Journey Beyond the Dream

The Wild Rose Press Inc
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LAURIE-LISTS! She’s notorious for them. Whether planning her day or her life, Laurie Howard makes lists and organizes everything. She’s married Andy, the love of her life, planning every detail of the home they will share. Then a visit with her sister, who volunteers at a free clinic, makes her question the narrow role she’s chosen. With Andy’s encouragement, she explores the idea of going back to school—this time for something more serious than that Mrs. degree she acquired along with her Bachelor’s in Science. If she can manage the load of wife, mother, and student, she’ll be able to add M.D. after her name. But the world has a way of disrupting plans and lists. When her life takes a tragic turn, Laurie needs all the courage she can muster to live up to her dreams, and the support of her friends and family to journey beyond them.
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About the author

A fifth generation Texan, Fleeta Cunningham has lived her entire life in Texas, both small towns and big cities. Drawing on all of them, she writes about the unique character--and characters--of the southern states. After a career as a law librarian for a major Texas law firm, writing a monthly column for a professional newsletter and other legal publications, she returned to her home in Central Texas to write full time. Fleeta has been writing in one form or another since the age of eight. When she isn't writing, she teaches creative writing classes, makes quilts, and designs miniature gowns for her huge collection of fashion dolls.

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The Wild Rose Press Inc
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Mar 17, 2017
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Fiction / Historical
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