On the fast track to a partnership with her accountancy firm, Kate is stunned when she is fired for suspected embezzlement.Forced to cope with the sudden reversal of fortune, Kate returns to Pretenses, the exquisite boutique run by her friend Margo and sister Laura.But when persistent, persuasive Byron de Witt enters her life, the flames of passion he ignites begin to burn as brightly as her all-consuming career ambitions...
Roberts continues her three-part saga of the Templeton Hotel dynasty with the story of Kate Powell, the serious, pragmatic, adopted cousin of the Templeton heirs, Josh and Laura. Margo Sullivan, the housekeeper's daughter and heroine of Daring to Dream, is now blissfully wedded to Josh and expecting their first child; Laura has divorced her cheating husband and is struggling to raise her two daughters; and Kate learns that she has been accused of embezzling funds from her clients' accounts. Byron De Witt, who replaced Laura's ex-husband at Templeton's helm, offers Kate emotional and physical support and ends up falling like a rock as he joins forces with the Templeton clan to clear her name. Much of this second installment recounts events of the first book and paves the way for the last, but Roberts manages to glue them all together with witty narrative, sassy dialogue and the savoir-faire that readers have come to expect from her. (Jan.) -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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1 . love this seris
Posted May 21, 2009 by Donna , CentervilleLoved this book and Daring to Dream just disappointed that they do not have the third book in this series Finding the Dream.
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Excerpt from Holding the Dream by Nora Roberts
Her childhood had been a lie.
Her father had been a thief.
Her mind struggled to absorb those two facts, to absorb and analyze and accept. Kate Powell had trained herself to be a practical woman, one who worked hard toward goals, earned them step by careful step. Wavering was not permitted. Shortcuts were not taken. Rewards were earned with sweat, planning, and effort.
That, she had always believed, was who she was; a product of her heredity, her upbringing, and her own stringent standards for herself.
When a child was orphaned at an early age, when she lived with the loss, when she had, essentially, watched her parents die, there seemed little else that could be so wrenching.
But there was, Kate realized as she sat, still in shock, behind her tidy desk in her tidy office at Bittle and Associates.
Out of that early tragedy had come enormous blessings. Her parents had been taken away, and she'd been given others. The distant kinship hadn't mattered to Thomas and Susan Templeton. They had taken her in, raised her, given her a home and love. Given her everything, without question.
And they must have known, she realized. They must have always known.
They had known when they took her from the hospital after the accident. When they comforted her and gave her the gift of belonging, they had known.
They took her across the continent to California. To the sweeping cliffs and beauty of Big Sur. To Templeton House. There, in that grand home, as gracious and welcoming as any of the glamorous Templeton hotels, they made her part of their family.
They gave her Laura and Josh, their children, as siblings. They gave her Margo Sullivan, the housekeeper's daughter, who had been accepted as part of the family even before Kate.
They gave her clothes and food, education, advantages. They gave her rules and discipline and the encouragement to pursue dreams.
And most of all, they gave her love and family and pride.
Yet they had known from the beginning what she, twenty years later, had just discovered.
Her father had been a thief, a man under indictment for embezzlement. Caught skimming from his own clients' accounts, he had died facing shame, ruin, prison.