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For as long as she can remember, Lucy Dolan has been jotting down her hopes on slips of paper and saving them in a pickle jar—her jar of dreams. It was the first thing she saved when the beloved family diner went up in flames, and it's safely buckled in her beat-up minivan when she lands in Taft, Indiana, to start over. She rents a room and goes into business with her landFor as long as she can remember, Lucy Dolan has been jotting down her hopes on slips of paper and saving them in a pickle jar—her jar of dreams. It was the first thing she saved when the beloved family diner went up in flames, and it's safely buckled in her beat-up minivan when she lands in Taft, Indiana, to start over. She rents a room and goes into business with her landlady, but then Gert's nephew comes charging in to "rescue" his aunt.Boone Brennan will be damned if he'll let Lucy take advantage of Aunt Gert, who raised him and his sister. Believing that she's just passing through, he's deeply suspicious of her—despite the sparks that fly between them.Just as Boone and Lucy are starting to open up to each other, a series of fires throws Lucy under suspicion. Boone wants to trust her and his feelings, but with the whole town against her, will he stay by her side? Or will Lucy move on and find another place to make her dreams come true?...

Title : Jar of Dreams
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Jar of Dreams Reviews

  • A. Bookzilla.
    2019-04-11 13:39

    I liked this.I think it's the way this author writes - it has this calming effect, if that even makes sense - that works so well with the setting of the book, a fictional small-town of Taft where time seems to run at its own pace.There is absolutely no drama in this book. Not that it's boring, though, even if it is a bit slow, things are happening and it kept me turning the pages.The build up of the relationship between Lucy and Boone is slow too, but it works, it's realistic that neither of them would just jump into something with everything they have on their plates. And even when they get together it's not the explosive can't-live-without-you passion, but again, it works really well with this book.That being said, the two main characters could sometimes be real downers. Whenever things would get good, they would go back to their woes and dampen the mood. I know they found comfort in talking about it to each other, so I get it, but it would just ruin the mood.Liz Flaherty has a peculiar style of writing, like I said. It worked with the story well, she creates this close knit community of lovable characters that all bring something to the story and there's this peacefulness to their lives in Taft. The romance is not the main focus of the story. There's a bit of a mystery, too, and although I kind of guessed what was going on, but not why - it was still fun seeing if I was right. She slowly reveals it, and no questions are left unanswered in the end.There are no graphic sex scenes, it's all fade to black. It suits the story, I think.I see there's a companion book to this that I didn't read, but it's not necessary to read it because you get some back story that explains a few things I may have wondered about.If you are looking for a sweet love story, two people finding love and comfort in each other and starting over, and all that without a lot of drama, this is definitely your book.**Free copy of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

  • Zoe and the Edge
    2019-04-02 13:33

    This is my first book by Ms. Flaherty and some of her phrases are just darn original. These are Lucy's lines.She liked rooms better when he was in them.Weakness crept warmly down her legs, and she took a moment just to enjoy it.Boone isn't too bad himself.”I don't know what it is about your knees, but I really like them.”I don't like melodrama but this book is so undramatic I was kind of missing the heart-clutching and the hysterics. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the subtleties, it's just that everything's so calm.Boone and Lucy are such a quirky couple. He's a terrible driver. She's extremely perky. Boone and his sister Kelly are overprotective of their aunt Gert because one, Aunt Gert raised them up and two, she's rich. They don't know what to make of Lucy but I found it annoying the way they just automatically accused her of being a gold digger. Kelly, in particular is despicably mean. At least Lucy takes it in her stride.”You and your sister have decided I'm a bad seed blown into Taft for the express purpose of taking advantage of Gert. I'm not going to waste my life defending myself against that.”She's a tough cookie and she lives life to the fullest – she loves people and enjoys sharing laughs with whoever will. When Boone decides to stop being jerk, Lucy and him get along famously. I loved their silly little conversations.Sexual content: Some awkward below-the-belt fondling.

