Borrowed Dreams: A Novel

Borrowed Dreams: A Novel

by Debbie Macomber

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One of beloved author Debbie Macomber’s classic novels, this is a poignant story of moving on and trusting the power of love.
Carly Grieves is made of strong stuff. Tough and adventurous, she journeys to the wilds of Alaska looking for a new beginning. She finds more than she bargained for in Brand St. Clair, a rugged bush pilot who stirs something primal inside Carly that shocks her with its intensity. But he’s also a man with wounds, a widower stuck in the past. Carly desires him deeply, but she can’t compete with a dead woman for a place in his heart.
From the moment she sasses him, Brand knows there’s something special about Carly. She makes him want to love again, to reach for a new kind of happiness. As much pain as he has known, he’s ready to make his own fresh start with Carly. But first, the walls she’s built have to come down. Now Brand won’t give up until he convinces Carly that the biggest risk of her life is actually the safest move she could make: loving him.

BONUS: This edition includes excerpts from Debbie Macomber's Last One Home and The Inn at Rose Harbor.
Published by Debbie Macomber Books

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941824047
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/25/2014
Series: Debbie Macomber Classics
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 190
Sales rank: 34,825
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Debbie Macomber, the author of Love Letters, Mr. Miracle, Blossom Street Brides,and Rose Harbor in Bloom, is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Nine of her novels have hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller lists, and three of her beloved Christmas novels have been  hit movies on the Hallmark Channel, including Mrs. Miracle and Mr. Miracle. In 2013, Hallmark Channel began production on the original series Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, based on Macomber’s Cedar Cove books. She has more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide.


Port Orchard, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 22, 1948

Place of Birth:

Yakima, Washington


Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college

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Chapter One

“Don’t worry about a thing,” George Hamlyn stated casually on his way out the door.

“Yes … but—” Carly Grieves interrupted. This was her first day on the job in Anchorage, Alaska, and she was hoping for a few more instructions. “But … what would you like me to do?”

“Take any phone messages and straighten the place up a bit. That should keep you busy for the day.” He removed his faded cap and wiped his forearm across his wide brow as he paused just inside the open doorway.
All day! Carly mused irritably. “What time should I expect you back?”

“Not until afternoon at the earliest. I’m late now.” His voice was tinged with impatience. “A couple of drivers will be checking in soon. They have their instructions.”

Fleetingly, Carly wondered if their orders were as vague as her own.

“See you later.” George tossed her a half-smile and was out the door before she could form another protest.
Carly dropped both hands lifelessly to her sides in frustrated displeasure. How could George possibly expect her to manage the entire office on her own? But, apparently, he did just that. On her first day, no less. With only a minimum of instruction, she was to take over the management of Alaska Freight Forwarding in her employer’s absence.

“Didn’t Diana warn you this would happen?” She spoke out loud, standing in the middle of the room, feeling hopelessly inadequate. Good heavens, what had she gotten herself into with this job?

Hands on hips, Carly surveyed the room’s messy interior. George had explained, apologetically, that his last traffic supervisor had left three months ago. One look at the office confirmed his statement. She couldn’t help wonder how anyone could run a profitable business in such chaos. The long counter was covered with order forms and a variety of correspondence, some stained with dried coffee; the ashtray that sat at one end was filled to overflowing. Cardboard boxes littered the floor, some stacked as high as the ceiling. The two desks were a disaster; a second full ashtray rested in the center of hers, on top of stacked papers, and empty coffee mugs dotted its once polished wood surface. The air was heavy with the smell of stale tobacco.

Forcefully expelling an uneven sigh, Carly paused and wound a strand of rich brown hair around her ear.
Straighten the place up a bit! Her mind mimicked George’s words. She hadn’t come all the way from Seattle to clean offices. Her title was traffic supervisor, not janitor!

Annoyed with herself for letting George walk all over her, Carly got her desk in reasonable order and straightened the papers on the counter. She grimaced as she examined the inside of the coffeepot. It looked like someone had dumped chocolate syrup in it. She guessed it had never been washed.

When the phone rang, she answered in a brisk, professional tone. “Alaska Freight Forwarding.”

“A short hesitation followed. “Who’s this?”

Squaring her shoulders, she replied crisply, “Carly Grieves. May I ask who’s calling?”

The man at the other end of the line ignored the question. “Let me talk to George.”

