Book Review (and a Giveaway!): What Dreams May Come by Alana Terry

February 9, 2018 Alana Terry, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, romance 27

about the book

She’s got her heart set on becoming a missionary. He’s determined to recruit her for the job.

But is it possible to fall in love with someone you’ve never even met?

Susannah’s convinced that God has called her to the mission field. That’s why she’s serving him with single-minded focus in Orchard Grove, waiting for the day when she can leave her small town to take the gospel to the nations.

Is falling in love with her missionary recruiter part of God’s plan for her life or a distraction from the real goal?

Scott loves his life. Traveling the globe, offering spiritual support to missionaries around the world offers enough excitement that the loneliness hardly ever gets to him … Until he receives an application from a young girl with a heart for the mission field as large as his own, a young girl he finds himself falling for even before they get the chance to meet face-to-face.

Unfortunately, a promise Susannah made to her family may tear her and Scott even farther apart than the miles that separate them.

Book one in an inspirational sweet romance series by award-winning Christian author Alana Terry, who has won awards from Women of Faith, The Book Club Network, Grace Awards, and several others, What Dreams May Come is based off of the author’s own experiences falling in love with (and eventually marrying) her missionary recruiter.

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SERIES: A Sweet Dreams Christian Romance #1
GENRE: Inspirational New Adult Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Firstfruits Publishing
RELEASE DATE: October 24, 2017
PAGES: 200

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“…in the soil of her grief [God] had planted seeds that now sprouted and bloomed into the most beautiful, glorious harvest of joy…”

What Dreams May Come is such a unique story, made even more special by the fact that the author based it on her real-life romance with her husband.

Part of what makes it so unique is that the hero and heroine have never met in person … and still don’t for the majority of the book. In fact, the book also begins in the middle of their relationship (though it appears to be the end).  Additionally, Terry tells the story from both Scott and Susannah’s perspective, and part of it is told in a semi-flashback (Scott rereads the emails Susannah had sent him while they were first getting to know each other). While this took a bit of getting used to, I ultimately really liked the format for this specific story.

Susannah is really young but spiritually mature, and in her first few emails to Scott (who is older) you can see how sheltered she has been. (Not that this is a bad thing, just an observation) She unfortunately has to grow up quickly and take on the care of her sister Kitty who has cerebral palsy. (Kitty is a fabulous character, by the way! Such a great personality even without a spoken voice.) Her plans with Scott – whom she has still not met in person – are put on hold, and so are her dreams. And, by default, so are Scott’s dreams.

Their individual confusion is one I would guess many have experienced. That feeling of ‘did I totally misread God and His plans for my life?’ that can be common in your early twenties (or late adolescence). I absolutely could relate to their questions, their rethinking of what they thought they knew. I also really appreciated that their relationship was built on shared beliefs, shared goals, and falling in love with someone’s heart – not their physical looks.

Bottom Line: What Dreams May Come by Alana Terry is a sweet, light love story that explores what happens when we give our dreams to God and let Him dream His dreams for us. Grandma Lucy and Kitty stole the show for me, personally – their characters consistently made me smile and want to spend more time with them. You will root for Scott and Susannah to find a happily ever after, though it may take a different shape than you originally imagined, bringing you right alongside their story and how they feel, too.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 3.5 stars / Sweet story!

KissingBook Level: 2 / Warm rosy glow of sweetness ♥

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about the author

Alana is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Alana’s passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.

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The cat’s out of the bag! Back in 2016, I wrote What Dreams May Come, a novel that was based on the way my husband and I fell in love … fourteen months before we ever met! It wasn’t until just before Christmas that I told Scott the romance novel I’d been writing was actually our true-to-life love story, and he was even more surprised than I hoped he’d be! Watch the video to see his reaction.

To celebrate her tour, Alana is giving away a $50 CBD gift card!!

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27 Responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): What Dreams May Come by Alana Terry”

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for the review on “What Dreams May Come” by Alana Terry and for being part of the book tour!

  2. Janet Estridge

    Alana Terry is a new author to me.
    Our library readers who enjoy mystery/suspense books are going to be thrilled if I win one of her books.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.

  3. Perrianne Askew

    This sounds like a good one! Thank you for the review and giveaway opportunity.

  4. Karen Sargent

    I love the video! How sweet! Love the shirt! My friend gave me a scarf for Christmas with the text of my first book. I didn’t even know that was possible.

  5. Emma

    I’ve already gotten to read this book, and loved it. Grandma Lucy is great, isn’t she! I had met her in Beauty From Ashes, and was glad to find her here, too.

  6. Lisa Garrity

    I like the idea of characters that fall in love before they actually meet in person. That’s how I met and fell in love with my husband! We spent time getting to know each other on the internet before we finally met in person and it was like the last thing that fell into place. We’ve been married 13 wonderful years!

  7. Evangeline

    Thanks for this giveaway! I would be delighted to win so I can buy Alana’s book, along with some others on my wish list! 😉

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