I was very eager to find out how Laura would deal with everything. And expected this story to answer all the questions I had and to tie all the loose ends. It turned out to be the best book of this trilogy. At least for me. Pure entertainment.

Finding The Dream
by Nora Roberts
Templeton Trilogy #3
Publisher Berkley on October 2, 2012
Genre Novel
Pages 354
Format Paperback
Source Blanvalet

They swore eternal friendship to each other - the three young girls Margo, Laura, and Kate. Sheltered Lauren, daughter of a hotel owner and heiress to the legendary Templeton fortune, finds her life in tatters after the end of her loveless marriage. But with the help of her friends, she remembers her strengths and her fighting spirit awakens: Without her inheritance, Lauren wants to finally build her own life. And nothing will stop her – except for love …
Laura Templeton finds herself reunited after years of falling apart in her marriage and the bitter realization that her ex-husband only wanted her for her name and inheritance. But a Templeton must control herself, stand up, and face her responsibilities to family, business, and society. However, on her thirtieth birthday, Laura is certain that the grief and role she has let her ex-husband force her into is over. She gets active, organizes her daily routine tightly, and gets the hotel running. Her two friends Kate and Margo are loyal and tireless at her side. When the horse breeder Michael Fury enters her life, it becomes emotionally turbulent for Laura for the first time - a state that she enjoys every second to the fullest.

In the last volume, a slightly aggressive undertone can be heard in places, which combines wonderfully with the otherwise prevailing humor and charm. Nora Roberts has found just the right mix of humor, injured vanity, and lively dialogue that I expected from this volume about Laura. It was already apparent in the first two volumes that the protagonist and personality had to turn around in the last one, otherwise it would have become a boring and predictable story. The author has done this through Laura's decision to actively earn a living again and to contribute her part to Templeton's hotel operations, even if she is the boss of it all. Nora Roberts cleverly incorporated the way Laura then managed to do this, proving just how inventive and flexible a mother of two must be. Laura does not only need these qualities with her two daughters, but they are also of great benefit to her in the hotel business. And the fact that she doesn't see herself as the boss, but as part of the whole, gives her additional plus points. The novel benefits immensely from the main figure’s renewed confidence and her romance with Michael is the famous icing on the cake.

In the third part, the characters have some positive surprises in store. Laura, who had been rather reserved until then, shows a temperament and passion that I would not have expected from her. Always appearing controlled and fragile, she turns into an energetic and goal-oriented person in course of action, who fights for her place in life after the ugly divorce and also successfully stands up to her husband in the hotel. However, she does not lose her graceful charm, her tenderness, and her warmth. Her transformation is the purest gain for the plot and the character itself. The other characters react accordingly to these changes and so a firework of feelings and passions is ignited before the eyes of the delighted and at the same time somewhat astonished reader that has it all. The love scenes between Laura and Michael Fury alone are highly explosive and heat up the story, wow!

The conclusion of this trilogy is full of spirit, passion, and very eventful. In my opinion, this is the best part of this trilogy. The readers can look forward to a great plot and some surprises. This volume is highly recommended for all Nora Roberts fans.

Happy reading

Nora Roberts
Nora Roberts ©Bruce Wilder

Nora Roberts, born in Silver Spring, Maryland, is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming. Nora is a member of several writer’s groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.” She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.


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