I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by CelebrateLit. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.What Dreams May Come (A Sweet Dreams Christian Romance #1) by Alana Terry
Published by Firstfruits Publishing on October 24th 2017
Genres: Christian, Christianity, Contemporary, Family, Fiction, Inspirational, Love & Romance, Religious, Romance, Values & Virtues
She's got her heart set on becoming a missionary. He's determined to recruit her for the job.
But is it possible to fall in love with someone you've never even met?
Susannah's convinced that God has called her to the mission field. That's why she's serving him with single-minded focus in Orchard Grove, waiting for the day when she can leave her small town to take the gospel to the nations.
Is falling in love with her missionary recruiter part of God's plan for her life or a distraction from the real goal?
Scott loves his life. Traveling the globe, offering spiritual support to missionaries around the world offers enough excitement that the loneliness hardly ever gets to him ...
Until he receives an application from a young girl with a heart for the mission field as large as his own, a young girl he finds himself falling for even before they get the chance to meet face-to-face.
Unfortunately, a promise Susannah made to her family may tear her and Scott even farther apart than the miles that separate them.
Book one in an inspirational sweet romance series by award-winning Christian author Alana Terry, who has won awards from Women of Faith, The Book Club Network, Grace Awards, and several others, What Dreams May Come is based off of the author's own experiences falling in love with (and eventually marrying) her missionary recruiter.
Sometimes you sit down and write a review of a book and the words are easy and the sentiments flow like gravy. Other times your heart knows what it wants to say but you brain can’t turn that into words. This is the second time. I really enjoyed this book, with a background of truth, and a theme of faith. I enjoyed getting to know Susannah and Scott. This book steps into the end of their love story. They’ve already fallen in love, via phone calls and emails. They’ve yet to meet face to face. I wondered for chapters and didn’t really find out what happened until about a third of the way through the book. And then … the overwhelming need to pass out a plethora of Gibbs’ smacks began.
Susannah was so very sheltered I wondered how she would function on an international mission stage. Away from home, without constant oversight, without guidance from her family. I enjoyed the changes between their two perspectives as each chapter started, though for the bulk of the book it was all Susannah as Scott was apparently reading her old emails. They were both characters of depth and a deep faith. They interacted with God like a best friend which was so refreshing … and sometimes really hard to do. They were both flawed, I mean not obviously, deeply, overwhelming flawed but flawed all the same. And they frustrated me to the core.
I got bogged down in the story as they both kept lamenting about how they couldn’t be together anymore. They both CONSTANTLY thought of little but the other. It almost felt whiny. I mean it wasn’t whiny but it was. They both acted like their love was something they had to sacrifice for everyone else. And God. Susannah believed that in order to fulfill the promise she had made to her mother she had to sacrifice her love for Scott, her calling to missions, and even the core of herself. Scott believed that he had to sacrifice everything because Susannah said so. In all their prayers and inner monologues instead of asking God what the next step should be they were asking Him to take the love they had for each other. I mean really people?!?
I loved the scenes with Grandma Lucy (I fell in love with her character in Beauty From Ashes) and the truth that only she can share. I wish she had played a bigger part in Susannah’s story. I loved that even though Susannah’s mother had passed away her new step-dad still stepped in and played a role in her and her sister’s lives. There was so much to love in this book. But then I remember the whining and I have to step back a minute. There is a lot of truth to learn here. Truth about God as the father. Truth about God as a best friend. Truth about learning when to trust that God will carry you through to His perfect end. Truth that sometimes we all put words in God’s mouth (so to speak) and instead of assuming that God has taken something from us we need to instead assume that God will show us the way.
Now, bring on book two in the series!