When Dreams Touch (Literary Fiction, Historical)

When Dreams Touch (Literary Fiction, Historical)

by Rosemary Hanrahan

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Caught between the 1980s HIV/AIDS global pandemic and the devastating January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, three women strive to realize their dreams. Pregnant and uneducated, sixteen-year-old Adelaide trades her dream of escaping the grinding poverty of her rural village for hopes of a better life for her unborn child. Kate, a young American physician, often finds her roles as mother and wife to be in conflict with her childhood dream to practice medicine in a third-world country. Giselle, a university-educated artist, lives in Port au Prince. While she sympathizes with the plight of her fellow Haitians, she envisions her and her family's future as a comfortable life in the United States. When the violent 1991 coup d'etat erupts in Haiti, these three women's lives intersect and are forever changed. Despite different cultures and life circumstances, the women share in the vision of a better future for their children and the troubled country of Haiti. Their personal stories of adversity, tragedy, and triumph are embedded in the complex social, political and cultural climate that evolves when international assistance programs influence individuals and communities in the developing world. Often in startling contrast, the women portrayed in When Dreams Touch are united through mutual understanding and respect. With courage and perseverance, they confront the broader injustices of the world they live in and create a legacy of enduring hope.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149605026
Publisher: SDP Publishing
Publication date: 04/14/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 404
File size: 947 KB

About the Author

Rosemary Hanrahan (Edwards) is a physician specializing in Pathology and Public Health. She has volunteered and lived in developing countries, including Haiti, for more than a decade. She has published articles and literary works in peer-reviewed medical and non-profit journals and has enjoyed dozens of speaking engagements with a broad range of audiences about her experiences in Haiti. The mother of two adult sons, she currently lives, writes, and practices medicine in western Pennsylvania, and is a board member and consultant for several international and U.S.-based non-profit organizations. When Dreams Touch is her debut novel, which is published under her pen name Rosemary Hanrahan.


