by May McGoldrick

May 2004
ISBN: 0-451-21215-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

In the conclusion of The Scottish Dream trilogy, we are swept up on a rollicking journey to Gretna Green. We are introduced to two friends who find what they are looking for in each other, as love blooms along the way. Three brothers are brought back together and learn the truth of being family.

Gwyneth Douglas has a problem. She is a young heiress, but she makes her own money by writing adventure stories. Publishing them under a pen name, she has managed to hide her scandalous occupation. Yet, it seems someone has figured out who she is. They are blackmailing her. The intrepid young lady decides to solve the problem herself. She turns to an old family friend. Sir Allan might have other plans than just to help her out of the sticking situation she finds herself in.

Captain David Pennington decides that his life needs a change. His two older brothers have moved on from the tragedy that marred their lives earlier. They have found love and happiness again. David plans on doing the same. When he intercepts Gwneth eloping, he steps in to save her from the coward she’s planning on marrying.

Gwyneth has cared for David since they were young, but he had always looked on her as a younger sister. But as they travel to Scotland, David begins to realize just how grown up she’s become. He slowly becomes convinced that she is exactly what he’s looking for. Now all he has to do is convince her. With a blackmailer afoot and an old death to solve, David will find it hard to woo Gwyneth into giving him her heart.

The McGoldrick writing team has done another outstanding job. The characters of David and Gwyneth are engaging. Gwyneth’s courage in reaching for her dreams, no matter what, gives her a strong presence. She shines in every scene that she’s in. Her hero, David, is another character that shows a refreshing tendency to know exactly what he wants and how to get it. His need to reconnect with his brothers is touching. Violet Holmes is a secondary character that we have seen in earlier books. Her story is resolved nicely here. The plot moves quickly from the first meeting between David and Gwyneth until the resolution at the end.

Friendship grows into a forever kind of love in this inviting Scottish tale. Curl up with this book and you’ll find yourself engaging in Dreams of Destiny.

Reviewed in June 2004 by Jenni.

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