It seemed no one in Alaska had manners. “George is out for the day. May I ask who’s calling?”

Whoever was on the line let out a curse.

“I beg your pardon?”

“When do you expect him back?”

“Well, Mr. Blanky Blank, I can’t rightly say.”

“I’ll be there in ten minutes.” With that, he abruptly severed their connection.

Sighing, Carly replaced the receiver. Apparently Mr. Blanky Blank thought she could tell him something more in person.

A few minutes later, the door burst open and a man as lean and serious as an arctic wolf strode briskly inside and stopped just short of the counter. Dark flecks sparked with interest in eyes that were wide and deeply set. He was dressed in a faded jean jacket and worn jeans, and his Western-style, checkered shirt was open at the throat to reveal a broad chest with a sprinkling of curly, dark hair.

“Carly Grieves?” he questioned as his mouth quirked into a coaxing smile.

“Mr. Blanky Blank?” she returned, and smiled. His lean face was tanned from exposure to the elements. The dark, wind-tossed hair was indifferent to any style. This man was earthy and perhaps a little wild—the kind of wild that immediately gave women the desire to tame. Carly was no exception.

“Brand St. Clair,” he murmured, his friendly eyes not leaving hers as he extended his hand.

Her own much smaller hand was enveloped in his calloused, roughened one. “I’m taking a truck,” he announced without preamble.

“You’re what?” Carly blinked.

“I haven’t got time to explain. Tell George I was by—he’ll understand.”

“I can’t let you do that … I don’t think …” Carly stammered, not knowing what to do. Brand St. Clair wasn’t on the clipboard that listed Alaska Freight Forwarding employees. What if one of the men from the warehouse needed a truck later? She didn’t know this man. True, he was strikingly attractive, but he’d undoubtedly used that to his advantage more than once. “I can’t let you do that,” she decided firmly, her voice gaining strength.

Brand smiled, but the amusement didn’t touch his dusky, dark eyes. Despite the casual way he was leaning against the counter, Carly recognized that he was tense and alert. The thought came that this man was deceptive. For all his good looks and charming smile, it could be unwise to cross him.

“I apologize if this is inconvenient,” she began, and clasped her hands together with determination. “But I’ve only just started this job. I don’t know you. I don’t know if George Hamlyn is in the habit of lending out his trucks, and furthermore—”

“I’ll accept full responsibility.” He took his wallet from his back hip pocket and withdrew a business card, handing it to her.

Carly read the small print. Brand was a pilot who freelanced his services to freight operators.

“A hiker in Denali Park has been injured,” he explained shortly. “I’m meeting the park rangers and airlifting him to British Columbia.” The impatient way he spoke told Carly he wasn’t accustomed to making explanations.

“I … I …” Carly paused, uncertain.

“Do I get the truck or not?”

She unclenched and clenched her fist again. “All right,” she finally conceded, and handed over the set of keys.
He gave her a brief salute and was out the door.

She stood at the wide front window that faced the street and watched as Brand backed the pickup truck onto the road, changed gears, and sped out of sight. Shrugging one shoulder, she arched two delicate brows expressively. Life in the north could certainly be unnerving.

“A pilot,” she murmured. Flying was something that had intrigued her from childhood. The idea of soaring thousands of feet above the earth with only a humming engine keeping her aloft produced a thrill of adventure. Carly wondered fleetingly if she’d get the opportunity to learn to fly while in Alaska.

She paused, continuing to stand at the window. Her attraction to the rugged stranger surprised her. She preferred her men tame and uncomplicated, but Brand St. Clair had aroused her curiosity. She couldn’t put her finger on what it was now, but it felt as real and intense as anything she’d ever experienced. He exuded an animal magnetism. She’d been exposed to those male qualities a hundred times and had walked away yawning.

Whatever it was about him, Carly was intrigued. She found she was affected by their short encounter. She stood looking out the office window, watching the road long after the truck was out of sight.

Once the Formica counter was cleaned, the orders piled in neat stacks, and the boxes pushed to one side of the office, Carly took a short break. The phone rang several times and Carly wrote down the messages dutifully, placing them on George’s desk. A warehouse man came in and introduced himself before lunch, but was gone before Carly could question him about the truck Brand St. Clair had taken.

With time on her hands, the afternoon dragged, and Carly busied herself by sorting through the filing cabinets. If the office was in disarray, it was nothing compared to the haphazard methods George Hamlyn employed for filing.
When George sauntered in around five he stopped in the doorway and glanced around before giving Carly an approving nod.

