The author has been involved with some aspect of education and community for over 40 years. More importantly as a teacher, a mother, and grandmother, she draws on a variety of perspectives in crafting this fictional story. Young adults, woman’s literary clubs, and families will hear a memorable voice in this novel. These stories are about starting over, growing up, and values. Heartwarming characters struggle to tell their stories of diversity, immigration, and acceptance. Enjoy the twists and turns of “ living the dream” and welcome this read to your bookshelf.