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Free to Dream

(Amaryllis #1)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  394 ratings  ·  114 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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Published August 9th 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
Bookphenomena (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
Dora Koutsoukou
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-5-stars
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
Spoilers ahead, 4.5*

Cassidy Freeman has lived through hell but thankfully made it to the other side. She now runs a successful wedding planning business with her family. When her brother drops a new client on them Cassidy finds herself, for the first time, attracted and interested in a man who seems to be none other than one of the grooms! Or is he? With the misconception cleared up Caleb makes it clear that he's into Cassidy and would like a chance with her but her horrific past makes it hard
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Milica's Bookshelf
It's hard for me to believe that this is Tracey's first book! It's awesome! Loved every single page of it! Caleb & Cassidy are so such a wonderful couple, perfect for each other.
Can't wait to read Ali's & Keene's story!
Soulla Georgiou
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Tracey Jerald
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book by Tracey Jerald and certainly won’t be my last! I loved it!!!! Couldn’t put it down!
Three Chicks
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 19, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
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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. His
Lorelei Frank
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must read!

I don't think I have ever read a more dramatic story ever! The lives torn apart and slowly out back together again. You will cry reading this story but you will also laugh!
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sassy Southern
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Lourdes Acosta
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Susan W
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z2019, 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.
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Amanda Rowell
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Kim Carter
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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!
Amber Gragg
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really Good!

4.5 Stars

This book did start off a little slow and I wasn’t a huge fan of Caleb at first. He was kind of a jerk in the beginning. Once Caleb screwed his head on straight things really picked up.
Cassidy was such a strong, brave and broken woman just trying to live her life the best way she knew how. Her family was her support system but even they can drive you a little mad sometimes, lol. Meeting Caleb shifted Cassidy’s whole world around. She had feelings she never felt before and
Dawn Hurst
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where to start...... I'm just WOWED....

I love new to me authors, I usually find something I 3 star rate and enjoy enough- sometimes i find a 4 star read that has me intrigued to read more. It's only been a handful of times that I've discovered a new to me author and read their very first book and find a 5 star gem! I tend to go into new authors, first books, with an expectation that they won't completely grab me and hook me into their book but that rather I'll spend my time editing in my head
Lucia Kennedy
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story!

Well done! A few twists I didn't see coming! Enjoyed the characters, perfectly created, the emotions, the pain, and the strength shining through.
Joan Phillips
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book was realistic. These young adults have gone through a lot, but came on the side. There are some surprising incidents.
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I keep asking myself this question......

Why did I wait so long to read this book!!!! I was txting my girlfriends telling them that they need to read this book! I was at 10% I knew, I was invested in this book and this series.

Free to Dream started out so intense (I was not expecting that)...I loved the story, the complexity of Cassidy and Caleb’s life and relationships with their siblings. Once I started, I found it difficult to stop reading...alas, adulthood reared it’s head, but every spare
Gina Marie
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tracey-jerald
Caleb & Cassidy

This is my first book by this author and I was absolutely amazed that this is a debut novel, the unique spin on this series is heartbreaking and the characters even the side characters are realistic and each individual personality shines through.
Caleb and Cassidy’s story of healing and finding love after horrible experiences is truly a must read. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series and just know it’s going to rip me apart and then stitch me back
Rebecca Lyman
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
This was a much darker story than I usually read but I did end up lot it. The story was engaging and ultimately a sweet read. I didn't want to put it down! Cassidy had an interesting family also - I'm guessing at least some of them have their own stories eventually as well. And I loved that the ending of this book was realistic and involved the hero and heroine being in couple's therapy to work through their issues. I also loved how climactic the ending was - I didn't piece some of it together ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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,
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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