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Meriel grows up in England a tomboy, helping her beloved grandfather with DIY projects. At school she discovers a talent and love for art, but her mother forces her to become an accountant. She’s good at that too, but her heart just isn’t in it. When she wins some money, her lifelong dream suddenly becomes possible, and she quits her job to buy a house in Australia where s Meriel grows up in England a tomboy, helping her beloved grandfather with DIY projects. At school she discovers a talent and love for art, but her mother forces her to become an accountant. She’s good at that too, but her heart just isn’t in it. When she wins some money, her lifelong dream suddenly becomes possible, and she quits her job to buy a house in Australia where she can combine her love of the outdoors with her work as an artist.In Australia, Ben has dreams, too, but they’ve been on hold in the years since his wife’s death. Very different characters, each with their own goals, circumstances force Meriel and Ben to share a house and the attraction between them becomes impossible to deny.There are many obstacles to overcome, but if Ben and Meriel work together they might just find a way to save and unite their dreams… A heart warming story of love, family and adventure perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy


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Meriel grows up in England a tomboy, helping her beloved grandfather with DIY projects. At school she discovers a talent and love for art, but her mother forces her to become an accountant. She’s good at that too, but her heart just isn’t in it. When she wins some money, her lifelong dream suddenly becomes possible, and she quits her job to buy a house in Australia where s Meriel grows up in England a tomboy, helping her beloved grandfather with DIY projects. At school she discovers a talent and love for art, but her mother forces her to become an accountant. She’s good at that too, but her heart just isn’t in it. When she wins some money, her lifelong dream suddenly becomes possible, and she quits her job to buy a house in Australia where she can combine her love of the outdoors with her work as an artist.In Australia, Ben has dreams, too, but they’ve been on hold in the years since his wife’s death. Very different characters, each with their own goals, circumstances force Meriel and Ben to share a house and the attraction between them becomes impossible to deny.There are many obstacles to overcome, but if Ben and Meriel work together they might just find a way to save and unite their dreams… A heart warming story of love, family and adventure perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy

30 review for Licence to Dream

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathy E

    A lovely light easy enjoyable read, you can live easily with the characters. It was such an easy read I read it in a day. A five stars from me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shrutee

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have not liked the start if the book. It was so slow and had a lot of unnecessary details but when the main characters met I really enjoy their love story and the suspense... l still was shocked when the main male character's brother had tried to kill their dog. Meriel Ingram made a great decision by studying acc but also arts and she was really good at it... she has not give up her dreams. She has really work hard to succeed. Ben Elless was very good at planting or making eco system decoration I have not liked the start if the book. It was so slow and had a lot of unnecessary details but when the main characters met I really enjoy their love story and the suspense... l still was shocked when the main male character's brother had tried to kill their dog. Meriel Ingram made a great decision by studying acc but also arts and she was really good at it... she has not give up her dreams. She has really work hard to succeed. Ben Elless was very good at planting or making eco system decoration with plants🪴. He have later married a woman named sandy which one day died in a car accident. Later he could not find another ones to love like he love sandy and he didn't like the ambulance because when the latter had happened he had saw his wife going in the ambulance and then never returning back alive. Later both characters met in the bank in a meeting according to his financial situation. Then with all the difficulties they both get married as she was pregnant for his child. Meriel didn't wanted to invite a lot of people only their close ones but Ben wanted a grand marriage to take his vow. Meriel think that a paper can't make and separate people when the love each other but she then married him grandly...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This is a 2++ or a 3-, but I couldn't quite, almost but not quite, bring myself to my 3 "liked a lot" rating. In many ways this is an odd little book. Very straight-forward, not many adjectives, simple sentence structures, "this is who I am" characters and not a lot of detail. Yet. But. It was endearing. I can't entirely figure out why. But I did enjoy it and looked forward to reading it and was satisfied with the story. It was wholesome, in a way, but more than anything there was a brightness to This is a 2++ or a 3-, but I couldn't quite, almost but not quite, bring myself to my 3 "liked a lot" rating. In many ways this is an odd little book. Very straight-forward, not many adjectives, simple sentence structures, "this is who I am" characters and not a lot of detail. Yet. But. It was endearing. I can't entirely figure out why. But I did enjoy it and looked forward to reading it and was satisfied with the story. It was wholesome, in a way, but more than anything there was a brightness to the plot - I think part of my attraction is that I loved how things worked out for the main character. She was a good egg. Good egg things consequently happened to her, and she deserved them. She had problems. She faced them, figured out how to work through them, was willing to grow and learn. She didn't devolve into puddles and neuroses or agonies and blame. She just picked up and moved on and made the best of things. I like that! A lot. I don't know that I could be close friends with her, but I totally like and respect her and would be happy to be in her acquaintance. The book was satisfying. That is the best I can explain it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Glenys

