Thursday, 15 August 2013

Review of 'Whiskey Beach' by Nora Roberts

Whiskey BeachWhiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am a dedicated fan of Nora Roberts. I think she is a master at setting a scene, creating believable characters and producing compelling plots. Some of her shorter, earlier (genre) romances may leave something to be desired, but her most recent novel, Whiskey Beach is Nora Roberts at her best. She gives us everything here. A tormented hero, a fey and charming heroine, a truly nasty villain, a missing pirate treasure, a grand old mansion on the beach, and an unsolved murder that is destroying lives.

The story moves. It never bogs down. This in spite of the fact that Roberts often spends paragraphs, even pages on background story and setting.

Somehow she makes us care about her characters and where and how they live. Whiskey Beach becomes so real that one wants to pull out a map and find it. If you are a Roberts Fan, don’t miss this new book, and if you’ve never read a Nora Roberts, this is a great one to start with. Highly recommended.

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Following are my published novels. Go to my Goodreads page, to find more info and reviews.  

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 • The Memory of Roses ~ The story of a secret and how it impacts two generations of the McQuaid family.  It unfolds on the beautiful Greek Island of Corfu and is a tale complete with beautiful and passionate women, handsome and fiery men, and an intriguing mystery.

"The Memory of Roses by Blair McDowell is simply an incredibly lovely story. It’s also a love story, and a story about finding yourself, and about closure. The theme running through the book is “all’s well that ends well.”  --  Marlene, Reading Reality

 • Delighting In Your Company ~ Delighting In Your Company is a paranormal romance set on an exotic Caribbean island, featuring a handsome ghost and an adventurous heroine who travels back in time to solve a mystery!

"Delighting In Your Company is a unique paranormal romance that brings together island folklore, history, and mystery with an unlikely romance between the past and present that had me going through a torrent of emotions and made it impossible to put down." -- The Romance Reviews

 • Sonata ~ Sayuri McAllister has just arrived home to Vancouver to find some shocking situations 
~ A robbery has taken place at her family home, and it is being investigated by her old flame;
~ Alyssa James who she barely knows, is about to become her new stepmother; 
~ and Alyssa’s brother, Hugh James, is a charming Irishman who is intent on bedding and wedding the rich and beautiful Sayuri. 

It’s a confusing and difficult time for Sayuri, especially when dangerous accidents happen to her father and herself – or are they accidents?

“I found Sonata to be a charming novel that left me laughing out loud in parts and gnawing nails in others. It was a delight to read.” – Night Owl Reviews

 Abigail's Christmas (short story) ~ An enchanting tale of love and romance, with a magical touch of fantasy.
Abigail's Christmas is a holiday story about Abigail who goes looking for a tree on Christmas Eve, and ends up with the man of her dreams in a sleigh in the Rockies --- with a wedding in the offing! Is it real?  Is she dreaming?  Or is it just Christmas magic?

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