The Last Honest Woman [With Earbuds]

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Overview

Abigail O’Hurley Rockwell was a desperate woman. Journalist Dylan Crosby was going to start digging up her past for the book he was writing about her infamous late husband. It was just research to him, but to her it was a painful reality that had to be kept under lock and key for the sake of her children. Abby would do anything to keep their world safe—no matter how compelling Dylan’s promises might be.…
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Overview

Abigail O’Hurley Rockwell was a desperate woman. Journalist Dylan Crosby was going to start digging up her past for the book he was writing about her infamous late husband. It was just research to him, but to her it was a painful reality that had to be kept under lock and key for the sake of her children. Abby would do anything to keep their world safe—no matter how compelling Dylan’s promises might be.…
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This first book in No. 1 New York Times best-selling author Roberts's (www.noraroberts.com) O'Hurley series, originally published in 1998 and available for the first time on audio, centers on widow Abigail, who lives on a horse farm with her two sons. To help pay the bills, Abby agrees to let journalist Dylan Crosby write a biography of her late husband, a former race-car driver. A mutual attraction between the two complicates matters in this appealing story of a strong, proud woman and her determination to protect her sons. Actress/singer Marie Caliendo's pleasing voice helps reinforce the tale's powerful emotions. Recommended. [The second book in this series, Dance to the Piper, is also available from Brilliance Audio.—Ed.]—Denise A. Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary Coll. Lib., Newburgh, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441869845
  • Publisher: Findaway World
  • Publication date: 6/28/2010
  • Series: O'Hurley Series , #1
  • Format: Other
  • Edition description: Playaway Edition
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is truly a publishing phenomenon. Today, she is one of America's leading novelists, with many #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels to her credit. Her books are published around the world, made into films, excerpted in national magazines and translated in over twenty-five different languages.

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

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    A PLUS NARRATION IN O'HURLEY SERIES

    Marie Caliendo, who is the voice of the O'Hurley series after performing each of the three in Nora Roberts's series to date, again delivers an easy listening reading. If you've listened to her narrations of the other stories (Dance To The Piper, Skin Deep), hearing this is a bit like picking up the phone and hearing a favorite familiar voice. Caliendo has an extensive background in not only audiobook narrations but also in commercial and industrial voiceovers. She brings performing experience and a special verve to the O'Hurleys, one and all.

    Wonder how many relationships have begun with a misunderstanding, a preconceived idea of another person? That was certainly the case with writer Dylan Crosby who was preparing a book about Abigail O'Hurley Rockwell's late (not too lamented) late husband, race car driver Charlie Rockwell. When Abby agrees to talk to Dylan about Charlie she knows that there are some things she can never tell in order to protect her two sons.

    Dylan on the other hand when he heads for Abby's Virginia horse farm home expects to find a pampered, not too interesting rich woman - he was in for a surprise! It's not long before he realizes that Abby isn't telling him everything but he doesn't know why. He's an ultra persistent journalist, and keeps probing. What does he find?

    - Gail Cooke

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2010

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    Good reading

    The story line & characters of the "Last Honest Woman" were interesting & kept me entertained. But the writting is sluggish, the villians identity was a surprise but the ending was disappointing in my opinion.
    This is one of the very few Nora Roberts books that I have ever been disappointed in. & I have read a great many of her books.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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