Impossible Dreams (Carolina Magnolias, Bk 1)
Impossible Dreams - Carolina Magnolias, Bk 1 Author:Patricia Rice Although home is a dusty curiosity shop filled with rainbows and crystal balls, Maya Alyssum's past has not been filled with good fortune. Her impossible dream is to open a school where kids can find unconditional love and acceptance, the very things she never had as a child. The town council of Wadeville, North Carolina, is determined to st... more »op her until the day Axell Holm walks into her shop. He's the kind of uptight authority figure she loves to hate . . . and hates to love.
Axell knows trouble when he sees it. But he needs the ethereal schoolteacher and the magic she works on his motherless daughter. He's willing to face the wrath of his hometown to get what he wants, but he's unprepared for his reaction to this strange and wonderful woman who turns his ordered life upside down, making him believe in dreams again. . . .« less
I enjoy Patricia Rice books. They are the kind of books that you read when you really want to feel. They aren't a lot of fluff but strong on substance. Having said that, this wasn't my favorite. I read it because it is a must if you are going to read the Mcloud Brothers series of books. The main female Character of the first Mcloud book, "Almost Perfect", is in "Impossible Dreams". Her entire backstory is in this book and you really need that information in order to completely understand and get her when you move on to her story.
This book is good. Don't get me wrong about that. The problem is in the flow of the book. I usually average a book a day, and this one took several for me to get through. It seems a bit choppy and just jumps right in on the first page without enough explanation that is much needed to make it all make sense. I don't like a book that does that and then takes you to page 300 before you finally go - ahhhh, now I understand what those old letters are for, or whatever. But all in all, it is a very heartfelt book and gets better as you get into it. Just be prepared for a little confusion in the beginning. But stick with it. You will enjoy it in the end and the Mcloud series after this is really good!!!