This series was terrible. This book in particular was not only demeaning to the main female character, but upsetting to read as a woman. Maybe I'm being a little over sensitive, but seriously every time the main characters were arguing or even embracing, he kept pointing out that she was not what he really wanted, or that basically she was not his ideal. She gets upset, then quickly forgives when he makes some cheesy comment, or even laughs it off. He continually points out that she was too skinny, had no body, etc. The guy could have been written so much better. I can't get into the entire reason I didn't like the book, but I have to say that I've read nearly all of Nora Robert's books and this one was one of the worst. 1 star.
Series: Dream Trilogy Series, #2
From the Publisher
Margo, Kate, and Laura were brought up like sisters amidst the peerless grandeur of Templeton House. Kate's dreams were fueled by a horrible secret . . .
Her childhood had been a lie. Her father had been a thief. Her mind struggled to absorb these facts, to analyze, to accept. Kate Powell had been orphaned at an early age, when she had, essentially, watched her parents die. Her family had been taken away, but she had been given another. The distant kinship didn't matter to Thomas and Susan Templeton. They had taken her in, raised her as their own, given her a home and love. And now, twenty years later, she has learned the truth from a colleague of her father. A man who did not realize that the Templetons had gone to great lengths to protect the child from knowledge that would hurt and shame her.
I can't say enough how much I loved this series. Kate's character made for a really fun, interesting story--Kate and romance aren't two words she'd ever put together! I also really liked seeing Margo again from the first book; I always enjoy checking in with characters I loved in other stories.
The second book in a trilogy.
Surrounded by the sweeping cliffs, and beaurty of Big Sun, Kate treasured her life at Templeton 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 had 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.
The second book of Nora Roberts successul Dream trilogy.
Surrounded by the sweeping cliffs and beauty of Big Sur, Kate Powell treasured her life at Templeton 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 had 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.
The second book of Roberts Dream trilogy. Kate Powell was orphaned at the age of eight, She was raised by the Templetons, and has vowed never to disappoint them. She's sharp, smart, a gamine woman with a head for figures. Kate has an active role in the running of Pretenses, the unique little shop she and her sisters of the heart have established. And enjoy the steps and stages of her romance with the handsome hotelier, Bryon DeWitt.
Second book of the Templeton sisters trilogy. This one is about Kate, who has a shrewd head for business. She is forced to look deep within herself and discovers something is missing in her life and in her heart. Very good read.
Love Nora Roberts & all she rights. It's been awhile since I've read this - it's the 2nd book in a trilogy & I'm not even sure I've read all three - I most likely have - just can't remember them off hand.
Janet reviewed Holding the Dream (Dream Trilogy, Bk 2) on
Nora Roberts delivers chapter two in her outstanding new romance trilogy which follows the lives of three old and dear friends. Ever since the death of her parents, Templeton cousin Kate Powell has felt the need to prove to her aunt and uncle that she is worthy of their love. Until recently, of the three friends, Kate seemed to have her act the most together. Laura Templeton's divorce was bitter and Margo's scandal of last year is just being forgotten. Margo is now blissfully happy married to Laura's brother Josh and expecting their first child. Kate's world tilts on its axis when a former friend of her father reveals that Kate's father had been accused of embezzlement at the time of his death. Kate is horrified to discover that the Templetons paid her father's debts. Not knowing how to discuss her findings, Kate internalizes her pain. She gets a second blow when instead of receiving a partnership at her CPA firm, she is accused of embezzlement. The normally feisty Kate withdraws and refuses to fight the charges. Hotel expert Byron De Witt is a most valued and trusted member of the Templeton Hotel Empire. Kate is nothing like the women Byron usually finds attractive, but something about her gets to him. He also realizes that Kate's problems are making her physically ill. The usually strong Kate will need the love and support of all her friends and family to repair her life. Nora Roberts is a shining example of pure talent and one of the most consistently wonderful authors in the business.
Nora Roberts continues what she started in "Daring to Dream" in this wonderful second book of the trilogy.
Kate Powell, cousin to the Templeton children who was raised as one of their own after the death of her own parents when she was a child, has spent her whole life trying to be the best at everything she does so that she can "pay them back" for their generosity. Close to her goal of becoming partner in an accounting firm, her world is rocked by not one but two revelations -- the first, that her father had a cloud of scandal hanging over him at the time of his death, and the second, that she suddenly finds herself facing a similar scandal. In addition stress and worry make her ill, and she is forced to re-evaluate her life and her goals.
Kate is a wonderful heroine. She's strong, independent, smart, and far easier to relate to than the glamorous Margo of the first book. Her independent streak and desire to stand on her own take some getting used to for Byron De Witt, a southern gentleman through and through who is surprised to find himself falling in love with a woman so completely not his "type".
As wonderful as it is to watch Kate's relationship with Byron develop, the best part of this book (like the first) is the relationship between Kate, Margo, and Laura -- three women who grew up as sisters and whose bond is stronger than blood.