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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 May 18, 2010

    CAPTIVATING

    TRIBUTE IS A WONDERFUL STORY ABOUT FAMILY AND BUILDING A "HOME". FOR A PERSON WHO NEVER HAD A HOME THE CHARACTER LEARNS WHAT IS IMPORTANT IN LIFE WHICH ISN'T ALWAYS BLOOD, BUT MAKING A PLACE FOR YOURSELF AND FINDING OUT WHAT REALLY MATTERS. IT KEPT ME GUESSING TILL THE END, AND THINKING I HAD FIGURED IT OUT, WHICH I HADN'T. MY ONLY REGRET IS THAT THE STORY HAD TO END. I LOVE NORA AND HER ALTER JD ROBB.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2010

    Strong Women

    Another excellent read from Nora Roberts. This time our heroine has a very interesting past. A good novel for young minds to see that 'fame' is not everything and with it comes many trials. This is a book with a strong single woman has it's central character. enjoy!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2008

    not bad

    A bit drawn out and boring at parts. I noticed some things that were in the sisters trilogy were in this book. But you just have to fall in love with Ford and his dog. Made the story worth it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2009

    my favorite author

    Nora Roberts continues to be my favorite author. The stories are always different and interesting. She researches the details of the subject so you learn something as well as just enjoy the story. The characters are well-developed and she always leaves me wanting more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2009

    Nora Roberts's Tribute

    I love Nora Roberts period. I really enjoyed Tribute. I think it is probably one of my top ten favorites of hers! It was a great and easy read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2009

    A real page turner

    This is a great book. The romance was sizzling, and the plot twists unexpected. I'm wondering though if Nora Roberts is a fan of the tv show "Lost". The main male character in this book is named "Ford Sawyer." On Lost, Josh Holloway's character was called "Sawyer" in season 1. After that, it was revealed that his real name was "James Ford." Maybe Miss Roberts combined the 2 names. Also, one small error in the book. Ford said his parents named him after the car, Ford Cutlass. The Cutlass was an Oldsmobile. Anyway, I highly recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Good Vintage Roberts

    What i like most about Roberts' straight (non J.D. Robb non supernatural) fiction is the message that women can do anything. In this, Cilla is a contractor. Her heroines do not need the men in their lives to survive although they learn that it is nice to have someone to share the everyday - and the not everyday burdens with them.<BR/><BR/>Roberts may write to a formula, but it is a good formula. She is wonderful to read on snowy or rainy days or just when you want to escape.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2008

    Another sure thing

    You can always count on Nora to deliver a good book. I really liked reading Tribute. Cilla is a memorable character and I was thrilled with how this ended for her. Its a good story that will keep you turning the pages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Good book

    Great book to take a chance on. Love it!

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Tribute

    As always Nora Roberts has created a story that has interesting charters and a suspenseful plot. Once started it was hard to put down until finished.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

    Too Slow and a Little Boreing

    I would like to have read more about the lives of the characters than to read about the work done on the house. It seemed like I was constantly reading nothing but adjectives over and over describing the remodeling of the house. This book would have been more enjoyable if it had more mysteries incidents involving the villain in the story. I don't think the mother's character was developed strongly enough by the writer.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2008

    A Tribute to Nora and her writing

    I had not read Nora's books for a while because the trilogy's were getting boring. With Tribute I couldn't put the book down and the plot was very good. Cilla and Ford made good characters and and the ending was a surprise to me as I really couldn't guess who the culprit was this time.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2008

    love her stuff

    Not just another love story. I love her characters and storylines. This one shows a different twitch as to their relatiionship and courtship. Not one of those unforgettable love story, nevertheless, a fun getaway

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