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Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold. Pastor Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold. Pastor Drew Douglas adored his wife. But when he lost her, it was all he could do to focus on his two beautiful kids, and his flock came in a distant third. Now, as he too is thinking about a fresh start, he walks through his sanctuary and finds Shay sitting in a pew. The pair strike up a friendship—Drew helps Shay get back on her feet, and she reignites his sense of purpose—that, over time, turns into something deeper, something soulful, spiritual, and possibly romantic. Even Drew’s two children are taken with this woman who has brought light back into their lives. Perhaps most important, Shay learns to trust again as she, in turn, proves herself trustworthy to her adopted community. But Caden’s return to town and a disastrous secret threaten to undo the life Shay has tried so hard to rebuild. It will take the utmost courage and faith if she and Drew hope to find healing and open their hearts to a brighter future.


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Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold. Pastor Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold. Pastor Drew Douglas adored his wife. But when he lost her, it was all he could do to focus on his two beautiful kids, and his flock came in a distant third. Now, as he too is thinking about a fresh start, he walks through his sanctuary and finds Shay sitting in a pew. The pair strike up a friendship—Drew helps Shay get back on her feet, and she reignites his sense of purpose—that, over time, turns into something deeper, something soulful, spiritual, and possibly romantic. Even Drew’s two children are taken with this woman who has brought light back into their lives. Perhaps most important, Shay learns to trust again as she, in turn, proves herself trustworthy to her adopted community. But Caden’s return to town and a disastrous secret threaten to undo the life Shay has tried so hard to rebuild. It will take the utmost courage and faith if she and Drew hope to find healing and open their hearts to a brighter future.

30 review for Any Dream Will Do

  1. 4 out of 5

    Starjustin

    My first experience reading Debbie Macomber and it definitely won't be my last. I actually did the audio on this book and the storyline was very moving, well placed, with two strong characters that were easy to bond with. Drew, a pastor with 2 children, who has been widowed for 4 years, and Shay, who is attempting to move on from an evil ex-boyfriend and a reckless, uncaring brother. The chapters alternated between Drew and Shay which gave the listener a chance to become involved from both povs. I My first experience reading Debbie Macomber and it definitely won't be my last. I actually did the audio on this book and the storyline was very moving, well placed, with two strong characters that were easy to bond with. Drew, a pastor with 2 children, who has been widowed for 4 years, and Shay, who is attempting to move on from an evil ex-boyfriend and a reckless, uncaring brother. The chapters alternated between Drew and Shay which gave the listener a chance to become involved from both povs. If you like this author you will enjoy this one. Highly recommended!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a Christian Fiction/Women's Fiction/Romance/Chick-Lit, and this is the 4th book in the New Beginnings series. I read the first three books in this series a while ago, but I never got to picking this book up. I am so glad I pick it up. I really enjoyed this series. Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite author, and this series is one of my favorite. I have to say no characters for the other books in this book series shows up in this book. I loved the character, and how they over come there This is a Christian Fiction/Women's Fiction/Romance/Chick-Lit, and this is the 4th book in the New Beginnings series. I read the first three books in this series a while ago, but I never got to picking this book up. I am so glad I pick it up. I really enjoyed this series. Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite author, and this series is one of my favorite. I have to say no characters for the other books in this book series shows up in this book. I loved the character, and how they over come there problems in this book. Great book and very well written. (*)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jill McGill