    Started yesterday, finished today... loved this book. Especially as I had been to the township of York (WA) many years ago, and it is on my travel list for another trip to WA. As a child Meriel had always wanted to be an artist, but her dream was quashed by an overbearing mother (who was very set in her ways) and wanted her to study accounting. Meriels grandfather was lovely and encouraged her to follow her dreams. Ben had dreams too, but they got put on pause when his young wife was killed in a Started yesterday, finished today... loved this book. Especially as I had been to the township of York (WA) many years ago, and it is on my travel list for another trip to WA. As a child Meriel had always wanted to be an artist, but her dream was quashed by an overbearing mother (who was very set in her ways) and wanted her to study accounting. Meriels grandfather was lovely and encouraged her to follow her dreams. Ben had dreams too, but they got put on pause when his young wife was killed in a traffic accident... after 4 years of grieving, Ben meets Meriel who was working for an accountant, they have a fiery start as they rebuffed each other, only when Meriel wins tattslotto and buys a property next door to one Ben has just inherited from his uncle do they meet again. With a few trials and tribulations along the way caused by Bens Business partner and Meriels reluctance to get into a relationship do they give love a chance.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Loved this book and look forward to reading more by this author. I would have given 5 stars but the ending seemed very rushed. Having had issues with developers and partner it suddenly finished, what happened to get the developers back off and who were they? Were they linked to the partner? Did they get found out or did Meriels plan (whatever that was) work? Loved the book till 10 minutes from the end!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lynda

    Nice little book, nothing exciting just a good easy read. Meriel escapes her over powering and selfish Mother and emigrates to Australia where she aquires a job as an accountant. One day she has an appointment with a client who she feels dangerously attracted to. Although she tries to fight her feelings for him, they later meet again under tragic curcumstances.

  7. 5 out of 5

    MRS S PUSEY

    Another good story from this author I enjoyed this story Merial new what she wanted to do with her life and achieved this with the help her wise granpop as she called him he told her she could achieve anything in life she put her mind to a and her lotto win ,her meeting Ben Ellis i think was a bonus great read i would recommend this author.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lynette Christine Aldcroft

    Gripping Yet another example of how love will conquer all, really hope that a sequel will follow, Anna Jacobs you're amazing. Gripping Yet another example of how love will conquer all, really hope that a sequel will follow, Anna Jacobs you're amazing.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Vicki Anne Page

    Enjoyed +++ Great story, great characters. I really enjoyed reading it. I ended reading it during the day which is very unusual for me

  10. 4 out of 5

    Deb McMillian

    Terrible Ending You decide to have Ingram come up with an idea to get rid of the developers, but you don't include it in the story?!!! How dumb is that! 😠 Terrible Ending You decide to have Ingram come up with an idea to get rid of the developers, but you don't include it in the story?!!! How dumb is that! 😠

  11. 5 out of 5

    Laurel Scott

    This is the second time I've read this lovely book, it is one of my keepers. This is the second time I've read this lovely book, it is one of my keepers.

  12. 5 out of 5

    JENNIFER BALDWIN

    Brilliant Liked all of it, easy read. Love her books lots of twists never know how it will end. Will order more

  13. 4 out of 5

    mois reads

    Ben and meriel Another fan book from this author moving from one country to another then A lottery win things turned around for Meriel 5 stars .

