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, 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?" A missing character buildup and the lack of a worthy introduction probably caused my dismay.
However, an intriguing maneuver carried me through to the end. May McGoldrick chose to run two storylines simultaneously -- the results: a clever enhancement.
Gwyneth Douglas loves David Pennington, her neighbor and friend, but she is marrying another man. David intervenes and the reader's fun begins. Their romantic spree is a delight.
Yet, in contrast, is a lingering dark story. Walter Truscott, David's loyal cousin, struggles with memories of Emma - Gwyneth's scheming, beautiful, dead cousin. His reflections are grave and melancholy; yet this gloom is a terrific side-dish. McGoldrick weaves the two storylines magnificently and creates a reading boon. Further spice: McGoldrick reintroduces Violet - a character from a parent book.
Yes, I jumped into the third episode but every novel should stand alone. Reading in sequence is my golden rule, but it should not be a necessity.