The Dream You Make

The Dream You Make

by Christine Nolfi

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BN ID: 2940016448589
Publisher: Christine Nolfi
Publication date: 06/14/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 715,939
File size: 995 KB

About the Author

Christine Nolfi provides readers with heartwarming and inspiring fiction. Her debut Treasure Me is a 2012 Next Generation Indie Awards finalist and cited by USA Today as one of the best independently published works of 2011. Midwest Book Review lists Treasure Me, Second Chance Grill and The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge as “highly recommended".

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The Dream You Make 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
lsmeadows More than 1 year ago
Although the Romance genre is not my usual choice, I enjoy breaking from my traditional fare and reading a romance every once in a while.  I  find the usual "happily ever after" endings and lighter bent to this type of book a nice break.  When I decide to read a romance, however, I am always on the lookout for something that is a bit different.  Maybe it has a mystery attached with it, or an unusual plot line, or, as is the case with The Dream You Make by Christine Nolfi , a deeper story behind the romance.   In this case, the main character's life is complicated by a custody battle.   Annie's life has not always been easy.  Her mother died when she was quite young, and growing up, her father seemed to be more focused on the life and problems of her older sister.   After her father dies and her sister is brutally murdered, she finds herself both trying to keep the greenhouse business that her father built alive and to be a mother to Dillon, the 5-year-old son that her sister left behind.  Needing extra cash and benefits for Dillon's care, Annie takes a job at a local marketing firm.  Into her life waltzes Micheal Rowe, owner and CEO of said firm, and well, you can probably guess where it goes from there.  As far as the romance side of this story goes, Christine Nolfi is a top notch author.  She has filled this book with just the right amount of chemistry between the main characters.  There is just the right amount of push and pull, attraction and barriers,  to keep even the most ardent romance readers happy.  In addition, there are the requisite secrets that indicate the characters inability to just trust each other and the ultimate chipping away at each others defenses that make the modern romance story what it is.  There are also a host of helpful, and unhelpful, supporting characters that are interesting, not juts because they have an affect on the romance of the main characters, but also in their own right.  There were several of them who were interesting enough that I would have gladly read a whole book about them.  In short, as a romance, this story delivers it all in spades.   What was equally, or maybe even more, intriguing to me was Annie and Dillon's story.  Dillon's character, and his predicament, really tugged on my heartstrings, as did Annie's quest to provide for him and keep him with her.  Alternately, I also felt sorry for the couple who were trying to adopt Dillon.  Their lives weren't easy either, and I could truly feel their pain and confusion as well as Annie's and Dillon's.  While the romance part of the story made me smile, and eventually feel happy and satisfied, this part of the story made me cry.  It also really brought home to me that there is no "right" answer in custody battles.  I In the end, I was thankful to Christine by giving me a glimpse, even if it was a little one, into the lives of those that are fighting to keep the ones that they love.  In the end, though, what I felt was that Christine really got it right.  The two parts of the story combined to give it the right amount of good emotions, while still giving me something to think about.  That is not necessarily the case in all romance books, and I really love it when it occurs.  I am looking forward to reading more of Christine's books as I get the chance and would like to thank The Sisterhood of the Traveling Book for introducing me to Christine and her work.  Great job with this one, Christine!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ejoyed it and will definitly read more of this auther
H20SkiGal More than 1 year ago
You know how you see some reviews and there is a blurb in it that goes something like "this book was provided to me free of cost for purpose of review." Well, I'm going to give you a full disclosure with my review. The author did contact me and ask for a review but, due to some technical snafoos, I ended up purchasing this book and you know what? I didn't care and I will purchase anything that this author lends her name to. I felt that way before I started this book and I feel that way even more so now after reading this book. I have read all of Ms. Nolfi's books and I would consider myself a fan. Maybe even a mega fan. Not stalkerish, but maybe even a little of that. She somehow has the ability to reach through my ereader and get into my heart in a way that I think my therapist even would appreciate. She represents family and the importance of it. She makes statements about how hard it is for people today with insurance costs without making the book a political statement. She makes me fall in love with every character. In her "Second Chance Grill" books, there is Theodora and in this book for me the characters of Miriam and Lisbon just really stand out and make me wish I had them in my life. I want to sit down with the main characters in Dream and tell them my childhood issues and reassure them that they can work it out and make it okay and how important it is to work at that. I believe them even though sometimes things happen that wouldn't necessarily be the way my life would go with Murphy's Law and all that. But you know what? Ms. Nolfi makes me believe that these things CAN happen and DO happen and that means a lot because it brings hope to one's life. I never like to give a long repeat of what other reviews do and describe the book. You can get that from them. I just like to tell you how this book makes me feel because after all, isn't that why we read? To gain a feeling of some sort? I can tell you that this book brings out all sorts of feelings, the main one, as I said, being hope. So thank you Christine. Thank you for making that happen for me. If you are on a fence about reading this book or not, I cannot recommend it enough. It has loveable characters, is quickly read, is an absolute charming story and again, gives a romantic heart hope. If this is your first Nolfi book, go get the others. They will charm you equally as much. If you are like me and love this author and all that she stands for, get behind me in the long line. What's next Christine? I need more!
cindyhreads More than 1 year ago
