A Dream Come True is a brand new young adult fiction title from prolific author Patrick Coghlan. A new interpretation of the timeless Bible story ‘The Coat of Many Colours’ – often commonly referred to as ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ after the play of the same name – A Dream Come True follows Josephine Adams, a teenage girl who is fast approaching her seventeenth birthday. The first child of a second marriage who, along with her brother, had grown up in a favoured position with everything that money could buy, including her horse, Prince.
Her half brothers and sisters, on the other hand, were treated appallingly. As a result they despised Josephine and were jealous, not only of her possessions, but also of the love that she received from their father and step mother.
The hatred came to a head following the grand celebrations laid on for Josephine’s seventeenth birthday, and her belief that she had been chosen by God to perform some special task. The gift of a gleaming red four-by-four and matching horse trailer became symbols of the favoured position she held in her father’s eyes. Such was the level of hatred that built up that eventually Josephine fled, fearing for her life.
It was during the difficult time that followed, that Josephine experienced a closeness to God and a relevance of her childhood Christian faith that she could never have imagined possible. As a result, she lived out her faith by demonstrating honesty and conscientiousness in her new work and home situations – and beyond.
Whilst in prison, after being unjustly accused, Josephine recognised God’s calling to her. After becoming aware of the amount of power that the media had over society – for good or harm, she confronted the editor of a publication concerning the irresponsible way in which he was publishing material that was unhelpful to people. As a result, together they were able to harness some of the media’s power for good, and use it to help build up society. After her release from prison, Josephine organised a huge community initiative through the magazine, and before long people’s lives were being touched in an amazing ways through Christ-like love in action – a love which seems to be contagious. As for the family – Could such a family ever be reconciled?