Dream Country

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It was just an argument, one of hundreds Daisy Tucker must have had with her teenage daughter, Sage, over the years. But this one had ended differently, with Sage gone from their Connecticut home the next morning, leaving behind only a brief note: “I have to go.” Daisy tried not to overreact, tried to remind herself this was different from what had happened thirteen years earlier to Sage’s twin brother, Jake. This was different from a three-year-old boy disappearing in the canyons of Wyoming, never to be found. ...
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It was just an argument, one of hundreds Daisy Tucker must have had with her teenage daughter, Sage, over the years. But this one had ended differently, with Sage gone from their Connecticut home the next morning, leaving behind only a brief note: “I have to go.” Daisy tried not to overreact, tried to remind herself this was different from what had happened thirteen years earlier to Sage’s twin brother, Jake. This was different from a three-year-old boy disappearing in the canyons of Wyoming, never to be found. Sage was sixteen and resourceful. She would be found.

Years ago Daisy had traveled to Wyoming’s Wind River Mountains in search of inspiration for her art and had found a man with the wilderness inside him. James Tucker was a rancher, bound to the wild land he loved, and together he and Daisy created a small paradise for their family—until the day their little boy vanished without a trace. Now, as their daughter makes a dangerous cross-country pilgrimage to the father she longs for, Daisy will return to the place that took everything she had....

Filled with a wild and unpredictable beauty, Dream Country is a novel you’ll never want to end—even as you can’t wait to finish it.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Evocative ... [a] fierce family drama.”—People

“A moving story of love and reunion ... an absolute joy to read ... I finally put Dream Country down at 2 a.m. and almost called in sick the next day to finish it.”—Denver Post

“Superb ... stunning.”—Houston Chronicle

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A compelling plot and nuanced character portrayals contribute to the emotional impact of Rice's ninth novel, a transcendent story about the power of hope and family love. Daisy Tucker has built a comfortable life with her 16-year-old daughter, Sage, in Silver Bay, Conn., where she has gained a reputation for designing jewelry that seems to have inspirational powers. Combining artistry with her knowledge of Native American myths and legends, Daisy creates pieces that bring people together, heal wounds and serve as talismans. But no combination of gemstones and carved animal bones can assuage the pain in Daisy's life. Sage's twin brother, Jake, disappeared in the wild country of Wyoming during a cattle roundup 13 years ago, when he was three. Fleeing the scene of tragedy with her daughter, Daisy left her husband, James, behind at his family cattle ranch and moved to New England to be close to her sister, Hathaway. Now Daisy faces another crisis when a pregnant Sage runs away with her boyfriend, Ben, intent on a new life with her father at the ranch. Ben has second thoughts and decides to return home, so Sage heads on alone. Hitchhiking leads to danger, and a mysterious, tattooed teenager rescues Sage and agrees to drive her to Wyoming. Daisy joins James in Wyoming, where another teenager, calling himself "The Guardian," is stalking the ranch. Rice (Cloud Nine) creates believable dramatic tension about Jake's true fate, though the suspense lies mainly in whether the other characters will realize what has become of him. Though she overdoes the sentimentality, her fans always welcome the family values her stories celebrate. Author tour. (Jan. 30) Forecast: Among writers of women's fiction, Rice has a loyal following based on her ability to place realistic characters in atmospheric backgrounds and crisis situations. Cloud Nine became a bestseller in paperback. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
In this engaging family saga, narrator Laural Merlington is outstanding as the voice of three generations of the Tucker clan. It seems that true love magically materializes for those who purchase Daisy Tucker's Native American-inspired jewelry designs. Daisy, however, has not been that lucky in love, and, after nursing a broken heart for years, she seems to be on the brink of another tragedy. Her 16-year-old pregnant daughter, Sage, has taken off on a cross-country pilgrimage to her father's Wyoming cattle ranch. Because Sage's twin brother, Jake, disappeared into the ranch's canyons at age three, Daisy can't bear the thought of Sage returning there. When Daisy arrives at the ranch, she must confront the tragic past, as well as her still powerful feelings for her ex-husband. Vivid descriptions of the Wyoming landscape, quality character development, and just the right amount of suspense combine to make this an excellent choice for all popular fiction collections. Beth Farrell, Portage Cty. Dist. Lib., MI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553582642
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 4.15 (w) x 6.85 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Luanne Rice
Luanne Rice is the author of numerous novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Cloud Nine, Follow the Stars Home, Dream Country, and Summer Light, all available from Brilliance Audio. Originally from Connecticut, she now lives in New York City with her husband.