“I’d like to talk to you a minute,” she said stiffly. She wasn’t above admitting she’d made a mistake by moving to Alaska. She could cut her losses and head back to Seattle. If he needed someone to clean house, she wasn’t it.

“Sure.” He shrugged and sat down at his desk. Although George possessed a full head of white hair, he didn’t look more than fifty. Guessing his age was difficult. George’s eyes sparkled with life and vitality. “What can I do for you?” he asked as he rolled back his chair and casually rested an ankle on top of his knee.

Carly remained standing. “First off, I’m a freight traffic supervisor. I didn’t cart everything I own thousands of miles to clean your coffeepot or anything else.”

“That’s fine.” George’s smile was absent as he shuffled through the phone messages. “Contact a janitorial service. I’ve been meaning to do that myself.”

His assurance took some of the steam from her anger. “And another thing. Brand St. Clair was in and took … borrowed a truck. He said it was an emergency and I wasn’t sure if I should’ve stopped him.”

“No problem.” George glanced up, looking mildly surprised. His thoughts seemed to have drifted a thousand miles from her indignation. “One of these days that boy will come to his senses and give it up.”

“ ‘Give it up’?” Carly repeated, amused that she’d verbalized the thought.

George nodded, then set the mail aside. “I’ve been after Brand to join up with us. He’s a good pilot.” His eyes moved to Carly and he lifted one shoulder in an indifferent shrug. “Not likely, though, with all those medical bills he’s paying off. He can earn twice the money freelancing.”

“Medical bills?” Carly asked, curious find out what she could about the man.

George appeared not to have heard her question. “Any other problems?”

“Not really.”

He shook his head, his eyes drifting to the stack of mail. “I’ll see you in the morning, then.”

There was no mistaking the dismissal in his tone. Already he had turned his attention to the desk.

Carly left the office shortly afterward, wondering how much longer George would be staying. The man was apparently married to his job. There was little evidence in the office that he had a wife and family. And the hours he seemed to keep would prohibit any kind of life outside the company.

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Borrowed Dreams 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the characters had a lot of potential and Macomber should have gone into more depth. I also felt the conflict resolution was very abrupt and the enlightenment did not reach full potential. Overall, I would say that it was a quick read entertaining, but by no means a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But this is one book that I cannot finish. I have been n it for some time and just cannot get intrested enough to finish. Tomorrow I start a new book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Macomber has matured in her writing but i found this to be a delightful story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like the book but was to short. I would recommend this book to someone who like romance. It keeps you reading and you don't want to lay it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carly takes a job in Anchorage to get a fresh start. Her past of living in foster homes has given her the mindset of having everything new, not a hand-me-down. That carries over to her personal life. She falls for Brand, but on discovering he is a widower she doesn't know if she can have a relationship with him because she isn't his first love. Her insecurities, especially after meeting Brand's mother, nearly cause her to lose him and his children until she fears he may have died in a plane crash. Sarah realized she had something more important than borrowed dreams, she had Brand's love and her own dreams.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot was a bit different from the usual romance, Debbie Macomber lover to write her stories around broken and/or flawed characters. After all, nobody is perfect. This makes the story really believable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Usually I hate to give a bad review to any author, especially one I usually like but this book was a huge let down. The characters dodnt struggle with past grief, they were married within weeks of meeting and kept things from each other a each turn. The heroine was whining all the time and there wasn't anything grabbing about this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is strictly all about sex and not vwell vwritten at all
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An excellent storh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main character is hard to relate to, not realistic.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Debbie Macomber can't be beat. Always a great read
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This was a good book even though a bit predictable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thabk you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No prob
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a very hard time putting this book down until the end. It was filled with romance, intrigue, and eroticism. Everybody should meet someone who turns them on like the characters in this book. Loved it more than other read in the series. Looking forward to another get read. LA-TXN
mosesmom More than 1 year ago
I love Debbie's telling of the story. I wish she could write as quickly as I can read. Waiting for Love Letters coming in Aug.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like all Debbie Macomber books, this is a great read. She does such a great job of describing Alaska and all its beauty. As with each book you end it with a good feeling and always wanting to know more about the characters in her novels.
m123 More than 1 year ago
very good could not put down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sounds great!
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