Grace Kimball is a forty year old registered nurse who works hard in the recovery room at St. Erik’s hospital. She’s witty and easy-going, but takes her profession seriously.
Grace is also a survivor. There are several battles in her rear-view mirror: breast cancer, a mastectomy, and a nasty divorce. It’s a struggle, but she’s making ends meet as a single mom. She holds very little interest in allowing a new man in her life. In fact, she’s opposed to the idea.
One of Grace’s co-workers is a casual acquaintance named Molly Shontell. At 314 pounds, Molly’s hefty appearance makes her an easy target for bullies at work. When Molly overhears two doctors making painfully critical remarks about her appearance, she decides to get revenge. Her plan is put into action over the next several weeks. During this same time period, Grace steps beyond the confines of her survival lifestyle. She begins to meet regularly with a small group of colleagues for dinner and dancing. Among the group is Dakota Kohler, a nurse anesthetist with his own history of overcoming adversity – and his own health issue. Like millions of other middle-aged men, he deals with erectile dysfunction. Dakota is able to chip away at Grace’s resistance until he finally convinces her to launch a relationship outside the group setting. Armed with good humor and common sense, Grace and Dakota navigate through issues of work, children, two rambunctious dogs, and bodies that have – no pun toward Dakota – let them down. Despite the obvious hurdles, they begin to forge a beautiful relationship.
The couple is thrown into turmoil, however, when two events happen. First, Molly’s D-day revenge is exacted in a spectacular yet devastating fashion, landing Grace smack in the center of a wrongful death suit. If that weren’t enough, Grace’s son is injured, and it appears that Dakota is responsible.
Often funny and always warm, Sweet Dreams tells the story of grown-ups growing more. The medical and legal adventures in which Grace and Dakota find themselves offer readers a can’t-put-down good read.