(3.5 stars) Not as good as the first two in the series, but still a satisfying read
If you have read the first two books in this series Castles in the Air and No Greater Love and want to avoid spoilers you probably don’t want to read further. On Wings of Dreams continues the story of Devon Marshall and Wall Street banker and millionaire Keith Curtis. Now married and with twin daughters in addition to Scotty they spend their time between Halcyon on Hudson and New York City. Devon continues to work as a freelance journalist and also becomes involved in the suffrage movements and campaigns against child labor, which causes some tension in her marriage. On a trip to her hometown of Richmond, Virginia Devon is reunited with her former fiancé Daniel Haverston who much to Keith’s chagrin is still deeply in love with Devon. Worse yet, their son Scotty strikes an immediate attraction with Haverston’s daughter Fawn that develops into a lifelong love that causes tensions between Keith and Devon.
While I enjoyed this book very much and wanted to follow Devon’s story to the end, I did find this to be quite a bit slower paced with not as much action as the previous two in the series. The author does provide a glorious look at life in the upper crust society of New York, Washington, the reborn south including a tilting contest on a Virginia plantation (loved that!) to the opulent castles of Newport, Rhode Island and more. I also very much enjoyed the effortless way the author brought in so many wonderful details of life in the late 19C, the clothes and furnishings and social mores along with the main players of the day from presidents to railroad barons. As in the first two books, Devon and Keith’s story does have a soap opera/TV mini feel to it but still very entertaining. My only real complaint is that while not quite qualifying as a true “bodice ripper” there’s quite a bit more in the scenes between Devon and Keith than in the first two books and I would not recommend this for a younger reader. All in all an entertaining read and an interesting peek into 19C life, but only for fans of the first two books who have to read the rest of the story (and I did).