Mending Dreams

Mending Dreams

by Bonnie Schroeder


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ISBN-13: 9780989634724
Publisher: Champlain Avenue Books Incorporated
Publication date: 01/11/2014
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Bonnie Schroeder was bitten by the writing bug in the fifth grade and never recovered. Among her published short stories are "The Go-Between," "What's in a Name?" and "A Losing Game." She was also a finalist in the 2012 ABQ Writers Co-Op bosque Fiction contest for her short story "Intervention." In the nonfiction arena, she wrote a weekly column in Drama-Logue on the subject of "survival skills" for actors and other theater professionals and has written e-newsletters for a chapter of the American Red Cross. She has also completed two feature-length screenplays, one of which, Smoke and Mirrors, was a semi-finalist in the Monterey County Film Commission's competition. Long-form fiction, however, remains her first love, and Mending Dreams is her first published novel. Bonnie lives in Southern California with two very spoiled German shepherd dogs and two equally pampered cats and is currently finishing up her next novel.

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Mending Dreams 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
Love is one of those flexible things... we don't always love who we're "supposed to" love, and despite marriage or divorce or other societal bonds, sometimes we are linked to those whom we  "should not" still be emotionally tied to. Disclaimer: I'm personally acquainted with Bonnie Schroeder, who's an absolutely lovely person. Susan still loves her ex, Frank, despite their divorce, despite the reality that Frank is/was gay, and left her for another man. Yet, with his terminal lung cancer, he NEEDS her in his life. There are many excellent themes in this book, which will resonate with anyone who has deeply mourned someone they still loved, despite [whatever it was that was supposed to end that love]. However, the pace is slow, and the style (writing in first person) both limits and distances us from the main character, Susan, rather than making it/her more intimate. I really liked that this was not one of those books that was formulaic and tied everything up with a bow, that Susan was trying to figure out her love life, with more than one false starts. And her despair/depression felt very real to me, not to mention made me want to go pour myself a drink, though things ended on an upbeat note. This debut novel is not for everyone, but if you enjoy work that is off the beaten track, and are up for dealing with some darker subject matter, like loss of a loved one, and challenges within women's friendships, you will enjoy this book.