I liked this book although it did make me feel sad.
It is an inspirational love story. There is friendship, falling in love, happiness, and finding a purpose. There is also homelessness, drug addiction, grief, abuse, violence, and missed opportunities. Faith and trust in a higher power is an important part of the story as is healing and redemption.
Shay Benson, freshly released from prison, lands in a downtown Seattle church. It is after midnight, a few weeks before Christmas, and Shay feels a sense of peace in the church. She notices a man kneeling in prayer. Drew Douglas is the pastor of the church. He speaks to her and offers food and shelter. He helps her get into a program of counseling and support from social services.
The pastor follows Shay’s amazing progress and their lives intertwine. Shay and Drew feel romantic attraction but there are many obstacles to their budding relationship. Although Shay seems to be a kind and trustworthy woman, she has secrets and a notorious past. Trouble seems to follow her. Many of Drew’s acquaintances do not trust her. Drew cares for a huge church congregation and is raising his two young children. They must be protected from the trouble surrounding Shay. He may have to make some serious choices about his http://amzn.to/2xfSiaUlife if Shay is to be included.
I think that the title – Any Dream Will Do – refers to having a life direction, a starting point, or a purpose. A life direction is needed to live a meaningful life. Having a purpose in life helps a woman discover her worth, break barriers from the past, and and realize their hopes. It is a starting point for those who are lost in an unhappy, troublesome life. Everyone needs a life plan or a dream to shake up their heart and stir their soul. Shay wants to be happy, to have a home and family, and a meaningful career.
This book was a little different from most of the ones written by Debbie Macomber. It was not her usual lighthearted romance. I liked the characters and the faith based setting and would very much like to read a sequel in the future.