    Uplifting, Powerful, and Full of Love! Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber is a beautiful story about second chances, love, trust, faith, and redemption! Debbie Macomber has a wonderful way of bringing all her characters to life - simply an incredible story from beginning to end. Shay Benson loved her brother Caden, and all she wanted to do was help him stay out of trouble. Unfortunately, that act of kindness cost her three years of her life behind bars. Now she is determined to start over, she Uplifting, Powerful, and Full of Love! Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber is a beautiful story about second chances, love, trust, faith, and redemption! Debbie Macomber has a wonderful way of bringing all her characters to life - simply an incredible story from beginning to end. Shay Benson loved her brother Caden, and all she wanted to do was help him stay out of trouble. Unfortunately, that act of kindness cost her three years of her life behind bars. Now she is determined to start over, she finds herself searching for a place to stay and walks into a church to escape the cold. Pastor Drew Douglas lost his wife to cancer and has been struggling ever since to take care of his two children and his church. Now he is thinking about a fresh start and as he walks through his church he finds Shay sitting in a pew. Shay and Drew form a friendship. Drew wants to help Shay get back on her feet and introduces her to the Hope Center. While staying at the Hope Center she learns what it's like to have people care about her for the first time in her life. Shay has been given a second chance at life and can finally learn to trust again. Shay and Drew's friendship starts growing into something deeper. Could romance be in the air? Drew's children absolutely love Shay and can see the life coming back into his eyes again. But Shay's brother returns back to town. Will he undo the life she has tried so hard to rebuild? It will take extreme courage and faith if she and Drew want to heal and open their hearts to a beautiful future. After all, Any dream will do! Highly Recommended! *I want to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine for this ARC.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    Such a good and sweet book! I cried several times! There needs to be a sequel. I'm not ready to leave these characters. There are two curse words in this book (in context and makes sense. There is a convict and ex con in the story, it's not all roses) but besides that, exceptionally clean. I love, love, love how the characters healed separately and then were friends and then dated. Sometimes in romances I want to scream when the author has two broken people start a relationship. This was done so Such a good and sweet book! I cried several times! There needs to be a sequel. I'm not ready to leave these characters. There are two curse words in this book (in context and makes sense. There is a convict and ex con in the story, it's not all roses) but besides that, exceptionally clean. I love, love, love how the characters healed separately and then were friends and then dated. Sometimes in romances I want to scream when the author has two broken people start a relationship. This was done so well and so healthy!! Two giant thumbs up!!!! One of my favorites of the year!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a Christian Fiction/Women's Fiction/Romance/Chick-Lit, and this is the 4th book in the New Beginnings series. I read the first three books in this series a while ago, but I never got to picking this book up. I am so glad I pick it up. I really enjoyed this series. Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite author, and this series is one of my favorite. I have to say no characters for the other books in this book series shows up in this book. I loved the character, and how they over come there This is a Christian Fiction/Women's Fiction/Romance/Chick-Lit, and this is the 4th book in the New Beginnings series. I read the first three books in this series a while ago, but I never got to picking this book up. I am so glad I pick it up. I really enjoyed this series. Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite author, and this series is one of my favorite. I have to say no characters for the other books in this book series shows up in this book. I loved the character, and how they over come there problems in this book. Great book and very well written. (*)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    I really enjoyed this book! A different change of pace Debbie Macomber is known for her stories of overcoming mistakes and regrets. Of people changing and finding new paths. And, also, connecting with those that are seemingly opposite’s in every way. But this story seems to take that theme to a different level. I’m not sure what it is that made this book different for me. Two completely opposite people that are struggling to find an answer to what is missing in their lives? To find happiness? Or m I really enjoyed this book! A different change of pace Debbie Macomber is known for her stories of overcoming mistakes and regrets. Of people changing and finding new paths. And, also, connecting with those that are seemingly opposite’s in every way. But this story seems to take that theme to a different level. I’m not sure what it is that made this book different for me. Two completely opposite people that are struggling to find an answer to what is missing in their lives? To find happiness? Or maybe it’s the fact that it is a an unacceptable relationship for many? The fact of the matter is, and as the author poignantly points out, is that recognizing and feeling a connection between two people is God’s will and not our will. The only thing we have to do is be open and excepting of that relationship, as long as it is healthy. This story is rich with deep emotion and intense feelings. We get to know these two people on an intimate level. I am not talking physically, but emotionally. Choices can be difficult – right or wrong and everyone involved in the story had something to learn and deal with. It was a powerful read for me. While I think some of the background on Shay could have been explored more intensely so we could connect with her better, there is only so much an author can pack in without overwhelming the reader. The author chose to focus on the present and not too much from the past. It was enough for me. Overall, this book is brought to us from a Christian point of view and is a lovely romance for all ages. Another winner with Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber. Don’t miss it! * copy received for review consideration Full Review - http://amidlifewife.com/any-dream-wil...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Julie Carpenter