The Dream You Make is another hard to put down book by Christine Nolfi! It is an inspiring book about dreams and new beginnings. It has laugh out loud humor from the wacky characters where Annie works. Annie at times really irritated me with her tendency to be afraid to tell Michael of what was going on in her life. And Michael could be so rude and what seemed like unfeeling in the beginning. Luckily by the end of the book, I no longer wanted to scream at the two of them to get it together! I actually liked them both. It just took awhile.:) Now I must mention my very favorite character of all, sweet little Dillon. At the end of the 5th chapter, when something Dillon says causes tears to spring to Annie's eyes, my eyes were leaking too! Maybe I'm partial to little boys, but I loved this character over everyone.  This was a very well written book made all the better by the complex characters. It was a very enjoyable read. I would like to see a sequel so we can follow more of their dreams. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for both heart wrenching and heart warming moments. Oh, and don't forget the romance! The author gave me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first experience with Christine Nolfi was "Second Chance Grill". Having read and enjoyed that book so much I was excited to dive in to "The Dream You Make". This book did not disappoint! The characters were wonderful, honestly written and easy to relate to. Many times the women in portrayed in this genre are helpless, shallow, and lacking self awareness. Annie, however, is fabulously independent and unwilling to sacrifice herself and her needs to please others. I felt like I became attached to these characters and wanted to know so badly what happened to them that I finished the book in just a few days. I even found myself reading on my phone to sneak in a few more pages. My sincere hope is that there will be a second book with these characters so that I can continue to follow them on their journey. Anyone who likes Debbie Macomber, Cathy Lamb, or Meg Cabbot will likey enjoy Christine Nolfi as well. I would absolutely recommend this book as an easy summer read!
bookworm1954DB More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful love story! The characters are well developed. You will be able to feel their love, their pain, and their triumphs. The story flows incredibly well, flawless ,in fact. I loved the main characters, Annie, Michael and Dillon, but also I loved the other characters in the story . They made it all more like real life, with their own brand of drama, that fit into the storyline perfectly. I could not put this book down, I laughed, I cried and I hoped and prayed that love would prevail. Did it? Well, you will have to read this terrific book to find out. Bravo to Christine, and Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read and review such an incredible story. Read this people, you will love it!
MisfitGeek More than 1 year ago
This book is charming and heartwarming. Without fail, I have enjoyed every one of Nolfi’s novels. This is perhaps my favorite. I was immediately pulled in and became attached to the characters very quickly. I laughed, I cried, and I got frustrated. I didn’t want it to end. The characters are splendidly developed. They are complex and relatable. At times they frustrated me but they persevered and that is what makes them so special. It is enjoyable watching them change during the course of the story. In particular, I loved watching Dillon flourish under Annie’s care. She sure wasn’t perfect but she really didn’t need to be. Of course, there is an entire supporting cast of quirky characters that infused Nolfi’s trademark humor into the story. It just wouldn’t be the same without them. I highly recommend reading this book. Just read it because you want a great summer read. My overall rating is 4.5 stars. Another hit from one of my favorite authors. Special thanks to Christine for providing me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Tazzy-TMH1 More than 1 year ago
Emotional read I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review. When I first got this book I expected a boy meets girl, they fall in love, they have issues, issues are resolved and they all live happily ever after. In part yes this is what the book delivers, however, the issues presented in the book are heart wrenching. This is a story of a woman who has had a life of hard knocks and keeps going. The latest curve ball is when her estranged older sister is violently murdered leaving behind a 5 year old boy called Dillon. Dillon hasn’t had an easy start to life and Annie finds it difficult to change from being a single woman struggling to keep her father’s legacy, to becoming a Mum to an emotionally challenged 5 year old. Throw in a very expensive custody battle and Annie has her hands full. To enable her to help in her fight for custody Annie takes a 2nd job at Rowe Marketing. Enter Michael Rowe. Michael has his own past and his ability to deal with emotional issues leave a lot to be desired. Although Dillon doesn’t have his own POV in the book, I shed a few tears for him. Michael and Annie were such frustrating characters, at times I wanted to reach into the book and shake some sense into them. The book is described as: Fresh, heartwarming and inspiring, The Dream You Make reveals that hope always carries the promise of new beginnings. I honestly can’t disagree.
readerSD More than 1 year ago
I thought to many characters introduced just to fill in pages. Found myself skipping over pages.
MRCROCCO More than 1 year ago
Complex relationships Annie McDaniel is in her thirties – owns and manages Green Interiors, a greenhouse – acting like a teenager at times, in other respects, an intelligent business woman. Michael Rowe is in his thirties - owns and manages Rowe Marketing, a successful marketing firm – acting like a brute at times, in other respects, a caring and generous boss. When the two meet, during Annie’s interview to work at Rowe’s Marketing Firm, there is an immediate attraction. Annie tries to keep her personal life from her boss, Michael Rowe. Any relationship would jeopardize her chances of gaining custody of her nephew. The secrecy drives Michael crazy, and his way of handling bad situations is to pack up and leave. While Annie reciprocates Michael’s love, she must put her nephew first, which creates feelings of angst in the relationship. During most of the story, I couldn’t stand Michael, but I grew to understand and love the guy. The same could be said for Annie, at times, her behavior drove me nuts. Their relationship was complex and is thought provoking – do I judge people too quickly, too harsh – do I give people a chance? The Dream You Make is all about second and even third chances. Both Annie and Michael forgave each other many times for a chance of happiness. While I enjoyed the story, I agreed with a remark made by Michael, during a usual work day, “Damn it! I’m sick and tired of the theatrics!” Understanding the first section of chapter one served as an introduction, the information was more enjoyable when it was integrated afterward and into the first chapters. The Dream You Make by Christine Nolfi gives hope to all relationships.