Standalone Sunday is a fun feature created by Megan at Bookslayerreads where each Sunday you feature a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend. There’s so much focus on books that are part of a series… she thought it’d be nice to focus on some standalone novels, too!

Feel free to join in on this weekly feature by creating your own Standalone Sunday post! And be sure to check out Megan’s very creative blog and leave a link in her Standalone Sunday comments section so she can add your blog to the list

My Standalone Pick this week is:



In this full-length novel from the New York Times Bestselling author of The Christmas Hope series Donna VanLiere has written a beautifully rendered and poignant story about one woman’s unlikely path to motherhood and the healing power of love.

Tennessee, 1950: Still single and in her early thirties, Ivorie Walker is considered an old maid; a label she takes with good humor and a grain of salt. But when her mother dies, leaving her to live alone in the house she grew up in, to work the farm she was raised to take care of, she finds herself lost in a kind of loneliness she hadn’t expected. After years of rebuffing the advances of imperfect, yet eligible bachelors from her small town, Ivorie is without companionship with more love in her heart and time on her hands than she knows what to do with. But her life soon changes when a feral, dirty-faced boy who has been sneaking onto her land to steal from her garden comes into her life. Even though he runs back into the hills as quickly as he arrives, she’s determined to find out who he is because something about the young boy haunts her. What would make him desperate enough to steal and eat from her garden? But what she can’t imagine is what the boy faces, each day and night, in the filthy lean-to hut miles up in the hills. Who is he? How did he come to live in the hills? Where did he come from? And, more importantly, can she save him? As Ivorie steps out of her comfort zone to uncover the answers, she unleashes a firestorm in the town-a community that would rather let secrets stay that way.

This pitch perfect story of redemption and the true meaning of familial love is Donna VanLiere at her very best.



In THE GOOD DREAM by Donna VanLiere we meet Ivorie Walker who is considered an old maid in her town. She is really only in her early 30’s but back then if you were unmarried at that age, they called you an old maid. She doesnt really care what others think, but after her mother dies leaving her all alone, she is lost and lonely. This story takes place in 1950’s Tennessee country side where things aren’t always what they seem. Everyone has secrets as Ivorie is about to learn.


Ivorie finds herself staring at what has been stealing and eating out of her vegetable garden one day. A small boy who doesn’t want to talk and is very dirty and unkempt. Where did he come from? Where are his parents and how did he get here? After thinking about it for a bit, she decides she is going to help this little boy even after everyone in town is telling her it is wrong and not to get involved. How can she turn her back on this poor little boy? She starts to help him right then and there by feeding him.


While all of this is going on, Ivorie finds herself falling in love with George. She hasn’t had much experience with the men she has met over the years and George is awakening feelings inside of her that she has never felt before. But all of that changes when she tries to help the little boy. George is dead set against it and is afraid of what will happen to her. The boy must come from the hills where the mountain people live and they can be dangerous. George pulls away from her. With or without George in her life. she is determined to find out where the boy came from and where his Momma is.


THE GOOD DREAM was my very first Donna VanLiere book, but I can tell you, it won’t be my last. She has a way of pulling you into the story right from the get go. I was so wrapped up in Ivorie’s life and had to keep turning the pages to find out what was going to happen. I read this book in one day and now I’m wondering if Donna will be writing a sequel on these characters. Ivorie was quite the character and she had me laughing one minute and crying the next. She was so brave to go out of her way to help the little boy and wouldnt let anyone bully her out of it.



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