Holding the Dream (Dream Trilogy Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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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.

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USA Today
A consistently entertaining writer.
Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Roberts continues her three-part saga of the Templeton Hotel dynasty with the story of Kate Powell, the serious, pragmatic, adopted cousin of the Templeton heirs, Josh and Laura. Margo Sullivan, the housekeeper's daughter and heroine of Daring to Dream, is now blissfully wedded to Josh and expecting their first child; Laura has divorced her cheating husband and is struggling to raise her two daughters; and Kate learns that she has been accused of embezzling funds from her clients' accounts. Byron De Witt, who replaced Laura's ex-husband at Templeton's helm, offers Kate emotional and physical support and ends up falling like a rock as he joins forces with the Templeton clan to clear her name. Much of this second installment recounts events of the first book and paves the way for the last, but Roberts manages to glue them all together with witty narrative, sassy dialogue and the savoir-faire that readers have come to expect from her.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Roberts continues her three-part saga of the Templeton Hotel dynasty with the story of Kate Powell, the serious, pragmatic, adopted cousin of the Templeton heirs, Josh and Laura. Margo Sullivan, the housekeeper's daughter and heroine of Daring to Dream, is now blissfully wedded to Josh and expecting their first child; Laura has divorced her cheating husband and is struggling to raise her two daughters; and Kate learns that she has been accused of embezzling funds from her clients' accounts. Byron De Witt, who replaced Laura's ex-husband at Templeton's helm, offers Kate emotional and physical support and ends up falling like a rock as he joins forces with the Templeton clan to clear her name. Much of this second installment recounts events of the first book and paves the way for the last, but Roberts manages to glue them all together with witty narrative, sassy dialogue and the savoir-faire that readers have come to expect from her. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Kate Powell's story is continued in this sequel to Daring To Dream (Brilliance, 1996). Kate is staggered when she learns that her father was a convicted embezzler and would have gone to prison had her mother not been killed in a car accident when she was ten. It hardly seems coincidental that, on the heels of this discovery, Kate is framed for embezzling from her accounting firm. Her adopted family, the rich Templetons, and close friend Margo believe in her innocence, as does Byron, the Templeton Hotels executive she meets and falls in love with despite her best instincts. Roberts's fans will know that all will work out in the end, although further troubles are looming on the horizon, as the author plans to complete the trilogy with another installment. Sandra Burr's melodious voice adapts well to Kate's emotional highs and lows, the more reasoned voices of her friends, and to Byron's Southern expressions. Although Kate's struggle to accept her love for Byron is needlessly protracted, this remains a good addition to romantic fiction collections.-Melody A. Moxley, Rowan P.L., Salisbury, N.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101146026
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Series: Dream Trilogy Series , #2
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 16,307
  • File size: 857 KB

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is truly a publishing phenomenon. With over 250 million copies of her novels in print, she has come a long way since she wrote her first novel in a spiral notebook using a No. 2 pencil. Now she has published over 150 novels and her work has been optioned and made into films, excerpted in national magazines and translated in over twenty-five different countries. "I always have stories running around in my head," she explains. "Once I start putting them down on paper, I just keep going; I just keep writing." In addition to her amazing success in mainstream fiction, Nora Roberts remains committed to writing for her category romance audience that took her to into their heart in 1981 with her very first book, a Silhouette romance.


Nora Roberts continues to write futuristic romantic suspense as J.D. Robb, and her characters Eve Dallas and Roarke have become two of her most popular creations ever. Her J.D. Robb titles are hailed as "a perfect balance of suspense, futuristic police procedure and steamy romance...truly fine entertainment" by Publishers Weekly.


Reviewers agree that Nora Roberts deserves praise. The Los Angeles Daily News describes her as "a word artist, painting her story and her characters with vitality and verve." Kirkus Reviews comments on True Betrayals saying "Roberts' style has a fresh, contemporary snap." Roberts is said to be "reminiscent of Jacqueline Briskin and Sidney Sheldon" by Booklist, and Rex Reed lauds her saying, "Move over Sidney Sheldon: the world has a new master of romantic suspense, and her name is Nora Roberts." Publishers Weekly claims "Roberts keeps getting better...[her] prolificness shows no sign of abating." They add, "When Roberts puts her expert finger on the pulse of romance, legions of fans feel the heartbeat." USA Today calls Nora "a consistently entertaining writer."


The remarkable Ms. Roberts did not become a success overnight. By the time her first novel, Irish Thoroughbred, was published in 1981, she already had three years of hard work behind her and several rejected manuscripts languishing in drawers. Today, according to Entertainment Weekly, "her stories have fueled the dreams of twenty-five million readers." One of America's leading novelists, her books are published around the world. She is frequently invited to promote her novels in other countries. Her recent travels took her to England, Italy, Australia and Japan to meet fans, fellow authors and aspiring writers.


