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Tribute by Nora Roberts

A young woman gets caught up in the secrets and shadows of a big-screen legend and a small-town scandal in this #1 New York Times bestseller from Nora Roberts.
Cilla McGowan, a former child star, has found a more satisfying life restoring homes. So she comes to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley to save the dilapidated farmhouse of her grandmother—a legendary actress who died of an overdose there more than thirty years ago.
Plunging into the project with gusto, Cilla’s almost too busy and exhausted to notice her neighbor, graphic novelist Ford Sawyer. Determined not to carry on the family tradition of ill-fated romances, Cilla steels herself against Ford’s quirky charm, though she can’t help indulging in a little fantasy.   
But it’s reality that holds its share of dangers for Cilla. A cache of unsigned letters found in the attic points to a mysterious romance in her grandmother’s life, and may be what sparks a frightening, violent assault. Now, if Cilla and Ford are unable to sort out who is targeting her and why, she may, just like her world-famous grandmother, be cut down in the prime of her life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440638916
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/08/2008
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 10,437
File size: 860 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

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Keedysville, Maryland

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Place of Birth:

Silver Spring, Maryland

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Tribute 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 211 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book so much! I have read most of Nora Roberts's books and this one kept me entertained for hours.
LS135 More than 1 year ago
Jenrae More than 1 year ago
Incredible read. Tribute was a hard book to put down. As is usual with Nora Roberts it was a very well written story. I was drawn in from the first page....agonizing over the terrorism of Cilla and the mystery of Janet's death. In the end you'll think "I didn't see that one coming."
OCA2chris More than 1 year ago
I have not cared for the newer Nora Roberts books, such as the garden trilogy(characters not very interesting), but this one is Nora at her best!It is more in the style of "Sanctuary", a story that is rooted in the past but still imposing on the present day lives of the characters. The male lead character is wonderful - you feel like you know this guy and he is not super strong or incredibly beautiful - just a real guy with an interesting and believable career. And I must mention his dog who is truly an enjoyable part of this story. This book also has lots of humour and wit and credible situations - one of the books that you sort of hate to see end because you want just a few more chapters! Truly an enjoyable read - a great book to escape with. Also if you have ever done a remodel project you will strongly relate to some of the scenes!
Marie_Ann More than 1 year ago
I was looking for a book which fell into the type of book I love. I like some of the old Barbara Michaels books, which normally involve an old house or mansion where the attic is being cleared out, a one hundred year old unsolved mystery with a strong female character who ends up in love. Gothic ghosty mysterys. I chose this book because it had some of those qualities not knowing anything about the author. I found that I loved this book and the writers style. I am looking forward to reading more of NR's books. The characters I fell in love with and I loved living in their world for a short period of time. My only sadness was that when it ended, I no longer got to live in that world in my readings. I had read a Nora Roberts book once before, but I just found that out looking for some other books to purchase. I had read the Blue Dahlia, which was good, but not one where i looked up who the author was, which is why I didn't even know she wrote it. I hope some of her other books are similar if not better than Tribute.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
HEDI09 More than 1 year ago
This one is fascinating and interesting and I agree with the good reviews!! While reviewing, I feel the need to recommend a book, E X P L O S I O N I N P A R I S , by LINDA MASEMORE PIRRUNG, that I absolutely fell in love with!! It should be on every woman's book club list!! Check out the reviews and you'll be hooked, as I was!!! EXPLOSION IN PARIS!!!
SuzanneZ More than 1 year ago
Great reading, fun characters, and cute. Warm. You won't be sorry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another amazing Nora Robert book. I love Cilla Mcgowan, she was born into a star filled family but prefers to restore houses and she goes to her deceased grandmother's farm to restore it and find a piece of her life she feels like she is missing, and to maybe even figure out what really happened to her grandmother the beautiful Janet Hardy. She meets her neighbor Ford Sawyer who is a comic book writer. This story will keep you interested from the 1st page all the way to the last
iLoveBookz101 More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I never put it down and I read it for 24 hours straight. I would recommened this book to anybody! I love Nora Roberts and wish to meet her someday! MUST READ!
summerreader0212 More than 1 year ago
While remodeling her grandmother's house, she becomes the center of a killer's attention. They want her gone and out of the town... and quick! After countless warnings to make her leave, the killer has no choice but to confront her for the last final time! For every attempt the killer makes to get her to leave, you can't help but wonder what will happen next! And because of that, this book is readable in a day (although your washing will not get done and your house will not be clean... but it's sooo worth it!).
dauschielover More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I saw the movie and had to have the book. And the book is so much better than the movie. A real page turner. I couldn't put it down. True to Nora Roberts.
POLLYMJ More than 1 year ago
This was such an exciting story building in passion and mystery. Cilla leaves Hollywood to find a new life and answers to questions about her grandmother's death. She is restoring the farm owned by her grandmother - who had found happiness there and where she committed suicide. While Cilla goes full steam ahead with a crew of engineers and herself to bring the farm to life her neighbor Ford Sawyer eases his way into her life - a handsome, nice and successful graphic novelist who is willing to let the relationship be paced by Cilla who is wary of love. Things get dangerous for Cilla as someone damages the work she has done in an attempt to threaten Cilla or drive her away - they almost succeed. Ford shines like a hero and he helps put the peaces of the puzzle together. However, the person doing these things nearly accomplishes their mission. The ending is very good.
sharmankrieg More than 1 year ago
Love Nora Roberts ability to twist the tale with Mystery & romance. Great story telling. Keeps me coming back for more!!!!
Quimby54 More than 1 year ago
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.
sanshekai More than 1 year ago
I cannot stand the rhetoric you have to endure on the radio so listening to audiobooks while skirting about town in my car has become my favorite way to pass time. I found Jennifer Van Dyck's reading of this book extraordinary. She actually made the characters come to life and seem like real people. I have a lot of Nora Roberts' books and some are on CD's. I believe this to be one of the best of these and I give a lot of the credit for this to Ms.Van Dyck. I do not know if I would have enjoyed it nearly as much if I had read the book myself. I definitely recommend this to anyone who likes to listen to audiobooks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
I loved TRIBUTE so much that I stayed up late two nights in a row to finish it. Then I was depressed that I had finished it so quickly!

