Marilee Anderson dreams about a murder and wakes to find it really happened. She and David Nichols, the victim’s brother, become the prime suspects. Though they have their secrets and aren’t sure they can trust each other, Marilee and David team up to find the killer.
Does Tess, “the crazy lady,” know anything about the murder or is she just delusional? Does the cheating couple on the victim’s floor have any information about the night of the crime? Why has the abusive father of the victim and her brother suddenly reappeared? What about Barbara’s ex-husband? Will Marilee and David find the killer? Or will they end up in jail—or dead?
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Reviews of Dream or Destiny
“One of the things that kept me coming back was the tension that Lillie created from the very first sentence. That tension never let up throughout the whole story. Within the main tension of a murder, were varying other tensions that just added this beautiful layering and authenticity to the story. It also added that adrenaline rush where the reader is just waiting and wondering what in the world is coming next!” ~ 4.5 out of 5. Totally recommend it! ~ Dominique Small, 4 Walls and a View
“Taut and fast-paced, Dream Or Destiny is an entertaining thriller. In it, author Lillie Ammann merges vivid characters with a twisting, tortuous storyline in fostering a page-turning mystery sure to keep readers rapt until the shocking conclusion.” ~ 5 stars ~ Reviewer Josee Morgan, Apex Reviews
“Lillie Ammann is the type of author who puts her whole heart into her writing. Whether romance or mystery you are assured of getting a top notch reading experience. Dream or Destiny is written in such a realistic way you question if it is fact or fiction. It is definitely a page turner, one that kept me glued to my seat until I finished.” ~ Suzie Housley, Midwest Book Review
“The twists and turns in this story will hold your interest all the way to the end and you will be disappointed when it is over. … I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.” ~ 5 stars ~ Reviewer Jane Squires, posted at Amazon.com and The Celebrity Cafe
“I’d read a section of dialogue and go back to read it again realizing that it was so natural that it felt like I was listening to conversation. I loved your use of description with the characters and settings. Most of all I loved the story. … I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to share it with others.” ~ E-mail from Karen Swim, Words for Hire, who also wrote a review (5 stars) at Amazon.com
“The combination of a good, old fashioned romance and a very twisted, psychologically complex mystery gives it a memorable quality I haven’t found in other books in the genre.” ~ 4 Stars ~ Brad Shorr, Word Sell, Inc., Amazon.com Top 500 Reviewer
“The plot is excellent. I didn’t figure out who the killer was till the end. What I liked most about the book was the author’s handling of Domestic Violence. … For me the most poignant character of the whole book was David. I think the author did an excellent job with developing his psychology throughout the book. I have extensive personal experience with Domestic Violence, and I can tell you none of David’s story is farfetched.” ~ Rated “L” for “Loved it” ~ The Bluestocking Guide (who also included Dream or Destinyon her list of the Best Christian Books she read this year)
“Lillie Ammann has written a fantastic book that really reaches out to you and pulls you in. I felt like the main characters were great friends of mine, and I really related well to them. The story line was wonderful, and kept me guessing throughout the entire book. … I also really enjoyed the fact that religion was involved in this story. I’ve noticed that many authors stray away from religion in order to keep readers interested in their work and to not offend anyone. I was pleased that this author included references to God and used it in a way that a reader wouldn’t be bothered by it, religious or not.” ~ Certified Reviewer atNothing Binding
“It`s a riveting read, for sure, I actually read most of the book in just one sitting! If you enjoy mysteries, then I highly suggest you check Dream or Destiny out.” ~ Genesis Davies, At Home Mom Blog
“If you enjoy a good mystery that offers lots of colorful suspects, insightful commentary on some of the most pressing social issues of our day, and a realistic portrayal of the effects of true and false religion, you’ll want to read Dream or Destiny.” ~ Jeanne Dininni, Writer’s Notes
“Dream or Destiny will have you wanting more books from Lillie Ammann and as a reader I know I do. There are a lot of murder mysteries on the market, but few if any are written as well as this. I recommend this to anyone who likes a good page turner and doesn’t mind spending all day reading because you won’t want to put this down.” ~ Ron Berry, Unwriter
“I read your book and I really did enjoy it, even if you did wait until the last page to tell me ‘who done it.’ You pulled me in to the story from the very beginning. That’s a great first paragraph and first page. I loved Marilee. She was sweet and at the same time very strong. But I simply adored David. He had suffered so, and he had so much to overcome before he could learn to love and trust. I appreciate someone addressing the subject of child abuse and handling it with so much honesty and compassion. Congratulations on writing a great book.” ~ Barri Bryan, Poet and Romance Writer
“A mystery with all the elements: murder, eccentric characters (really Tess should have her own story), lots of red herrings and romance. … Amman did solve the murder and pull the main threads together to give the romantic at heart the best of all endings—love.” ~ Carolyn Scheidies, Author’s Choice Reviews
“As David and Marilee embark on their journey to catch Barbara’s killer, you’ll find yourself comparing the clues the two discover along the way, and you’ll be so engrossed with David and Marilee’s fine detective skills that you too will be trying to solve the case with them. Dream or Destiny hooked me from the beginning, and I couldn’t stop reading! In fact, I had to force myself to put the book down. Lillie can truly capture a reader’s attention, and the characters she introduces her readers to are strong and realistic. This romantic suspense is not only a page-turner, it’s a great romance filled with tons of suspense!”
~ Misti Sandefur, Novelist and editor of Coffee Break for Writers
“An electrifying story teeming with mystery and suspense, definitely a book you want to have on your bookshelves especially if you are a fan of the genre.”
~ Mihaela Lica, Freelance writer and online public relations and media consultant
“The characters are deep and rich and I am especially enthralled with Tess. Her situation is so rare but very believable the way she is presented. I could really see her part acted out in a film version of this.” ~ Tammi Reynolds, blogger and author of Working with Special Needs Children