    I love Debbie Macomber's Christmas stories. I haven't read too many of her books that aren't set during Christmas time so this was a fun change of pace for me and her books. I really enjoyed it! I enjoyed the different characters, the pacing, the lapse of time, the theme, the plot. Definitely an all around good read. Shay is one of those characters that you feel torn about. Not torn in a bad way but torn because you see the struggle and dilemma that she is faced with and you are torn hoping the c I love Debbie Macomber's Christmas stories. I haven't read too many of her books that aren't set during Christmas time so this was a fun change of pace for me and her books. I really enjoyed it! I enjoyed the different characters, the pacing, the lapse of time, the theme, the plot. Definitely an all around good read. Shay is one of those characters that you feel torn about. Not torn in a bad way but torn because you see the struggle and dilemma that she is faced with and you are torn hoping the choices she makes would be a little different. Now if she followed those choices then the novel wouldn't be what it is of course. So you sit back, keep reading, turning pages and silently cheering this character on in your mind. Hoping that her goodness will be seen and her trust in others with be worth the risk. Drew, another character you're torn about. Someone who has lost a strong foundation in his life. He's trying to rebuild it but struggling with the load and pain of the labor. He's floundering under the heavy load, and when he is at his breaking point, there's a lightening, a lifting off of the weight. Not all at once but slowly and the ability to breath and keep building that foundation is possible again. Two characters from two completely different backgrounds are brought together. Alone they struggle and are drowning but together their ability to succeed and inspire and help those around them is beyond what anyone would or could imagine. Especially considering their vast differences. That might seem very vague but it truly summarizes this story and the two main characters. Of course there is so much more involved because I haven't added any details or information about the other characters who also play a part in the growth and change. There's lots of pain, sorrow, heartache, loss of dreams, hope, trust, healing, love, peace, friendship (especially the very unlikeliest of friendships), anger, feeling of absolute loss after hope, forgiveness, safety, redemption, acceptance, prejudice, achievements. I probably could keep going but I'll stop there with all my descriptive words. I was very invested in these characters while reading. I've decided that they're my new book friends. Shay and Drew and many more, Lilly, Richard. Yep most definitely my new book friends. As I was writing my previous review I realized that that book was also very similar in themes and the process of healing and redemption. Two completely different storylines except for those themes. I love how no matter the story or situation, those themes are always very prevalent and true in any aspect of our lives. This is a Christian fiction novel for sure but for those who aren't Christian and don't believe that, I still believe that everyone has that feeling of hope or the desire of hope in their lives. Hope for a better future, hope to do well, hope to overcome mistakes. Hope for something. If you are or are not a Debbie Macomber fan, I highly recommend this book. It's different than other books I've read by her, and yet it's similar. Read it, savor it and hopefully you'll fall in love with the characters like I did. Content: Clean. Talk of drug use, but nothing graphic. Talk of past relationships but nothing graphic. Kisses, the couple talks about not having a physical relationship until after marriage. A character gets attacked by a gang member. I received a copy from the publisher, Random House Publishing-Ballantine, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own. Happy Reading!!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    3.5 stars Any Dream will Do is about Second Chances, starting over, love, and faith Shay Benson goes against her better judgement to help her younger brother and pays for it dearly. After serving her time, she finds herself in a church trying to make sense of what she is going to do next in her life. She believes that she is there alone but is soon approached by Pastor Drew Douglas. Drew Douglas has been mourning the loss of his wife the last 4 years. His congregation is suffering and he needs to 3.5 stars Any Dream will Do is about Second Chances, starting over, love, and faith Shay Benson goes against her better judgement to help her younger brother and pays for it dearly. After serving her time, she finds herself in a church trying to make sense of what she is going to do next in her life. She believes that she is there alone but is soon approached by Pastor Drew Douglas. Drew Douglas has been mourning the loss of his wife the last 4 years. His congregation is suffering and he needs to find purpose in his life. When he sees Shay alone in his Church he offers her help by way of taking her to a shelter run by his friend. Drew and Shay see each other sporadically as he occasionally checks in on her and agrees to attend her graduation from the program. Both feel a connection with the other. They are an unlikely match but both see the good in the other. Both need to time to trust and be willing to commit to another person again. With all romance stories, there is a wrench in their plans for a happy relationship. Shay's ex-boyfriend and brother come back into the picture to cause some drama and angst. Through communication, trust, and community both find support and acceptance. This is a sweet story about starting over, hope, faith and love. There is nothing graphic in this book and what is even more surprising is that the romance did not feel rushed nor did the ending. My biggest gripe with romance books is that the ending is rushed, everyone falls in love and they all need to get married right away. This book feels like it takes its time which is a good thing. Nothing is rushed. I enjoyed how they both learned to trust each other and formed a friendship first. I also like that many topics were covered even if in a minor way - death, loss, homelessness, prison. This is a fast read perfect for a sunny summer day spent at the beach or while relaxing in the backyard. I received this book from Random House publishing -Ballantine and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. See more of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sherri Thacker

    A nice quick read and i loved it. This is my 6th book by Debbie Macomber and as always, I love all of her books!

  10. 5 out of 5

    debbicat *made of stardust*

    This is a great little read. Not the kind I usually gravitate to. But very enjoyable. I felt really connected to the characters, Drew and Shay. It has some great themes that I think are important. It's a romance, sure, but so much more. Shay commits a crime to save her brother and gets caught. She goes to prison. When she is released, she has no money and nowhere to go. She finds herself getting out of the weather in a church. That is where she meets the pastor, Drew. They form a friendship that This is a great little read. Not the kind I usually gravitate to. But very enjoyable. I felt really connected to the characters, Drew and Shay. It has some great themes that I think are important. It's a romance, sure, but so much more. Shay commits a crime to save her brother and gets caught. She goes to prison. When she is released, she has no money and nowhere to go. She finds herself getting out of the weather in a church. That is where she meets the pastor, Drew. They form a friendship that at first I questioned. But, they both are in need of second chances for different reasons...no spoilers. I thought the plot very well developed and moved at a great pace. I found it realistic and could identify with the characters and their struggles and joys. I rarely read this kind of book but am so glad I gave this one a chance. It was a breath of fresh air in the midst of heavier books. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC to read in exchange for a review. Highly recommended to those that like feel good stories with warmth and compassion. I enjoyed it!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aisling

