Saturday, March 21, 2020

Holding the Dream - Contemporary Review

Goodreads:  Holding the Dream (Dream Trilogy #2) by Nora Roberts

Rating: Liked It
Source: Library

Description: Surrounded by the sweeping cliffs and beauty of Big Sur, Kate Powell treasured both 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.

Genre: Romance - Contemporary

Why I Picked This Book:  I really enjoyed this trilogy when I read it years ago and thought it was time for reread.  I read the first book last month.

My Impression:  I'm not sure anyone writes friendships quite as well as Nora Roberts and this trilogy is one of those series that proves that.  While yes, this is Kate's story and most of it focuses on her developing relationship the true star is the relationship between the three women - Kate, Margo, and Laura.  Not only have these three been lifelong friends but they have weathered some pretty severe storms together and have now opened a business together. 

Kate has always been a creature of habit and craves order and control. She's always been ambitious and measures her self worth in accomplishments.  When her entire world gets knocked on it's ear Kate is flailing but comes to realize what truly matters to her.  It's an interesting and unique evolution.   While Kate is not the first fictional character to have to reevaluate the way she does it and who she is in general keeps this from feeling a bit same old same old.  I loved the romance, loved spending more time with Kate, and loved seeing this next chapter in the life of the Templeton family.  I'm looking forward to picking up Laura's story next.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Of course!  Roberts is a must read and a frequent reread for me.

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you enjoy Roberts' friendship based trilogies this is one you really should pick up!


  1. I do enjoy novels about friendships, and I am overdue for one. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I don't think that I have read this trilogy but I do enjoy Roberts. I really should look at reading more of her work in the future. Glad you enjoyed this one.

  3. You are really making me want to reread this trilogy!