Biography

Luanne Rice is the New York Times- bestselling author who has inspired the devotion of readers everywhere with her moving novels of love and family. She has been hailed by critics for her unique gifts, which have been described as "a beautiful blend of love and humor, with a little magic thrown in."

Rice began her writing career in 1985 with her debut novel Angels All Over Town. Since then, she has gone on to pen a string of heartwarming bestsellers. Several of her books have been adapted for television, including Crazy in Love, Blue Moon, Follow the Stars Home, and Beach Girls.

Rice was born in New Britain, Connecticut, where her father sold typewriters and her mother, a writer and artist, taught English. Throughout her childhood, Rice spent winters in New Britain and summers by Long Island Sound in Old Lyme, where her mother would hold writing workshops for local children. Rice's talent emerged at a very young age, and her first short story was published in American Girl Magazinewhen she was 15.

Rice later attended Connecticut College, but dropped out when her father became very ill. At this point, she knew she wanted to be a writer. Instead of returning to college, Rice took on many odd jobs, including working as a cook and maid for an exalted Rhode Island family, as well as fishing on a scallop boat during winter storms. These life experiences not only cultivated the author's love and talent for writing, but shaped the common backdrops in her novels of family and relationships on the Eastern seaboard. A true storyteller with a unique ability to combine realism and romance, Rice continues to enthrall readers with her luminous stories of life's triumphs and challenges.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Luanne:

"I take guitar lessons."

  • "I was queen of the junior prom. Voted in, according to one high school friend I saw recently, as a joke because my date and I were so shy, everyone thought it would be hilarious to see us onstage with crowns on our heads. It was 1972, and the theme of the prom was Color My World. For some reason I told my guitar teacher that story, and he said Yeah, color my world with goat's blood."

  • "I shared a room with both sisters when we were little, and I felt sorry for kids who had their own rooms."

  • "To support myself while writing in the early days, I worked as a maid and cook in one of the mansions in Newport, Rhode Island. I'd learned to love to cook in high school, by taking French cooking from Sister Denise at the convent next door to the school. The family I worked for didn't like French cooking and preferred broiled meat, well done, and frozen vegetables. They were particular about the brand—they liked the kind with the enclosed sauce packet. My grandmother Mim, who'd always lived with us, had taken the ferry from Providence to Newport every weekend during her years working at the hosiery factory, so being in that city made me feel connected to her."

  • "I lived in Paris. The apartment was in the Eighth Arrondissement. Every morning I'd take my dog for a walk to buy the International Herald Tribune and have coffee at a café around the corner. Then I'd go upstairs to the top floor, where I'd converted one of the old servant's rooms into a writing room, and write. For breaks I'd walk along the Seine and study my French lesson. Days of museums, salons du thé, and wandering the city. Living in another country gave me a different perspective on the world. I'm glad I realized there's not just one way to see things.

    While living there, I found out my mother had a brain tumor. She came to Paris to stay with me and have chemotherapy at the American Hospital. She'd never been on a plane before that trip. In spite of her illness, she loved seeing Paris. I took her to London for a week, and as a teacher of English and a lover of Dickens, that was her high point.

    After she died, I returned to France and made a pilgrimage to the Camargue, in the South. It is a mystical landscape of marsh grass, wild bulls, and white horses. It is home to one of the largest nature sanctuaries in the world, and I saw countless species of birds. The town of Stes. Maries de la Mer is inspiring beyond words. Different cultures visit the mysterious Saint Sarah, and the presence of the faithful at the edge of the sea made me feel part of something huge and eternal. And all of it inspired my novel Light of the Moon."

  • "I dedicated a book to Bruce Springsteen. It's The Secret Hour, which at first glance isn't a novel you'd connect with him—the novel is about a woman whose sister might or might not have been taken by a serial killer. I wrote it during a time when I felt under siege, and I used those deeply personal feelings for my fiction. Bruce was touring and I was attending his shows with a good friend. The music and band and Bruce and my friend made me feel somehow accompanied and lightened as I went through that time and reached into those dark places.