    Confession--Apparently I thought this author was someone else when I entered to win this from Goodreads. I was not expecting Christian lit. That said, this is very easy reading. Macomber is definitely a pro and tugs away at those heartstrings in an unlikely romance full of near misses and outside pressures. What makes the book really excellent in my opinion is the deft handling of "church people" and showing their, well hypocrisy may be too strong a word but I'll go with it, in judging the heroi Confession--Apparently I thought this author was someone else when I entered to win this from Goodreads. I was not expecting Christian lit. That said, this is very easy reading. Macomber is definitely a pro and tugs away at those heartstrings in an unlikely romance full of near misses and outside pressures. What makes the book really excellent in my opinion is the deft handling of "church people" and showing their, well hypocrisy may be too strong a word but I'll go with it, in judging the heroine. What I did not like was the predictability of plot (seriously who didn't know who stole the money or why?) But on the other hand the title and explanation of that concept was extremely moving and powerful. I'd almost recommend the book on that alone.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber sucked me in right from the beginning and I couldn't believe that it was 352 pages long. It felt like 100. It is delightful, warm and entirely a 'feel good' book. And... just a little different to her other books to make me sigh with happiness when I had finished. I loved the characters. Shay is a little hard edged to begin with, but then her life has been no picnic and she has had it tough since childhood. Now being 'played' by her brother and having just com Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber sucked me in right from the beginning and I couldn't believe that it was 352 pages long. It felt like 100. It is delightful, warm and entirely a 'feel good' book. And... just a little different to her other books to make me sigh with happiness when I had finished. I loved the characters. Shay is a little hard edged to begin with, but then her life has been no picnic and she has had it tough since childhood. Now being 'played' by her brother and having just completed three years imprisonment, she is in danger of being out on the street until she meets Drew Douglas. Sure Drew is a pastor, but he is still in depression after losing his wife Katie and could himself be in danger of losing his role at the church. However in reaching out to help Shay he finds friends who reach out a hand to him and lift him up and out. He has two adorable children Mark and Sarah, they take up a good space in the story and I really liked that. As well there are a circle of people around Drew and Shay who are minor characters but are mostly very likeable or a little prickly but redeemable. There are a couple of homeless men who caught my attention, both wonderful and showed a side of Shay that said so much about her. I would have liked to see a little more of them. There is a little bit of mystery towards the end that seems to put Shay in danger of losing what she has worked so hard for. That mystery wasn't difficult to work out ( I think the reader was meant to do so), but it all works out of course. A charming, warm and uplifting story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Susan Crowe

    Well now..... I listened to the first two books in this series and I really enjoyed them. the third book not so much. this book not at all. the only reason I gave it two stars was because I just could not bring myself to give one star to Debbie Macomber. I am really shocked at the rave reviews that this book has gotten. you all must be hard core Debbie Macomber fans because I cannot think of anything that I liked about this book. it was extremely predictable and so corny. I'm sorry I can't say an Well now..... I listened to the first two books in this series and I really enjoyed them. the third book not so much. this book not at all. the only reason I gave it two stars was because I just could not bring myself to give one star to Debbie Macomber. I am really shocked at the rave reviews that this book has gotten. you all must be hard core Debbie Macomber fans because I cannot think of anything that I liked about this book. it was extremely predictable and so corny. I'm sorry I can't say anything good about it so I believe Debbie and I are about to call it quits. we're going to part ways. if you do the audiobook let me leave you with this: a great voice an audiobook narrator does not make.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Janet Robel

    Picking up a book by Ms. Macomber is like a balm for the soul. While this starts out a little differently from her others, the wonderful storytelling we've come to expect is still there. She has a gift for creating magic on the pages. I love Shay immediately. Getting out of prison after three years, she feels all is lost. Until a kind stranger helps guide her where a future may be possible after all. This spans over a year so friendship and romance slowly develop. Pastor Drew is a rare breed of Picking up a book by Ms. Macomber is like a balm for the soul. While this starts out a little differently from her others, the wonderful storytelling we've come to expect is still there. She has a gift for creating magic on the pages. I love Shay immediately. Getting out of prison after three years, she feels all is lost. Until a kind stranger helps guide her where a future may be possible after all. This spans over a year so friendship and romance slowly develop. Pastor Drew is a rare breed of man who sees the good in others. If you're looking for a gentle romance, look no further.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    A few months ago I was talking to an acquaintance about books and she mentioned how much she likes Debbie Macomber because the books make her happy and she feels "safe" reading them. I'll definitely need to point her towards this book because I know she'd love it. I too enjoy this author, and I liked this one and its focus on basically just the main characters and two points of view (although the side characters were lovely). Shay was a great protagonist - she had been through a lot and felt wort A few months ago I was talking to an acquaintance about books and she mentioned how much she likes Debbie Macomber because the books make her happy and she feels "safe" reading them. I'll definitely need to point her towards this book because I know she'd love it. I too enjoy this author, and I liked this one and its focus on basically just the main characters and two points of view (although the side characters were lovely). Shay was a great protagonist - she had been through a lot and felt worthless, and I loved seeing her change. I'm so glad the author made all of the changes, as well as the love story, take time - that is MUCH more realistic. There is some focus on religion (after all, the male main character is a pastor), but the book isn't preachy - the ideas were about serving the less fortunate. Anyway, I would recommend this book!

