Chasing Dreams

Chasing Dreams

by Deborah Raney

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Joanna Chandler always dreamed of becoming an attorney. But when she left law school to help care for her dying mother, stepping away from her single-minded pursuit gave her space to reconsider. The only question is, if not law, what should she do with her life?

To keep her mind off an uncertain future, Joanna helps her older sister, Phylicia, throw an amazing outdoor wedding on the charming Missouri property the three Chandler sisters own together. That's when she realizes wedding planning could be a thriving business of its own. And Lukas Blaine, the handsome wedding DJ, opens her mind to the possibility of love on the horizon.

But there's more to Luke than meets the eye. The young boy he's been mentoring has lost his mother and become Luke's ward. Mateo is sullen and angry and needs constant attention. How can Luke possibly find the time to start a new relationship or saddle someone else with a wounded child? He may have to let go of the woman of his dreams--and crush her dreams at the same time.

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ISBN-13: 9780825476907
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Publication date: 10/22/2019
Series: Chandler Sisters , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 223,493
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Deborah Raney's first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Deborah and her husband, Ken, traded small-town life in Kansas--the setting of many of Deb's novels--for life in the city of Wichita. They love traveling to teach at writers conferences across the country and to visit their four children and a growing brood of grandchildren (who all live much too far away).

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Chasing Dreams 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
BrittanyMc 4 days ago
I enjoyed this second book in the Chandler Sisters series. Having read book one, A Reason to Breathe, I really enjoyed catching up with Phee and Quinn, the main characters from that novel. If you haven’t read book one, you can probably follow along fine in this story, however, book one sets the stage nicely for understanding what these three sisters have gone through with the death of their mother and the renovating of cabins that they are using for rental income. In Chasing Dreams, Luke was a wonderful character, full of compassion, love, and was clearly a good match for Joanna. Joanna, however, took a while to grow in her compassion for Luke’s charge, Mateo. She was reluctant to embrace a future unlike what she envisioned. I believe this was probably a result of many broken dreams over the past few years and the feeling that things just never seemed to work out the way Joanna wanted them to. But Joanna was definitely on a journey of emotional and spiritual growth in this story, one definitely worth reading about. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
MelissaF 8 days ago
What a great book. I think this might be the second in the series, I didn’t read the first one and I found that I didn’t feel like I missed anything, other than Phylicia and Quinn’s story, which does sound interesting. But I loved Joanna’s story, although her lack of concert for Mateo at first bothered me. Luke did acknowledge it in his thoughts so there were some red flags. You’ll have to read the book to see if that changes. I was curious how it would all work out. I also enjoyed the setting for this book, a beautiful place I would love to visit. A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own.
DixieJudy 3 months ago
This is the second book in the Chandler Sisters series, Joanna's story. I did not read the first sister's book but his one is about Joanna.  She thinks she wants to be an attorney and has always dream of this and sure she will become one. seems that God is leading in a different direction. Besides this new direction, she is torn between an old flame who more or less jilted her when her mother was dying with cancer and a new handsome guy who seems to return her interest. Joanna must travel a road she's uncomfortable traveling to make this decision. As she struggles with the greatest decision of her life, she learns to trust God and let Him teach her......I was gifted this book from the publisher and NetGalley, My review is strictly my own.
WildflowerMom 3 months ago
The next chapter in the busy lives of the Chandler sisters, continuing on from book one, Reason to Breathe, includes some drama and a new romance. I enjoyed catching up with these three sisters, whose relationship is supportive and fun loving. Joanna or 'Jo' seems to bear the load of responsibility for their fledgling Air bnb venture, while working out the details for her sister's wedding. It wasn't too hard to identify with her need to find her own happy ending, one that doesn't involve a surly preteen. Being flexible and open to change in future plans doesn't come easily to most of us. She learned to lean on God for help in decisions and relationship issues through her trials. It was a good reminder to pray first and wait on Him before jumping into things. Their property sounds lovely as described, and made me wish I could visit for a weekend getaway for real! I look forward to reading Britt's story. Readers who enjoy clean contemporary romances with some faith would like this well written series. (It is best read in order, to avoid some major spoilers.) (An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.)
AFerri 3 months ago
This is a wonderful book! It is full of emotions and you can feel every one of them. You will definitely be rooting for Mateo. If you are looking for a good clean inspirational book that will keep you turning the pages, grab this book! Thank you INscribe Digital Kregel Publications via NetGalley for the copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm 3 months ago
'You sometimes have a tendency to expect the worst of people, and when you do that, they're sure to give you the worst.' I am a Deborah Raney fan. I still have my original copy of her very first book. Deborah Raney writes about real life issues. From her heart. The reader feels this. Her books are not fluffy 'happily ever after' books, although we do get a happy ever after ending. But we get heartache and struggle and finding your way back in between. This is the second in her Chandler Sisters series, Joanna's story. Joanna, who has dreamed all her life about how she wanted her life to be when she grew up. And now she's discovering that maybe God has a different dream for her life. I'm so glad He's planned the best for us! Joanna must travel a road she's uncomfortable traveling to get to that life, though. I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to the third sister's story! I highly recommend this book and this author. *My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book. The opinion here is entirely my own.