  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    2019-03-31 16:50

    Slick's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews4.5 starsI really need to thank Carina Press as I’ve been exposed to so many great new to me authors because of them and Liz Flaherty is just the latest on that list. Jar of Dreams is such a feel good story that I enjoyed completely. This story makes you look at all stages of life and how choices you make can and will affect those around you. It’s about love, loss, and learning to live again; sometimes it’s not pretty but sometimes it’s magic.I can’t remember a book where I loved every one of the characters and this book has a plethora of atruegemawardcharacters. I even liked the bitchy one because it was easy to see there was something going on with her to cause her to act the way she did. I love that his book takes place in a small town where everyone knows everyone and even after you’re grown and you return, the town will still tell tales on you. I love when someone new comes to town they welcome her in and treat her as one of their own. I really love that the author didn’t rush Boone and Lucy to the “I love you stage” because they had a lot to work through and the fact that they took their time made this book even more special.Lucy arrives in town following a tragic fire that took her Dad’s life and burned down their family restaurant. She came to visit the aunt of one of her customer’s and not only did she never leave, she now rents a room and is running a business with his aunt, Gert. She’s enjoying her new life until Gert’s other nephew arrives at the request of his sister. They are sure she’s taking advantage of Gert and plan to figure out a way to get rid of her.Boone really doesn’t want to deal with the woman who his sister has insisted is invading their aunt’s house and life. However, it’s been awhile since he’s visited so he plans a summer long trip to reconnect with his family and try to move past his wife’s death. The one thing he doesn’t expect when he arrives is to feel an immediate attraction and the need to protect Lucy.Both of these characters just took hold and grabbed me, both have been through some terrible tragedies and although they keep going, they really aren’t living their lives fully. I love how connected they were to each other from the start, despite the sometimes harsh words and even a few misplaced accusations; it was easy to see their connection. I admire Lucy for standing up to Boone and his sister, Kelly. I love the way Boone easily came to Lucy’s defense over and over even though he didn’t know everything about her and her past life. Most of all I admire the way they both seem to understand the other’s need to talk and have someone really listen to what they are saying.I can’t say enough good things about Jar of Dreams; you’ll immediately feel at home with these characters, find yourself caught up in the drama they all face, and loving every minute of it! I’m already hoping for a sequel because I know there’s at least one more story that needs to be told and personally, I think it’s going to be a dozy!Review copy provided for an honest review.

  • Stephanie Collins
    2019-03-27 14:34

    This was a very well done story with a long build-up between the main pair and a definitely understandable hesitancy from both of them to jump in to any relationship. I'm looking forward to more from this author and hopefully see the other hinted at pairing find their own HEA.Boone is still living in a world of regrets and what-ifs. He gets word from his sister that something hinky is going on with his aunt that raised him so goes to his old hometown to get to the bottom of things and put a stop to whatever it is that is going on. What he ends up finding is a new chance at life and a chance to get back almost everything that he has lost in the last few years. He is confronted by feelings for Lucy and also made to confront the ghosts of his past in the form of his former best friend. He learns a lot about himself and what is truly important during the course of this book and at times it made me sniffle but mainly it made me happy to see someone rejoin the true world of the living. He gains so much from this time in Taft and it isn't just the new love he finds with Lucy. It is so much more than that which makes it so very heartwarming to read.Lucy is a lost soul who ends up being rescued by her time in Taft. She finds a home and family she thought she would never find again but also finds redemption and release there. She had to watch her father slip away bit by bit to the horrible monster that is Alzheimers. I felt that the way the author handled telling us about her dad and the horrific way he died was beautifully done with the right amount of realism. She fights her growing feelings for Boone and doesn't want to let herself fall for someone that isn't going to be there long-term. She's also tormented by his sister but as we work through the story things take a turn between the two of them and a friendship does develop. This is a woman who has not had a traditional family and seeing her soak up the love and attention from both Boone and Aunt Gert was fun to see. Her willingness to believe the worst of herself was hard to see but I understood why she believed what she did even though no-one else did. She stands up for herself and knows her weakness is she is a people-pleaser even to the detriment of her own self worth. She's not stupid nor is she a pushover but you will want her to get all the happiness in the world.This is a sweet story with a bit of heat although not much. I loved watching the gradual acceptance and love that builds between Boone and Lucy even with the immediate attraction. This is a believable love story that will have you cheering for both of them while also hoping we get a story of the sister and best friend…. Hint Hint.Thanks to and Carina Press for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

