I love witty, fast-paced books that keep you turning the page.
I'm a big fan of female detective novels, humorous stories and spy thrillers, so haven't tried out Nora Roberts before. Boy was I ever missing a great author! This story flowed quickly and easily, keeping my interest until the last 'page' was read. The characters were believable and developed just enough to care about, but not so much you wondered when she would get back to the story. I thoroughly enjoyed the Narrator and can't wait to read the next in the trilogy!
Frankly, I'm not a huge fan of Nora Roberts. I don't usually go for romances, especially cheesy gushy ones like hers. Yet for some reason I am absolutely addicted to this series. I picked up the second one in a hospital waiting room years ago, and I had to run out and buy all three of them afterward! I bought the audio-books on cd a while back, but I didn't realize they were abridged until it was too late. Since I still listen to them and/or read the books once a year or so, I decided to invest in the unabridged versions. The characters are very engaging, and the storyline is exciting. If you like romances, or even if you don't, this trilogy is a great buy!
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Extremely dissappointing. Like spending many hours in the school canteen listening to an exchange of homely recipes and little else. Thin story line, predictable shortlived climax. If this is book 1 there is nothing to induce the reader to want to continue with any others.
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This was my first Nora Roberts read. I took advantage of the "first book" sale Audible offered. The story is very predictable. The author chooses the heroin to be a self-taught baker/cook/caterer and doesn't do proper research on any of these professions - no juicy tidbits about the jobs or recipes or little tricks. To add to her non-research, she throws in witchcraft (not researched either, and I am glad for that). The author does not develop any of the characters, so that the reader can truly identify with them, she just brushes on a few character trade marks and their quirks and "spices" the story with swearing and cussing * which really smart readers can do without out Miss Roberts**
If you don't want to learn anything or get annoyed then is the book for you.
The narration almost brought me to tears. The main character sounds like an eleven year old and the main male character sounds nasal, so nasal that my ears were hurting. The narration made this book even worse!
In short, I don't know if Miss Roberts always writes this shallow, expertly uses bad words, and doesn't research her subjects - I probably won't invest in another Nora Roberts book and the narrator was horrible!
This is the first of the series that you will read about three "sisters". Best to read the stories in order so you have background information and a foundation for understanding the stories. Good variation on a common theme of witch craft and black magic. Sexy, strong independent women. Entertaining enough to be a movie or a brief television series. Good mystery, characterization and narration.
This was a nice book to pass some time with but I can???t say it???s on my top 100 favorite list. The character development could use a little boost. The plot was a bit predictable, but that???s not always a bad thing. I often like it when my brain is in tune with the author???s.
I've read a number of Nora Roberts' books. This book and 'Northern Lights' are my two favorites. I also read the next two books in the series, although this one is still my favorite of the 3. Solid narration that clearly (and consistently) differentiates the voices of the female characters that dominate the story.
Dewy eyed hopeless romantic
The witchy magic of the story and the inner strength and courage, Nell's transformation. I like book stores and cafes and I love to cook and bake so I think that appealed to me.
I like Nell's character growth and she is really likable. She is someone I would like to have lunch with.
Nora's Bride Quartet but this book is better.
When Nell asks for the job at the cafe and later when her and Mia shop and get a rocking outfit for Nell.
Nell overcoming her challenges. Don't want to give the book away.
This is a wonderful book and Burr's narration carries me away and I enjoy the story not get annoyed by her voice like some of the other narrators annoy me.