Finding the Dream: The Dream Trilogy #3
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2005
Finding the Dream is the third and final book in what has become known as the Dream Trilogy. This series follows the lives of three childhood friends, each very different from the others - different ideals and different backgrounds. The common tie is that they were all raised in the same mansion near Monterey, California.

Finding the Dream focuses on Laura Templeton, daughter of a wealthy hotel magnate. Laura has grown up in a life of luxury, having any and all amenities available to her. Her dreams have always been simple - she wants a happy marriage and happy, healthy children. When she turns 18, she thinks her dreams are soon to be fulfilled when Peter, an assistant manager at one of her father's hotels, proposes. The bliss is short-lived when Peter's true colors emerge - all he wants is a boost in his career. He doesn't really want a wife and children and feels they're only something that must be endured to reach his ultimate goal of taking over the Templeton empire.

Laura struggles to make things work until she finds out that Peter is lying, cheating on her and stealing from her father's company.

Finding herself divorced and having the sole responsibility of raising her two children, life is far from the dreams Laura once envisioned. She refuses to be taken care of by her parents and insists on supporting herself and trying to survive the struggles of a single parent.

Enter Michel Fury, a friend of Josh, Laura's brother and husband to Margo, Laura's friend. Michael rents a home with stables on the Templeton estate and meets Laura. Ahh ... romance ensues, but if you think it will be a typical romantic story line, you're mistaken. Nora Roberts throws several other aspects into the mix. She shows Michael's struggles to win over and have a loving relationship with Laura's daughters. She shows Peter trying to wheedle his way back into Laura's life through the girls, but only for the purpose of blackmail. Roberts continues with the side mystery of the golden "magical" coins we've seen in the first two books in this trilogy. The story of the coins states that true love and happiness will be in the finder's future and lore has them lost on the cliffs near Templeton House. The story behind these coins is wonderful itself!

I have to say that one of my favorite parts of this book is when Michael decks Peter. Nora Roberts shows her sense of humor in letting Peter get what's truly coming to him.

This trilogy was the first Nora Roberts books I read and they made me a die-hard fan. One reviewer summed everything up by saying, "Nora Roberts's writing is the dream!" I can't argue with that!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 1997
As always, Nora crafts some of the best dialogue between her characters. It's always witty and refreshing. However, this was not quite the conclusion I was expecting.

I really thought Laura would break out of her mold a bit more, especially in her conversations with her ex-husband. She almost seemed (dare I say it?) wimpy in her dealings with him, particularly the scene at the dance with Candy. And why did Candy never get her "just desserts?" She was such a venomous character, I thought for sure she'd be taken down a peg or two more from her last "locker stuffing."

Overall, a predictable conclusion, based on hints given in the other two stories. A bit of closure for the whole trilogy would have been great. I know Nora's not big on epilogues, but I would have appreciated one this time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2008
I can't seem to find the right words to express my love for the "Dream" trilogy, so I'll just say if you don't read it you're doing yourself a great injustice. I never thought I would find another series like Nora's "Born In" trilogy, but I did, and I have to say that I enjoyed this one more. I'm once again so very sad that I will never be able to read these books again for the very first time. Keep dreaming!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2013
Turns out I bought this for nothing. I apparently already read it, lol. Sometimes series are confusing which comes first etc. Try the yada yada book series, by Neta Jackson, awesome. Best I EVER read, next to the bible. This was a GREAT series
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2010
I enjoyed this entry in the "Dream" trilogy - not as much as the first one, but almost. The pacing was a little slow in some places, but the characterization was great, the tension was good, and the plot was believable. The ending was a little abrupt - an epilogue might've brought it up to a 5-star review, but overall it was just a 4 for me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2004
Many of Nora Robert's books are wonderful but a few stand out from others. This is one such book. Michael was such a cool character, every thing he did was cool. His relationship with Laura's children was priceless. Laura was lovely as well. This story was MUCH better than the other two in this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is one of my very favorite Nora Roberts books. Ms Roberts treats the reader to what is (in my opinion) the perfect romance. Michael Fury is the kind of man women fantasize about - all male, slightly bad, and sinfully attractive. It is an excellent read.
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on August 4, 2013
Nora Roberts has a way of making a series feel like one continuous story with each book telling that story from a different perspective, so the reappearance of previous characters feels natural, not forced. It was nice to see Margo and Kate going on with their lives while Laura was getting hers together. Laura is the peacemaker of the group, and she is at times maybe too kind and forgiving. But I've seen friends of mine act very much like Laura after a divorce, trying to keep the kids out of the drama and not cast the ex as the bad guy (although Laura would have been justified in this case). I was glad to see her finally get her HEA with a good guy. My only complaints were that the story ended rather abruptly, and I really wanted to see Peter and Candy get some kind of comeuppance. I like to see my fictional villains punished! But Finding the Dream was still my favorite of the enjoyable series.

One other note, I read this series after the Bride Quartet, and there are a lot of echoes here. There were times I got Mick and Mal confused, and in the first book Josh and Del are very similar, but if you can get past that, you'll enjoy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2003
This (and the other two books in this series) are fun and enjoyable, pretty good for summer reading. They were enjoyable; nice escape from reality for a few hours.
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on January 13, 2014
This is the third book in the Nora Roberts Dream Trilogy. It is a stand alone book, and can be read without the others, but I would strongly encourage you to read them in order.

In the first book, Daring to Dream, we are introduced to three young girls who are best friends, but treat each other as sisters. Laura is the heir to the Templeton hotels, Margo is the daughter of the housekeeper, and Kate is an orphaned cousin who is taken in by the Templetons.

The story, Daring to Dream is Margo's story. The second book in the trilogy is Holding the Dream, and it is Kate's story.

This story, Finding the Dream is Laura's story. In the previous two books, you come to find that Laura's marriage is a shambles and unfortunately, ends. This book is where Laura finds who she really is and what she's really made of, and finds herself with a second chance at love.
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