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NEW DELUXE GIFT EDITION!

Nora Roberts presents a novel of love, friendship, and family—and the unpredictable moments that turn a pretty picture into a true work of art.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts cordially invites you to meet childhood friends Parker, Emma, Laurel, and Mac—the founders of Vows, one of Connecticut’s premier wedding planning companies.

After years of throwing make-believe ...

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Overview

NEW DELUXE GIFT EDITION!

Nora Roberts presents a novel of love, friendship, and family—and the unpredictable moments that turn a pretty picture into a true work of art.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts cordially invites you to meet childhood friends Parker, Emma, Laurel, and Mac—the founders of Vows, one of Connecticut’s premier wedding planning companies.

After years of throwing make-believe weddings in the backyard, flowers, photography, desserts, and details are what these women do best: a guaranteed perfect, beautiful day full of memories to last the rest of your life.

With bridal magazine covers to her credit, Mackensie “Mac” Elliot is most at home behind the camera—ready to capture the happy moments she never experienced while growing up. Her father replaced his first family with a second, and now her mother, moving on to yet another man, begs Mac for attention and money. Mac’s foundation is jostled again moments before an important planning meeting when she bumps into the bride-to-be’s brother…an encounter that has them both seeing stars.

Carter Maguire is definitely not her type: he’s stable, and he’s safe. He’s even an English teacher at their high school alma mater. There’s something about him that makes Mac think a casual fling is just what she needs to take her mind off dealing with bridezillas and screening her mother’s phone calls. But a casual fling can turn into something more when you least expect it. And with the help of her three best friends—and business partners—Mac must learn how to make her own happy memories…

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What People Are Saying

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“An utterly delightful book that is amusing, touching and completely charming...[Roberts is] at her best in Vision in White.”—Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City)

“Timeless and classic.”—All About Romance

“Thoroughly charming…a compelling celebration of the power of friendship and love.”—Booklist

“Funny sparks fly…[Roberts’s] gentle humor and likable cast will immediately endear this series to readers.”—Publishers Weekly

From the Publisher

“An utterly delightful book that is amusing, touching and completely charming...[Roberts is] at her best in Vision in White.”—Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City)

“Timeless and classic.”—All About Romance

“Thoroughly charming…a compelling celebration of the power of friendship and love.”—Booklist

“Funny sparks fly…[Roberts’s] gentle humor and likable cast will immediately endear this series to readers.”—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425274958
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/30/2014
  • Series: Nora Roberts' Bride Quartet Series , #1
  • Edition description: Signed Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 99,434
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is the number-one New York Times–bestselling author of more than 200 novels. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 400 million copies of her novels in print.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2010

    highway robbery

    I think it's pretty low that you can buy the paperback for $3 cheaper than the e-book. I love my nook but i'm starting to wonder if im getting ripped-off. Will not read these books for that reason!

    33 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2010

    really???

    Why would the ebook be higher than the paperback. Based solely on that fact, I certainly wouldn't start this series.

    21 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2010

    Nook Price TOOOO Much

    How sad, I own a Nook and bought the paperback because of the price. This needs to be changed.

    17 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2012

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    Very good book. one of the better Nora roberts reads I enjoyed

    Very good book. one of the better Nora roberts reads I enjoyed

    13 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2009

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    My First Nora Roberts' book was amazing

    I have read tons of different books but never a Nora Roberts book...but this was a good book. I took it on my beach vacation and it took me 2 days to finish and i didnt want to put it down. I cant wait til December to get the next part of the series.

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2009

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    deep relationship drama

    Mac, Parker, Emma and Laurel have been friends forever so it is not a shocker that these buddies formed a business together; nor that their company Vows provides wedding and event planning, as they used to play at bride and groom as kids. When Parker's parents died, she renovated the house so her friends could comfortably move in with her as well as be on site at all times for the business.

    During the planning of a wedding, Mac (short for Mackenzie) runs into classmate Carter Maguire; he had a crush on her back in their school days. Mac fears relationships ever since her father abandoned his family to marry someone else and her mother's marriages turned her trepidation into a phobia. While Carter courts her thinking long term, she prefers a short fling. Meanwhile Mac's mother Linda makes a zillion selfish demands on her, but that does not disturb Mac as much as her feelings for Carter do.

    The first book in the Bride Quartet is a deep contemporary tale that contains the profundity expected of a Nora Roberts story. Mac is still hurt by her mother, but hides from understanding what is happening because she is expected to love her mom right or wrong. Carter has the patience of a saint as he tries to be there for his Mac and demonstrate love does not mean abuse. Ms. Roberts provides a deep relationship drama starring a wedding photographer caught on the one hand in a dysfunctional relationahip with her mom and if she reaches out with the other hand a warm caring sharing with her beloved.

    Harriet Klausner

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

    Different from her other series, and in a not-so-good way

    In the romantic genre, I pretty much exclusively read Nora Roberts books, as I have never found another author with the same feminist, creative female and male characters and story-lines that involve single 20- and 30- somethings in large family situations. My absolutely favorite series was the Chesapeake Bay series, with the four adopted Quinn brothers - the characters had difficult pasts, a challenging present and a very menacing villain to sort through and they did so with admirable character, while going through the usual romantic-novel-plot-points. I have also enjoyed Nora's other series with magical elements to them as the paranormal world is interesting in its own way.

