Daring to Dream (Dream Trilogy Series #1)

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New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents the first novel in a dramatic new trilogy.

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 ...

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Overview


New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents the first novel in a dramatic new trilogy.

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 Templeton's stern Irish housekeeper, Margo had been treated like a member of the family. Deep down, she knew that money could not but 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 . . .

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Roberts begins a smooth-talking trilogy about three friends who grew up together among the megawealthy Templeton family of hoteliers, on their beautiful estate in Big Sur: Laura Templeton, the sweet rich girl who is getting marrid as the story begins; Kate Powell, her down-to-earth orphaned cousin with a Harvard M.B.A.; and Margo Sullivan, the housekeeper's daughter and heroine of this first book. Margo (the Bella Donna Woman... "Beautiful, Confident. Dangerous.") returns to Big Sur after being swindled by her manager. She suffers a little, opens a boutique of her old designer clothes and tchotchkes, and marries gorgeous golden Josh, the Templeton scion who has always loved her and who plays a great game of tennis. Roberts who could seemingly write a formula romance in her sleep, adds brains, humor and sex, if not anything by way of plot innovations. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515119206
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Series: Dream Trilogy Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 203,412
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.72 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts
Nora Roberts is the number-one New York Times-bestselling author of more than 190 novels, including The Search, Black Hills, Tribute, High Noon, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. Roberts has more than 400 million copies of her books in print.

Biography

Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadn't been for one fateful snowstorm.

As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story -- a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks she'd recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didn't matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette.

For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette -- short books written to the publisher's specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. "If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations," she explained. "If this doesn't suit you, you shouldn't write it. I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."

Roberts never violated the reader's expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Roberts's books didn't make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many.

Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers' ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her "immeasurable diversity and talent."

Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, "The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and it's a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book."

Good To Know

Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing -- though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isn't busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books.

Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct.

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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

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  • Posted December 27, 2008

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    The Best

    I am in love with this book. My favorite out of the series, although the other two are also must-reads. Margo is human and flawed and you cannot help but adore her, and Josh is everything you could want in a man. They make an amazing pair, and plus its fun to read a novel where the unrequiteted love begin with the guy, as it's usually vice-versa. One of Nora Robert's best!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2010

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    2 out of 3

    loved this book, quickly devoured it & the one that follows it,, and that where it stops,, nook does not sell book 3, so if you want to read book 3 you have to buy in book form,, so tell me again why i have a nook??? if i have to buy paper back still??

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

    A reread

    This is a book that I keep going back to. I believe it is the best in the series. You are introduced to the characters and cannot help but to connect to the girls friendship. You respond to Margo's inner struggle to find herself and fall in love with Josh. His love and understanding of Margo is what makes readers read romance. The hero and the heroine remain true without any sappiness. This is a must read and will become a favorite reread!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2010

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    A Guilty Pleasure Latte Style

    Ah, the guilty pleasure of curling up with a cup of coffee and losing yourself to these great characters. Formulaic? Yes, with no apology. Predictable? Deliciously so! The difference between this story and the majority of the "bodice-ripper" genre is just that, it has a STORY. The author fully develops her characters and embodies them with characteristics we all want to find in our friends. Pimples and all. Even the "bad" guys' are written so well, you cheer when they all get what's coming to them! I found myself commiserating with the wronged Laura and rooting for her to finally smell the coffee and grow a backbone, feeling sympathy for the career driven and solitary Kate, and wanting to shake both the strong-willed Margo and Josh into reason. The back-story between Margo and her Mom brought tears to my eyes. I don't usually read "romance" novels. I'm a devoted James Patterson page-turner, but I welcome reading more of Ms.Robert's work. If they are all written with the same devotion to story and charcter development, I will be a new devotee. The sex passages were the whipped cream on this delicious latte.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    Wonderful

    I really liked this book... I made for a really good read, its one of the type of books that you want to curl up with and read on a rainy day. Nora Roberts is truly wonderful at telling a story and have you right there in the thick of it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2009

    Love Stories

    It is a good Sunday afternoon read. Just fun.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2008

    GREAT BOOK!

    This book was awesome. I would highly recomend this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2004

    A Great Trilogy

    Among the three books in this series, Daring to Dream is my favorite. The love story between Margo and Josh is so compelling. Each story in this trilogy is a heartwarming tale that leaves you asking for more. I am such a big fan of Nora Roberts. Her books take you to an entirely different place every time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2004

    Breathtaking

    This book is magnificent. I found myself so encrossed in the story. I am just amazed at how Nora Roberts can make you feel. The romantic scenes with Margo and Josh were so powerful. The passion, desire and love between the two of them was so strong. You could only wish you had that type of love in a lifetime. Bravo Nora you are magnificent.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2003

    Awesome

    This book was incredible.I loved the romance between Margo and Josh. The are funny and interesting and made me read the book the night I got it. Nora Roberts is an incredible author. I have read many of her books and none of them fail to amaze me.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2001

    Roberts has done it again!

    I have read all 3 books they get better and better. The characters become your personal friends and you will find yourself thinking about them from time to time-they become real. The experiences that each character endures will leave you laughing, crying, excited and scared. You will have a hard time putting this book down. Roberts has done it again with an outstanding book I would read over and over.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    Daring to Dream

    As usual Nora Roberts writes lovely books. I enjoy reading her Irish very much. This was also a pleasant surprise. Light reading for a get a way escape.

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  • Posted August 31, 2013

    Highly recommend!

    I really loved this romantic story! The main character is so fascinating!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Ick. Josh and Margo have no respect for each other throughout t

    Ick. Josh and Margo have no respect for each other throughout the story, even to the end when they declare their profound (and hollow) respect for each other. Josh is jealous, petty, and controlling, while Margo is vain, fickle, and completely lacking spine. No amount of pretty words during the proposal can make up for the stormy and dysfunctional relationship these two drag themselves into through carelessness and blind lust.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    i will always love to read any novel from Nora Robert, am engros

    i will always love to read any novel from Nora Robert, am engross with this one. still on it...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Great

    Very good book!! Highly recommended!

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  • Posted March 5, 2013

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    This novel is book one of The Dream Trilogy. This series is a li

    This novel is book one of The Dream Trilogy. This series is a little older, and it is apparent that Ms. Roberts was still developing her story-telling style that I love so much. This book is good, and I recommend it; however, it does not quite measure up to her more recent works. I love this pattern that Nora has established of writing trilogies and quartets in which each novel is told from the point of view of a different main character of the series. It is very entertaining, and allows her to explore and develop her characters in a way that might otherwise not be possible. This book is romantic and sentimental, as are they all. Looking forward to starting the next volume.
    Michael Travis Jasper, Author of the Novel “To Be Chosen”

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    great story from start to finish

    Nora Roberts has a great method in writing triloge series. One can continue from one book to another without skipping a beat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Lovd Ed Loved it!!

    Great book. Now starting number 2

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Good but not Great

    I love Nora Roberts and I liked this first book, but not my favorite series.

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