Something to consider when reading a trilogy -- read it in order. Dreams of Destiny is book three in May McGoldrick’s “Scottish Dream Trilogy”; unfortunately, here I did not follow my golden rule. No, I jumped right into book three and shortly into the book I wondered, “Who are all these people?” I think a missing character buildup and the lack of a worthy introduction caused my dismay.
However, an intriguing maneuver helped to carry me through to the end. May McGoldrick used two rival storylines to flow simultaneously -- producing a clever enhancement.
Gwyneth Douglas always loved David Pennington, her neighbor and friend, but she is marrying another man. David intervenes and the reading fun begins. Their romantic fling is a delightful challenge.
Yet, contrasting this fanciful delight is a lingering dark story. Walter Truscott, David’s loyal cousin, struggles with his memories of Emma – Gwyneth’s scheming, beautiful, dead cousin. His reflections are grave and melancholy; yet these gloomy revelations are a terrific side-dish. McGoldrick weaves the two storylines magnificently and this writing ploy creates a reading boon. To add further spice to the story, McGoldrick reintroduces the character Violet – a runaway from a parent book.
I may have jumped into the third episode, but every novel should stand alone. Here I felt like I entered the middle of a continuing story. Reading in sequence may be my golden rule, but it should not be a necessity.
- Rating: B minus.
- Sensuality: Warm.