    During that period I also wrote two linked books—Summer's Childand Summer of Roses. They deal with the harsh reality of domestic violence and follow The Secret Hour and The Perfect Summer When I look back at those books, that time of my life, I see myself as a brave person. Instead of hiding from painful truths, I tried to explore and bring them to the light through my fiction. During that period, I met amazing women and became involved with trying to help families affected by abuse—in particular, a group near my small town in Connecticut, and Deborah Epstein's domestic violence clinic at Georgetown University Law Center. I learned that emotional abuse leaves no overt outward scars, but wounds deeply, in ways that take a long time to heal. A counselor recommended The Verbally Abusive Relationshipby Patricia Evans. It is life-changing, and I have given it to many women over the years."

  • "I became a vegetarian. I decided that, having been affected by brutality, I wanted only gentleness and peace in my life. Having experienced fear, I knew I could never willingly inflict harm or fear on another creature. All is related. A friend reminds me of a great quote in the Zen tradition: "How you do anything is how you do everything."
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      1. Date of Birth:
        September 25, 1955
      2. Place of Birth:
        New Britain, CT

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    Chapter One


    At seven a.m., Daisy Tucker paused at the foot of the stairs to smell the laundry she held in her arms. She had gotten up an hour early to wash her daughter's clothes, throwing an extra sheet of fabric softener into the dryer the way Sage liked it.

    Mounting the stairs, Daisy wondered why her heart was pounding. She felt nervous, as if she were applying for a new job instead of waking up her sixteen-year-old with a pile of clean clothes. The house was quiet, flooded with thin morning light. While waiting for the laundry to finish, Daisy had gone to her spare-room jewelry studio to work on a bracelet that she hoped to finish that afternoon. But she had been too upset to concentrate.

    Daisy and Sage lived alone. There had been no witnesses last night to hear Daisy screaming like a banshee, see her pulling her own hair like a caricature of a maniac. There had been no one present to watch Sage sit back in her inflatable chair, messy dark hair falling across her face, observing her frustrated mother with cool detachment in her wide green eyes, no one to watch that composure crumble under Daisy's words.

    Sage had been wearing the clothes Daisy now held in her arms, and they had been mud-stained and sopping wet. She had been out with Ben Davis, her boyfriend, until midnight, even though she had promised to be home by nine. They had gone canoeing and capsized. In late October, Silver Bay, Connecticut was frosty and cold, and all Daisy had been able to think about was how they might have drowned in the dark.

    The phone rang. Still holding the clothes, Daisy walked to her bedroom. Wondering who it could be, ready to be stern to Ben, she picked up.

    "Hello?" she said.

    "How's my wayward niece?"

    "Sleeping," Daisy said, relaxing at the sound of her sister's voice. "But it was touch and go last night. When she walked in all soaked and bedraggled, I wanted to kill her."

    "Kill" Hathaway asked. "That seems like a strong word. Perhaps you mean maim.'’

    "Oh, Hath," Daisy said, almost laughing. Talking to her sister could break the tension like nothing else. "She was bad, but I was worse. The mad twin took over. I was standing over her, slavering--truly, foam was dripping from my mouth--"

    "Did you ground her until college?"

    "Yes, and I told her only stupid girls go out canoeing with boys until midnight on school nights," Daisy said, cringing as she remembered her words, her tone of voice. "Stupid, slutty girls."

    "I hope you told her she could never see Ben again," Hathaway said, knowing that, last night notwithstanding, Daisy liked Ben. He was polite, serious about his schoolwork, too mild to ignite any real passion in Sage.

    "Of course I did." Daisy stared miserably at the clothes she held, knowing that the hour of truth was at hand.

    "She did come home late," Hathaway said. "On a school night. Plus, there was ice on my birdbath this morning. Just a thin coating, but still. It was cold out--no wonder you lost it."

    "I hate that I called her slutty."

    "No, you just compared her to slutty girls. That's different."

    "I feel awful." Standing over her sulking teenager, looking into those huge eyes, Daisy had felt as if her heart could break. She was an overprotective mother, and she knew it. Sage's twin brother, Jake, had disappeared when he was three, and that fact informed every decision Daisy had made ever since regarding Sage. All Daisy had ever wanted was to protect her children. With a slim body, full mouth, and wide, knowing eyes, Sage had lost the last vestiges of babyhood. Still. Daisy had looked straight past those features to see the infant she and Sage's father had brought home from the hospital sixteen years ago.

    "I don't want her to get hurt," Daisy said.

    "I know," Hathaway said gently.

    "But I said some awful things. I could see it in her eyes. I have to go wake her up now. I did her laundry, and now I want to sit on the edge of her bed."