  16. 5 out of 5

    ~Mandi~

    Any Dream Will Do Debbie MacComber 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This isn't my usual type of read but I really enjoyed reading this story. It's such a sweet and eye opening read. It shows you how much others judge people due to their pasts. It show that people are able to change and that people deserve second chances. This story was similiar to all of those lifetime movies my mother watched when I was younger. This was such an inspirational read it just warms your heart. Thanks NetGalley for the arc in exchange for m Any Dream Will Do Debbie MacComber 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This isn't my usual type of read but I really enjoyed reading this story. It's such a sweet and eye opening read. It shows you how much others judge people due to their pasts. It show that people are able to change and that people deserve second chances. This story was similiar to all of those lifetime movies my mother watched when I was younger. This was such an inspirational read it just warms your heart. Thanks NetGalley for the arc in exchange for my honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bj

    5 "Faith, Love & 2nd Chances" Stars for the story and narration! I've been meaning to try a book for Debbie Macomber for some time now. The blurb for Any Dream Will Do finally made me to give Ms. Macomber a try, and boy did I pick a great first book to sample Ms. Macomber's works! I absolutely loved the faith and hope-filled message in this story that provides inspiration that even those who have had the hardest luck and lived in dire straights are worthy of second chances and finding their HEA t 5 "Faith, Love & 2nd Chances" Stars for the story and narration! I've been meaning to try a book for Debbie Macomber for some time now. The blurb for Any Dream Will Do finally made me to give Ms. Macomber a try, and boy did I pick a great first book to sample Ms. Macomber's works! I absolutely loved the faith and hope-filled message in this story that provides inspiration that even those who have had the hardest luck and lived in dire straights are worthy of second chances and finding their HEA to boot! Moreover, the splendid narration by narrating duo Mark Deakins and Laurel Rankin make this a great choice for your next audiobook credit! Shay Benson feels guilty for introducing her younger brother, Caden, to Shooter, her outlaw ex-boyfriend. So when Caden comes to Shay begging for money, claiming that he is dead if he doesn't produce it, Shay does the unthinkable and agrees to steal from her workplace (a bank) with the understanding that Caden will get her the money back in time to replace it before its noticed. Of course, Shay knew this scheme was a long-shot, but she agrees to help her brother anyway because she feels responsible and loves him. Therefore its no surprise when she's arrested and convicted of embezzlement and sentenced to a number of years in jail. Of course Caden promptly disappears and never even contacts Shay during her years in jail. A few years later when she completes her sentence and is released, she's completely alone and doesn't have anyone to turn to. Fortunately for Shay, however, she has the good fortune of stumbling into a church and meeting Pastor Drew Douglas. Pastor Drew Douglas has had his fair share of misfortune, including the death of his wife and the mother of his kids. Its been several years since her death, but he hasn't been able to recover from the crippling depression. His mental state has even started to affect his congregation which is now in financial trouble. But that fortuitous day when Shay meets Pastor Drew by chance ushers in a sequence of events, which sets both of their lives on a course of healing and renewal, not to mention an opportunity for experiencing love again. It all commences when Pastor Drew recognizes Shay's need and offers to take her to a rehabilitation center. Shay's accepted into the one-year program and Pastor Drew is reunited with an old friend (the man who runs the rehabilitation center) who also recognizes the need in him and who helps him restart his life through friendships and an exercise in a basketball league. As you can imagine, over that year Pastor Drew's and Shay's paths continue to cross such that once she finally graduates from the program their friendship has grown to such an extent that Pastor Drew introduces her to his children and tries to get additional help from her from the church. However, not everyone is as forgiving as Pastor Drew, and soon it becomes clear that following his heart and continuing his friendship with Shay may just cost him his position as the pastor of his congregation. With such devastating potential consequences, will true love reign supreme in the end? Mark Deakins and Laurel Rankin alternate narrating the chapters in Any Dream Will Do based on the point of view being shared. Mr. Deakins narrates the chapters from Pastor Drew's perspective and Ms. Rankin the ones from Shay's perspective. This style works well for this book as it provides a natural division and symmetry between the point of view being shared. Both Mr. Deakins and Ms. Rankin have natural pleasing voices which made listening to their rendition a pleasure. Additionally, their character differentiation was spot-on, making it easy to know which character was speaking without having to rely on dialogue tags. I also thought that each narrator did a fantastic job with infusing their delivery with the situation specific emotion--a narrator trait that is essential for such an emotional and inspirational story such as this. If you're looking for a feel-good love story that inspires you to believe in the power of faith, friendships, and love then look no further. Any Dream Will Do is definitely the book you've been looking for. Moreover, for those audiobook lovers like me, the great narration by Mark Deakins and Laurel Rankin make this a title best enjoyed in audio format. Source: Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Did not finish - overwhelming Christian themes plus unbelievable set up in the beginning plus the overall terrible Hallmark movie vibe drove me away from this book. There are better Macomber books to read than this, and I was disappointed.

