Signet, May 2004, 6.99, 384 pp.
In 1771 heiress Gwyneth Douglas writes adventure tales under a pseudonym. Her life seems fine though she frowns at the licentious behavior of her older married cousin Emma, who she once adored as a role model. However, tragedy strikes the family when Emma is found dead having fallen from the side of a cliff. Though her husband survived the same fall, everyone including his two younger siblings assumes Lyon Pennington killed his spouse.
A few years later, a desperate Gwyneth has decided to elope with a friend Allan Ardmore to escape her aunt and that of a blackmailer. Lyon's brother David, just returned from military duty, intercepts her. He accompanies her on her trek to Scotland and the passion that had been at the surface when Emma died, erupts as they fall in love with one another However, her aunt blames his brother for her daughter's death and rogues like Allan and the blackmailer want to gain control of Gwyneth's loot so they try to kill David.
Fans of Georgian romance will take immense delight with the entertaining DREAMS OF DESTINY that completes May McGoldrick's fine trilogy. The story line is action-packed, but at its best when the lead couple banter and try to trump one another.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner