Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Books: Nora Roberts

All I Want for Christmas
By Nora Roberts
Copyright 1994
Read by Patrick Lawlor
3 Hours

The Villa
By Nora Roberts
Copyright 2002
Read by Laural Merlington
6 Hours

Nora Roberts is a prolific author who has written over 200 books since 1981. Many of them fall in the romance category, but she has also delved into mainstream fiction and fantasy.

Here is where I confess that I seldom read romances, so I have generally avoided Roberts. But an interview with her that I saw on CBS's Sunday Morning show piqued my interest.

In All I want for Christmas, Roberts gives us a single-parent family with two twin boys who want THE MOM for Christmas. Not just any mom, but the mom that fits the bill - she likes dogs and little boys and chocolate chip cookies. Of course the newest lady in the small town just happens to fit that description.

In The Villa, Roberts brings us a bit of a mystery. The story is set in the Napa Valley in California, as well as in Italy, and gives us the adventures of a wine-making family with a crazed enemy who will stop at nothing to ruin their century-old business.

Roberts is a good writer; she has a great command of metaphor and similes and does a fine job with her stories. I imagine I will be listening to more of her work from the audiobooks at the library.

1 comment:

  1. I've been reading Nora Roberts' romances and rom-suspense for a couple of decades, and have rarely been disappointed. The Villa was one I liked, but have not yet read the other. The most recent book of hers I enjoyed was Whiskey Beach, a rom-suspense.

    I've yet to try any of the books under her J.D. Robb persona, though a couple of friends love them.


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