Ditching the Dream & Not in my Wildest Dreams
by Isabelle Peterson Series: The Dream Series
The Dream Series
by Isabelle Peterson
The Six Book Series is complete!
Series Reading Order:
1: Ditching the Dream (released Oct. 2013)
2: Not in My Wildest Dreams (released Feb. 2014)
3: Chasing the Dream (released July 2014)
4: Unexpected Dreams (released Nov. 2014)
5: Feels Like a Dream (released June 2015)
6: Dare to Dream (released March 2016)
Book 1: Ditching the Dream
Feeling dead in her marriage, Elizabeth Fairchild ditches the dream of her seemingly perfect life with her husband in search of who she really is.
She went from her parents’ house to her husband’s home and never really learned to stand on her own two feet. She decides to leave her comfortable life in Napa Valley in search of her inner fire in New York City. She certainly didn’t leave her husband to find another man, but she soon finds herself involved with two: Jack Stevens and Kevin Parker.
Jack is older. He has heart-stopping good looks, is wildly successful, and is very much in control of everything around him – especially Elizabeth.
Kevin is younger. He is carefree with a heart of gold and loves Elizabeth’s spunk.
While Elizabeth’s old life still calls to her, she also finds what she needs in New York. But which dream will she choose?
Ditching the Dream by Isabelle Peterson is an incredible book about Elizabeth Fairchild. Elizabeth is a 43 years old married woman with three children, the youngest being 19 years old. One day she realizes that she has always made other people her priority and she does not even know who she is. Fearing her husband and best friend will talk her out of it, she suddenly moves from Napa Valley to NYC to try and find herself.
In the beginning, Ms. Peterson tells the story about Elizabeth finding her way in her new environment. I truly felt like I was going through the struggles with Elizabeth…looking for an apartment, a job, friends, etc. As she is starting to find her way, she meets Kevin and Jack. She met Kevin in her apartment building and Jack at the Steakhouse she works at. Her husband, Greg, discusses “sowing her oats” to Elizabeth hoping that this will eventually help her come back. Elizabeth is first stunned that Greg would suggest such a thing, but the chemistry she has with both Jack and Kevin encourages her to experiment.
I can relate to this book and understand how Elizabeth is feeling. I absolutely recommend this novel to my friends and those who can also relate. I loved everything about this book and look forward to reading the second book to find out what happens.
DITCHING THE DREAM
Book 2: Not In My Wildest Dreams
1979… When eighteen-year old Jack Stevens is spotted in his rural Colorado town by a scout from a New York City modeling agency, his life is flipped upside down. With little more than his looks, he heads to New York with a dream he didn’t know he had. Jack has a rough start, but finds his feet and embarks on an exciting life as a male model in the 1980s living in Manhattan.
2013… Thirty-four years later, a confirmed bachelor, and very successful, Jack is satisfied with his life, until he meets a breath of fresh air—Elizabeth Fairchild. Never in his wildest dreams did he think he’d find a love like he does with ‘Beth.’ It’s an instant connection.
Following wild dreams had worked for him in the past… Is this another wild dream he should follow?
Not in My Wildest Dream is the second in the six novel Dream series by Isabelle Peterson. Not in My Wildest Dream is also the conclusion of Elizabeth and Jack’s story. The first part of this book goes back and tells us Jack’s story from age 18 until the present time. Ms. Peterson explains Jack’s thoughts and feelings as she sheds light on his journey to the top, including his successes and failures.
I actually fell more in love with Jack and could understand and feel his pain so much more. I wish I had time to re-read book 1 with this new knowledge. I absolutely loved these two books and can’t wait to find the time to finish this series! When I turned that last page of my Kindle, I actually took a deep breath, smiled, and then sighed.
NOT IN MY WILDEST DREAMS
Book 3: Chasing the Dream
Phoebe Fairchild didn’t have a great first year of college. In fact, it stunk! She realized she’d chosen a major, physics, that didn’t suit her. And worse than that, a boyfriend who was a first-class jerk.
When she visited her mother in New York for Spring Break, Phoebe decided that a transfer to a new university, a thousand miles from her current one, and a new major were definitely in order. With a little assistance from her mother’s friend, Jack Stevens, Phoebe worked a transfer to NYU and better still, an internship at a major TV network.