    "And tell her you love her."

    "And everyone makes mistakes."

    "But you'll ground her for life if she ever does it again . . ."

    "Right," Daisy said, laughing.

    Hanging up, she felt a little better. Talking to Hathaway had helped her put the situation into perspective. A single mother raising a smart daughter, Daisy was ultra vigilant about keeping Sage's focus on schoolwork, away from boys. Generations of daughters had been staying out too late, falling into lazy rivers. That didn't make them bad children, and it didn't mean they had bad mothers. Many years had passed since Jake's death, time for Daisy to tell herself again and again she wasn't to blame.

    Sunlight streamed through the bedroom windows, into the upstairs hall. The wood floors were waxed and polished. Walking toward Sage's room, Daisy thought about what a nice house they lived in. It was a small saltbox, safe and enclosed, with a sliver of view down the cove. Daisy had bought and paid for it herself, selling the jewelry she made and saving her money. Sage might dream of riding the range, living the ranch life, but Daisy reassured herself that she was doing a good job, making a fine home for herself and her daughter right here on Pumpkin Lane.

    Taking a deep breath, Daisy took hold of the doorknob to Sage's room. She said a prayer, that she could stay calm no matter what, that she wouldn't rise to any bait Sage might float her way--intentionally or not. This only felt like a war, and merely because Daisy loved the girl so much. Forcing herself to smile, she entered her daughter's bedroom.

    The room was empty.

    Sage's bed had not been slept in. It was neatly made, the Indian blanket drawn up over the pillows. Daisy could see the outline of her daughter's body, where she had lain outside the covers. A drawer was partly open, and Daisy saw that clothes were missing.

    Posters of Wyoming hung everywhere. Purple peaks--the Wind River Mountain Range, the Medicine Bows, the Big Horns, and the Snowies--filled the walls, along with blowups of cowboy corrals and galloping mustangs. Her father had sent her a rack of elk antlers, and she had turned them into a shrine: The single picture she had of him hung among turquoise beads, horseshoes, the pelt of a jackrabbit, and her brother's blue booties.

    A note lay on Sage's desk. The second Daisy saw it, a small sound escaped her. She dropped the neatly folded laundry and touched her heart.

    Her hands shaking, she picked up the note.

    Sage had been upset when she'd written it. Daisy could tell by the spidery handwriting, the way the ink had blotched and trailed off, the terrible terseness of the message from a girl who had always loved to talk, more than anything.

    Daisy stared at the words. She looked for "Dear Mom" and "Love, Sage," but there were only four words, and in the time it took to read them, Daisy felt the world cave in around her:

    "I HAVE TO GO."

    Daisy called Hathaway. As she waited for her sister to arrive, she paced around the house. She suddenly had so much energy, she felt as if her chest was going to explode. At the same time, she had a knot in her forehead from concentrating on where Sage might have gone. It was Thursday, a school day. Could "I have to go" mean simply "I have to go to school"?

    Just in case, she telephoned the office at Silver Bay High School. Sage was in eleventh grade, her third year. She had finished off sophomore year with high honors, gotten A's on her first junior year tests--and had received two deficiencies last week. Daisy had stared at those notes from Sage's chemistry and history teachers, filled with worry and fear. Sage, her bright light, her brilliant girl, letting herself slip? "Hi, Mrs. Wickham," Daisy said to the school secretary. "It's Daisy Tucker and I was, um--"

    "Hello, Ms. Tucker. I was just about to call you. If Sage is going to be absent, we really need to get a call from you, just to let us know--"

    "I'm sorry," Daisy said, bending over from the waist, covering her eyes, dropping the phone. Of course: Of course Sage had not gone to school. Hurrying now, she tried Ben's house and found no one home. The same for Zoe, Amanda, and Robin.

    Hathaway walked in, looking tall and tough. She smothered Daisy in a hug before Daisy could get one word out. By then Daisy was crying, and she leaned openmouthed against the shoulder of her older sister's silk blouse. When she pulled back, Hathaway was regarding the spit-blotch with dismay. But she raised her eyes to Daisy.

    "It was just a fight," Daisy said. "It was bad, but still . . . it was just an argument. We've had hundreds. Why would she say she has to go?"

    "Where's the note?" Hathaway asked, as if it contained answers. Perhaps it did: Feeling renewed hope at her sister's arrival, and her sister's direct approach, Daisy's heart leapt.

