Finding the Dream (Dream Trilogy #3)

Finding the Dream

Summary:

In the final novel of Nora Roberts’s Dream Trilogy, Laura struggles to mend a broken heart and broken family—until someone from her past makes all of her dreams come true … 

Laura Templeton found out the hard way that nothing in life is guaranteed. The daughter of a wealthy hotelier, she had 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 had always defined herself as a wife, a daughter, or a mother. Now, she must finally discover Laura the woman ...(Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

At first, I thought this was the weakest book in the series, but the finale of the book pulls it through into being just as good.  Laura can come across almost like a pushover simply because she lets her strength shine through in a subtler way.  With the fallout of all the chaos of her marriage she’s forced to face some unfortunate decisions and Mick doesn’t see that right away.

Mick drove me nuts before he was able to see a little more clearly and, in fact, I really dislike some of his internal dialogue around Laura.  That being said, he’s forgiven as he gets quite a few shoves in the right direction from everyone around him.  The Templeton family up in the house has their eye on Laura and Mick, for better or for worse, and in that way this book reminded me of the “In the Garden” series by Roberts as well.  I think Roberts wraps up the series in a somewhat predictable, but very satisfying way that left me content with the way things turned out.

Warning: contains repeated sexual content.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Fans of the previous two books, if you don’t start with those the ending of this book isn’t going to fit very well!

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Heart of the Sea (The Gallaghers #3)

Heart of the Sea

Summary:

The breathtaking conclusion to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with “Jewels of the Sun” and “Tears of the Moon”...

Darcy Gallagher has always believed in the pull of fate, the magic of legend... and the importance of money. She longs to find a rich man who will sweep her away - into a world filled with glamour and adventure, and the exotic life that is her destiny...

A wealthy businessman with Irish blood, Trevor Magee has come to Ardmore to build a theater - and uncover the secrets hidden in his family's past. He thought he had given up on love long ago, but Darcy Gallagher tempts him like no woman ever has. She's gorgeous, intelligent, and she knows what she wants - and he's more than willing to give it to her. But as their mutual attraction flares into passion, they look into their hearts - and find out what happens when you truly believe...  (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

Darcy is the woman who adds a dramatic flair to the Gallaghers and isn’t afraid the flaunt what she has.  There’s something you have to respect about a woman who knows her own mind and heart and unapologetically goes for it.  I think that everyone could handle a little more Darcy in their life.

Trevor on the other hand is so eager to push everyone away that sometimes it seems that he misses what’s right in front of him.  I like that he has to start to open himself up while also balancing a business around the world.  Both of them need to learn what might be hidden in their hearts while also pursuing their dreams.

Warning: contains repeated sexual content.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Romance fans who enjoy a flair of fantasy, but it’ll be a bit confusing if you don’t read the others in the series first.

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Holding the Dream (Dream Trilogy #2)

Holding the Dream

Summary:

On the fast track to a partnership with her accountancy firm, Kate is stunned when she is fired for suspected embezzlement.  Forced to cope with the sudden reversal of fortune, Kate returns to Pretenses, the exquisite boutique run by her friend Margo and sister Laura.  But when persistent, persuasive Byron de Witt enters her life, the flames of passion he ignites begin to burn as brightly as her all-consuming career ambitions... (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

Kate is someone I could easily relate to as I know I’ve been known to organize too much and be a bit too focused on “what are the next steps” for the master plan.  In this book, Roberts explores what happens when you’re forced to slow down and assess what’s really important in life.  I think that Kate is someone that no one wants to become, but can easily slide into with the crazy pace of modern life.  It’s important to make time for yourself.

I do love Byron’s heavy handed good intentions and even more when Kate calls him on it.  He accepts that life can be messy and that sometimes it’s for the better because of it.  The setup with the house it even all the more perfect.

Warning: contains repeated sexual content.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Romance fans looking for something with a strong female friendship.  The context will make more sense if you’ve started with the first in the series,.

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Tears of the Moon (Gallaghers of Ardmore #2)

Tears of the Moon

Summary:

A talented songwriter, Shawn Gallagher spends his days lost in reverie and wonder, oblivious to the wiles of women and the ways of the world. He claims that he's content with his life, but his music tells a different story—one of loneliness and desperate longing…

No one understands why Shawn doesn't put his musical gift to profitable use—least of all Brenna O'Toole, a fiercely independent tomboy who has been secretly in love with him for years. But it is only when Shawn gives in to the mysteries of magic that he gets the chance to fulfill his destiny as a man and a musician—as the song in his head keeps time with the beating of a woman's heart… (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This was certainly my favorite book in the series set in Ardmore.  Brenna is a complete sparkplug who constantly cracked me up throughout the development of their relationship.  I loved how both Brenna and Shawn thought they were doing the manipulating while the other was convinced of the opposite.  The rest of the family just sat back and watched it happen in slow motion.

One of the best scenes in the book is when Shawn and Mr. O’Toole decide to come to an understanding.  I was truely laughing out loud.  Actually, all of the relationships with the O’Toole family are well done in a way that is realistic with its grudges and pain – even if they are manage to work through them quickly.  This was definitely one that I’d highly recommend.

Warning: contains repeated sexual content.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Fans of romance, a touch of fantasy and strong heroines.

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