A Will and a Way [NOOK Book]

Overview


It was worse than winning the lottery—much worse. This bequest might mean more money, but the strings attached had Pandora McVie tied up in knots. Respecting Uncle Jolley's last wishes meant spending time isolated in the Catskills with Michael Donahue, her least favorite—though best looking-—distant relative and co-beneficiary.

Living with a carrot-topped termagant wasn't Michael's idea of a good time, either, but he realized they were stuck. Jolley was a matchmaker to the ...

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Overview


It was worse than winning the lottery—much worse. This bequest might mean more money, but the strings attached had Pandora McVie tied up in knots. Respecting Uncle Jolley's last wishes meant spending time isolated in the Catskills with Michael Donahue, her least favorite—though best looking-—distant relative and co-beneficiary.

Living with a carrot-topped termagant wasn't Michael's idea of a good time, either, but he realized they were stuck. Jolley was a matchmaker to the end—and apparently for some time beyond. What could happen in six months? Michael answered that one himself: almost anything.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459273382
  • Publisher: Silhouette
  • Publication date: 9/15/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 50,744
  • File size: 312 KB

Meet the Author



New York Times best-selling author Nora Roberts is "a word artist, painting her story and characters with vitality and verve," according to the Los Angeles Daily News. She has published over a hundred forty novels, and her work has been optioned and made into films, excerpted in Good Housekeeping, and has been translated into over twenty-five different languages and published all over the world.

In addition to her amazing success in mainstream, Nora has a large and loyal category romance audience, which took her to their hearts in 1981 with her very first book, a Silhouette Romance novel.

With over 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide and a total of 102 New York Times bestsellers as of 2003, 29 of them reaching #1, she is truly a publishing phenomenon.

Biography

Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadn't been for one fateful snowstorm.

As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story -- a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks she'd recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didn't matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette.

For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette -- short books written to the publisher's specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. "If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations," she explained. "If this doesn't suit you, you shouldn't write it. I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."

Roberts never violated the reader's expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Roberts's books didn't make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many.

Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers' ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her "immeasurable diversity and talent."

Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, "The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and it's a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book."

Good To Know

Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing -- though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isn't busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books.

Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct.

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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    If you get upset about reading an old Nora Roberts book, just lo

    If you get upset about reading an old Nora Roberts book, just look for the NR seal on the cover. If there is no NR seal than it is a republished book. It says so right on her website. Research before you just buy and maybe you'd stop wasting money.

    20 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    Should be against the law

    I enjoyed this book , same as i did the first time i read it. I like nora roberts so when i see on the nook a new release i buy it. The last 4 i have read before, years ago. This one said date published sept. 2011. After u buy it only then can u see the copy right date. Does anyone know of a way i can tell before i buy if it is truly a new release or a re-release.

    17 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    FUN BOOK - EASY READING

    I love Nora Roberts books and have many... This was a very cute story, a little mystery, a lot of comedy and a great love story. Pandora and Michael were Uncle Jolley's favorite relatives... They were cousins (but only by marriage - not blood) and Uncle Jolley thought they belonged together. He left his mansion and his $150 million dollar estate to them, bypassing his son and lots of other relatives, but they got it only after they had lived in the mansion for 6 months together without ever being gone more than 48 hours from the place. If they didn't make it the other relatives got to share the estate. Some people will do a lot for a share of $150 million.. Then mysterious things start happening and the aged cook and butler get involved in match making and the whole story is fast moving and fun as well as a little scary and dangerous...But, in the end.................... read it and see...

    15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Loved it

    I enjoyed this book so much! Interesting story! wonderful romance. Can only recommend.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Great book

    It's fun to reread a great Nora Robert novel. When I'm unsure if this is a rerelease I look for the NR in a circle on the front of the book. Also, I read the the overview and if it sounds like something I've read I double check so I don't buy it twice.

    This book is well worth a second, or more, read.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    Republished outdated book

    This is NOT a new story. I hate how Nora Roberts constantly tries to pull these fast ones on her readers by throwing a new cover on an old book . Not cool. Story is ruined by the cheesey predictable 80s plot line anyways.

    5 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

    Great story.

    A story about how an inheritance brought two people with very different values and viewpoints together.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Never a bad story - Nora always leaves me wanting more

    I just love anything Nora Roberts, she has a way to develop her characters so that you want to keep knowing them even after the story is done. I enjoy and get caught up in the way she has opposites (or maybe not so opposite) attract, and the challenges they meet. I couldn't put the book down until I got to the end.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Another Winner!

    As always, Nora hit it out of the ballpark with this one. I would recommend it to anyone who loves romance novels as much as I do.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Distant relatives

    Another reader posted that the characters are not blood related cousins, but are cousins through re-marriage. So they are not related. I am glad I saw that review bc I wasnt going to buy it when the summary said they are distant cousins. Not down with that, so I am glad a reader cleared that up.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2011

    Typical excellent Nora Roberts

    Always a good read

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2011

    a not so hot book reviwe A not so h A not so hot book review Anot so h

    This was just the most horrible book i have ever read in my entire life of living it was not intreaging! It had no subject,i personnaly thoght to my self it bores me to death as youcan see it was so bad it got exactly no stars from me and i hope that review helped you not to waste your money

    THANK YOUJ

    2 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Exciting

    No explicit sex either. Good one, loved the characters

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2011

    A very well written book to curl up with on a long winters night.

    Have read nearly all books Nora Roberts has written, and this one is just as well written and heart felt as the others.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    Really Enjoyed it!!!

    As usual Nora Roberts has written a good romance.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2011

    Great book

    I highly recommend reading this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2011

    No

    Not your typical nora, very disappointed!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    Do NOT recommend

    Did not like it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Excellent

    As always Nora Roberts delivers.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    For those of you annoyed by re-releases...check out "other

    For those of you annoyed by re-releases...check out "other formats" before you buy.  It isn't just Ms. Roberts...books are re-released by new publishing houses, new formats, even corrected spelling errors

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