Sanctuary was made into a television movie which aired in 2001 on CBS as "Nora Roberts' Sanctuary." The cast includes Melissa Gilbert, Emmy-winner Kathy Baker and Costas Mandylor. CBS has also optioned The Reef for another television movie. Montana Sky has been optioned by TriStar Television for a two-hour television movie. Her book This Magic Moment became the television film "Magic Moments" starring Emmy-winner John Shea and Jenny Seagrove. Sacred Sins has been optioned for film by Kaleidoscope, and Private Scandals has been optioned by Burt Reynolds Productions. Reflections and The Law is a Lady were selected by Good Housekeeping magazine for presentation as condensed novels. Honest Illusions and Private Scandals were featured as Readers Digest's Condensed Books.

The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, People Magazine and Entertainment Weekly have all featured or mentioned Nora Roberts in articles about writing and the romance genre. She has appeared on ABC-TV's Good Morning America and Cable News Network, and has been featured on the television programs To Tell the Truth, Entertainment Tonight, and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. She has been interviewed by local television and radio programs across the country, and she has been featured in dozens of newspapers, including the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun, Washington Times, Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune, and Atlanta Constitution.

Her extraordinary accomplishments have also received recognition from her peers. The first author ever to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America's Hall of Fame, and the first author to receive their Centennial Award when she published her 100th novel Montana Sky, she is the recipient of almost every award given in recognition of excellence in romance writing. In 1997, she was honored at the Romance Writers of America National Conference when she was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to her awards from the Romance Writers of America, she has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Waldenbooks, and she has been honored by B. Dalton Booksellers, the New Jersey Chapter of Romance Writers of America, and BookRak Distributors.


Nora Roberts is a charter member of the Romance Writers of America, and a member of their Washington, D.C. chapter. She was the keynote speaker at their 1994 national conference in New York. She is also a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, The Crime Writers League of America, and Novelists Inc.

The youngest of five children, she was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She now lives in Keedysville, Maryland.


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 30, 2009

    Love it!

    I have every one of Nora Robert's books in print, and I'm starting a small collection of her e-books. I love the Dream Trilogy...three different kinds of women and the bonds of friendship that sustain them. I hope I see the next in the series, Keeping the Dream (laura's story) on e-books soon.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    GREAT BOOK

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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2013

    Very romantic!

    This series just keeps getting better!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    I enjoyed all 3 books in the trilogy

    Reading how women overcome their obstacles and deal with hardships was interesting , and heartwarming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Must read

    What an amzing book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Anna refuses to confront her issues except to talk about them in

    Anna refuses to confront her issues except to talk about them incessantly on her quest for self-discovery (which she never achieves), and when Byron butts in and fixes most of her problems for her, she whines and complains but fails to boot him out as any self-respecting, independent woman would; then she whines and complains some more. None of the main characters in this book show any growth or development, and none of them show any flexibility or desire to understand each other, let alone live well with each other; they simply trick each other into doing what they want done, apologize (insincerely) when they get caught, and start the whole process again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

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  • Posted March 18, 2013

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    This second book in Nora Robert¿s Dream Trilogy was a pleasant s

    This second book in Nora Robert’s Dream Trilogy was a pleasant surprise. Though I generally love all of Nora’s novels, this one features Kate, a main character in each volume of this set. She was not especially likable in the first book. Her personality just wasn’t very appealing for me. However, she won me over with the further character development that occurs in the second novel. I understood her better, and saw her positive qualities. She still isn’t my favorite character in this extended story, but the book is very entertaining. It was fun to read, and I am happily starting on the final volume.
    Michael Travis Jasper, Author of the Novel “To Be Chosen”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Easy read

    Keeps you interested love it don't want it to end!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Great

    This series is great





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  • Posted September 6, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Highly recommended

    As great as the 1st one.

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  • Posted April 8, 2011

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    you have to read this

    not a fan of sequels but this one did not disappoint with gripping characters you actually feel like you could know.

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  • Posted February 6, 2011

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    great book

    love this Trilogy of books.

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    Loved it!

    I love it!

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    Highly Recommened!

    A wonderful story, cant wait to read the third book to this triogy

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  • Posted September 28, 2010

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    It's worth a read

    The first book was better, in my opinion. My main complaint is the way the male protagonist in this one kept repeating how she was not his usual type and compared her body to that of a teenaged boy's. That took away from the romance of it for me. Other than that it was good. I'm going to read the third book, but it sucks that while the first two were available as eBooks the last one isn't! what's up with that??? I thought I'd given up printed books once my hub got me the Nook. Uh. Oh well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2010

    Disappointed... not in Nora Roberts... in Barnes & Noble!

    I loved this series... unfortunately, the 3rd installment is not available in ebook format! Such a tease, B & N!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2010

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    Great Series!

    I read the entire series. I would recommend this series to everyone! I loved the characters. I wish the series would go continue past the 3rd book. Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    great

    #2 was just as good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2004

    great!!!

    I loved this book better than the first!

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