To Dance with Dolphins
by Bonnie Leon
Twenty-two-year-old Claire Murray has suffered from a mysterious disease for years. Her social circle has shrunk to a small support group for people with chronic illness and disability. But what if life could be about more than doctors, pain, and medications?
Claire and three others—old-grouch Tom, hippy-holdout Willow, and moody Taylor—hatch plans for a cross-country trip to swim with the dolphins in Florida.Only a day into the trip, they unexpectedly need help. And who happens to be hitchhiking along the highway but a young, good-looking loner named Sean Sullivan? However, the last thing he wants is to be harnessed to a bunch of ailing travelers.
Though the journey proves difficult, following God’s plan might be even harder. Will they find the courage to follow their dreams and dare to live again?
“Chronic illness and invisible disabilities are rarely addressed, though prevalent in society. These illnesses can often steal one’s dreams, but Leon’s characters remind the reader that God’s plans make it possible to cope with daily battles and still live life to the fullest. The author’s personal experiences are evident in the accuracy of details.”
–RT Book Reviews, 4½ Stars, Top Pick
“Deeply felt and courageously expressed, Leon explores the difficult intersection of faith and pain in her adventurous first foray into contemporary fiction.”
—HILLARY MANTON LODGE, Author of the INSPY-Nominated A Table by the Window
“This unusual mix of people discover true courage and friendship as they travel cross-country together. Their growing relationships will tug a few tears, and leave you thinking twice about what steals contentment and keeps you from following your dreams. Poignant, funny, and inspiring, To Dance with Dolphins is a beautifully authentic tale of trial and triumph from a master storyteller. I loved this story and highly recommend it!”
—CAMILLE EIDE, Author of Like There’s No Tomorrow and Like a Love Song
“To Dance with Dolphins is a heart-warming story filled with adventure, faith, and friendships. Bonnie Leon’s powerful writing transports readers on a cross-country journey—both over the highways and into her characters’ hearts. Highly recommended!”
—ANN SHOREY, Author of the Sisters at Heart Series
“Bonnie Leon has crafted an engaging tale of bravery, adventure, and friendship. Readers will root for these unlikely travelers as they trek across the USA, finding strength to overcome their circumstances, and become the heroes of their own stories.”
–Cathy Elliott, Author of A Stitch in Crime