    "Here." Daisy handed over the blue-lined white paper, ripped from one of Sage's notebooks.

    "That's a note?" Hathaway asked.

    "I told you." Daisy would have been much happier if Sage had left her pages of complaints, grievances about life at home and school. She would have preferred spewings of anger and resentment. Being sixteen had moments of torture, and Daisy was a mother prepared to bear the brunt.

    "Who have you called?" Hathaway asked.

    "Ben, some of her friends, the school."

    "What did Ben say?"

    "I got the answering machine at his house," Daisy said. "I know his mother works at a bank, but I'm not sure which one. His parents are divorced, and his father lives in Boston."

    "This note . . ." Hathaway said, frowning. She was big-boned and chic, very no-nonsense. She ran a small boutique on the wharf called The Cowgirl Rodeo, where she sold western jackets, suede skirts, and Daisy's jewelry. For some reason, people vacationing in their Atlantic coast town loved spending their money on items evocative of the Old West. Hathaway had gotten the idea back in the days when she would visit Daisy and James in Wyoming.

    "It's short," Daisy said, trying to laugh.

    Hathaway just stared at the scrap of paper. " 'I have to go,' " she read out loud.

    "She ran away, that's all." Daisy was unable to keep the tremor out of her voice. "I did that when I was young, more than once. I was five the first time, remember? I packed a washcloth and my stuffed dog and went to live in the pine hollow. And I ran away again when I was nine, right after Dad died, so I wouldn't have to go to the cemetery"

    "She's sixteen; that's not five or nine," Hathaway said.

    "She's a good girl. She wouldn't--" Daisy's mind felt crazy. Her thoughts were darting all over the place to avoid the fact that it was nine-fifteen a.m. and Sage hadn't slept in her bed and she had no idea of where her daughter was. "She left a note. It's short, and she was obviously upset; we'd just had the worst fight of our lives. I was so mad. She knows how I felt after Jake disappeared. She wouldn't do that to me . . ."

    "She sounds serious," Hathaway said, taking Daisy's hand.

    "Oh" Daisy said, making a moaning sound again, because she couldn't get out the next part: serious about what?

    Serious about Ben, of course. Daisy called four banks before she got the right one. Paulina Davis managed the wharf branch of Shoreline Bank & Trust. Paulina was with a client, and the receptionist told Daisy she would call back. Daisy gave her ten minutes, then rang the bank again.

    "Hello?" Paulina sounded very slightly annoyed.

    "Hi, this is Daisy Tucker," Daisy began. Although the two women weren't friends, they had spoken on the phone several times since the previous summer, when Sage and Ben had started spending so much time together.

    "I got your message," Paulina said.

    "Did Ben..." Daisy paused. How could she word this without offending his mother? Did Ben skip school today, did he run away from home, did he leave you a four-word note that scares the hell out of you?

    "Did Ben and Sage lose our canoe last night? Yes," Paulina Davis said. "Did I just get a call from school telling me he's absent without my permission? Also yes. I'm furious, Daisy."

    "At Sage?" Daisy felt the heat in her face. Was this supposed to be Sage's fault?

    "Ben's a senior," Paulina said. "He's always been a good student, and this year he's captain of the soccer team. It's been his dream, and yesterday he missed the game. He should be visiting colleges, planning--" She had to stop, her voice shaking with rage. "I've forbidden him to see Sage before, but this time I mean it."

    "When did you forbid him to see Sage?" Daisy asked. Her worry was instantly supplanted by defensive rage at this other mother's tone of voice regarding her daughter.

    "A month ago," Paulina said. "Not that he listened."

    "Listen, Sage is a good student, too. An honor student," Daisy said hotly. "I'm not wild about her spending every free minute with Ben, that's for sure. I trusted them all summer because they're good kids, especially Sage, she's always..."

    "Look, I'm sorry." Paulina cut her off. "I'm upset. Seeing each other nonstop all summer was one thing, but now school has to come first, I'm sure you agree. It's just a matter of making some rules and sticking to them. I just think..."

    "Have you been home since the school called?" Daisy asked.

    "No, of course not. I work until-- Why?"

    "Because I think maybe they've run away."

    "Run away?"

    "Sage has, anyway." Daisy started to shake as she said the words. "Run away. She left a note."

    "Did she mention Ben?"

    "No."

    "Ben wouldn't run away," Paulina said flatly. "Would not."