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When Dreams Touch 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
ELOAgent More than 1 year ago
had the chance to review one of my more racy books, for the first time ever it is called Seized By Love by Melissa Foster. It is a cute, sweet, slightly sexy book that follows the journey of Blue and Lizzie. I enjoyed it, probably more than I should have. I have always read books like these in secret, under the covers, enjoyed them. This book did not disappoint. Their love story is epic and surprising and her secret, of running the web series, The Naked Baker, really leaves us in suspense about whether Blue can get past it. The characters are rich and inviting and their back stories are wonderful. I guarantee you will not be able to put this book down. Blue…oh so handsome. I absolutely enjoyed the book, I hope you do too.
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
This is a story that will grab and entice any reader, it is extremely hard to put down not knowing what will happen next. The author's very personal connection to Haiti, it's people and the tragedies it has endured brought this extremely humbling fictional story to life. I felt sadness and was emotional even before starting the story as I read the author's moving notes on the earthquake in Haiti and the suffering it caused. This continued and the abundance of emotions felt whilst reading this story was very real. Three women, from different classes and cultures, are drawn together in an amazing story striving for hope and a better future for Haiti. Each with their own poignant story and selfless sacrifices, Kate, a doctor, Giselle, an artist and teenager Adelaide. Although all the realistic characters gripped me, it was Kate who drew me in the most for her courage and strength to persevere in the effort to educate the people of Haiti on the prevention of HIV/Aids & unplanned pregnancies. As the country finds itself in political chaos, earthquakes, slavery and abuse, most people would do anything to avoid the unpredictable clutches of Haiti yet the overwhelming need of the aid workers and local people to continue their mission came across very clear to the reader. The author shows the Haiti people as having such strength, loyalty and kindness towards each other regardless of their own situations. It is hard to imagine why medical procedures, we all take for granted in our own countries, even the simplest of things, are barren in third world countries such as Haiti. This has to be one of the most realistic, heartfelt books I have read.
BambiZQ More than 1 year ago
Powerful and Emotional Read From the beginning the characters quickly developed into real people that you could relate to and you immediately just wanted the best for them. The dire circumstances in which they lived was something you could absolutely not fathom. The interplay between the three strong female characters kept you wanting to read on. All you kept thinking was things are going to get better, they have to get better and then the author would quickly change to the other characters experience. When the chapter ended and you started delving back into the other characters’ life I was a bit disappointed to switch stories, however, once the pages turned and you read on you began to fall in love with the other character. It was a smart way to get the reader involved in such different people’s lives by showing the connections they each had with one another. With the AIDS epidemic in full swing, poverty eating away at the souls of society, and the artist's reaction to these socio-cultural dynamics the story evolves and leads you into this world that you may have no knowledge of. The author, Rosemary Harahan, begins the story with her background and delivers to the reader a sense of purpose. You almost feel that after reading this book you are bound to do what you can to help change these terrible human injustices that exist, not just in Haiti, but all over the world. Harahan shares her role in this historical novel and helps shape your thoughts on the deeper meanings behind her characters. Harahan did an amazing job in helping you relate very personally with every character that she introduced the reader to. The emotional bond I had with each character made it very hard for me to put the book down. This book will truly change your perspective on third-world countries and the impact that a 35 second tragedy such as an earthquake can have on an already unstable nation.
MsDivatude More than 1 year ago
I love reading historical fiction. For me, having the history of a culture brought to life through the eyes of characters helps me to truly connect with the impact of significant historical events. I feel very much so connected to the main characters. I truly believe that it's a powerful thing when women connect and unite for a greater good - When Dreams Touch falls right in line with that belief. I could not put this novel away once I started reading it. When I did have to stop reading, I found my mind still wandering to the story line, the characters and their lives. There's no way you can read this novel and not want to help in someway. The people of Haiti have so many struggles, but this book shows us the pride they have in themselves, the want to improve their lives and passion for educating their children - the future generation. The selfless acts of Kate - dedicating her life, time and talents to the people of Haiti - truly made an impact on me, because while Kate is a character in a book there are real-life Kates that would and are doing the same thing.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
The story of three women called "When Dreams Touch" is the kind of book that grabs your interest from the very first page. The author shares with the reader some of the horrible conditions in Haiti some of which you will not find easy to forget. It is a very uplifting story of sacrifice and hope. I felt I was right there with the characters in this book. I give this book a 5/5 I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
dewer421 More than 1 year ago
I came into this story with a little trepidation about what I was going to read. It's historical fiction that reads like non-fiction, following the lives of 3 women from different backgrounds and their lives inside and outside of Haiti. Once I got into the story I had a hard time putting it down, wanting to know more of the stories of these amazing women! The people of Haiti have been slammed with continuous struggles, from extreme poverty to AIDS and cervical cancer epidemics, and devastating hurricanes and earthquakes. Yet the women of rural Haiti continue to plant, sell their wares and try to educate their children. Everyone is trying to make a better life for themselves and their children. This book will make you smile, it'll make you cry, and it will definitely open your eyes to how different the world is outside your safe bubble. Not only that, you'll get ideas of how you can help, both in Haiti and all over the world. Will you take the chance and see what you can learn about the tiny world we live in? I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
