Award-Winning author of Living With A Legend and Addictive, Leslie E. Stern invites us into her heart with Dreams Fulfilled, the first in the Dreams Quartet. Already touted to be a NY Times Bestseller, Dreams Fulfilled is a joyous journey into a utopian world the reader will never want to leave.
Dreams Fulfilled is an epic novel about the lives of two men. Graham Bennington begins his life in Philadelphia and dreams of creating the perfect sailboat. He takes his concepts to the busy Port of Los Angeles to full fill his dream. When his wife dies, he becomes a single parent to his daughter, Katia.
Edward Oxford lives in Southampton, England and his dream is to create the highest quality and most prosperous marine hardware conglomerate. He has three sons who, despite the divorce of their parents, remain more important to Edward than even his business. His oldest son, Thomas, is a boring and staid English professor. His middle son, Kevin, is an international sailboat racer who will never settle down. His youngest son, Bryan, is Edward's true pride. Bryan attains his PhD from Cambridge and takes Oxford Rigging to new heights, surpassing Edwards dreams.
Katia and Bryan met briefly in junior high school and then briefly just before entering college; she to U.C.L.A., he to Cambridge. The both prosper and grow, working with their fathers, but always dream of the other; ships passing in the night, never in one port long enough to form a relationship.
"Dreams Fulfilled" is an emotional roller-coaster. From the heart-wrenching beauty of the sea, to the torment the sea can impart, to finding and losing love, to solving the issues that threaten the marine industry and overcoming those issues. The reader will learn how to sail, why to sail, and how to build sailboats, as well as the marketing behind the marine industry. All the while touching the heart of every reader - male and female.
"In Dreams Fulfilled, author Leslie E. Stern takes the reader on an idealistic journey while lovingly describing her characters in such detail, they all become close friends of the reader."
--John M. Wills, author/reviewer/public speaker
"Dreams Fulfilled is the utopia we all strive to achieve in our lives."
--Anna Gill, author and freelance writer
I sent you these three months ago! "I have to confess, when I started reading, I feared it was of a genre that I seldom read, and do not find very interesting. But I read it all in a very short time, given the limited times I have with my busy personal schedule. And after I finished it, I have only one word to say which says it all: WOW!!"
-- Cedric Stratton, PhD, Mensa proctor
"This book was very well written. From the time I started this book, I wanted to read further. Just one more chapter then I will call it a night. That did not happen! I can't wait for this author to write another book!"
-- Virginia Hickey, Atlanta
"I was very impressed with Leslie's writing style, and I am an extremely picky reader. There are only a few fiction authors that I enjoy reading. Leslie's book kept me riveted till the very end. I lost a lot of sleep because of her."
--Susan Brenner, Indianapolis