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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,138 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Luanne Rice Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9781596006690
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No one understands all the complexities of love, resentments, heartaches, and healing better than New York Times bestseller Luanne Rice, whose Follow the Stars Home was praised by People magazine as a story of “heartbreak and redemption.” In Dream Country, she once again draws us into a splintered family’s search for hope.

Daisy had gone to the Wyoming wilderness in search of inspiration for her jewelry making. She found rancher James Tucker, a man with the wilderness inside him. Their life together was close to paradise—until their three-year-old son Jake disappeared and was never found. Her marriage in tatters, Daisy returned home to Connecticut, taking with her from Wyoming two things: her daughter, Jake’s twin, and her livelihood, the jewelry she etches with symbols of Indian legend. Wyoming had taken everything else.

Thirteen years later, Wyoming wants more. Sage, now sixteen, has run away, and Daisy fears that Sage’s thirst to see the land and father of her dreams is driving her westward on freight trains and farm roads. Terrified, her mother flies out to where James Tucker rides the range with a heart turned to stone, still scouring the canyons for Jake. Wary of each other, Daisy and James wait and pray for the safe arrival of their one remaining child. And they’ll need all the strength and wisdom they can find, to learn that you cannot close the door on the past. In fact, sometimes, if you’re willing to step through it, that door to the past can lead you home.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 2/15/2014

    " A bit contrived, more than a touch cheesey, but still a fun read with lovely descriptions of outdoor life in the interior west (something this midwest girl misses). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jillian | 2/10/2014

    " Ugh, too much swearing and I just don't care for cowboy stories. Didn't get past the second chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal Stranaghan | 2/9/2014

    " I really enjoy Luanne Rice as a rule, and this book was very engaging. I am always impressed by the complexity and depth of the emotions the characters feel. In this story, it definitely had some interesting twists, about which I can't say much without giving away some key plot points. There were a few "co-incidences" of timing that I found a little bit too convenient, but overall if you believe in magic (not magic like witches, but magic like sometimes things do work out the way they're supposed to) then you'll enjoy this story. Hope, forgiveness, second chances - and the damage we do in the name of love are what I'd say this book is really "about". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lvtaz800 | 1/30/2014

    " i loved this book. It kept me so in the dark, with all the different posibiltys of what could be what. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 1/25/2014

    " Wow! What a great story. I was riveted and could not put it down. I actually had to read ahead (which I never do) so I could put it down and go to work. If I wasn't already a fan of Luanne's writing, I would be now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pdkatt | 1/24/2014

    " Good read, page-turner, interesting family connections, wonderful images to go along with the content. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crystalin | 1/23/2014

    " This book was ok as a quick read, but it read too much like a soap opera, with lots of wacky characters and coincidences that just make you roll your eyes. I have to admit, though, it made me want to live in Wyoming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sallie | 1/17/2014

    " This was a good read. I didn't get totally hooked until the end. Lots of Indian myths and folklore- really a bit too much coincidence but still a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jana Fogg | 1/4/2014

    " this book was great. honestly kept twisting and turning! loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brelynn | 1/3/2014

    " This is my favorite Luanne Rice book so far, good family drama, romance, suspense...I really liked it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/1/2014

    " Again, I read the reader's digest version, so it may have edited out racier scenes. This story had romance, mystery and poignant interactions between characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fanficfan44 | 12/8/2013

    " The book was okay. It was supposed to be about second chances and families overcoming tragedy. The plot seemed too contrived to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Myers | 12/5/2013

    " Another book about twins. I wish i had a dollar for every book i've read that twins involved in the plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn Heist | 11/25/2013

    " Its good book, she is a great author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 11/19/2013

    " I am a fan of this author. It is a bit flowery sometimes which I could do without, but I really like her books. They aren't so out there that you just know it is so fake! I thought this one was extremely touching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 9/30/2013

    " I liked it, even though I could predict much of the outcome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 9/14/2013

    " A tender story of love, forgiveness and family bond.....a story you'll never want to end! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 1/22/2013

