The American Dream: Love, Lust, and Lies

Born into a poor immigrant family, Charles works diligently to rise out of poverty. Because of this determination, he graduates from a university. While he is attending there, he meets the love of his life, Joann, who is from the opposite end of the social and economic spectrum.

After graduation, Charles and Joann are married. They purchase Joann’s dreamhouse, an idyllic home in the neighborhood where she grew up. The happy couple has two wonderful children, Elizabeth and Edward. Joann becomes a professor at her alma mater while Charles is a traveling salesman achieving his childhood goal of living an affluent lifestyle. Their lives cannot get any better than this! But can things get worse?

After the children grow up and move away, Joann commits an “indiscretion” which causes the couple’s model marriage to crumble. Charles is diagnosed with a potentially fatal disease. Will Joann be able to make the necessary amends for Charles to be willing to restore their marriage? Will Charles beat the doctor’s diagnosis and go back to living the American Dream?

The American Dream: Love, Lust, and Lies is a vivid, thought-provoking story that challenges the notion that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence! But even if it is, what will it require to keep it that way?

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About the Author

Lloyd Miller

Born during the “Baby Boomer” generation in an industrial city on the East side of the Mississippi River N.E. of St. Louis, Missouri .
Graduated from H.S. with a major in vocational Machine Shop. Later earned an Associate of Science Degree and joined a national honor fraternity.
Worked as a Steelworker for several years. Presently self employed as a salesperson for two family owned companies providing gearbox repairs and machine work for heavy industry.
Owner of a commercial woodshop making “one-of-a-kind pieces” and refurbishing antique furniture for customers.
Participated as a student driver in the The Richard Petty Driving Experiences on Indy Brickyard, Daytona, and Talladega Tracks.
Enjoy parasailing, flying in gyroplanes and gliders.
Going through school did not like English classes and the English teachers did not like me.

Reviews

The American Dream Love, Lies and Lust Reviews

What a great book full of excellent life lessons! Once I started reading this book, I literally could not put it down. Mr. Miller has an awesome style of writing that compels the reader to contemplate their own life. If everyone took to heart the author’s message in this book, the world would be a much better place to live. Can’t wait for his next book!! – Reviewed by Rick via Amazon

In his debut book, Lloyd Miller achieves a surprising success. With the subtlety of a seasoned storyteller, Miller effortlessly unfolds a complex plot, driven by multiple three-dimensional, sympathetic characters whose lives entangle in a terrible but beautiful mosaic. What the reader experiences is not the good-guy-versus-bad-guy drama typical of most first-time authors. Instead, Miller delivers an original and unpredictable story of love, deception, tragedy, revenge and redemption. The reader will surely want to keep a highlighter nearby to underscore the many moments of surprise and insight crafted by Mr. Miller. – Reviewed by Charles Paul Conn, PhD via Amazon

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Enjoyed the book very much. Easy reading. Life's lessons along the way were exceptional. Too nosey not to put it down... – Reviewed by Amazon Customer via Amazon

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This book is so good, I love how the stories all tangle together. So relatable and a book everyone will love.
It’s a perfect read for the beach or with a blanket. A + - Reviewed by Amy Penrose via Amazon

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This portrays how Charles started his life, lived his life, and how his life finally ended. Charles and Joann came from polar opposite upbringings. Met and married. They raised two children together, in a way they thought best. Charles made sure everyone was okay. Charles even made sure after he was gone his story continued to be told. Charles found a true friend when he needed one the most. His friend wasn't there for selfish reasons, which meant even more. He was an amazing person, he continued helping people after he was gone.

You never realize what one good deed will do for someone else's life. No one really knows how their story ends until you're gone, sometimes your story continues to be told when you are gone. It's your choice how you play your poker hand called life. Some play and loose, some play and win. See who wins and who loses in this story. Great book! Enjoy! – Reviewed by Amanda

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A wonderful read for those that like to look for the story behind the story. Charles tells us how he made his dreams come true and you can too. Do you know how to do this? You and only you hold the key. Do you know what it is?

