A Dream Away

A Dream Away

by Frank Drury

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A Dream Away by Frank Drury

In this novel, Dobs and Nikki are reunited through Facebook after being apart for thirty years. They are living happily in Laguna Beach, California with Nikki's two adopted teenage daughters, Allison and Jamie. Suddenly, fifteen year old Allison's birth mother appears at their front door and demands to have her daughter back. She had given her up for adoption fifteen years earlier. But now, ravaged with bipolar disorder, she wants her back at any cost. She attempts to have Nikki killed, thinking it would then be easier to get her back. She takes Allison on a harrowing trip up to Washington State to meet her real birth father, now a science fiction writer. Finally, through much struggle, Allison is back with her adoptive parents and foster sister after having experienced the strange and frightening world of her birth parents.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940033105885
Publisher: Frank Drury
Publication date: 03/05/2012
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 259 KB

About the Author

Frank Drury is the author of AN EMPTY SKY, published in 2010. Midwest Book Review called it “a fascinating and thought provoking read”. He spent the early years of his career as a struggling screenwriter in California before moving to the East Coast and finding success in the high risk world of futures trading, which is where he gained the inspiration for AN EMPTY SKY. He currently lives in Florida with his wife and daughters and continues to write fiction. A DREAM AWAY was his second novel, published in 2011. Midwest Book Review said, “Learning the value of family and what it all means.” Another reviewer wrote, “The reader will not welcome real life interruptions!” COLORED FLOODLIGHTS, is his third novel. Kirkus Reviews said, “While there are some action-packed scenes, this is a character-driven novel. The engaging writing style and the shifts in point of view mean the book flows swiftly along.” RANDOM SHOOTINGS is his latest novel. Goodreads says, "It's rare that a book can so poignantly capture the whole landscape of the issue at hand." You may contact the author at frankdrury@gmail.com or, visit his website at http://frankdrury.blogspot.com/.

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DREAM AWAY 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
SamRyan More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I have read from this author, the first being “Colored Floodlights.” Since I really enjoyed that one, I thought I check out “A Dream Away” also. Well, I wasn’t disappointed! If anything, I think I like this book even better. The narrative and plot was focused and the pacing was great. I thought the characters were all very fully imagined, and I liked that even though Andrea (Andi) was technically the antagonist in this novel, we as readers have a measure of sympathy for her as she suffers from a terrible mental disorder. Recommend to fans of drama and relationship fiction.
SDecker More than 1 year ago
I read this book in two nights. It was really good! Right away we are introduced to Bill Dobson (Dobs), and he is in the middle of some pretty serious life changes. He hooks up with an old friend, Nikki, and they start a relationship. But Nikki has two adopted daughters, and the mother of one is an unstable woman who is off her meds and wants her daughter back. What follows is a gripping tale of familial bonds and loyalty, and how what one person does can affect so many other’s lives. Nikki’s life is in jeopardy and Andrea (the birth mother) is really unhinged and crazy at times. If I have one complaint it is that in the book description it pretty much tells you how it all works out, so that kind of takes a lot of the fun of reading it away and wondering what will happen. I think the author should revise it and not say how it all ends. Other than that it was great!
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
having been born and raised in Orange County and now living on the east coast, I have to say that I LOVED reading this book as it totally brought me back. I could practically smell the salt air eating at Duke’s or enjoying a Sunday champagne brunch at Las Brisas. But other than the great setting, I enjoyed this whole book. It is easy to get lost in the story right away, and I liked how the dialogue was how people *really* talk and act, not like how and author thinks fiction characters should behave. In that sense it felt true to life and believable. I wasn’t all that much a fan of the amount of telling what was happening with the characters and their stories as opposed to showing us what was unfolding. It just created some emotional detachment that in my opinion would have been better had many scenes been more fully fleshed out. But overall it was a nice, quick-paced read that I definitely enjoyed.
AprilDawn More than 1 year ago
A Dream Away by Frank Drury tells the story of a fifty-something man (Dobs) and his re-kindled relationship with yoga instructor Nikki. It is set in and around Southern California, and the details made me feel like I was really there which was great as I’m stuck here in the mid-west. Nikki and Dobs’s lives are turned upside down by the appearance of one of Nikki’s adopted daughter’s birth mother. It is told in different Points of view, so we are able to see the perspectives of multiple characters, good and bad. I liked this. There were some parts that felt unnecessary, like some mundane details and conversations that didn’t seem to really move the story forward any and just slowed down the otherwise quick pace and tension. Also, I was wondering why the author would include such a detailed plot description in the book blurb when it lessens the tension. Don’t tell me how it turns out…I want to see for myself! Otherwise an engaging read and I look forward to more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW "Learning the value of family and what it all means, A Dream Away is a fine pick"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Dream Away by Frank Drury is about many things but is ultimately the story of four people on a metaphorical and literal journey to become a real family and what they must endure to complete that journey. Interspersed throughout the narrative is a character who works against them and provides the suspense that keeps the reader in a state of uncertain anxiety about the family's safety and the strength of the ties that bind its members. Finally, the narrative clips along at such a lively pace that the reader will not welcome real life interruptions. It is a very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Dream Away by Frank Drury is about many things but is ultimately the story of four people on a metaphorical and literal journey to become a real family and what they must endure to complete that journey. Interspersed throughout the narrative is a character who works against them and provides the suspense that keeps the reader in a state of uncertain anxiety about the family's safety and the strength of the ties that bind its members. Finally, the narrative clips along at such a lively pace that the reader will not welcome real life interruptions. It is a very good read. Reviewed by Anonymous (Eng Lit PhD)
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lisa M. for Readers Favorite A Dream Away by Frank Drury is a fictional romance novel. Dobs and Nikki are reunited after thirty years. They are living in California with her two adoptive daughters. Life makes a drastic change when one of the girl's biological mother decides she wants her daughter back after giving up all rights fifteen years ago. The mentally ill woman is determined to reclaim her daughter. She takes her daughter on a harrowing journey to meet her biological father. Eventually the girl is reunited with her adoptive family. Frank Drury offers readers a glimpse into the mind of a person with Bipolar Disorder. I liked reading this story because of the path it chose to take on the perception of mental illness. I have many years of experience in assessing mental illness behaviors, and could relate to how important it is for available treatment. This plot successfully shines much needed light upon a subject few understand. He accomplished without sacrificing entertainment, suspense and romance. Drury brings together several subplots that are very important in today's society: the struggles of a parent of an adopted child, the struggles of the child to come to terms with being given up for adoption, the emotional stress of the birth parents and most importantly the nightmare of dealing with a person suffering from bi-polar disorder. Until you have dealt with a person suffering from this debilitating disorder you cannot fully understand the pain of loving someone with this condition. This book is appropriate for young adults and adults.
Dana_Garrison More than 1 year ago
Great suspense. The characters were well thought out and put together. The story kept you on your toes about whether or not the daughter and family were in any real danger. Good twist in the middle of the story with Allison's foster mom. Very good description of the different parts of the country where the events took place. A must read for your reading list!