Linny’s Sweet Dream List by Susan Schild
Published: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Format: via author [in exchange for an honest review]
At thirty-eight, Linny Taylor is suddenly living a life she thought only happened to other, more careless people. Widowed for the second time, and broke, thanks to her cheating late husband, Linny has no house, no job, and no options except to go back home. There, in a trailer, as run down as her self-esteem, Linny makes a list of things that might bring happiness. A porch swing. A job that nourishes her heart as well as her bank balance. Maybe even a date or two.
At first, every goal seems beyond reach. But it’s hard for Linny to stay in the doldrums when a stray puppy is coercing her out of her shell—right into the path of the town’s kind, compassionate vet. The quirky town is filled with friends and family, including Linny’s mother, Dottie, who knows more about heartache than her daughters ever guessed. And as Linny contemplates each item on her list, she begins to realize that the dreams most worth holding on to can only be measured in the sweetness of a life lived to the fullest…
How I love a good Southern read and this is one that I fully enjoyed! Linny is a girl who hasn’t had it good when it comes to men in her life. Her first husband was a great guy who was gone too soon, her second husband was a downright fool and cheater who died in a hotel room with one of his other women. After he left her in debt up to her eyeballs she doesn’t have anywhere else to go but home.
Down on her luck she decides to stay in her mom’s trailer and tries to pull her life back together and maybe just maybe open herself up to love and trusting again. We see her struggle and we see her slow gain that confidence she once had. What I loved most was her relationship with her sister and her mom. I thought this book was funny and shows us that despite life’s obstacles we can all dust ourselves off and make life work again. Linny didn’t let all the bad stuff get her down she rediscovers who she was and decided to take her life back. She realizes what she wanted in life and with the help of her sweet dream list she slowly but surely makes it happen.
In finding out who she was she also reconnected with her family. While they were close she discovered things about her parents she never knew and in that found more respect and understanding for her mother and their bond is strengthened like never before. All in all this book was a real joy. This was a wonderfully written book that focuses on love, life, and second chances. If you want a real good read that will make you smile and laugh then definitely check this one out.