  19. 4 out of 5

    CarolynB

    Very good! Shay is a felon. What happens to her after her release from prison is probably the least likely scenario that she could imagine. What a story of redemption and love! This is one of Ms Macomber’s very best!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    From the first to the last page this story became a compelling page-turner, and I could just see it unfold like a TV movie, and it sure would make a great one. Shay Benson has not had an easy life, and early on took responsibility for her brother, and in the end it costs her dearly to the point she ends up in jail. Fate or not, I believe God had a hand in bringing her just where she needed to be on that December day, and just where Pastor Drew needed her to be. Yes, he needed her as much as she ne From the first to the last page this story became a compelling page-turner, and I could just see it unfold like a TV movie, and it sure would make a great one. Shay Benson has not had an easy life, and early on took responsibility for her brother, and in the end it costs her dearly to the point she ends up in jail. Fate or not, I believe God had a hand in bringing her just where she needed to be on that December day, and just where Pastor Drew needed her to be. Yes, he needed her as much as she needed him, and in turn they are the saving of each other, and the beginning of new lives. This story has it all, so much love and compassion for fellow man, no matter their station in life. Shay ends up worming her way into the hearts of Drew’s children, and of course Drew, but will the parish ever accept him having a relationship with a convicted felon? There are life lessons here for everyone, from a little child to an elderly person, from the rich to people living on the street, and you see God working with all of them. A book you don’t want to miss! I received this book through Net Galley and Random House Publishing Group, and was not required to give a positive review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Another classically fun novel by Debbie Macomber. It's an easy, fast read with a unique story about a young woman who spends three years in prison and where her life takes her when she gets out. A perfect summer read. Another classically fun novel by Debbie Macomber. It's an easy, fast read with a unique story about a young woman who spends three years in prison and where her life takes her when she gets out. A perfect summer read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Noriko

