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On the Right Side of a Dream Book Review

Phyllis Rhodes

"My mother said that I was a slow learner. It took me nearly forty years to figure out that she was right," so says Juanita Lewis, who continues her adventures of self-discovery and serious soul-searching in Sheila Williams's latest release, On the Right Side of a Dream. It picks up where Dancing on the Edge of the Roof left off, with our "shero", the middle-aged Juanita who ran away from home to preserve her sanity, pursuing another dream - a view of the Pacific Ocean. She is trucking across the Rockies with Peaches and pondering her next move and along the way she prospers spiritually and financially via the use of her culinary skills. Just as she thinks she has a life plan, fate intervenes and she must return to Paper Moon, Montana to bury an old friend (Millie). Surprisingly, she inherits an aging, haunted bed and breakfast inn and struggles to keep her promise to Millie while her world seems to crumble around her. Stress comes in all forms, but Juanita's constant source is that of her children. Her daughter is insisting she return to Columbus, Ohio to baby-sit for an indefinite length of time and her son has been arrested for dealing drugs. What's a mother to do? She follows her heart with interesting results.

Although I think the start was a little slow, I found the novel filled with mother-wit and eccentric yet lovable characters (which are seemingly becoming Ms. Williams's trademarks). This novel does not disappoint-I enjoyed following Juanita on her daily adventures. The pacts she makes to herself and the lessons she learns along the way are jewels that should be treasured.