“Excellent first book in the series. Sheridan seemed very realistic and had emotions that were normal and understandable given the situation. Her husband, a U.S. Ambassador, Eliot, was shot and crippled during an assassination attempt. THe couple then moved to a very rural and rustic village in...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Side Road series book 1--Couldn't get interested in this story, only read about 5 chapters”see full review » see other reviews »
“Started out slow. Liked it by the end. Loved that it was a story about forgiveness and grace.”Dawn W wrote this review Monday, July 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Just a tad bit disappointed. I ordered all three of this series and this first one seems lacking something, although I finished it”paula W wrote this review Thursday, February 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I both liked it and didn't like it. It wasn't chicklit fluff--it was about serious matters, but sometimes it seemed too serious and too emotional. I really liked the not-as-main character Luke, and I imagine a sequel might be about him, so I may actually pick that up.”Karina W wrote this review Sunday, November 6, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Side Road series book 1--Couldn't get interested in this story, only read about 5 chapters”Karen S wrote this review Saturday, September 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent first book in the series. Sheridan seemed very realistic and had emotions that were normal and understandable given the situation. Her husband, a U.S. Ambassador, Eliot, was shot and crippled during an assassination attempt. THe couple then moved to a very rural and rustic village in Mexicio. There were family secrets revealed that shook the foundation of family and marriage and commitment. It was nice to see a couple work together to try to save their marriage rather than throwing in the early and filing for divorce like so many others do. ”Kristie D wrote this review Tuesday, September 28, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really enjoyed this book -- really shows the struggle of dealing with a tragedy and demonstrates how leaning on God is necessary. I would recommend this book!”Debi M. wrote this review Sunday, September 26, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is about forgiveness, love and corruption. It starts with an tragic event in Caracus, Venezuela and then to a small rural town in Mexico, then to Chicago. At first you wonder why are Sheridan and Eliot in seclusion in Mexico? Family secrets are uncovered slowly and the characters have to adjust to the truth and begin the process of forgiveness. The good and bad points of the main characters laid out in the open. I only really felt close to one of the minor characters, Mercedes who was rather naive throughout the book.I would have preferred the teaching of the forgiveness was more subtle. The main characters are forced to grow up emotionally and I did like that. This book is rich in the details of the different locations and feelings that they provoke. I do think that some of the book could have been shorter. On the whole, this book is satisfying.
I won this book in a GoodReads contest.”
“RANSOMED DREAMS by Sally John focus’ on the life of Sheridan Montgomery, wife to former U.S. Ambassador, Eliot Montgomery. After a near fatal shooting, the Montgomery’s go into hiding in a small out-of-touch city in Mexico. Sheridan, the daughter of a U.S. Congressman feels her life is over and she is only going through the motions as a companion/nursemaid to her now permanently disabled husband. When Luke Traynor, a man from her past, shows up on her doorstep, Sheridan’s life and emotions once again spin out of control. When Traynor escorts Sheridan back to her childhood home of Chicago to pay her last respects to her dying father - whom she has been estranged from since her teen years- she learns of her father’s secret business dealings. Devastated, and feeling as if her entire life has been a lie, Sheridan is faced with a choice – hatred or forgiveness.
RANSOMED DREAMS was a good read, but fell short of my expectations. The main characters were complex, but not necessarily lovable, and the pacing of the book was slower than I felt was necessary. At times, I found myself skimming through some of the scenes to get back to the meat of the story. The main theme of RANSOMED DREAMS was forgiveness, which I felt was portrayed well, in that forgiveness can be difficult even when you know it is the right thing to do. Religion was thrown in here and there, but I did not feel it made a strong enough showing to really consider this book to be Christian Fiction. Overall, an okay book, but not one of my better summer reads.
Book provided for review purposes.
“Ransomed Dreams by Sally John is the first book in the Side Roads series. Sheridan Montgomery's life was shattered by an assassin's bullet that nearly killed her ambassador husband, Eliot, on their assignment in Caracas, Venezuela. Now they live in a remote village in Mexico trying to put back together the pieces of their lives. Eliot, who was a suave and eloquent gentleman is almost mute in his struggle with constant pain and the loss of independence. Sheridan gave up her charity work in fear that another bullet could come from any quarter. A year after the shooting, Luke Traynor arrives at their home to announce that Sheridan has been summoned home to Chicago by her sister Calissa because their father is dying. Luke cared for Sheridan in the days and weeks after the attack until she came to depend on him too much and asked him to never come back. John has rendered a world in which a life can be completely changed in a single moment and forces the reader to consider how their own life would survive. Sheridan, Eliot, and Calissa also seem to live with sunburned emotions; even the slightest touch causes flinching and pain. There's also a story of terrible family secrets, the lies we tell to conceal them, and how we move forward from our parents' history. Ultimately it's a story of hope and learning to thrive where God puts you. John's writing is multi-layered with fully fleshed characters and well worth the read.”clockstein wrote this review Saturday, July 24, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“These days, couples face problems and pull apart. I enjoyed this novel with the theme of a long-term marriage and forgiveness. As a wife of fifty-two years(!), I know that marriage is like a roller coaster: it goes up and down. I believe that one of the secrets to longevity is to hang on until it levels out.
Sally John, a best-selling author, took this premise, mixed in some cloak and dagger intrigue with a smidgen of temptation to illustrate how believable characters might react to some down-turns on their married roller coaster ride. The characters were carefully scripted, and the plot kept me curious. I must say that I had no idea where the story would lead or what decisions would be made.
Thank you to Vicky Lynch at Tyndale House Publishers for my copy of this Contemporary Fiction. This is a good one. I recommend it!”