Do you believe dreams can still come true even in the middle of chaos? Well, they can. This is not a book about angels? This book will make you believe they do exist l know l do. All you have to do is really look around you and you will find them. .- Reviewed by Anonymous

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Charlie's life was picture perfect until it shattered into a thousand pieces. From the outside things looked wonderful, but inside the cracks increased until the dream became a nightmare. Infidelity, wayward children, and cancer cause this family to fall apart.

Alone with only his business left Charlie reminisces about his life. Can he make things right before he dies?

This tale is familiar to many and serves as a warning to others. Read with both eyes open and take the lessons learned to heart. .- Reviewed by Anonymous

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Joanne and Charlie were childhood sweethearts. Together they raise a family and built a successful business. Long hours at the job pulled them apart and then Joanne found love in another's arms. Divorce and family separation followed. Diagnosed with cancer, Charlie dreams of getting even with the man who ruined his life. What length will he go to is the basis of this American dream turned nightmare. Dream your dreams but read this as a cautionary tale of what can happen to the best of families. .- Reviewed by Anonymous

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Charles's life was picture perfect till it shattered into a million pieces. From the outside things looked wonderful, but inside the cracks increased. Infidelity, wayward children, and cancer cause this family to fall apart.

Alone with only his business, Charlie reminisces about his life. Can he make things right before he dies?

This tale is familiar to many and serves as a warning to others. A must-read for those who feel their lives spinning out of control. Read with both eyes open and take the lessons learned to heart. .- Reviewed by Anonymous

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This book had lots of little stories that kind of reminding me of a play of sorts. It kept my interest in the way it was written to tell a story of a man who endured heartache and the true physical pain of fighting an illness. He always put his children first and I think the connection he had with his family before it was torn apart shows what kind of man he was and became. I really liked this book and hope to read another by this same author. Others will like this book as well when given the chance to read it.- Reviewed by Anonymous

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A wonderful read for those that like to look for the story behind the story. Charles tells us how he made his dreams come true and you can too. Do you know how to do this? You and only you hold the key. Do you know what it is?

Do you believe dreams can still come true even in the middle of chaos? Well, they can. This is not a book about angels? This book will make you believe they do exist l know l do. All you have to do is really look around you and you will find them. – Reviewed by Carol

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Charlie's life was picture perfect until it shattered into a thousand pieces. From the outside things looked wonderful, but inside the cracks increased until the dream became a nightmare. Infidelity, wayward children, and cancer cause this family to fall apart.

Alone with only his business left Charlie reminisces about his life. Can he make things right before he dies?

This tale is familiar to many and serves as a warning to others. Read with both eyes open and take the lessons learned to heart. - Reviewed by JJ

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Joanne and Charlie were childhood sweethearts. Together they raise a family and built a successful business. Long hours at the job pulled them apart and then Joanne found love in another's arms. Divorce and family separation followed. Diagnosed with cancer, Charlie dreams of getting even with the man who ruined his life. What length will he go to is the basis of this American dream turned nightmare. Dream your dreams but read this as a cautionary tale of what can happen to the best of families. - Reviewed by PS

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The American Dream Love Lust and Lies had lots of little stories in the book kind of reminding me of a play of sorts. It kept my interest in the way it was written to tell a story of a man who endured heartache and the true physical pain of fighting an illness. He always put his children first and I think the connection he had with his family before it was torn apart shows what kind of man he was before it was torn apart shows what kind of man that he was and became. I really liked this book and hope to read another by this same author. Others will like this book as well when given the chance to read it. - Reviewed by Tiffany

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So many lessons life tries to teach you. Parents hope to guide you correctly while still around. Have you paid attention? What have you missed? Are you going to use those lessons? A great fiction writer that opens your eyes to the small details and the hidden gems that life tries to teach you and help you to succeed. Love Live Learn be careful of the lies.  Reviewed by Ann

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The American Dream tells of the life of Charles and Joann and how they touched the lives of those around them. It is easy to insert ourselves into the story and relate to the characters making the story our own. This is a story we can each relate to.

I really admire the love that Charles had for his wife Joann despite the tragedy that placed a distance between them. We could all benefit from love so strong. Reviewed by Michelle

 

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