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Most Helpful Favorable Review

18 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

Awesome Read

Cilla McGowen was raised in the spotlight. Her Grandmother was the famous Janet Hardy; a child star turned Hollywood actress and famous singer. Her mother, Dilly, wasn't quite as famous as Janet but managed to stay in the Hollywood spotlight all her life. From a very yo...
Cilla McGowen was raised in the spotlight. Her Grandmother was the famous Janet Hardy; a child star turned Hollywood actress and famous singer. Her mother, Dilly, wasn't quite as famous as Janet but managed to stay in the Hollywood spotlight all her life. From a very young age Cilla was thrust in front of the cameras by her mom. She was part of a successful TV show, made a few records, but by the time she was an adult she was pretty much a has-been.

Happy to be out of the public life, Cilla now makes her money flipping houses; it is a labor of love. Finally getting her hands on her famous Grandmothers long neglected farm, Cilla is rehabbing to make herself a home. Questions surround her Grandmothers too early death and as Cilla repairs the house, she seeks answers. But someone doesn't want Cilla around and is making things very difficult for her, her friends and workers. Finding a friend and an unexpected love in her graphic novelist neighbor, Ford Sawyer, Cilla gets some much needed TLC.

This is a lengthy new novel by Nora Roberts, but amazingly enough I flew through 451 pages, easily, I absolutely loved it.

What Nora does better than anyone is create unforgettable and magnificent characters. This book is filled with people who are written so well, you can see them so clearly and you feel like you know them. Every character in this book added something to this story; love, sex, fear, annoyance, growth, laughter, and sadness. You get as invested with the side characters as you do with the main characters. I love that about her work

Cilla is a heroine not without flaws; she's both hard and soft and has been emotionally drained. She's personable and knows her strengths and weaknesses. I found her extremely relatable. Ford was funny, charming and sexy. It took me all about a page to fall for him and his crazy dog.

The story is strong and takes the reader through past and present day at the farm with clever little visits from the Grandmother. Uncovering the secrets of the past and dealing with the danger of the present lead you through a suspenseful and gripping read. I admit I knew who did it pretty much from the start, but Nora added a little something extra that threw me off and added plenty of surprise at the end.

This book has everything; a solid mystery, a love story, humor and healing. I really enjoyed it.. This book showcases every reason why I love Nora Roberts writing so much!!!!

posted by 182683 on October 22, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Good Beach Read

The book listed for Roberts in the romance recommendation guide I was working through is Born in Fire, the first of a trilogy, which I'd tried before. I didn't care for it. The style struck me as clunky--I remember head-hopping among other stylistic nits that drove me c...
The book listed for Roberts in the romance recommendation guide I was working through is Born in Fire, the first of a trilogy, which I'd tried before. I didn't care for it. The style struck me as clunky--I remember head-hopping among other stylistic nits that drove me crazy. The Irish characters also struck me as cliched stereotypes. However, Robert's not just a very well-regarded author in the genre (and prolific, almost 500 books) she's one of those that made it out of the genre ghetto into the mainstream bestseller ranks. So I tried her 2009 book, Tribute, which notably was written 15 years after Born in Fire and found it a much smoother, enjoyable read with a much cleaner style. A book with appealing characters--a strong heroine and non-jerky hero--that featured a page-turner mystery plot I can still remember a year later. (And how can I resist a hero with a dog named Spock?) I liked how the author worked in the details of the hero and heroine's professions--in her case, renovating houses, in his, creating graphic novels. Now, the book's not a keeper--not one of those with space on my bookshelves I consider a peak reading experience or would ever want to reread. But it was an enjoyable way to spend some hours.

posted by Lisa_RR_H on July 2, 2010

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  • Posted July 2, 2010

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    Good Beach Read

    The book listed for Roberts in the romance recommendation guide I was working through is Born in Fire, the first of a trilogy, which I'd tried before. I didn't care for it. The style struck me as clunky--I remember head-hopping among other stylistic nits that drove me crazy. The Irish characters also struck me as cliched stereotypes. However, Robert's not just a very well-regarded author in the genre (and prolific, almost 500 books) she's one of those that made it out of the genre ghetto into the mainstream bestseller ranks. So I tried her 2009 book, Tribute, which notably was written 15 years after Born in Fire and found it a much smoother, enjoyable read with a much cleaner style. A book with appealing characters--a strong heroine and non-jerky hero--that featured a page-turner mystery plot I can still remember a year later. (And how can I resist a hero with a dog named Spock?) I liked how the author worked in the details of the hero and heroine's professions--in her case, renovating houses, in his, creating graphic novels. Now, the book's not a keeper--not one of those with space on my bookshelves I consider a peak reading experience or would ever want to reread. But it was an enjoyable way to spend some hours.

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

    Usually love Nora Roberts books but this one was disappointing. There were a lot of time jumps and it was hard to follow. There was no "ending" and the book left me wanting.

    Nora Roberts in the past has written delightful love stories complete with intimate love scenes. This book was lacking in story line, love scenes and a "happy ending." I was sorely disappointed in this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

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    Not what I expected

    I have read a lot of Nora's books and I am sad to say I did not enjoy this book. A bit too much information on fixing up old houses. Nora brought in Steven for shut a quick part really didn't seem like he should have been added at all. I have given all I have read from Nora either 4 or 5 stars and I was only able to give a 3.

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  • Posted October 30, 2010

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    Typical Nora Roberts

    A quick and easy read, a little predictable at times... other than that the characters are cute (and in true Nora fashion, a little too well rounded and "perfect"). Most of her male leads are similar... tall lanky men that are sarcastic... and in Tribute she delivers more of the same. I must say though, I did enjoy the story and would recommend this to anyone looking for a filler book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2009

    Even Roberts can't score a hit every time.

    I felt no connection to the characters. The only one that was of ay interest was the villian. Don't waste your time and money.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2008

    Not her best

    I really love Nora Roberts' books, but this one was just not her best. I could not get in to it and just finished it after beginning in August. Normally her writing sucks me in and I have trouble putting them down, but this book moved very slowly and the plot was slow in coming. I'm hoping for better things from her next book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2008

    Waste of Time & Money

    I did not like this book at all! Usually her stories are pretty good but this was boring - I think she just need some $$$ so she wrote this story - too bad.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2008

    Worth reading, but not her best

    I love Nora Roberts, but this one felt like it lacked in the story and suspense. I loved the characters and the way that she writes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2008

    She's done better

    I found myself disappointed with this book. It definitely had some good points, especially the characters of the hero and heroine, but it was far from Roberts' best work. The suspense in the book seemed a bit contrived, rather like Roberts was thinking that it was time to write this year's romantic suspense bestseller, and decided to write by numbers. It lacked any kind of subplot, which she often includes and does well. There was a family story that had a lot of potential, but she just scratched the surface. However, I will say in conclusion that mediocre Nora Roberts is better than the best of most other writers.

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