Penguin Group USA’s Berkley Trade division will reprint all three titles in Nora Roberts’ “The Dream Trilogy” later this year. The 1996 novel “Daring to Dream” is due out Aug. 7, 2012. “Holding the Dream” (1997) follows one month later on Sept. 4; and the trilogy’s conclusion, “Finding the Dream” (1997) will be released Oct. 2.
Templeton House, the Monterey, Calif. residence of the wealthy Templeton family, provided a home for three young girls who grew up to follow very different paths. Margo Sullivan was the daughter of the Templeton’s housekeeper. Kate Powell was a distant relative of the Templetons who came to live with them after she was orphaned. Both Margo and Kate were raised with the Templeton’s daughter, the lovely and gentle Laura.
“Daring to Dream” tells Margo’s Sullivan’s story. Growing up with a stern Irish mother who always urged her to face life’s realities, Margo nevertheless dreamed of achieving wealth and fame. When she succeeds in establishing a career as a supermodel, Margo believes she had fulfilled her dream.
That career ends, though, in scandal and financial disaster, forcing Margo to return to Templeton House. Desperate but not defeated, Margo launches a new career in Monterey with Pretenses, a boutique specializing in second-hand items. She also begins an affair with Laura’s brother, Josh, who manages the Templeton’s hotel empire.
In “Holding the Dream” Kate Powell discovers the secret that Thomas and Susan Templeton had carefully kept from her during her childhood. Kate’s father had been suspected of embezzlement when he died. Kate is further devastated when she is asked to leave her own CPA position after similar charges are made against her.
Byron De Witt, who works with Josh Templeton in managing the Templeton hotels, comes to her aid. With Bryon’s encouragement, Kate fights back against the false accusations and discovers who is behind them.
“Finding the Dream” takes places twelve years after Laura Templeton marries Peter Ridgeway. At eighteen, Laura thought Peter, a Templeton hotel chain executive, was the man of her dreams. Now the 30-year-old mother of two is disillusioned and penniless after a costly divorce.
Refusing to accept help from her family, Laura works both at Pretenses, the business Margo, Kate and she jointly own, and at the Templeton Hotel. She also rents the family’s stables and carriage house to Michael Fury, a friend of her brother, Josh. Michael, a former merchant marine, now raises horses. The growing attraction between Laura and Michael leads her to hope that this time she can truly find her dream.
Uniting all three stories is the legend of Seraphina’s chest. The chest, buried on the grounds of Templeton House, is said to contain the dowry of Seraphina, a young woman who killed herself after learning of the death of her true love.