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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Signet Books (1 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739442937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739442937
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.7 x 3.6 cm

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May McGoldrick

(a.k.a. Nikoo & Jim McGoldrick, Jan Coffey, Nicole Cody)

Nikoo and Jim McGoldrick are storytellers, teachers, and partners in the truest sense.

Nikoo was born in Tehran, Iran, and moved to United States on the eve of Iranian revolution. After receiving a degree in Mechanical engineering, for fifteen years she worked in shipbuilding and robotics, holding manufacturing and higher level management positions. Always a writer and teacher at heart, she gave up her engineering career to pursue writing full time over a decade ago. These days, she also conducts frequent workshops on writing and publishing and serves as a visiting author at middle and high schools.

When their first son was born, Jim gave up a successful career in shipbuilding to pursue a PhD in Medieval and Renaissance literature. After being awarded tenure at a university in Pennsylvania, he found that the opportunity to write novels full-time could not be ignored. Since then, he and Nikoo have written well over two dozen works of fiction and nonfiction. Along with his writing, he currently teaches English and Creative Writing in northwestern Connecticut.

Together, Nikoo and Jim write historical fiction as May McGoldrick and contemporary suspense thrillers as Jan Coffey.

These prolific and popular authors have been the recipients of numerous awards for their work. They now reside in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

Visit us www.JanCoffey.com
Twitter: @NikooandJim

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
enjoyable Georgian romance 29 April 2004
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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 that killing David is quite acceptable.
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. The villains don't match up to the heroic duo, but provide enough diverse tension so that the audience receives a wonderful historical tale of love conquering all.
Harriet Klausner
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
From the Outside Looking In -- 3.50 Stars. 24 April 2004
By MaryGrace Meloche - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.

MaryGrace Meloche.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Engaging Story-Telling 17 Jun. 2014
By Hardt2 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the trilogy so much. The first book was my favorite. I did like all the books though. I read the entire trilogy in three days--yes I could not put it down. I'm so glad I've discovered your work. My only criticism is at times there is too much information in the love scenes. This is just my opinion. Others might disagree but I think some things are just meant to be left to our imaginations. Some authors are even offering alternative versions of their work with less graphic description. It would be nice to have that option. I think your writing would be even better if some of your scenes were less graphic. I'm still giving you 5 stars because I was just riveted to the story. Thanks for a very entertaining adventure!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A History Lesson & A Love Story 24 Mar. 2013
By Sweet Susan - Published on Amazon.com
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What more could anyone want: a history lesson and a love story!
I loved the way "this" story pulled together the remaining pieces of the first 2 books + the story in this one.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading each story and could not wait until starting to read the next one.
Thank you and kudos to the author for a wonderful "Trilogy"
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Scottish Love 27 Mar. 2013
By Jena Duffy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Loved it and had to get all of them! Awesome Trilogy. If you love the highlands you will love this book!
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