Linny’s Sweet Dream List
A Willow Hill Novel
by Susan Schild
Set in the off-beat Southern town of Willow Hill, North Carolina, Susan Schild’s moving and witty novel tells of one woman who loses everything—and finds more than she ever expected.
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…
“Charming, funny, feisty. I totally loved this novel.”–Cathy Lamb, author of My Very Best Friend
“Up close, the man reminded her of Michelangelo’s statue of David… Among the women volunteers, Linny sensed a quiet surge of hair tossing and pulling in of stomachs.”
“Indigo Merriweather suggested using colorful imagery to manage toxic emotions, so she gave it a whirl. She pictured a seascape, the waves gently rolling toward the shore, and her holding a glugging Buck’s head under water. She imagined the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains stretching endlessly into the horizon, and her shoving Buck over a two-thousand-foot-high scenic overlook… Linny grinned. She did feel better. That Indigo Merriweather was one wise woman.”
“Linny glanced down at the wrinkles on the back of her own hands. She felt the pooch spilling over the waistband of her shorts, and felt wistful. Most men would pick a lush peach over a fast-drying plum.”
Linny is having a horrific year. Her life is in total upheaval and the hits just keep coming. She hasn’t yet hit forty but has lost her second husband, lost her job, lost her home, her car broke down, and after learning the rather embarrassing circumstances around her husband’s death – she lost her confidence. As an exercise in finding her way back, she reads an inspirational book penned by Indigo Merriweather and makes her own “Sweet Dream List” of what she actually would choose to do with her life since everything in her world is upside down and inside out. Linny’s Sweet Dream List is a sweet and amusing story full of humor, quirky yet knowable characters, and a realistic storyline that more than likely actually happens somewhere every single day. It is also one of those rare books that I thoroughly enjoyed and could also confidently recommend to my elderly mother’s book club. I adored this tale and look forward to a return trip with book two –Sweet Carolina Morning.
Coming Soon – Sweet Carolina Morning
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About the Author
Susan Schild writes wholesome and sunny Southern fiction.
Susan is a wife, and a stepmother who enjoys weekend getaways with friends, reading fiction, and rummaging through thrift stores and antique stores for treasures like four dollar cashmere sweaters and amateur watercolor paintings. A dog lover, Susan is especially fond of Lab mix rescue dogs.
With a professional background as a psychotherapist and a management consultant, Susan has used her professional background to add authenticity to her characters.
Susan and her family live in North Carolina where she is busy finishing up the second and third novels in the Willow Hill series, SWEET CAROLINA MORNING and SWEET SOUTHERN HEARTS. Both novels are scheduled for release in 2016.