About the Book

Caught between the 1980s’ HIV/AIDS global pandemic and the devastating January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, three women strive to realize their dreams.Book cover, When Dreams Touch

Pregnant and uneducated, 16-year-old Adelaide trades her dream of escaping the grinding poverty of her rural village for hopes of a better life for her unborn child. Kate, a young American physician, often finds her roles as mother and wife to be in conflict with her childhood dream to practice medicine in a third-world country. Giselle, a university-educated artist, lives in Port-au-Prince. While she sympathizes with the plight of her fellow Haitians, she envisions her and her family’s future as a comfortable life in the United States.

When the violent 1991 coup d’état erupts in Haiti, these three women’s lives intersect and are forever changed. Despite different cultures and life circumstances, the women share a vision of a better future for their children and the troubled country of Haiti.

Sister Carmelle

Healthcare workers in the rural community of Fondwa, practice drawing blood as part of training for the community’s HIV/AIDS program funded by the College of American Pathologists Foundation and Partners in Progress.
When Dreams Touch is dedicated to Sister Marie Carmelle Voltaire (center of photo (1962-2012)).

Their personal stories of adversity, tragedy and triumph are embedded in the complex social, political and cultural climate that evolves when international assistance programs influence individuals and communities in the developing world.

Often in startling contrast, the women portrayed in When Dreams Touch are united through mutual understanding and respect. With courage and perseverance, they confront the broader injustices of the world they live in and create a legacy of enduring hope.

If your Book Group is interested in having Rosemary attend in person or by Skype,  please email Rosemary at rhedreamstouch@gmail.com.

 

 

 All proceeds from sales of When Dreams Touch go to health and education programs in Haiti. Please visit my Blog Page for more information on programs in Haiti.

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