    "I didn't think Sage would, either," Daisy said.

    Ben hadn't left a note, but he had packed some things and taken his backpack and tent. Paulina had left work immediately to go home, and she called, upset, the minute she checked his room. Hathaway leaned against the refrigerator, waiting while Daisy held the phone and listened. Daisy was upset, but she wasn't surprised by the fact the two kids had gone off together.

    "He doesn't have a car, she doesn't have a car," Paulina said. "What are they, hitchhiking?"

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    Introduction

    A novel filled with tender reunions and poignant turns of fate, Dream Country showcases the storytelling power of bestselling novelist Luanne Rice at her finest. Daisy and James Tucker faced every parent’s worst fear: thirteen years ago when, their little boy vanished, disappearing into the canyons of Wyoming, never to be found. The devastating loss shattered his family. James stayed in the west, hoping that his son might be found again. Daisy settled in Connecticut, raising their remaining child, Sage’s twin sister, Sage. Now, hiding a startling secret, sixteen-year-old Sage has disappeared too, setting off on a dangerous cross-country journey in search of safe harbor with her father and the rugged land he calls home. As she nears her destination, Sage’s pilgrimage becomes a remarkable story of survival and redemption—and the miracles that can make a family whole again.

    The questions and discussion topics that follow are intended to enhance your reading of Luanne Rice’s Dream Country. We hope they will enrich your experience of this mesmerizing novel.
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    Foreword

    1. Discuss the novel’s title. What dreams and hopes do the characters share? What keeps their dreams alive?

    2. What makes Daisy unusual among single moms? How does her relationship with Sage compare to Ben’s relationship with his mother? Does Daisy nurture Sage’s ability to take care of herself?

    3. How do Sage’s feelings about her father change throughout the novel? Is her image of him realistic?

    4. What legacy of young love does Daisy pass on to Sage? What aspects of Daisy’s past does she see in her daughter?

    5. What is Louisa’s role in the characters’ lives? What makes her a unique source of wisdom? How does she compare to the recollections Daisy has of her own parents?

    6. What does Wyoming represent to Daisy and Sage? How does the landscape of Wyoming compare to Connecticut? How do these two settings reflect the characters’ identities?

    7. What is the significance of Daisy’s jewelry, and her belief that in some way she is giving her love away with each piece? What powers do you believe her jewelry possesses? How does her understanding of the spirit world echo David’s?

    8. How are Daisy and James able to heal themselves and each other enough to rekindle their love? How is their relationship affected by years of not knowing Jake’s fate? Who was wounded the most by his disappearance?

    9. In what ways does David rescue Sage, emotionally as well as physically? Why does he understand the suffering induced at the puppy farm? What makes him a good savior?

    10. What does it take to convince David that not all parents are out for themselves? What does it take to convinceJames that vengeance will not quell his pain?

    11. How did your impressions of Paul shift throughout the novel? Ultimately, what were his motivations?

    12. What is the significance of the snow geese’s return in the novel’s closing scene?

    13. Discuss the homecomings that have made a significant impact on your life. Was forgiveness a necessary part of the process?

    14. How does Dream Country enhance themes of family ties and hope in other Luanne Rice novels you have read?

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    Reading Group Guide

    1. Discuss the novel’s title. What dreams and hopes do the characters share? What keeps their dreams alive?

    2. What makes Daisy unusual among single moms? How does her relationship with Sage compare to Ben’s relationship with his mother? Does Daisy nurture Sage’s ability to take care of herself?

    3. How do Sage’s feelings about her father change throughout the novel? Is her image of him realistic?

    4. What legacy of young love does Daisy pass on to Sage? What aspects of Daisy’s past does she see in her daughter?

    5. What is Louisa’s role in the characters’ lives? What makes her a unique source of wisdom? How does she compare to the recollections Daisy has of her own parents?

    6. What does Wyoming represent to Daisy and Sage? How does the landscape of Wyoming compare to Connecticut? How do these two settings reflect the characters’ identities?

    7. What is the significance of Daisy’s jewelry, and her belief that in some way she is giving her love away with each piece? What powers do you believe her jewelry possesses? How does her understanding of the spirit world echo David’s?

    8. How are Daisy and James able to heal themselves and each other enough to rekindle their love? How is their relationship affected by years of not knowing Jake’s fate? Who was wounded the most by his disappearance?

