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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Bookcassette; Mut edition (Nov. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561007382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561007387
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Monroe on 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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By Shamim Adam on 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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"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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By Anne Cahill on Jan. 10 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have to start by saying that I'm a big fan of most of Nora Roberts' trilogies and other groupings of books about families. That said, some are definitely better than others, and for me, this one was one of the best.
"Daring to Dream" is the first of this trilogy about "sisters of the heart" -- three women who grew up together in the same household. Margo Sullivan is the heroine of this tale, and she has spent most of her life trying to shed the "housekeeper's daughter" mantle that she wears with no small chip on her shoulder. She has made a name for herself in modeling and has traveled the world, but when her career falls apart she knows there's only one place she can go, and that's "home".
Many readers who didn't care for this book seem to have felt that Margo was selfish and self-centered. While I agree on the latter, I wouldn't say that she was selfish at all. It was very clear that while she's very "me" oriented, she would have dropped anything at any time to help her friends if they needed her. She's an extremely realistic character, and that means that she is, of course, flawed. Those closest to her are always quick to point out her flaws -- in fact, she often refers to them herself. But her best trait, they agree, is her loyalty, and this makes her the kind of person most people would want as a friend.
I also really enjoyed the love story in this book. Josh Templeton, the "heir apparent" to a hotel fortune and her best friend's brother to boot, isn't at all the spoiled jet-setting playboy that some have said. In fact, he works ultra-hard during the course of the book to prove his own worth, to show that he deserves his success and is not just a trust-fund baby. He was the perfect match for Margo and it was sweeter (and all the more realistic) that he has loved her all his life.
A wonderful beginning to the "Dream" trilogy.
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