Asleep Without Dreaming

Asleep Without Dreaming

by Barbara Forte Abate


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ISBN-13: 9780615685489
Publisher: Halcyon Moon Books
Publication date: 09/11/2012
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Barbara Forte Abate grew up in Millbrook New York, and currently lives in a creaky old house in Pennsylvania, where she makes up lies, doses them with truth, and titles it fiction. She is long time married to a very fine man, and is the mother of four fabulous children.

The Secret of Lies, is her debut novel.

Barbara invites you to stop over and visit her website: and blog:

She'll have the kettle on for you!

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Asleep Without Dreaming 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
skstiles612 More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a feel good book to read then put this down and find something else.  This is one of the most depressing, dark books I have read in a long time.  I loved it.   I have never cared for the syrupy, sweet romances out in the world.  Give me a story full of emotion, no matter how dark and I love it.  I want to feel something when I read a story.  I want to be able to relate.  I want to think I know where the story is going and then have the author surprise me with the ending.  This book is all that and more.  Willa has the most dysfunctional, selfish parents.  Her father won a lot of money and left Willa and her mother with only a thousand dollars.  Her mom Stella is so selfish and disgusting.  She is one of those parents you would like to see locked up.  She wakes Willa up in the middle of the night to leave.  Their car breaks down and they are taken in by the owner of the Moonglow Motel.  Stella is given a job cleaning cottages for a small salary and their room and board. Willa does the cleaning.  Add to this a escaped convict seeking revenge on the town.  Fires popping up everywhere and you have the most depressing town around.  Willa falls hard for the teenage handyman Jesse.  But even that doesn’t go the way the reader thinks it should.  I won’t give away any spoilers.  If you are like me and like those dark novels then this is a must read.  It will keep you turning pages.  This is the second book I’ve read by this author and I am so thrilled to do it.  I love her writing style.
Literary_Marie More than 1 year ago
Stella impulsively packs up her 14-year-old daughter, Willa, and leaves Hoosick Falls behind. A broken down car leaves them stranded in yet another small town. Unable to carry on with the original plan, Stella and Willa settle in the new town and start working for Omega Pearl Bodie. Curious Willa tries to keep one step ahead of her secretive not-to-be questioned mother, a handyman, an arsonist and escaped convict. It's a summer of lies and flames. Every now and then, I read about a character that I feel really sorry for. Willa is that character. She was unfortunate to be stuck with a dysfunctional mother like Stella. I wanted to reach through the pages and just give Willa a warm hug. No child should feel neglected or think she's an ugly duckling. Abate did a great job developing this character and allowing the reader to feel emotion toward Willa. A light read it is not. The story line is woven and complex. If you are looking for a light, fluffy read during the holidays, this is not the book. However, if you are interested in a layered story, then you will enjoy following this one summer in Willa's life. Abate writes with such vivid description that I could visualize the detailed setting. It's a heartwarming story with a bit of mystery that will occupy your mind while reading. Literary Marie of Precision Reviews