    9. In what ways does David rescue Sage, emotionally as well as physically? Why does he understand the suffering induced at the puppy farm? What makes him a good savior?

    10. What does it take to convince David that not all parents are out for themselves? What does it take to convince James that vengeance will not quell his pain?

    11. How did your impressions of Paul shift throughout the novel? Ultimately, what were his motivations?

    12. What is the significance of the snow geese’s return in the novel’s closing scene?

    13. Discuss the homecomings that have made a significant impact on your life. Was forgiveness a necessary part of the process?

    14. How does Dream Country enhance themes of family ties and hope in other Luanne Rice novels you have read?

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    • Posted March 19, 2009

      Excellent read!

      I started reading, & couldn't put it down. I think that this is one of Luanne Rice's books that touched me the most. This book helps you to understand why all young girls need a strong male role model in their
      lives & why so many of them go looking for love in all the wrong places.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 22, 2002

      GREAT READ FOR A COLD WINTERS WEEKEND

      This is the first Luanne Rice book that I have read. I enjoyed it so much. It's a far cry from the murder mysteries that I usually read so I wasn't sure if I would like it. The characters were great and I could really feel emotion for all of them. I would love for Ms. Rice to have a sequal to this book

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 3, 2002

      Spellbinding

      This was my first Luann Rice book, I loved it. I stayed awake 2 nights until very late, I just couldn't put it down. The way she describes the mountains and spiritual connections were soul stirring. I wanted to be riding the mountains with Daisy.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 19, 2004

      MY FAVORITE

      This book is my favorite. Tells the hardship of a lost girl in search of her father. It explains many problems modern day teenagers now face. Truely a journey to remember. A page turner thats for sure.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 27, 2003

      Wow

      This book was my first Luanne Rice book, but I intend to not make it my last. This was the most emotionally charged book I have read since i was extremely young and read 'Where the Red Fern Grows'. Wow, this book really brings people alive and shows so many family bonds. But, not only does it show the bonds, it shows the pain and suffering of families that didn't live the 'american dream', for whatever reason that may have been. I will cherish this book on my list of 'best ever read' for a very long time!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 22, 2014

      Buck

      Pu<_>ssy

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 19, 2014

      Lydia

      Good how ar u bad

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 22, 2014

      Rose to buck

      Uhhhhhhhh......

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 6, 2014

      Ana

      "Maybe... IDK"

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 6, 2014

      A fat lady

      Wanders in, then stops, staring.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 6, 2014

      Chloe

      Have you seen kyle. Vanessa is so lucky. But your right. They are.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 12, 2014

      Sara

      Hey babe

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 27, 2009

      Dream Country

      I love everything Luanne Rice writes. Lovely story.

      0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 31, 2003

      Easy weekend read

      Good,quick read. Perfect for the I-don't-want-to-think-too-hard set. Predictable plot, but still enjoyable!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 1, 2003

      dream county

      I have read the book of dream county, it is a wounderful book, I have injoy it very much,it just put me in tears when the little boy jake got lost,but on the ending when jake sister sage,had a good felling jake is her lost brother,it sure was a happy ending, thank you,

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 14, 2003

      great

      I loved this book I've read a lot of Luanne Rice books but this is my absolute favorite so far! If you haven't read it make time to this summer!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 11, 2002

      Wonderful rainy day book

      I've never read a Luanne Rice book before, but I was pleasantly surprised at the intense pleasure I found in this book. Her characters are well defined and described. The book has a nice pace and enough mystery to keep you turning the pages.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 5, 2002

      A Touching Story

      This was an awesome book! I loved it! I just got so into it! Luanne Rice inspired me to write a story. I do love to write though. My favorite charactor was Sage. It is amazing how close I felt to her when I was done with the book! Sage is a really pretty name, too.

      0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 11, 2002

      Magical

      This was the first Luanne Rice book that I've read, but it will not be my last. 'Dream Country' is a magical book. I fell in love with its characters and the vast Wyoming terrain. This is the most emotionally moving book I have read in years. Although I finished reading it nearly a month ago, I find my mind wandering time and time again to Daisy, Jake, Sage and James - to 'Dream Country'. My praises to Luanne Rice!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 9, 2002

      Not a favorite of author Luane Rice

      I wasnt able to put this down but it was a book I didn't love. I had a hard time with the father not seeing his daughter ofr 13 years because he had lost his son. Why lose both of your kids??As a mom it was hard for me to relate. Also found it a little predicatble.

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