    What I didn't care that much for, is the wedding planning world. The four women are bound together by their history playing together as kids - in one too many make-believe weddings. The women grow up (so to speak), and begin organizing real weddings but with the same kiddie-style drama and wedding-speak - the MOB, MOG, BM and what not. Are we in high school? Evidently not. But we seem to have emotional breakdowns that are dealt with using profane yelling, denial, dramatics and chocolate, in that order. The men come and go on the periphery, but the meat of the matter is the wedding, not the relationship.

    And then we have several cliched wedding scenarios that are dealt with as if the city is on attack. I understand that in wedding planning, these situations may seem as critical as anywhere else. But we are not pulled all the way into this world, so we end up seeing these women dealing with made-up crises in a superficial manner.

    I am quite disappointed that this book does not have the same bite as her other series, and I dread having to read three more books in the same vein. Looks like I might have to shop for another author until this series runs its course by the end of 2010.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2009

    Visions in White

    I was disappointed in this new book by Nora Roberts. I was bored from the very beginning but decided to plow through because I normally enjoy her books. Sadly, for me, it just stayed so-so throughout the book. I could of put it down and totally forgotten about it if I chose to.

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2009

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    Eagerly awaiting the next in the Quartet Series

    I have been a Nora Robert's reader for many years. She is my go-to author for escapism and romance. I read this book in less than two weekend evenings. It was not particularly original although I enjoyed the characters and found it romantic (the characters are wedding planners). Reading this book was a good escape on a hot, humid weekend in NYC with ice tea in hand and the air-conditioner on cool. After a stress-laden work week, it provided exactly what I needed. Thanks again Nora Roberts.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    Great Summer Reading!

    I enjoyed Visions in White. It was romantic and sweet. Can't wait for the rest of the series. It was my vacation book.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

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    Nook price too high

    An ebook should not cost this much...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2010

    my first nora book

    i read this book mostly because of the cover, and in hopes that my now husband would get a clue and propose already! i found this book to be ok. i'm not a big fan of reading. i've only become a "reader" the past few years in hopes to not get alhimerz like my grandmother. i find most books have that "slow" period in the first few chapters that describe the characters and what not, that's what this book is. i wasn't planning on buying the second book, but my husband saw it, remembered i read the first, and bought it one day when i was sick. i'm glad he did I LOVED IT!!! i just got done with the third, and am impatiently waiting to see how they end!! if you can bare through this one the other two, so far, are well worth it!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 5, 2009

    Fabulous romance!

    This book is another winner by Nora Roberts! The heroine and the hero were terrific and the whole book was fabulous. Their relationship was believable and enjoyable to read. I also loved the interaction among the four friends who owned the bridal business. Can't wait to read the next book in the series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2009

    Vision in White

    I wasn't sure I would like it but I am glad I read it.
    I love Nora Roberts and she didn't disappoint.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2009

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    Great Romance!

    I read this book in one day! I have always enjoyed reading Nora Roberts, this was definitely a true romance. No paranormal and no suspense but still great!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2010

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    Takes time!

    This was my first time reading a book by Nora Roberts, i read her book because of all the raving reviews. This book took some getting used to because of her writing style i felt it very hard to understand which character was speaking and when, it is very easy to get lost in this book in the beginning. Also there are a lot of characters so try to understand their personalities or else the book wont be as good. The ending was too quick i had to read it twice because it came so fast. Other than that the book was not an escape but it was a good read to pass the time by.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    It's just fun

    It's a book about four best friends who are living their dreams. They are also working their tails off in a creative business venture that would be my worst nightmare. Breezed through Mac and Emma's stories. Looking forward to the last two. Hurry. Please.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

    Plot disjointed. Nora Roberts disappoints

    I have read Nora Roberts for a long time and was terribly disappointed with this book. The plot was horribly disjointed and seemed like a patchwork of plots that were hurriedly sewn together with minimal attention to pace and flow.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2010

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    A Must Read Nora Roberts Classic

    Nora Roberts continues to excell in everything she writes. I have always loved her "family" series and with the Bride Quartet Series she redifines the word. Mac Elliot is the girl all of us can see a little of ourselves as. Not quite as cute, sweet or built like the others but still alot to love. Speaking of love, Carter McQuire as the man we all love with his sexy understated bubbling professor person. The sparks that fly between these two are even hotter than Mac's red hair. What a book!Five Stars! A must read for all Nora fans and all this series will add many, many new fans.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2009

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    A Good feminist/Romance Novel

    This Novel is a good well clean book. There is Little foul Language and sex. I will have to say it can be a Book Club/Library book due to its Feminist/Romantic charector ladie/s who own there own partner business and are work driven in a fast all seasons business industries. You can say there would be no time for Romance. They hardly get time to go out and enjoy a night on the town. Even with the main charecter finding Romance. Mac goes to dinner and tangles in the sheet but right after the deed she has to leave due to work. During this she is finding she is attracted to this man but between work and a disfunctional mother who feels her successful daughter should owe her and pay her way.....typical mother who puts guilt and doesnt let up on her daughter to were Mac gives in but later with the help of friends they let her see the lite of putting your foot down. There is a good support of friends and the male charecter who romances her.
    To me this is a good book club book. This give readers some thing to discuss with real life situations all around.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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