“Dreams Fulfilled” by Leslie Stern is Released
As world headlines blare war, entrenched partisanship, and negativity in almost every sector, author Leslie E. Stern uses her new novel "Dreams Fulfilled", published by TotalRecall Publications, to shine a bright light on what humanity could be.
The Dreams Quartet is an epic novel that takes place in the 1980's and portrays two men who help pioneer the modern sailing industry using philosophies that help them avoid potential actions that could destroy their industry - unlike the greed and ruthless corporate behavior cataloged in daily news stories.
Leslie E. Stern combines her MA in English Literature, doctoral work in philosophy, and experience as a sailor, racer, and daughter of a legendary luxury sailboat designer to immerse readers in the intriguing world of wind and water and explore the idea that novels don't need antagonists to enthrall.
Graham Bennington, the patriarch of the American family in this new fiction saga, designs the highest quality sailboats ever seen. In "Dreams Fulfilled" the reader not only becomes entranced with the depth of the characters but learns how to sail and why boats sail, they learn how sailboats are built, and get a the behind-the-scenes look at the sailboat building industry.
Edward Oxford is the patriarch of the English family in the saga. Coming from wealth in the real estate industry, Edward dreams of a marine parts empire and creates the first aluminum masts and booms which make an extreme change in the sailboat industry. He continues to expand, building Oxford Marine, Ltd. as the largest parts conglomerate in the world.
Graham and Edward become friends during their first boat show and that friendship endures throughout their lives. But it is their children who take all their dreams of achievement and transcend them.
Graham has a daughter, Katia, whom he his forced to raise by himself due to the death of his beautiful wife. Katia has the depth of mind, emotional spirit, and forward thinking that makes Bennington Yacht Corporation more successful than even Graham had dreamed. While all the other sailboat manufacturers are closing, Katia's imagination overcomes all the obstacles that have plagued the industry.
Edward has three sons. His eldest, Thomas, is a professor of English literature and begins the saga as a stodgy Brit with a dull-as-dishwater wife. Kevin, the middle son, becomes an international sailboat racer and is the cheeky adventurer. It is Bryan, Edward's youngest son, who is his pride and joy from the beginning. It is Bryan who takes Oxford Marine, Ltd. to new levels.