  14. 4 out of 5

    Janice Blakey

    Excellent Super writing as always from Anna Jacobs. Love her books set in WA. Visit family often in Busselton area. Please keep writing!!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tina Milledge

    Predictable, mushy love story with a happy ending. Nice easy read! :)

  16. 4 out of 5

    LaSibila

    Meriel es una joven londiense que ama pintar, pero es obligada por su madre a estudiar para contadora. Una vez que se recibe y empieza a trabajar, puede pagarse sus estudios para artista comercial, es decir, para diseñar portadas de libros y tarjetas. Un día se gana la lotería y con el premio se muda a Australia donde se compra una hermosa casa en el campo. Allí se reencuentra con Ben, un diseñador de jardines que tiene problemas con su socio, un jugador compulsivo que está drenando los recursos Meriel es una joven londiense que ama pintar, pero es obligada por su madre a estudiar para contadora. Una vez que se recibe y empieza a trabajar, puede pagarse sus estudios para artista comercial, es decir, para diseñar portadas de libros y tarjetas. Un día se gana la lotería y con el premio se muda a Australia donde se compra una hermosa casa en el campo. Allí se reencuentra con Ben, un diseñador de jardines que tiene problemas con su socio, un jugador compulsivo que está drenando los recursos de la empresa para sus deudas de juego. Aún cuando el romance comienza un poco forzado, con el caracter seductor pero descortés de Ben y con la independencia y testarudez de ella, finalmente se convierten en una pareja, con muchos problemas para trabaja en un proyecto en común, sea para considerar el matrimonio como para iniciar una nueva empresa.

  17. 5 out of 5

    DenXXX

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Read whilst babysitting. Meriel grows up loving painting but her mum thinks it is just an hobby and forces her into a career in accounting BUT when she wins the lottery she realises she can make her dream happen and emigrates to Australia and buys a house in the middle of nowhere. Meanwhile there is Ben who has built up a landscaping business with his wife but when she is tragically killed he believes he can never love again. He discovers he is neigbours with Mierel and they have a love-hate rel Read whilst babysitting. Meriel grows up loving painting but her mum thinks it is just an hobby and forces her into a career in accounting BUT when she wins the lottery she realises she can make her dream happen and emigrates to Australia and buys a house in the middle of nowhere. Meanwhile there is Ben who has built up a landscaping business with his wife but when she is tragically killed he believes he can never love again. He discovers he is neigbours with Mierel and they have a love-hate relationship until an 'accident' means he has to spend time in her house. Together they begin planning a country retreat but then they didn't reckon on his business partner trying to con them out of everything.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    The story of accountant-come-artist Meriel who moves from England to Australia to escape an over-bearing mother and a narrow life, and widowed landscape gardener Ben. The first half of the book is truly dreadful as it recounts their separate lives, bouncing between both. The writing in this part is hurried, obvious and jolting. The story gets better, or smoother at least, when they meet and the separate story lines merge. I enjoyed the relationship development in this book

  19. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    This book wasn't as good as the other four books I have read by Anna Jacobs. A stand alone novel it was very slow to start. It seemed to not have much of a story and I think I will stick to the other novels she has written where she tells a story over several books from different peoples perspectives. This book wasn't as good as the other four books I have read by Anna Jacobs. A stand alone novel it was very slow to start. It seemed to not have much of a story and I think I will stick to the other novels she has written where she tells a story over several books from different peoples perspectives.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Florence Primrose

    A romance novel set primarily in Australia. A quick read of a woman who desired to be an artist forced by her mother into accounting. After immigrating to Australia from England she strikes it rich and finds her dream house and man.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dpic

    lovely

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    I would actually give this a 3.5 rating.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Predictable easy read, but fun.

  24. 4 out of 5

    j whitbread

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ann Dale

  26. 5 out of 5

    paulinejusticloud.com

  27. 4 out of 5

    barbara Wallace

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mrs J Brake

  29. 4 out of 5

    malcolm elsbury

  30. 4 out of 5

    joan baines

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