wifetoalineman02 More than 1 year ago
Inspirational and heart breaking book to read Life is full of surprises. Few people have the desire to sacrifice their family and willing to help other people despite risking their life. Kate will inspire you in so many ways. She is one remarkable woman who will ripped your heart apart. The love she has for Haitian people is priceless. She is willing to do anything to help especially the Haitians women to have a better life. There are so many times that I need to take a break and appreciate the life I have especially with my kids while reading this book. Though I grew up poor myself, suffering from the family in this story is beyond comparable of what I experienced. Kate blown me away. God bless her heart if she is a real person that is based in this story or woman has the same heart as she has. I highly recommend this book. One of the best book I read this month. Be prepare to be inspired and open your hearts to help other people.
BookwormNM More than 1 year ago
I jumped right into this story and was touched much more than I thought possible with a fiction tale. The author, Rosemary shares three fascinating stories about marvelous women who face massive obstacles, yet continue on with hope and a dream and achieve wonderful things! Rosemary has a wonderful way of showing her characters strength and her story left me a true believer in how it only takes one person to care to have a massive impact to a community! A truly marvelous read that I could not put down. I participated in a book tour and received this book at no cost for review purposes only.
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
I was worried I would get easily lost and wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into, but let me start out by saying, I loved this book and so long as you remember names, it is easily to remember (I had forgot the first woman’s name, but once it came to me, all was smooth sailing.) I love that we follow the stories of three women, all from different backgrounds and eventually, they all cross paths in one way or another. I hate setting this book down at night and would race to bed at night to pick it back up to see where we were, what was happening, and what was going to happen. I felt anxious. I felt proud. I felt frustrated. I felt sadness and anger. I saw a different way of life and realized all the things that we take for granted. I have to say that after reading this, I would love to visit Haiti and live among them. What they deal with is admirable and yet they are so kind. If you are looking to journey to another place and get lost in a story, When Dreams Touch is a great book to get lost in.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
Three woman--who all have the same dream. Although I found myself rather confused at times trying to keep the three main character's separate in my mind. The events that take place I remember well. Although I have never visited Haiti I remember the coup d'etat, the devestating rains and finally just after 9/11--the massive earthquake which hit this tiny country. Although the story itself and the people are fictitious the author has written a sometimes heart warming and sometimes heart breaking story of the indomitable spirit of the Haitian people--particularly the woman. It is the story of the many groups who went and tried to help--and it tells of the well kept secret of Haiti. One that I hope can be eradicated. In the Author's Notes it states: "The net proceeds from When Dreams Touch are donated to support non-profit healthcare and educational initiatives in Haiti."
skybluepink More than 1 year ago
I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions in this review are 100% my own. This book is a work of historical fiction. However, many times I had to remind myself that it was fiction and not a true story. We’ve all heard about Haiti and how it’s a poor country. I’ve never gave it any more thought than that really. This book shows you how strong and independent the woman of Haiti are. They do what needs to be done for their children. Many women run the household and the children with no man in the picture at all. In this book Kate travels to Haiti many times as a doctor to help the sick and injured. Unfortunately there are times that Kate had a hard time juggling her family life and her work in Haiti. We take for granted we can just go to the doctor or hospital when we need one. That is not always the case for people. Haiti is not the only country like this. I loved reading about the women Kate has met and how with her help they have made a better life for themselves and their family. All the women needed was the right tools to make it happen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with the other reviews. I could not put this book down and when it ended I wanted more. I was given this book over the Christmas holidays and having little time to read decided to bring it on vacation. I could not wait to get back to the hotel to read the next chapter. Ironically, when we were checking out I bumped into the housekeeper and exchanged hellos. I noticed her accent and asked where she was from when she said Haiti I go the chills. I took the book out and we discussed the many struggles that the Haitian women still encounter. I thank Rosemary for capturing what these women experience daily through her excellent writing. I could not put this book down and can't wait for her next book. Because of this book I have decided to donate to the education fund for these women so they have a chance at a better life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great story of the courage and difficulties Haitians face as well as those who want to make live better for them. I met Rosemary on our first trip to Haiti years ago. I could tell then her desire to be of help to the country of Haiti. And that dream of hers has come true doing so much to help Haiti .And now even writing a book which I enjoyed and learned a lot from. Thank you so much Rosemary. It heightened my desire to get back to Haiti. God Bless you Rosemary!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. it was nothing I have ever read. It is a must read for everyone. It shows the strength of the people of Haiti. It shows the strength for a better life for Kate, Giselle, and Adelaide and their children. .It is the best book I have ever rwad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! The characters and settings moved back and forth among the chapters with ease. It showed the vulnerability of these women and the country of Haiti; likewise it illustrated the strength and resilient spirit of Haiti and the book's characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It kept me captivated all the way through. The compassion and the challenges of Kate are an inspiration. I felt that I was in Haiti experiencing the hardships of the characters. Incredible insight!