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Any Dream Will Do
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Any Dream Will Do
A Novel
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
  • Debbie Macomber returns with a powerful standalone novel about a woman forced to start her life anew, embarking on the most courageous journey of all—to a place where she learns what love and trust really mean.

    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.
    Praise for Any Dream Will Do
    "Emotional, romantic and inspirational, the latest novel from romance maven Macomber is a must read! . . . Shay's journey is one of courage, and there's something in her story for every reader."RT Book Reviews

    "Any Dream Will Do is . . . so realistic, it's hard to believe it's fiction through the end. Even then, it's hard to say goodbye to these characters. This standalone novel will make you hope it becomes a Hallmark movie, or gets a sequel. It's an inspiring, hard-to-put-down tale. . . . You need to read it."The Free-Lance Star

    "Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber is a study in human tolerance and friendship. Macomber masterfully shows how all people have value."—Fresh Fiction

    "Macomber never disappoints. The message is uplifting and inspirational. Fans of Christian fiction or crossover works with a positive message will enjoy this book."Library Journal
  • #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
  • Debbie Macomber returns with a powerful standalone novel about a woman forced to start her life anew, embarking on the most courageous journey of all—to a place where she learns what love and trust really mean.

    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.
    Praise for Any Dream Will Do
    "Emotional, romantic and inspirational, the latest novel from romance maven Macomber is a must read! . . . Shay's journey is one of courage, and there's something in her story for every reader."RT Book Reviews

    "Any Dream Will Do is . . . so realistic, it's hard to believe it's fiction through the end. Even then, it's hard to say goodbye to these characters. This standalone novel will make you hope it becomes a Hallmark movie, or gets a sequel. It's an inspiring, hard-to-put-down tale. . . . You need to read it."The Free-Lance Star

    "Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber is a study in human tolerance and friendship. Macomber masterfully shows how all people have value."—Fresh Fiction

    "Macomber never disappoints. The message is uplifting and inspirational. Fans of Christian fiction or crossover works with a positive message will enjoy this book."Library Journal
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    • From the book PROLOGUE

      "I need the money."
      My brother's eyes showed a desperation I had never seen in him before.
      "Shay," he pleaded, "you don't understand. If I don't have it by tomorrow night they will kill me."
      "They?" I repeated. "Who are they?" But I knew.
      Caden had been waiting for me outside my tiny apartment that I shared with three roommates, pacing in front of my door when I got off work at the bank. I hadn't seen him in weeks, which was never a good sign. In some ways, I was grateful he'd stayed out of my life. This was my chance, the first real one I'd had, and my brother was trouble. "Tell me what happened," I said as I unlocked my apartment. He followed me inside and rammed his fingers through his hair with enough strength to uproot several strands.
      "It's complicated . . ."


      It always was with Caden. I'd been looking out for him nearly his entire life, but for once I had to think about myself. My gut was churning as I set the teakettle on the stove, afraid of what he was going to tell me. Caden had met a lot of his bad connections through me and one boyfriend in particular. I'd fallen in deeper with Shooter than I'd ever intended, but through a community program I'd managed to break away from that lifestyle. With the help of one of the counselors I'd landed a job, a good one at a bank. For the first time in my life I had a chance at making something of myself. I had a shot at getting away from the gangs and the drugs and the lifestyle that would eventually lead to either prison or death. I had a small taste of what the future could be if I stayed away from people determined to hold me down. I'd made mistakes. Big ones, but I was working hard to put that behind me.
      I should have known it wouldn't work. Not for someone like me. Caden was here to remind me I'd been living a pipe dream.
      "Who's threatening to kill you?" I asked again, already anticipating the answer. It was Shooter or one of his gang members.
      My brother closed his eyes and gripped hold of my forearm hard enough to cause a bruise. "You know."
      "You're hanging with the Angels again?" I'd repeatedly warned Caden to stay away from the gang, which was anything but angelic.
      He didn't respond, which was answer enough.
      My hands trembled as I brought down two mugs and reached for the tea bags. My back was to Caden. "How much do you need?" I asked as I gritted my teeth. I'd managed to save a few hundred dollars. All I could do was hope that would be enough.
      He hesitated before blurting out, "Five thousand."
      "Dollars?" I gasped. The figure stunned me to the point my knees felt weak, as if they were no longer capable of holding me upright. Caden had to know that amount was impossible for me. No way could I come up with that much. "I don't have that kind of money."
      "Can you borrow it?" he pleaded. His dark brown eyes, so like

      my own, were wild, his voice frantic. "I'm not joking, Shay. If I don't hand over the money by tomorrow I'm a dead man."
      Doing my best to remain calm, I looped a long strand of my auburn hair around my ear, racking my brain. No one was going to loan me that kind of cash. Working as a bank teller, I barely made enough to get by myself. Between rent and my accounting classes, I was already stretched financially. The few dollars I'd managed to save came from doing without lunch and eating ramen noodles for dinner.
      Before I could explain that the possibility of a loan was hopeless, Caden tried again. "What about the bank?" he suggested, his gaze holding mine.
      A tingling feeling started at the base of my neck and worked its way down my spine. Even before I answered, I knew what Caden was thinking.
      ...
    About the Author-
    • Debbie Macomber, the author of If Not for You, Sweet Tomorrows, A Girl's Guide to Moving On, Last One Home, Silver Linings, Love Letters, Mr. Miracle, Blossom Street Brides, and Rose Harbor in Bloom, is a leading voice in women's fiction. Twelve of her novels have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller lists, and five of her beloved Christmas novels have been hit movies on the Hallmark Channel, including Mrs. Miracle and Mr. Miracle. Hallmark Channel also produced the original series Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove, based on Macomber's Cedar Cove books. She has more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide.
    Reviews-
    • Publisher's Weekly

      July 3, 2017
      Venerable romance author Macomber’s latest inspirational novel suffers from uninspired, generic plotting. The paint-by-numbers narrative, set in Seattle, is divided between Shay Benson, whose embezzlement on her brother’s behalf sent her to prison for three years, and pastor Drew Douglas, a widowed father of two. Shay’s struggle to start afresh is the perfect counterpoint for the minister’s crisis of faith. They become friends and a romantic connection blossoms, but some in the church have questions about her trustworthiness and, by extension, his judgment. Bad actors begin reappearing in Shay’s life, perfectly timed to threaten her acceptance and exaggerated by a promise she is determined to keep. Macomber’s heavy hand in this area turns her steadfast young heroine into a victim, which only adds to the plot’s hackneyed qualities. Agent: Theresa Park, Park Literary & Media.

    • Library Journal

      March 15, 2017
      Raised in an abusive household and imprisoned after helping her no-good brother, indebted to a drug lord, with funds from the bank where she works, Shay stumbles into a church upon her release and meets widowed pastor Andrew Douglas. We know where this is going.

      Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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