From best-selling historical author Bonnie Leon comes her first contemporary, To Dance with Dolphins. Earning a 4½-star review and Top Pick from Romantic Times, the novel reminds readers "that God's plans make it possible to cope with daily battles and still live life to the fullest."
Twenty-two-year-old Claire Murray has suffered from a mysterious disease for years. Her social circle has shrunk to a small support group for people with chronic illness and disability. But what if life could be about more than doctors, pain, and medications?
Claire and three others--old grouch Tom, hippy-holdout Willow, and moody Taylor--hatch plans for a cross-country trip to swim with the dolphins in Florida. Only a day into the trip, they unexpectedly need help. And who happens to be hitchhiking along the highway but a young, good-looking loner named Sean Sullivan? However, the last thing he wants is to be harnessed to a bunch of ailing travelers.
Though the journey proves difficult, following God's plan might be even harder. Will they find the courage to follow their dreams and dare to live again?
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About the Author
On June 11, 1991, a log truck hit the van she was driving, and her world changed. The accident left her unable to work. After months of rehabilitation, she was told by physicians that she would never return to a normal life. Facing a daunting fight to reclaim a sense of normalcy and in search of personal value, she discovered writing. She has been creating stories ever since. Through chronic pain and disability, she found new purpose.
Bonnie is familiar with the challenges of disability beyond her personal experience. Her sister endured the debilitating illnesses of lupus, MS, and bipolar disorder. And her daughter is grappling with the chronic progressive disorder of syringomyelia.
She enjoys speaking for women’s groups, teaching at writing seminars, and mentoring young writers. She also administers an online support group for those living with chronic pain and disability and is a participating member of the Syringomyelia and Chiari Network.
Married to her teenage sweetheart, she is the mother of three grown children, and grandmother of eight. Bonnie and her husband, Greg, live in the mountains of Southern Oregon.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If it were ever possible for a healthy person to understand how a chronically ill person navigates life, reading To Dance with Dolphins is a perfect opportunity. A small support group decides to travel in an RV from Oregon to Florida together in a rare opportunity to exercise their independence. Contemporary women’s fiction lovers will be glad they joined Claire, Tom, Willow, Sean, and Taylor on their trek to dance with the dolphins. It’s a compassionate look at the physical and spiritual challenges chronically ill people face. Of course, there’s a lot of fun on the way. Bonnie’s story tackles deep, age-old questions. Why does God let some suffer with debilitating diseases? How do I reconcile what God says about my worth with my feelings of worthlessness because of my limitations? Does God even love me? Beautifully written with characters who stick around long after the last page, To Dance with Dolphins entertains and inspires.
This book is the story of four people, all very different but connected because of one thing they have in common - chronic Illness. This is the first book that I have ever read where the main character has a disability and the thoughts, feelings and struggles that Claire experiences are just so real and raw. It was inspiring to see how Claire handled herself, to see how others despite their limitations, battled with all their hearts to achieve and receive their deep hearts desires whilst on their holiday. Quote of the book "We need to live in the now of life, it can't be about how much we suffered yesterday or what we might face tomorrow. It's about today. And today was good" In the magnificent wonderful story telling way that Bonnie Leon is so very gifted in, we get to see how these people learn how to live and not just exist in life. What a awesome powerful story. I absolutely loved it. Thank you Bonnie for writing this book
To Dance With Dolphins Bonnie brings to life four characters brought together by their support group. They decide that despite chronic illness and hidden disabilities they are going to follow a shared dream of traveling to Florida. They decide to prove to themselves and family that they can embark on this adventure, on their own. Though hired to be the driver, Sean finds he has a lot in common with this interesting group. Through their time together and looking out for each other they find themselves focusing on one another rather than themselves. Oh, they still have disabilities that they must live with. There is also a very real emotional aspect that goes along with it. This is the journey they embark on, the successes they enjoy and the relationships that develop. Bonnie Leon has taken on an unconventional topic, yet one many people are acquainted with either personally or through a loved one. This is a look at the story of Claire, Willow, Tom, Taylor and Sean.