Shay has a weakness for her brother, but helping him out
of a jam results in her imprisonment. After three years,
Shay's released without any prospects and her only plan
includes a bus trip to Seattle. The bus drops her off
outside a church. While she's not particularly religious,
she heads inside to escape the cold.
After a moment or two of peace, the pastor spots her.
Right away Shay becomes defensive, but soon realizes he's
only trying to help. Without anywhere else to go, she
begrudgingly accepts. He calls in a favor and gets her
an interview to a program for people who need second
chances. As time passes, Shay begins to soften as her
understanding of life changes through the program. She's
thankful to Pastor Drew for taking the time to help her.
What Shay doesn't know is that helping her also saved
Pastor Drew. He lost his way after this wife died and has
been struggling ever since. Upon helping Shay, he found
comfort and light. Pastor Drew looks in on Shay every
couple of months just to check her progress.
Now that she's completed the program, she's ready for the
biggest test of all -- the outside world. Can Shay put
past behind her and start a new life for herself with new
friends and maybe even a romance?
ANY DREAM WILL DO carries a heartwarming message about
trust, second chances and forgiveness. Dual perspectives
enhance the story line showcasing the characters'
Drew's two children, Sarah and Mark, add depth to the
story with their hopes and dreams for the future, their
problems, and daily life. Drew finds inspiration in
talking with Shay, not just in his personal life but also
in his professional life. The moments of Drew and Shay
relying on each other through dark moments tugs at the
The secondary characters flesh out the novel further with
Shay's co-workers, her homeless friends, her program
friends, and the church members. They serve many roles in
this story some of which include showing that people can
change and embrace second chances, that snap judgments
aren't always correct and that friendship can be a life
The idea of dreaming and working hard to make those
dreams come true is a great message that will resonate
This is a Christian fiction novel, a departure from
Macomber's typical genre. ANY DREAM WILL DO is another
feel good classic novel from Debbie Macomber.
Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that
got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized
she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were
threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should
have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds
herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a
church to escape from the cold.
Pastor Drew Douglas adored his wife. But when he lost
her, it was all he could do to focus on his two beautiful
kids, and his flock came in a distant third. Now, as he
too is thinking about a fresh start, he walks through his
sanctuary and finds Shay sitting in a pew.
The pair strike up a friendship—Drew helps Shay get back
on her feet, and she reignites his sense of purpose—that,
over time, turns into something deeper, something
soulful, spiritual, and possibly romantic. Even Drew’s
two children are taken with this woman who has brought
light back into their lives. Perhaps most important, Shay
learns to trust again as she, in turn, proves herself
trustworthy to her adopted community.
But Caden’s return to town and a disastrous secret
threaten to undo the life Shay has tried so hard to
rebuild. It will take the utmost courage and faith if she
and Drew hope to find healing and open their hearts to a