    " good beach read. Some far-fetched coincidences. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayra | 1/20/2013

    " I could not put this book down. The only thing I did not like was all the animal deaths!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie Dawson | 1/5/2013

    " Sometimes you just need a good fluffy read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cali | 12/13/2012

    " It's mostly a typical romance but with a bit of mysticism. It also has some harsh reality thrown in; i.e. teenage pregnancy, puppy mills, abuse, kidnapping. But I like how it all ties up at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 7/1/2012

    " interesting characters and picture of ranch life in Wyoming. good light reading "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Selina | 4/19/2012

    " I know Luanne Rice is a best selling author, but she isn't my cup of tea. I need a meatier and more plausible storyline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 4/15/2012

    " Another good book by Luanne Rice. I have read lots of her books and have never been dissapointed. This book is a story about a broken up family who finds their way back together. Very good book. I would reccomend it for anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey | 1/4/2012

    " I loved this book. I wonder if there was a second or third to come from it? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 6/22/2011

    " It was easy to lose myself in this book. Not predictable. A mystery and family drama that captured me. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 5/22/2011

    " Some mysticism, some romance, some sorrow, some joy, some frustration, some crime, some forgiveness, has it all, with beauriful descriptions of the Wyoming scenery "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 5/7/2011

    " One of those books you start reading and down't want to put down. Luanne Rice is a master at drawing you in to her stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 4/19/2011

    " Have only read a couple of Rice books but this was pretty good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 4/2/2011

    " This is a really good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 2/24/2011

    " I LOVED this book..one of my favorites ..could not put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarahlentin | 2/24/2011

    " Another good book by Luanne Rice. I have read lots of her books and have never been dissapointed. This book is a story about a broken up family who finds their way back together. Very good book. I would reccomend it for anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/14/2011

    " This book was okay, but a bit predictable. Also, I am not sure how well the author knows Wyoming.

    I had never heard of Luanne Rice before and found her on the Featured Author shelf at the library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 1/12/2011

    " Its good book, she is a great author "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 1/1/2011

    " good beach read. Some far-fetched coincidences. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joycezhu | 11/29/2010

    " I would go anywhere if i were Sage...
    fearless "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 1/4/2010

    " It was easy to lose myself in this book. Not predictable. A mystery and family drama that captured me. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayra | 12/5/2009

    " I could not put this book down. The only thing I did not like was all the animal deaths!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 11/23/2009

    " OK- interesting story with some serious twists. Quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lvtaz800 | 11/2/2009

    " i loved this book. It kept me so in the dark, with all the different posibiltys of what could be what. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 10/23/2009

    " Again, I read the reader's digest version, so it may have edited out racier scenes. This story had romance, mystery and poignant interactions between characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 9/18/2009

    " A tender story of love, forgiveness and family bond.....a story you'll never want to end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 8/10/2009

    " Another book about twins. I wish i had a dollar for every book i've read that twins involved in the plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 7/29/2009

    " interesting characters and picture of ranch life in Wyoming. good light reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 7/8/2009

    " This was such a good book, grabbed me right from the beginning. Fell in love with the characters and enjoyed their adventures. Luanne Rice is one of the best! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey | 5/28/2009

    " I loved this book. I wonder if there was a second or third to come from it? "

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About the Author
Author Luanne Rice

Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty novels. Many of her novels, including Crazy in Love, Blue Moon, Beach Girls, and Silver Bells have been made into movies for television. Rice’s short stories, essays, and articles have been widely published in magazines and newspapers. “A Kiss after Dying,” Rice’s account of a Connecticut murder trial very personal to her family, kicked off Glamour magazine’s series of true crime pieces. She received an honorary degree from Connecticut College in 2002, and the school’s special collections library contains a collection bearing her name. She currently divides her time between New York City and Southern California.

About the Narrator

Laural Merlington is an audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit and a winner of eight Earphones Awards. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She teaches college in her home state of Michigan.