If you want a nostalgic ride through the sixties, come along with Marlee Sweet as she travels to the southern states on a Trailways bus. Marlee meets sailor Joe in Halifax, Canada and is determined to visit him in his home town of New Orleans. But first she must make a stopover in New York to grow up a bit. From New Orleans to Mobile, to Montgomery then onward to Birmingham, Atlanta and finally Tennessee, it's a whirlwind of love, romance, adventure, tragedy, heartbreak, deceit and danger. From Joe's arms to a conniving Bobby Barnes, Marlee goes from girl to woman learning the ropes of life.
Experience the reaction in Albany, New York when the President is assassinated; watch the Beatles first visit to the US on the Ed Sullivan Show; stand in awe in front of the Mardi Gras Fountain in New Orleans, and take a stroll through the French Quarter with Marlee and Joe; visit the church on Dexter Avenue in Montgomery where Martin Luther King, Jr was once a pastor; Take a walk in an African-American's shoes from the old south; eat a hotdog from Chris' in Montgomery with Marlee and Bobby; visit Napoleon House in New Orleans and have a laugh while Marlee writes poetry and a poet reads it aloud; park on Beale Street in Memphis and marvel at the statue of W.C. Handy; gaze at the now demolished but once impressive San Carlos Hotel in Pensacola, Florida; look out over the amazing view in Birmingham, while observing the Vulcan statue; and last but not least, wonder where your next dollar is going to come from, and have your dreams put on hold.
Each day brings a new adventure and a new decision it seems. In the end it all comes down to choices, and the ones Marlee makes will change her life forever.
1964: Chasing a Dream is the first book in the Dream Series. Book Two is Facing Reality.
Bobby stepped out of the bathroom, hurling me out my day-dreams. I watched him dress in his white, short-sleeved shirt and tan pants. I still wondered what there was about him that had attracted me. He was quite ordinary looking, much too thin, and certainly not handsome. He turned and pierced me with his blue eyes. Then I knew. The attraction had started with his scorching eye contact and how he could hold me with his gaze. I turned away. He couldn't hold me now, and he knew that. At breakfast he confronted me.
"Did you know I made love to you last night?" His granite-cold eyes glowered. "Too bad you couldn't have been there."
I fumbled with my eggs. "I couldn't help it. I'm feeling numb."
"Were you numb when he kissed you yesterday, sitting on that park bench?" He frowned his furious eyes at me.
"Drop it." I glared at him, stabbing my eggs.
He glared back at me. "I can't drop it. Are we over?"
My trembling hands folded around the thick, coffee cup. "I don't know, maybe."
"You don't know, maybe," he mocked, furiously. "What am I supposed to derive from that? You left him, and you're here with me. Now, it's maybe? Maybe what? Maybe you care? Maybe you'll drop me? What in hell is maybe?"
"Maybe I'll be back. Maybe I won't," I hissed. "Jesus, Bobby, leave me alone. I need space and time to think. Joe understands that, why can't you?"
"Is that what you told him?"
"Yes." I nodded.
Hunching his shoulders, he sighed. "Then I'll have to accept your decision. I just wish to hell you'd hurry up and make it."
He lit a Camel and held his lighter toward my cigarette. I accepted his light and dragged the smoke deep into my lungs.The questions stopped, and we had a peaceful journey to Memphis. It was like old times as he sang along with the car radio, winking at me occasionally. It was a beautiful day, and I relaxed enough to take a nap.
I really enjoyed this book
I really enjoyed this book and now look forward to reading the s
I really enjoyed this book and now look forward to reading the sequel. It definitely held my interest and was one of those "can't put down" novels.
Fell in love with this story
Marlee Sweet's character is so open & honest I feel like she has been a friend of mine my whole life.
This story touches so many aspects of a life out of control but gives all the hope of a beautiful ending in each page that is turned. It is very easy to empathize with the turmoil all the characters are going thru. The flow of the story made it hard to put down, I couldn't wait for the next page to be turned as the story is so compelling.
I have just finished Facing Reality and can't wait for Missing Link.