I just finished The Dream Trilogy by Nora Roberts. I was planning on writing a review for each after I finished, but that didn’t happen because I couldn’t stop myself from just picking up and starting the next book. I’ve realized that I have no self control when it comes to books. So instead, I’m going to review all three as individual books but in the same post because they’re about three different people but their stories intertwine.
Daring to Dream – Book One
Margo, Kate and Laura were brought up like sisters amidst the peerless grandeur of Templeton House. But it was Margo whose dreams first took her far away…
Margo Sullivan had everything a young woman could ask for. But while growing up along the rocky cliffs of Monterey, she couldn’t help but dream of bigger things. The daughter of the Templetons’ stern Irish housekeeper, Margo had been treated like a member of the family. Deep down, she knew that money could not buy the thing she craved most-her mother’s acceptance.
Maybe things would be different if she could be sweet like Laura, or had Kate’s shrewd head for business. But all Margo knew how to do was be Margo, and that meant doing things her own way-no matter what the consequences…
Margo Sullivan is a strong and outgoing girl. She doesn’t take anyone’s shit, even when she gets herself into a mess. She’s always looking for thrills, being reckless and doing whatever her heart desires. I think that’s what I liked so much about her. I would love to have some of her spontaneity. This books starts when Margo’s perfect life starts to fall apart. She left her safety of the Templeton House when she was eighteen. She always had a fire to make her goals happen. She’s confident in herself and her choices. She is comfortable with who she is. I absolutely loved Margo’s passion. Especially when she finds love.
So Margo’s life has fallen apart. She’s lost almost all of her sources of income. So she comes home to the Templeton House to attempt to get her life together. This is when she run’s into Josh again. Laura is Margo’s best friend and she’s also Josh’s sister. Taking place of the family lawyer when Margo ends up needing some help, the two start to figure out their love for the other. The two are quite the couple. It’s obvious that they we’re meant for each other. They have a few common characteristics including some that clash, but for the most part they compliment the other. I loved being able to experience their story.
Nora Roberts wrote this beautifully. I fell so easily into this story and couldn’t get out until I’d experienced every emotion on the scale. The Dream Trilogy was written in third person, which I enjoyed. I liked being able to see the whole story from more than one point of view. We got to see each relationship developing from a few different perspectives. This book was an excellent opener to The Dream Trilogy.
Holding the Dream – Book Two
Surrounded by the Sweeping cliffs and beauty of Big Sur, Kate Powell treasured her life at Templton House…and the family who raised her like one of their own. Although Kate lacked Margo’s beauty and Laura’s elegance, she knew she has something they would never possess-a shrewd head for business. Driven by ambition, Kate measured her life’s success with each soaring promotion. But now, faced with professional impropriety, Kate is forced to look deep within herself-only to find something missing in her life…and in her heart.
I liked Margo’s story better than Kate’s, and I believe there’s one reason for that. But I’ll start with what I liked first. So Kate is the one that does everything right; goes to college, gets a degree, returns to town and works her little butt off. She gets a job at an accounting firm that didn’t belong to the Templetons. Kate’s goal in this book is to be successful, to hopefully become a partner and make her adoptive parents proud. Kate receives news that she struggles with involving her past and maybe affecting her future.
Kate’s life is starting to collapse a bit when she becomes acquainted with Byron De Witt. I think what I loved most about this couple is how hard they tried to deny their affection and attraction toward one another. It was seriously funny to follow their thoughts. They were both so stubborn and as the book progressed Byron’s stubbornness was being used for another goal. He started pursuing Kate. I think the two had a very healthy relationship. Byron helped Kate get her health in order along with the rest of her life. They both just have such a positive impact on the other. They never let anything get bottled up, neither had a problem yelling as much as they felt necessary when there was a problem.
Now, what I didn’t like about this book and why I liked Margo’s story better. I previously mentioned that Byron helped Kate get healthy again. She was seriously neglecting her body and her all around well being. She wasn’t eating right and she was drinking so much coffee it pretty much burned a hole in her stomach. She just all around wasn’t taking care of herself. This really upset me because when it seemed like her life was falling apart around her keeping herself together and actually taking care of herself were her last focus. She was neglecting herself because she felt like she’d let the people in her life down. I hate that she didn’t choose to take care of herself, but I’m glad Byron came into her life.
Finding the Dream – Book Three
Laura Templeton found out the hard way that nothing in life is guaranteed. The daughter of a wealthy hotelier, she has always known comfort, privilege, and security. But by the age of thirty, her storybook marriage had been destroyed by her husband’s infidelity. Laura’s divorce left her both emotionally and financially devastated-but determined to rebuild her life without the Templeton fortune Laura has always define herself as a wife, a daughter, or a mother. Now she much finally discover Laura the woman…
Laura’s story was my favorite. We read about what’s going on with Laura through all the three stories. So when it’s Laura’s turn for love we’ve already learned about all of her troubles, she’s given herself time to heal. She’s also working on putting her life back together. Laura was my favorite for a few reasons. I think her struggles were the most difficult to handle and she never once asked for help or let her weakness show. Regardless of all the hurt she is put through, she holds her head high and does the right thing for herself and her two girls.
Insert brother’s troublesome childhood friend, Michael. He really makes an impact in Laura’s life. At first Laura is unsure how to handle Michael being around all the time. When she observes the positive affect he has on her girls she starts to let him in. When the relationship between Laura and Michael becomes more of a flirtation we start to see Laura discover herself in a new way. I really enjoyed seeing her grow into a more confident woman. Michael and Laura’s relationship is complicated for most of the book. They both struggle with events from their pasts. There are quite a few bumps for the couple to go through before finally accepting that they’re right for one another. I think I liked their relationship the best because it was the most unexpected match. I loved following the ups and downs of their story.
These three entangled stories were all wonderful, as expected from Nora Roberts. Each book is about one woman finding herself and the love of their life, along with strengthening the relationship between the three women. These girls are as close as sisters and even though Laura, Kate and Margo each have their own trials to deal with through out these pages they aren’t alone of any of it. I was a bit envious of the closeness between these three women. There isn’t anything one wouldn’t do for the others. They support one another with every decision they each make. Margo, Kate, and Laura end up creating something beautiful together. Each woman cares for this something in a very personal way and it was wonderful to follow the sisters in their endeavor. The three are all strong, beautiful, smart women that don’t let anything stop them.
There was one aspect of this trilogy that I wasn’t a huge fan of. I noticed this happening in each book and I wanted to shake each girl when I saw it coming from them. Kate, Margo, and Laura all seem to have a really bad habit of comparing themselves to the others. I think this is ridiculously unfair to them. Each of these women are their own independent person and while they have some similar qualities along with being so integrated in each others lives, it’s wrong. To compare the outgoing Margo who is the queen of not thinking things through to Kate who’s never done anything without planning it’ll all before even bringing the idea up. And to compare Laura’s family oriented nature to Kate’s determination to succeed with her career is just unfair. Each woman has such different goals and views of life and I hated reading about them comparing themselves to their sisters.
Overall, this might be one of my favorite trilogy’s written by Nora Roberts. It’s full of romantic love, family bonding, doing the right thing, and sticking to your goals. I would suggest this to anyone that likes romance, or Nora Roberts.
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.