This latest offering from Nora Roberts really does have everything I've come to love in her writing: mystery, romance, great character development, and a truly interesting storyline.

With the added fun additions of flipping houses, hosts of HGTV shows, graphic novelists, actresses and screen legends, and high school English teachers, all branches of career and life are covered.

This really is a book for your keeper shelf. You'll fall in love with Cilla and Ford, you'll agonize over the dual mystery of Janet Hardy's death and the current terror that the main character is facing, and you'll laugh-out-loud at the wonderful chemistry and dialogue between the hero and heroine. I would really like to read more about this couple in the future -- they're just really down-to-earth people that you come to respect and admire by the end of TRIBUTE.

Maybe we can get an update on their lives when Ms. Roberts writes Steve and Shanna's story? (Hint, hint!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book. I loved it! I like how she dealt in depth with the relationship between the two lovers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tribute was wonderfully wrote. It was the first Nora Roberts book that I have ever read. When I was getting close to the end it seemed like a fairy tale ending. Which took a surprising new twist! It was shocking to know who was behind all those awful incidents. Even the rich and famous has deadly hidden dark secrets.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read and reread Nora RObert's new book Tribute three times in a row. I just could not bear to separate myself from Cilla and Ford. I find myself often disapointed by Robert's work lately-she has become predictable-but this book brought to life unique and refresing characters. They were not the typical romance hero and heroine. Great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. Cilla is a complex woman whose life long pain becomes previlant mid book. But buying her grandmother's dilapidated home and doing the remodeling herself gives her a reason to get up in the morning. Saying nothing of the charming neigbor, Ford and his adorable dog. The book was funny, mysterious, lusty 'like all Roberts books' and now I'm sorry I read it so fast. In 60 days I'll read it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.