am ( was ) a huge Sally John fan. This one really disappointed me. It began very
s-l-o-w and never picked up the pace. There were some interesting twists in it, but it took them a long time to be revealed. It was kind of a depressing book. There are three in the series. I am going attempt number two and three, with the hopes of better results.
If you have the opportunity, please pick up one of Sally John's other books. They were amazing.
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: julia wickerham
Recommended to Robin by: ruth ladd and lynn
When I started the book, I didn't know that it was a Christian book. The religious messages at times got to be too much for me. If they were take out all together, something would have been lost so I wouldn't say that they should be there, heads up would have be nice.

I don't always think about a book's title but I did for this one. It just doesn't fit for me. I don't have an alternative title to suggest.
Nov 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Sally John was a new author for me. She was a delight to read and I plan to read more of her works. I enjoyed the faith journey of the wife, the husband and the sister in this book. The support characters were well developed and delightful as well. It was easy to picture the tale as it unfolded in my mind's eye. The suspense was just enough to keep the story lively.
M.M. Roethig
Oct 30, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was okay. It started off with great potential but for me it seemed to drag a bit to long and I had a hard time understanding the climax of the story. With that said, the book wasn't totally horrible. The plot was creative and the message of love and marriage through lifes trials is a worthy read.
Jan 28, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked this story. It was an easy read, the characters were interesting, it's got a good plotline. But it was just lacking a little something. Like the author could have done more and just didn't. It was an enjoyable read, but not one that I emphatically recommend.
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