Phoebe moved into her mother’s old apartment, made a new friend, and figured out the Big Apple. But one of her biggest challenge was to be her internship assignment. Working in Public Relations, she had just gotten comfortable with the daily routine when she’s suddenly assigned to be the Personal Assistant to mega star, Chase Smythe. Since she was nine years old, Phoebe had been starry-eyed for the blond haired, blue eyed actor. Her room had been practically wallpapered in Chase Smythe pullouts from the teen magazines.
But Chase Smythe wasn’t the charming, sexy actor on TV and in the movies he starred in. He was still as good looking as ever, but seemed that over the years, stardom had jaded him. In real life, Chase was full of himself, lazy and left a path of destruction in his wake that had been well concealed by his former ‘handlers.’ Now it was Phoebe’s job to rein him in.
Nonetheless, there is a spark. Phoebe was warned to not cave into his charms, as fake as they are, but there’s more than just his charm. There’s chemistry. Is it real? Or is it an act? Will Chase let Phoebe in to see the real person, not the just TV personality? Did she even stand a chance with him? Especially as she faced new challenges herself? Or was being with Chase just a dream?
CHASING THE DREAM
Book 4: Unexpected Dreams
Divorce is a big change… But there are bigger ones.
A few months after his divorce and many failed blind dates, Greg Fairchild met Tanner Williams. What started out as a good friendship unexpectedly turned into something that Greg didn’t know what do with…attraction. Why would he be attracted to a man? He had been a ladies man back in the day. He was married for more than 20 years – to a woman… He fathered three children with that woman… He was a Republican!
Was this unexpected development a mid-life crisis? Or had he been living a lie all these years?
Book 5: Feels Like a Dream
Like most men, Kevin Parker had always dated women his age or younger. Then after dating an older woman for a couple of weeks (now just a good friend, Elizabeth—Beth—Fairchild), Kevin developed a new perspective on love and romance. With his newfound insight, Shelby O’Sullivan catches Kevin’s eye. Confident. Funny. Beautiful. Getting to know her, he quickly realized that she is the woman of his dreams.
Nine years older than Kevin, a history of less than amazing boyfriends, and a health history she feels is tarnished, Shelby O’Sullivan has avoided falling in love over the past several years. She doesn’t want to fall for Kevin’s southern charms and sinful good looks, but soon finds herself doing just that.
Is their romance a dream come true or a nightmare in the making?
M. “When his dream becomes a nightmare, can he find the dream again?”
FEELS LIKE A DREAM
Book 6: Dare to Dream
What’s next for the Fairchilds?
Elizabeth Fairchild and, her true love, Jack Stevens, have organized the Dare to Dream Gala, and her whole family is joining her in New York.
Her three children all seem to have secrets.
Bradley, her oldest, wants to talk to her, but won’t say why.
Carter, her middle child, is bringing a girlfriend, but has said very little about her.
Even her youngest, Phoebe, seems to be hiding something.
Secrets and a reunion…Will there be celebrations?
This is the final book of the series and not a standalone:
This is the Dream series reading order:
1: Ditching the Dream (Elizabeth’s story)
2: Not in My Wildest Dreams (Jack’s story)
3: Chasing the Dream (Phoebe’s story)
4: Unexpected Dreams (Greg’s story)
5: Feels Like a Dream (Kevin’s story)
6: Dare to Dream (Everyone, plus Beth’s sons Bradley & Carter)
DARE TO DREAM
Isabelle Peterson is a Chicago suburbs girl living in Connecticut enjoying days in New York City. Her Dream Series was never intended to exist. Thanks to a couple authors who dared her to a write book, we got the book Ditching the Dream, which then evolved into the Dream Series. It didn’t take more than 8 months to complete the dare from rough draft to published, with several times rescuing the draft from the Deleted file.
Isabelle has been married for 23 years to an incredible man who is patient and generous in every way. She has two musically talented children (one in high school and one in college at the time of posting), and a 9 pound shih tzu. She loves coffee & wine, reading, and listening to New Country.
You can follow Isabelle …
…On Twitter and Instagram: @IzzyKPeterson
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