  • Jenny - Book Sojourner
    2019-03-22 14:38

    4.5 starsAunt Gert raised Boone and his sister Kelly after their parents died when they were children. She also raised Crocket, Boone's best friend; the three of them growing up together, then going in different directions after high school. But all three are still protective of Aunt Gert. Enter the mysterious Lucy, who was actually referred to Aunt Gert by Crocket, but has a cloud of suspicion over her according to Kelly. Kelly's suspicions initially rub off on Boone until he starts to get to know Lucy, and they start to develop feelings for each other. But the suspicions never quite leave, especially when Kelly won't let them go, and questionable circumstances continue to arise. What follows is a great read about a community and an emerging couple.One of the things I enjoyed about this book was the small town feel of it. Taft, Indiana is someplace you wouldn't mind your car breaking down in the middle of. There is a family feel about the community that I loved. The characters themselves are great. Boone and Lucy have both been dealing with devastating loses from their pasts, and I liked watching how they helped one another, but also found ways to help themselves and not completely rely on someone else fixing their problems. I liked watching their romance develop and through the writing felt their feelings. I love that even the secondary characters all have backstories that are referred to, making you feel even more a part of their lives. They aren't just cardboard cut-out background pieces. I wanted to eat lunch at Gert's café, get my gas for my car at Sim's, eat dessert with Boone, Lucy, and Crocket, and attend the church picnic with everyone.The storyline itself went beyond just a budding romance. There was coping with loss, rebuilding trust, reconnecting friendships, forgiveness, and, of course, falling in love. There are also other minor romances and potential romances going on that I wouldn't mind reading about in the future. The ending definitely left me with a lingering hope for more from these characters. These are definitely characters you grow to love. My only issue was toward the end when the suspicious circumstances were dealt with. The fix was a bit too easy and not quite realistic, though I could understand how a small community would want the best for its members. Bottomline: This is a well-paced, sweet romance, full of enough depth to make the characters and situations real, yet enough hope and heart to make you fall in love with the them and their community. I thoroughly enjoyed this read.(Review copy from NetGalley for honest review)

  • Roz ~ My Written Romance
    2019-04-11 16:31

    This review and others can be found at my blog, My Written Romance. Just click here.I have never read anything by Liz Flaherty before, and after hearing some great things about her previous book, I put in a request for Jar of Dreams.The praise that others have given to Ms Flaherty is much deserved. This is a story that is both deeply emotional and humorous. There is a feeling I got from this book that the characters maintain a real sense of enthusiasm about life, despite what is so often thrown at them. This is particularly true for Boone and Lucy.Something I really liked was that the hero Boone, while acknowledging his feelings for Lucy, doesn't ignore his previous marriage as if it had never occurred. He still loved his late wife. This doesn't make his love for Lucy any less, it just shows (at least to me) that he was lucky enough to find love again.Lucy has not let her life circumstances define her. She's dealt with losing both parents, one suddenly and one in a slow, inexorable fashion. She's positive in the face of this and is determined to start her life afresh. I love that Lucy isn't and doesn't want to be a victim.I like that their romance developed from their friendship, on a slow burn. It's far from explicit, but the love scenes are still very sensual and allow you to imagine what happens rather than be left bewildered on the other side of a closed door.A small gripe: the back cover blurb makes it sound as if Boone will stop at nothing to prevent Lucy from taking perceived advantage of Gert, where as in the book, Boone takes her story at face value and believes in her rather quickly. It's his sister Kelly that is the disbeliever.The supporting characters were great, and added to rather than subtracted from the story. Gert and Sims were a scream, and I really hope there is a story for Crockett. I would totally read that.My rating: 4 out of 5Note: I received an advanced reader copy from Carina Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  • Mikaela
    2019-03-24 11:30

