A Kingdom of Dreams

“Why is it when you yield, I feel like the one who has been conquered?”

By Judith McNaught | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4 out of 5 stars)

This book has been in my library for quite a long time already and apparently, I have the full series. Yes, it is a book series by Judith McNaught (Westmoreland Book Series). The story centers on Royce Westmoreland, the lord of Claymore and a Knight who later on became a Duke, and Jenniffer Merrick of Merrickeep Scotland and later on became Duchess of Claymore.

Royce and Jenny’s clan and castles were far-long enemies. It started when Stefan Westmoreland, the brother of Royce, abducted Jenny and her sister Brenna from the Abbey. They were held prisoner for a possible war against the Merricks, but Jenny wasn’t plain nor ordinary like any other stories about her were circulating. She was fierce, brave, and impressively stood up against Royce or The Wolf as he was often called because of his notorious reputation and being a legendary knight due to the wars and battles he has won. The two have fallen for each other and shared twists and turns–conflicts in Jenny’s side and village people. They wed in the most unprecedented of time–during the moment when they hate each other at best.

Every time you surrender willingly, like this, you make me feel like a king who has conquered. Yet when I conquer you against your will, you make me feel like a defeated beggar?

Royce Westmoreland

As I was reading, I have discovered that I like fictional historical books at best, historical romance to be specific. It was good spending time with myself because yes, there are still things you will and still have to discover about yourself, for yourself. The book is quite hard to read, perhaps I have a big comparison to the Bridgerton book series which I finished all last year. The latter is friendlier to read maybe the terms used and how it was written and probably what I’m looking for is something that is lighter and easy to understand to constitute recreational reading hehe. I’ve read extensive research, journals, studies, and textbooks so I’m looking at something that is easy to gather during my rest and leisure time.

I was a bit surprised that this book was first published in 1989. I am not sure if there are films or TV series made inspired by this book series but I put Henry Cavill as the image of Royce Westmoreland in my head while reading the book. Hehe. He pretty much matches Royce’s physiques based on what was described.

Overall, the book is nice to read, even made me cry at some point, because of Royce and Jenny’s love story. Typical maybe for some but it was touching for me. I’d probably finish the entire book series if my schedule permits, but after this, I will go on to read a new one outside Westmoreland.

Author: shainnehostalero

Shainne Hostalero, MDC is a social entrepreneur (owner and founder of Happy Shift PH), a communication scholar, and a writer.

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