Virtual Book Tour {Review & Giveaway} -- Linny's Sweet Dream List by Susan Schild

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Willow Hill #1
Susan Schild
Releasing Jan 5th, 2016
Lyrical Press

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 a 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 are measured not in worldly success, but in the sweetness of a life lived to the fullest.

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This novel has been a very unusual read for me, but at the same time very adorable and sweet!

Linny's story is very original, and unlike anything I have read before. She is a young woman that has been widowed twice! When reading the blurb I knew it prove to be a very different read for that fact, but its real impact became even clearer to me, through the way the writer chose to start her book!

Our story starts with Linny's hopes that her new marriage will go very well, after the sweet talk she had with her husband the night before. She was suspicious of him cheating on her, but after his reassurances that he will stop flirting around and devote more time to her, she was feeling hopeful. She was determined to make this marriage work, especially because it took her three years to get over her first husband's sudden death.

And, after this hopeful first chapter, the second chapter comes where Linny is all of a sudden widowed. And, that's when I realized I loved the way the author narrated the heroine's story!

Linny is now even more heartbroken than before, broke and in debt, having no money, house, or job, and above all that, thinking of herself so very badly! She decided to make a dream list of all the things she wants to do that will bring her back her happiness! But, everything seems so out of reach and so difficult for her to achieve.

In the end, the most important message passes through by the author. All that matters is not the amount of things you achieve in life, but if the ones you do achieve are the ones you have lived the most!

A wonderful walk-through of how Linny comes to realize that she should live every moment of her life to the fullest, while leaving back the sad and unfortunate events and memories in life!

All in all, 4 stars to a sweet novel that passes 
a wonderful and very important message to its readers!

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Susan has a graduate degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has used her work background as a psychotherapist and a business consultant to add authenticity to her characters.

Susan is a wife, a stepmother, and a dog lover, Lab Mixes in particular. She and her family live in North Carolina where she is busy finishing up the third novel in the Willow Hill Series.

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