    While The Debutante's second chance isn't my favorite Liz Flaherty novel, I fell in love with the fictive small town Taft, so when I discovered this was another Taft novel, I requested it on the spot.It was nice to revisit Taft, and see it from the perspective of someone who hadn't grown up there. I really enjoyed how Lucy became friends, and slowly got a part of Taft. I also liked that Taft wasn't perfect, that the downturn of the economy also affected Taft.I enjoyed how Taft accepted Lucy. But, I also liked the fact that it wasn't perfect. I liked the old pain between Boone and Crockett, the suspicion Boone and Kelsey showed Lucy when she showed up.I'll admit it, at first I was a bit sceptical if Boone and Lucy's relationship would work out, since Boone was only visiting over the summer. I am happy to say that I was wrong. Following Boone and Lucy's relationship from wariness to their happy ever after was a delight. I liked how Lucy and Boone slowly got to know each other to talk about their past scars. It was touching when Lucy first gathered the courage to tell Boone what had happened to her father.Boone struggled with death of his wife, and I ached for him. It was touching to follow him through the stages of grief, until he could move on. As he did, he too, was tugged back into the folds of Taft.The secondary romance between Gert and Sims were sweet and touching, and I loved it. They deserved a bit of happiness.That said, there were a couple of things I didn't like with the books. Occasionally, I had trouble with connecting to Boone and Lucy. It didn't happen often, though. Also, I wish that how the arsonist thought had been shown through out the story, instead of being blurted out at the end. The Debutante's Second Chance

  • Liza
    2019-04-18 13:31

    ***3.5 out of 5 stars**I was lucky enough to get a review copy from NetGalley thanks to the publisher. I’d read another book by Liz Flaherty and really enjoyed it.First I have to say how much I love the characters Flaherty writes. I loved Aunt Gert, Lucy, Sims and Boone as soon as we met them. Took me a bit longer to like Boone’s sister Kelly and their cousin Crockett, but I ended up really liking them too. I also loved the instant attraction between Lucy and Boone. Even though he didn’t want to have feelings for Lucy in the beginning, Boone couldn’t seem to stay away from her. I really loved Lucy and Boone together. They both had loss in their past, so could understand loneliness.The series of fires that happen seem to follow Lucy around. While I knew Lucy had nothing to do with the fires, it looked very suspicious to everyone else in town. I will say I figured out who was starting the fires before it was revealed, and I understood why this person started the fires, but was still hoping I was wrong in my guess. I didn’t guess the reason behind the fires, but could see the reasoning once it was explained.I think part of the reason I took longer to warm up to Kelly was because she was really pretty ugly to Lucy in the beginning, as well as the rest of her family. I could see how much she really loved her family, so I gave her a pass for some of her attitude. She probably changed the most in this book and I really hope we get her story at some point in the future.Jar of Dreams was a very enjoyable story. The characters are some I’d love to visit with again in the future. I really hope we get more books set in Taft, Indiana from Liz Flaherty.

  • PaulaPhillips
    2019-03-31 08:32

    Have you ever looked at a cover and thought hmm that looks like a good book ? Jar of Dreams was one of those books for me. The end result was that it wasn't half-bad but it wasn't the best book I have ever read. Do you have a book where you write all your dreams and goals down in ? What about a jar like they had on the movie Legally Blonde 2 when Elle went to work in Politics ? This novel focuses a bit on that as the main female character has a jar of dreams, the other part which makes it a contemporary romance and a Carina Press book is that we meet Boone - the nephew of Aunt Gert, he has been called home by his sister Kelly as she claims Aunt Gert is failing and losing her mind. When he arrives , he discovers that she has taken in a couple of strays - Jack - a young boy who does her yardwork etc and Lucy. It is Lucy that worries Kelly and soon she also has Boone wondering if Lucy has an ulterior motive for hanging around with Aunt Gert. As the novel goes along we discover that Boone starts to develop feelings for Lucy , feelings he hasn't felt for anyone but his wife Maggie who passed away. The downside though is his ex-best friend and cousin Crockett might have the same thought and Boone's not sure if Lucy will be like another Maggie as Maggie was what tore them apart as she choose Boone over Crockett ? Will History repeat itself in Jar of Dreams or will the Jar of Dreams help present a different outcome ? I found that this book is like The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines but for Adults and the older audience.

