Chase The Dream

Saturday, October 10, 2015
Alison never forget his expression. He had decided, and he would see it through, no matter what the cost. His look was the one that, in time, she came to have also.
“If you decide to be best in the world, Alison, you can never go back. No matter how much pain or practice or time it takes, and even if it means leaving your friends, your home, your family to do it, you’ve got to do it… if that’s what you decide.”
“I did decide. I want to race. to be…the best.” A beautiful woman on a fast horse. Alison’s head filled with visions of dream riders. “The best in the world.”

Book: Chase the Dream by Constance Colson, Palisades, 1996

Genre: Realistic Fiction
Target Audience: Girls 16+
Subjects: Dating Relationships, Family Relationships, Salvation, Alcohol
Summary: Dreams. Al has them. Jen has them. Forest has them. Tom has them. To win the rodeo, the highest level possible is a dream on all of their minds. But finding someone to love them is not far behind for any one of them. When cousins Al and Jen meet Tom and Forrest, friends who have grown up together, attraction blooms fast and strong in every one of them. For a time couples are established and some measure of happiness is achieved. It’s fleeting though, in the way happiness often is. One night of tragedy and the dreams of love are torn to shreds. The couples are disassembled and each goes their own way, pursuing dreams of happiness in other ways. When circumstances reunite them, things have changed. One has found something more lasting than fleeting happiness. One has fallen further than any of them would have imagined. One has nearly given up on everything. And one has concluded that rodeo is the only thing that will ever bring any happiness. Will they discover something truly worth chasing?
Notes: Chase The Dream is one of the romance novels released in the nineties. It’s almost like the harlequin or love-inspired books, but full sized novels. Chase the Dream is even longer than the average Palisades books. It’s tells the story of four young people over the course of quite a few years. The story begins when the characters are upper elementary and ends after one of them has had time for four years of college. It’s very focused on the romance between the different characters. It also is a very strong picture of the emptiness that comes from pursuing happiness. Only when the characters become Christians do they find any peace. It actually ties together early Christian influences in the characters’ lives with what encourages them to finally put their trust in Christ.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Romans 9:16 – It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy.


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