    Debbie Macomber’s books are a safe bet for me when I’m in the mood for feel-good, uplifting reads with a happy ending. Granted, her books sometimes seem like too all-rounded, too neat, too beautifully wrapped-up, and this book, Any Dream Will Do is no exception in that equation, yet it still hit me in the feels much stronger than I had anticipated and gave me a lot of emotions. As usual, Debbie Macomber’s writing is clean, solid and emotionally evocative. In fact, well, I might be a bit partial t Debbie Macomber’s books are a safe bet for me when I’m in the mood for feel-good, uplifting reads with a happy ending. Granted, her books sometimes seem like too all-rounded, too neat, too beautifully wrapped-up, and this book, Any Dream Will Do is no exception in that equation, yet it still hit me in the feels much stronger than I had anticipated and gave me a lot of emotions. As usual, Debbie Macomber’s writing is clean, solid and emotionally evocative. In fact, well, I might be a bit partial to her books, but I found hardly anything that I could fault in her writing. The pacing is nice and steady, the story is well-crafted, and more than anything, the emotional element in this book was what I found the greatest strength of this book. Her solid, beautiful writing literally enhanced this emotional aspect of this book and kept me engaged the entire time. The plot is also beautiful. This story follows the main two characters, Shay and Drew, and is told in dual perspectives. You have chapters narrated by Shay and Drew alternatively. Shay is an ex-convict and has just been released from the prison when the story kicks off and for some strange strokes of fate, she wanders into the church where another main character, Drew ministers as a Pastor. Drew himself has been struggling with his own emotions and grief from having lost his beloved wife to cancer for 4 years, he almost lost his faith in God. When Shay steps into the church, he was praying to God for His mercy and guidance and they find each other. Although Shay doesn’t let in Drew on her situation where she desperately needs a roof over her head, Drew immediately senses the need and decides to take her to the Hope Center where his long-time friend Kevin presides and Shay is given a chance to turn over a new leaf. Their paths keep crossing since then and they find their lives gradually turn around. I must admit that I found this whole segment, where Shay stumbles upon Drew by a stroke of fate a bit too fortuitous and typical and Drew’s initial attraction toward Shay a bit contrived and convenient. The thing is, although it was Drew who introduced Shay to the Hope Center, the description of him caring about Shay or wondering how she’s been doing in the Hope Center was only briefly touched upon (or I felt so since I was listening to the audiobook). It felt a bit lacking and didn’t sit well with me at first. That said though, as soon as the romance element between Shay and Drew kicks in, Debbie Macomber won over my heart. Their romance is platonic from beginning to end, they don’t go beyond kissing the entire book, yet those kisses are simply breathtakingly beautiful and romantic. Their love and trust made me squeal with delight and joy, I was completely sold. The character dynamics are also well-drawn. It is also delightful to read how Shay interacts with Drew’s family and how she becomes an integral part of Drew’s life. Drew initially only cares about how Shay’s been holding up in the help center, but gradually and steadily, through the interactions with Shay, he develops his affection toward Shay and becomes protective and defiant against anybody judges Shay based on her past. The execution and the delivery are on-point; she really knows how to breathe life into her characters and make them look attractive and vibrant. The slow and steady progression made the story even more convincing and realistic, such a captivating read. Another strong point of this book, which literally made me boiling with frustration, is hypocrisy and ugliness of human nature. Like I briefly mentioned, Shay is an ex-convict and did her time (3 years) in prison. As Drew and Shay deepen their relationships, the more Shay gets involved in Drew’s life, the more skeptic Drew’s congregations become and they start to voice their concerns about Drew’s credentials as a Pastor. The congregations, especially the elders obviously judge and disregard Shay merely based on her past and even call it as a ‘tainted past’ and regard Shay as ‘inappropriate’ for Drew. Now, this is what infuriated me and frustrated me the most. I literally gritted my teeth and was fuming with anger while I was listening to this audiobook. I know I may be naive, but the way they judge Shay based on her past and wouldn’t relish the idea of giving her a chance saddened me and pained me SO MUCH. We often say things like ‘everyone deserves a second chance,’ every now and then, but look at what happens in the book - I don’t think it’s far-fetched nor fictional, I do believe this is what actually happens around us - THEY DON’T GIVE SHAY THE SECOND CHANCE merely because of her so-called ‘TAINTED PAST.’ Shay has been doing great, she’s come so far since she got out of the prison; taking accounting classes, working at a cafe, she is striving to get back on her feet, YET, the elders keep judging her while they claim otherwise. Seriously, HOW COULD WE START OVER IF OTHERS AROUND US KEPT TURNING US DOWN AND SHOVING US AWAY BASED ON A SINGLE MISTAKE WE HAD MADE??? Especially when the mistake is well-intentioned, that’s grossly unfair. This prejudice element of this book really consumed me emotionally and I no longer remember how many times I felt like screaming with anger and clenched my fist. (I’m not even joking.) But Drew’s faith in Shay and Shay’s genuine generosity and kindness certainly touched my heart and it was so enthralling and delightful to read how they win other’s trust despite all the setbacks that come their way. This book kept me on my toes until the very ending which was a bit of a surprise for me. There’s another plot-twist that shakes the mutual trust that Shay and Drew have built up, and after what they have gone through, Shay’s stubbornly strong ‘faith’ in a particular character puts their relationship and Shay’s future in jeopardy. To be honest, this is another frustrating part of the book and I was like, ‘again?’ and mentally drained but in a very positive way. This is exactly what I look for in a book and I couldn’t get enough of it. Like I said, Debbie Macomber never forgets to beautifully tie everything in the end, and the last few chapters are indeed beautiful and uplifting. With that being said though, I must admit that I felt it a bit too neat and clean. There was a point where I found my excitement quickly deflated and was kind of along for the ride, but in the end, I was once again hooked and ended up closing this book with a fuzzy-warm feeling. This probably is the most emotionally consuming book I have ever read from Debbie Macomber. This book made me think A LOT and there was a violent scene which I had never witnessed in her previous books (I only read a handful of her books though). This is one of the most hard-hitting, emotionally evocative and thought-provoking books I have read in 2017. I am glad that I picked up this book. Thank you SusanLovesBooks for telling me that I could read this as a standalone. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have picked this up and would have missed out such a delightful read. This is a beautiful book on redemption, a second chance, trust, and love. Debbie Macomber books never fail to make you feel cozy, warm and happy. There might be ups and downs along the way, but the ending is rewarding. That’s what I felt from reading this book. I gave this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Arlena Dean

