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Moments Between Dreams

Moments Between Dreams

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Judith F Brenner

Judith F. Brenner owns Creative Lakes Media, LLC, a freelance writing and editing services company. She is the author of the novel, The Moments Between Dreams, five non-fiction educational books, and a short story contributor to Minnesota Stories anthology. Brenner is the managing editor and publisher of Sharpeners Report, a national publication with paid circulation in a professional service and repair industry. She instructs writing craft with guest appearances on podcasts, and at writing conferences. Her personal essays have been published in Writers in the Know (WINK) literary magazine, (available at, and Minnesota Parent magazine. She completed the Iowa University Mini-MFA Workshop in 2019. Judith is a member of the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and the Professional Editor’s Network. She resides in Minnesota with her husband and has two daughters.


ABOUT THE BOOK: Moments Between Dreams

A story of hope, courage, and perseverance

Carol misses red flags about Joe’s need for control before she marries him, dashing her dreams for herself and her family. Trouble escalates after their daughter Ellie is paralyzed by the polio virus and Joe returns from WWII. Carol realizes how brutal waking life can be, and she conceals bruises and protects her children the best she can.

The Moments Between Dreams is a captivating story of a 1940s housewife who conforms to the rulebook of society until Joe pushes her too far. His constant intimidation shrinks Carol’s confidence while she tries to boost Ellie’s. Church-going neighbors in Carol’s tight-knit Polish community are complacent, but Sam, a handsome reporter, stirs up Carol’s zest for life. Despite impossible circumstances, Carol plans a secret escape. Along a risky path, she empowers her daughter to know no limits and teaches her son to stop the cycle of violence and gender discrimination.

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