The Good Dream
By Donna VanLiere
St. Martin's Press, 2012. 320 pgs. Fiction.
At 30, Ivorie Walker is an established old maid. In Tennessee in 1950, there is nothing else for her to be. Living all alone at the family homestead after the death of her mother, Ivorie is lonelier than she could have imagined until a half-starved boy from the mountains starts stealing from her garden. As she takes him into her home and tries to learn about his background, Ivorie finds herself learning more about love and her own strength than she ever imagined.
VanLiere's prose is musical, making the book easy and enjoyable to read, even when the plot takes us places we would rather not be. Her characters are endearing and make the reader wish for a good ending for everyone. This is a beautiful story of strength, courage, and love that will touch your heart.