    Title: Any Dream Will Do Author: Debbie Macomber Publisher: Ballantine Books Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: Four Review: "Any Dream Will Do" by Debbie Macomber My Thoughts..... Who would have thought that Shay Benson and Drew Douglas who were complete opposites would one day come together and actually fall in love? We find that Shay has just been released from prison and finds herself showing up at Drew's church where we find that he is a widower, pastor and also a single father of two who was frownin Title: Any Dream Will Do Author: Debbie Macomber Publisher: Ballantine Books Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: Four Review: "Any Dream Will Do" by Debbie Macomber My Thoughts..... Who would have thought that Shay Benson and Drew Douglas who were complete opposites would one day come together and actually fall in love? We find that Shay has just been released from prison and finds herself showing up at Drew's church where we find that he is a widower, pastor and also a single father of two who was frowning in sadness. Now why was that? This author does well in giving the readers a real intriguing emotional story of just how life can change and present its form in so many different ways as it was for Shay. One could see why Shay may have had a chip on her shoulder as her life hadn't been easy for her at all especially with her father and brother. It was sad to see how she had been too trusting with her brother that she seemed to not being able to tell him NO. Will Shay learn from this bad experience she had gone through? Well, the story is quite deep and you will just have to pick this well written story that this author presents to her readers to see how things will change for Shay as she seems to have been given a second chance and finally have found someone who truly loves her. Thank you to NetGalley and Random House - Ballantine for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    I don't know how she does it but EVERY book I've read written by this woman leaves me with a feeling of being engulfed in a huge hug. What more can I say. Many thanks to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. I don't know how she does it but EVERY book I've read written by this woman leaves me with a feeling of being engulfed in a huge hug. What more can I say. Many thanks to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    Debbie Macomber has done it again. This book is exactly what I needed to read right now. It has everything. There is betrayal, anger, forgiveness, family loss, unsuspecting emotions, friendship, loyalty, respect, acceptance, love, unsuspecting emotions, and second chances. There is also a Christian theme running throughout the story that is necessary to the storyline. Shay Benson was a character that grew in leaps and bounds in this book. She went from a bitter, angry, knocked down woman to someo Debbie Macomber has done it again. This book is exactly what I needed to read right now. It has everything. There is betrayal, anger, forgiveness, family loss, unsuspecting emotions, friendship, loyalty, respect, acceptance, love, unsuspecting emotions, and second chances. There is also a Christian theme running throughout the story that is necessary to the storyline. Shay Benson was a character that grew in leaps and bounds in this book. She went from a bitter, angry, knocked down woman to someone who believed in herself and her talents, thanks to the Hope Centre where she received counselling and education. The Douglas family is getting by, four years after the loss of their wife and mother Katie. Pastor Drew is a clergyman who's faith is shaky and Shay was just what he needed. His character also changed dramatically over the course of this book. He was always a wonderful father, but he grew as a loving human being who was able to become a better Pastor and father. The narration was done in alternating chapters with Shay and Drew which gave different perspectives to some of the same scenarios. The book flowed smoothly and came to a wonderful conclusion. Several bumps along the way, added to the buildup of the story. Yes, this is a feel good book, but it is a story that is believable. That is exactly what I want when I pick up a book by Debbie Macomber. If you are looking for a book to make you feel good, go through a range of emotions and root for the characters, then pick this one up. You will not be disappointed.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    The premise for this story is a good one that wasn't handled well. Drew and Shay, the two main characters, had experienced a lot in their lives by the start of the book. However, their behaviors were more like two high school kids experiencing "life" for the first time. The conversations and thoughts were a bit too sugary for real people. Some good editing to remove repetitious thoughts and dialogue would have helped as well as situations that REALLY injected some tension into the story. I've re The premise for this story is a good one that wasn't handled well. Drew and Shay, the two main characters, had experienced a lot in their lives by the start of the book. However, their behaviors were more like two high school kids experiencing "life" for the first time. The conversations and thoughts were a bit too sugary for real people. Some good editing to remove repetitious thoughts and dialogue would have helped as well as situations that REALLY injected some tension into the story. I've read a few other books by Debbie Macomber and liked all of them better than "Any Dream Will Do."

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    I am beginning to really, really like Debbie Macomber's books. They're not my usual type of romances -- historical or suspense driven, with big, rich alpha males. No, all the people in Macomber's books are people that you'd recognize from your own life. Her themes of second chances and redemption really do your heart good and this novel is no different. At first, I was worried that since one of her characters was a Pastor that I would have to put up with a lot of preaching, but that wasn't the c I am beginning to really, really like Debbie Macomber's books. They're not my usual type of romances -- historical or suspense driven, with big, rich alpha males. No, all the people in Macomber's books are people that you'd recognize from your own life. Her themes of second chances and redemption really do your heart good and this novel is no different. At first, I was worried that since one of her characters was a Pastor that I would have to put up with a lot of preaching, but that wasn't the case. Yes, there was a lot of lessons that you would love to bring up in Church, but I never felt it was heavy handed. Great read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    It's been years since I've read a Debbie Macomber book. Despite the religious undertones i enjoyed this low-keyed romantic book. Stories about redemption and finding oneself always intrigue me. If you are a Macomber fan this book is a must read. It's been years since I've read a Debbie Macomber book. Despite the religious undertones i enjoyed this low-keyed romantic book. Stories about redemption and finding oneself always intrigue me. If you are a Macomber fan this book is a must read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Judy D Collins

    Review to follow. .

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Wonderful story of second chances and redemption.

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