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Nora Roberts , Sandra Burr
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Nov. 1 1996 Dream Series (Book 1)
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 buy the one 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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Set in Monterey, California, this first novel in the Dream trilogy features Margo Sullivan, the feisty and beautiful daughter of a wealthy family's housekeeper. She's been offered the same privileges as the Templeton children, but Margo resents handouts. She feels she has much to prove to herself, her surrogate family, and her mother. Margo dreams big--she wants wealth, fame, and success--but she doesn't want anyone else's help. Her plan is to go as far away from home as possible, so she starts with Hollywood and then moves on to Europe, where she finds fame as a supermodel. But when her world comes crashing down around her, Margo discovers that reaching out for help--especially to your family--can be just as challenging and rewarding as solving your problems on your own. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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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.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beginning book in the series! April 2 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Daring to Dream is the first book in this must read series. I started it thinking I'd read a few short chapters before calling it the night...I was wrong...Could not put this book down and believe me I tried several times but just couldn't do it. I was tired at work the next day but a tiredness that was well worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dream trilogy begins in Style! Dec 4 2001
By Sophie
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Daring to Dream" is the first book in the "Dream" trilogy and it is an exceptional piece of writing. The story is compelling and well written. The friendship of these three "sisters of the heart" is touching and the romance is exciting and fulfilling.
Margo Sullivan has lived in a house of wealth and privilege all her life, but she has always been one step back from it, being the housekeeper's daughter. She has lived with Laura Templeton, the daughter of the wealthy and powerful Templetons and Kate, Laura's orphaned cousin nearly all of her life. Margo manages to make a name for herself, using her stunning good looks, in the modeling world, but she returns home after a scandal destroys her career.
Many reviewers have criticized Margo for being a selfish and unlikeable character. I have to disagree. Although she does have quite an ego, she is also an excellent and loyal friend who would do ANYTHING for Laura and Kate. This book is about Margo's growth as a person and her self-discovery. A character without flaws is just plain unrealistic, and Margo's faults only make her seem more human.
The romance that blooms between Margo and Laura's brother Josh is truly lovely. Margo and Josh have been in love with each other for the better part of both of their lives, although neither of them was aware of the others feelings. The tale of these two finally finding each other was quite captivating.
Despite Josh's riches and trust funds, he is a generous, hard-working man and a very likeable hero. Margo and Josh are really great together and the reader is treated to some wonderfully sexy scenes.
This book starts an absolutely fabulous trilogy, and it is most definitely worth reading. So don't listen to the negative reviews, just enjoy these characters for who they are and join them on their journey to find true love!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Daring book Nov. 28 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The setting: Monterey, California. The cast: Margo Sullivan, daughter of a houskeeper who works for a wealthy family. Now, with this set up, you'd think, oh no, this is going to be some "Immitation of Life" type book, but it's not. Also, the movie "Sabrina" comes to mind, and there are shades of that, but not much. Margo, the daughter of the housekeeper, has plans and she wants it all. She wants fame, money, power and all the trappings. Now, this is not so much a new story and you can pretty much figure out what happens, again with illusions to "Sabrina." Margo goes off in search of her dreams and life comes crashing down around her. So, in an effort to rebuild her life, she reaches out to her family--the family she'd shunned. Turns out, it's about just as difficult getting back IN the family as it was OUT. I'd normally shun this type of book, but in the capable hands or Nora Roberts, this tale comes of well. I highly recommend it if you like either romance fiction or good easy reads.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great first in the trilogy! Jan. 31 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed this book from the first page. Nora Roberts just makes you feel as though you know the characters so well. It is a wonderful 3 part story of 3 sisters of the heart. It takes you through each of their lives and their evolution into the women they are today. This first book is focused on Margo, a maid's daughter. She has huge dreams and sets out to find them and make them come true. Read this book to see her set out, find and lose her self and then come full circle back to the place she started out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was a good read! Jan. 26 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really like the Characters in this book 3 girls raised as sisters Laura- Rich Girl parents own several hotels around the world. Katie- Parents Died and is a cousin of Laura's parents take her in after her parents traggic death. Then there is Margo- the daughter of the house keeper her father died in a boating accident lost at sea when she was 4 and they moved to America from Ireland. Laura, Katie, and Margo were raised as sisters and were best friends and they each have their own struggles and dreams. Laura marries young in life to a man whom both of her friends and her brother Josh dislike. Katie goes to Harvard After she graduates a year early. And Margo's mom is pressuring her to go to Harvard with Katie but instead runs off to hollywood and Europe to become a model against her moms and Josh's wishes. Margo returns 10 years later life in shambles who wil help her pick up the pieces to her broken carreer and overdue bills. This is a great book I read it in 24 hours.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Daring to Dream Nov. 3 2002
By Lori
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this book very much. I am going to read the whole dream trilogy just so I can find out what happens to Josh and Margo. I thought that " Daring to Dream" was an excellent book, but the ending was slightly unrealistic. Why would Josh forgive her when she was kissing another man? Overall, the book was good, though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Good March 10 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I truly admire authors like Nora Roberts, whose every work seems to be a masterpiece. I wonder how authors like this can write one great book after another. I just finished reading the Quinn Brothers trilogy and thought that it was a marvellous set of books. Until I started reading the Dream trilogy which is impossibly just as good if not better.
Margo, Kate and Laura are three best friends brought up in the Templeton household. In Daring to Dream, the author focuses on Margo, the daughter of the housekeeper in the household. Margo dreams to be rich and famous and she made it...until a scandal forces her back home. There, she has to set her life straight once again and she does that by setting up a shop with her best friends to help get herself out of debt.
Along the way, she manages to fall in love with Josh Templeton, Laura's brother and heir apparent. Josh has loved Margo forever and has waited for her to be ready to settle down and come home. Their love is hot and steamy, but yet so extremely sweet and tender. It's not often that authors show heroes wearing their hearts on their sleeves from the very beginning but Nora Roberts does that and so successfully as well.
I started reading this book at midnight on a work night and did not finish until three in the morning. Instead of going to sleep, I started on the second book instead and had to force myself to stop after an hour because I would not have gotten any sleep otherwise. This trilogy is so good and I'm halfway through the second book which is so far just as exciting, though I still prefer Margo's story.
Read this trilogy - it's got everything. Read IT!
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