Author: Ann Marie Bryan
Genre: Inspirational Fiction
Series: McIntosh Brothers #1
Release Date: August 20, 2020
One random day. One burst of laughter. One perfect moment. That’s all it takes for Gianna Barrett to capture Carter McIntosh’s attention—and his heart. His whole life has been a series of miracles, so this falls right in line. If only it were that simple. The object of his desire refuses to give him the time of day. Not deterred, Carter is sure he’s ready to put his heart on the line for love. Big mistake. He isn’t quite prepared and finds himself wrestling a soul-deep hurt into submission.
“There has been an accident....”
That devastating revelation shattered Gianna’s life, and in that one chaotic moment, everything she had was taken away. She has spent years carefully crafting her new normal, so there is no way Carter can just insert himself into her life. The fight is on but not for long. Their attraction is instant, and before she knows it, all her cynicism goes out the door.
When Gianna learns more about Carter’s life, she gets a better understanding of her beginning. As she starts her journey to healing, she uncovers Carter’s startling secret. In the days that follow, she struggles with feelings of regret, fueling her natural tendency to retreat. But the flames of desire burn hot and it’s not easy to break their unexpected connection. As the past reaches for them, they soon realize that to move forward, they must look back. Will they allow God to be the anchor they so desperately need—before it’s too late? For all they ever wanted was to be loved.
Reviewer: Debra Webster
Dream Again (McIntosh Brothers #1) by Ann Marie Bryan is not your normal lukewarm Christian novel. This book is unapologetically Christian with themes of suffering, fear, the purpose of loss, and finding a vibrant faith.
Carter and Gianna both suffered a great loss in their lives. After crushing loss, Carter found his way to intimacy with God and trust in God’s love and plan. Gianna determined she would stay single because of past hurt, but then she met Carter. His character and love for Christ changed her mind until the past caught up with her. This was God’s open door to teach her more lessons.
If you struggle with trusting God, this book is better than most sermons. It allows you to live through the characters and points out self-defeating behaviors. Who knows, answers may await you. At the very least, you will read a book that reminds you of timeless principles and makes you smile.
My only struggle was with the wealthy lifestyle of the characters. It seemed a bit like a fairy tale, but then sometimes God’s work in our lives resembles one.
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