  • Calisto
    2019-04-19 09:32

    An incredibly likeable, small town romance populated by appealing characters you want to spend time with.Lucy is starting fresh after years of taking care of her ailing father. Boone is trying move on after his wife's death. Their world collide when Lucy starts a business venture with Boone's aunt. Just as they start to get to know each other, a series of events bring suspicion down on Lucy who now has to decide whether to stay or go and Boone, who has to decide if he can risk his heart again.Now, I must confess that even though I'm not a contemporary romance fan because I'm so pick, but I'm always looking for the next 'Konigsburg' series (by Meg Benjamin). There is just something about a well-written, likeable group of characters in a small town setting that totally works for me. Meg Benjamin does it and so did Liz Flaherty in Jar of Dreams.All of the characters are interesting even when their actions aren't very likeable and that makes it very compelling read. The romance is a slow burn, but here it makes sense and because of the likeability of the characters the story never seems to drag.If you're a fan of small town romances, definitely pick up Jar a Dreams. And if you're not, try it anyway, because it just might you a fan after all. I will definitely keep this author in my radar and will automatically pick up a second, if this turns out to be a series.ARC provided by Carina Press via Netgalley.

  • Martina28882
    2019-04-15 15:26

    Vorrei iniziare col dirvi che questo libro è stato davvero un percorso ad ostacoli.Nonostante io legga in inglese da quasi 12 anni, ho avuto serie difficoltà.Quando ho cominciato Jar Of Dreams avevo delle aspettative enormi, venivo da One more Summer e non vedevo l’ora di leggere altri lavori della Flaherty. Non mi è piaciuto tanto quanto OMS ma anche JOR è un piccolo capolavoro.La cosa che più stupisce dei lavori della Flaherty è la minuziosità dei particolari. Tu credi di leggere una Romance Novel in realtà ti ritrovi sommerso nella storia di una città, dei suoi abitanti, delle loro relazioni e di una famiglia tutta particolare.Ho imparato ad amare tantissimo l’ospitalità di Taft e la sua accettazione per Lucy ma non sono rimasta altrettanto affascinata da quanto fosse difficile all’inizio per Boone e Kel. Una cosa che proprio non sono riuscita a capire è il rapporto tra Boone e Crockett. Forse alcuni particolari mi sfuggono ma il loro allontanamento mi è sembrato davvero futile in certi passi. A volte anche il rapporto tra Boone e Lucy lascia spazio a molte interpretazioni ma la verità che è molto realistico e la loro crescita non lascia spazio ad alcuna amarezza, anche quando non sembra esserci speranza.Tre stelline anche se credo dipendano più dalla mia ignoranza che da altro .Grazie mille a Carina Press e a NetGalley per questa fantastica opportunità.

  • Hsiau Wei
    2019-03-29 09:49

    This book tell the story of Lucy who found herself landed at Taft Place and befriended her landlord, Gert after the demise of her father. Together they started a tea room and for awhile she thought that she found her home at last. But when Boone, Gert’s nephew turn up after the instigation from his sister, found that her happy world is not so rosy anymore. She found herself to be constantly on target for discrimination given her past and the suspicious mind that Kelly (Boone’s sister) has over her existence in their aunt’s house. To make thing worst, small fire incidences occurred and people are start questioning her existence in the small town. Boone, on the other hand, is trying to overcome his own past, to let go of his wife’s memories and to start again. When he met Lucy, he could not understand his attraction towards her. I like Boone. Unlike his sister, who seems to have a suspicious mind, Boone took his time in finding the true identity of Lucy and when her sister confronted Lucy about her past, he told the truth to her sister instead of Lucy who has taken the stance to be silence. I like the title of the book as well; Jar of Dreams. It convey the message of wishes and hopes and this is what the book is all about.

