Tuesday, August 11, 2015

"A Dream For Love" by Lisa Belcastro

Book Descriptions: DARE TO DREAM 

A single mom with a secret past. A Hollywood star who's life is anything but hidden. Will they dare to dream a dream for love? 

"Sold!" When the gavel hit the wooden block at the Possible Dreams Auction, Laurel Simmons sat in stunned silence. Her sister had lost her mind, purchasing a week's vacation stay for two at actor Ryan Crandall's beach house on Martha's Vineyard. And then Tammy announced that she was giving the "dream" to Laurel as an early birthday present. A month later, Laurel and her four-year-old daughter Gracie arrive at the luxurious house on Squibnocket Beach ready to swim, play, picnic and enjoy the peace and solitude together. Laurel's dream vacation quickly turns into a nightmare when Hollywood bad boy Ryan Crandall shows up to escape his latest tabloid headlines. Ryan wants the woman and her child gone. Laurel wants him gone. Fate will bring them together for reasons neither one of them expected, but fate will also drive them apart. Laurel has a past she needs to keep hidden. Her life and Gracie's depend on it. Ryan has a past, and present, that's been food for public consumption for over a decade. Will the past deprive them of a future? Or will they dare to dream a dream for love?

About the Author: 

Lisa Belcastro lives on Martha’s Vineyard. She loves time with her family and friends, running, gardening, outdoor activities, cooking, chocolate, reading, traveling, a healthy dose of adventure, and her cat, Ben, who keeps her company while she spends hours working at the computer. Lisa runs as an ambassador for TEAM 413 (www.team413.org), and has completed a marathon (26.2 miles) in all fifty states. Lisa’s stories are set on the Vineyard, amidst the magnificence of the ocean, the beauty of sandy beaches, rolling hills, and ancient cliffs, as well as the people and events that make the Island so very unique. A Dream for Love is Lisa’s fifth novel. Lisa’s debut novel, Shenandoah Nights, won the Christian Small Publishers Association’s Romance Book of the Year in 2014, and also won the RWA New England Chapter’s Reader’s Choice Award in 2014. Shenandoah Nights and Shenandoah Crossings, book two in the Winds of Change series, were finalists in: the SELAH Award and also The Carolyn Readers Award, Inspirational Romance category. Shenandoah Crossings was a finalist in Christian Small Publishers Association, Best Romance category. Shenandoah Nights was also a finalist in the Grace Awards, Speculative Fiction category. Shenandoah Dreams won the 2015 Christian Small Publishers Association’s Romance Book of the Year. Shenandoah Dreams is currently a finalist in the Book Buyers Award, and was also a finalist in the Grace Awards, Speculative Fiction category, and the SELAH Award, Speculative Fiction category. A Shenandoah Christmas won the 2015 SELAH Award for Best Novella, and is currently a finalist for 2015 Booksellers Best Award. When she’s not at her desk, Lisa is living in paradise, volunteering at her daughter’s school, serving in her church community, planting and weeding her numerous gardens, training to run the Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge in January 2016, walking the beach looking for sea glass, or enjoying a great meal while she pens the cuisine column for Vineyard Style Magazine.

My Review
If you want to read a feel good clean love story with the message that it is never to late for God to change your life that also has a little mystery mixed in then "A Dream For Love" by Lisa Belcastro is the book to read!

I was hooked from the first word in the novel, which was "Sold!" I was asking my self what was sold and why? I had no idea what the book was about because I didn't read the back description or anything, all I know about the book was the title and the cover picture.

While reading this story I was thinking what a great Disney movie this would make as the story is about a little girl named Gracie who truly loved the Disney's princesses and her mommy Laurel.

Laurel was in hiding from a man in her past and feared for her and Gracie's life.

Then there is Ryan, a playboy movie star who was brought up in the church but had turned away from God when he reached stardom!

This book has life changing quotes, that I really loved and I shared them on my Facebook wall and because they are so great, I am going to share them here also :

1st quote: Laurie and Gracie followed him to the doorway, where the little girl stepped her right foot into the left flip-flop and her left foot into the the right flip-flop. Her heart softened when she heard him chuckle quietly. " Gracie,your shoes are on the wrong feet." Gracie shrugged. "That's okay. The beach don't mind."
I typed that because I thought How cute is that answer. Don't you wish we could all think like a child when we make "little mistakes" as we all do in life?
2nd quote: "God's grace allows us all to change, using the past as a learning experience, not a piece of baggage we're doomed to lug around forever."
3rd quote: "You know as well as I do that people have free will, and free will and human nature causes more problems than God could ever want us to experience."

Yes, this book is fiction but it has life truths written within it's pages. 

The scenes are so well defined the reader can see the action being performed as we read the words.

"A Dream For Love" is the first in the (Possible Dreams) trilogy and I am giving it five stars and I am going to be watching when the other two books are released, yes they are already on my to be read list.

I was given a copy of "A Dream For Love" by the author for my honest review.

To buy "A Dream For Love" go here: http://www.amazon.com/Dream-Love-Possible-Dreams-Book-ebook/dp/B0124UXB2W/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1439332537&sr=1-1&keywords=a+dream+for+love

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