  • Linda Morris
    2019-04-08 09:51

    One of the best books I've read in a while. This small-town romance is what I'd think of as an ensemble piece. Instead of focusing mostly on the couple, it's more of a wide-angle look at the town of Taft, Indiana and the relationships surrounding an aging couple, Gert and Sims, and the now-grown children they took in as teens. The romance is tender and sensual and moves at a slow pace, which is understandable considering the hero's and heroine's histories. The couple is bound by grief: Lucy the heroine lost her father after caring for him throughout his battle with Alzheimer's, and Boone the hero lost his wife due to an undetected aneurysm. The grieving process they go through is like another character in the book. The sexual tension between the characters is palpable, although the love scenes are understated. I also liked that the book didn't sentimentalize small-town life in the way that most small-town contemporary romance does. You'll want to live in Taft after reading this book, but it seems like a real place, not a wildly over-idealized town that you can't imagine actually existing. I'll be checking out Liz Flaherty's backlist.

  • Kate Vale
    2019-04-08 13:45

    Chicago cartoonist, Boone, comes home to make sure his Aunt Gert isn't being taken advantage of by a young woman she's now partners with in her tea shop. That young woman, Lucy, is still recovering emotionally from the loss of her father. From Alzheimer's? More like the fire that destroyed their family restaurant. Smoke of any kind makes her queasy and when a series of fires (are they going to follow her forever?) occurs increasingly close to her friends and the tea shop she has come to love, people start to wonder. Is she the arsonist? And if so, why? Boone no longer suspects her of causing the fires--except the one in his heart. How was he to know that he could love again, after the death of his wife? But will Lucy stay around or make good her decision to leave after the first of the year.Another fire--this time threatening not only Lucy, but Aunt Gert, forms the crisis that brings to light not only the fires, but who has set them and why. But Boone goes back to Chicago. Will he ever return? And will Lucy, no longer under suspicion, stay?

  • SaraHarlequinJunkie
    2019-04-07 12:35

    Reviewed at HarlequinJunkie.comRating: 4.5 StarsJar Of Dreams by Liz Flaherty is a very pleasant, endearingly quaint, small town yarn, full of wishes and dreams come true!Boone Brennan having received an urgent missive from his sister stating that their aunts health is failing has hastily returned home to Taft, Indiana. Expecting to find his aunt in frail condition, Boone is surprised to find that his aunt seems to be in good shape. Unbeknownst to him his aunt has opened a tea room at her home, and has a new border, and business partner. Boone finds Lucy Dolan quite attractive, but he doesn’t trust her, and he wonders if she is after his aunt’s money. Read More

  • Blackravens Reviews
    2019-04-02 12:51

    If you like heartwarming stories that will take you through a myriad of emotions that range from anger to laughter, to sadness, to understanding, to forgiveness not only of others, but also of oneself, and ultimately to love, then Jar of Dreams is definitely the book to read. Ms. Flaherty has crafted a compelling story that will put a smile on your face, a tear in your eye, and love in your heart. Jar of Dreams is a true gem that you don’t want to miss, so pick up your copy now. Read More...

  • Kathy
    2019-04-12 12:26

    Liz Flaherty is, hands down, one of my favorite authors. She has an amazing ability to weave together stories that touch the heart as her characters overcome tragic losses and find happiness. Her latest release, Jar of Dreams is a poignant yet humorous novel that is heartwarming and sweetly romantic. To read my review in its entirety, please click HERE.

  • InD'tale Magazine
    2019-04-06 14:24

    4.5/5.0If you, dear reader, are at this very moment making your own jar of dreams, be sure to add this fantastically sweet romance to it!Full review in March 2013 issue of InD'tale Magazine.

  • Marran
    2019-03-23 15:44

    This was such a delight to read... I love it! it made me happy [and sappy]very sweet and cute with loveable characters and I really hope we get another book soon...I'm totally checking out more books by this author

  • Chris Mead
    2019-03-26 10:37

    4.5 stars This was a great small town romance! Full review coming to Harlequin Junkie soon! :-)

  • Heather
    2019-03-26 15:30

    Review now available at Library Journal Xpress Reviews: