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The Search | [Nora Roberts]

The Search

To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life — a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.
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Publisher's Summary

To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life: a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.

Several years ago, she was the only survivor of a serial killer - a madman who stalked and abducted young women, strangled them, and left them buried with a red scarf on their bodies. As authorities were closing in on the Red Scarf Killer, he shot and killed Fiona’s cop fiancé and his K-9 partner.

On Orcas Island, Fiona has found the peace and solitude she needed to rebuild her life. Yet all that changes on the day Simon Doyle barrels up her drive, desperate for her help. He’s the reluctant owner of an out-of-control puppy, foisted upon him by his mother. Jaws has eaten through Simon’s house, and he’s at his wit’s end.

To Fiona, Jaws is nothing she can’t handle. Simon is another matter. A newcomer to Orcas, he’s a rugged and intensely private artist, known for creating exquisite furniture. Simon never wanted a puppy, and he most definitely doesn’t want a woman. Besides, the lanky redhead is not his type. But tell that to the laws of attraction.

As Fiona embarks on training Jaws and as Simon begins to appreciate both dog and trainer, the past tears back into Fiona’s life. A copycat killer has emerged out of the shadows, a man whose bloodlust has been channeled by a master with one motive: to reclaim the woman who slipped out of his hands.

©2010 Nora Roberts (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[T]he romance is finely done, with Roberts's trademark banter lighting up the page. Fiona and Simon are the main attraction, but the setting and the supporting characters—with paws and without—provide a vivid backdrop." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Toy 11-29-10
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    "BORING!!"

    I listen to alot of Books but this one was by far the most BORING!! I didnt finish it I made it to Ch 10 and still no Plot... Ughhh i really wanted more!!

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    Anne 11-26-10
    Anne 11-26-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Spellbinding"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, my first read of Nora Roberts. I listen on my regular car journeys and found that I was dying to get back into the car to continue the listening. I was so disappointed when it finished simply because I was enjoying it so much. I'll be listening to more or Nora Roberts without doubt.

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    Jan Hutchison Montell, TX 11-16-10
    Jan Hutchison Montell, TX 11-16-10 Member Since 2009

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    "Good listening"

    I listened to this in little pieces as I was driving and really enjoyed the story. Having 9 working dogs myself had something to do with that but I also enjoyed the dialogue between Simon and Fiona. The foul language was unnecessary but other than that it was good to keep me awake and interested.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PAM ONEIL Las Vegas, NV United States 11-12-10
    PAM ONEIL Las Vegas, NV United States 11-12-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome, Love it."

    Loved the whole story, the narrator Tanya voice was great, this is another story I will listen to again and again. A must have.

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    Denise 11-03-10
    Denise 11-03-10 Member Since 2003
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    "FUN"

    I enjoyed this book, though it was fun...
    I love dogs, and I very much enjoyed the inneraction between the main characters. Not your usual love story. I laughed out loud with is always a plus for me.

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    Donna M. Carpentier 10-31-10 Member Since 2008

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    "Don't waste the credit!"

    I have been reading Nora Roberts for many years and I am starting to feel like I am hearing the same story with different settings and names. This book was extremely predictable, the narrator was terrible, and with the unnecessary foul language I wish I could get a refund!

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    Peggy 09-13-10
    Peggy 09-13-10 Member Since 2015

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    "delightful"

    I loved this story! I couldn't wait to get home to listen to more. Boo hoo to the whiners who didn't enjoy this story. I found it totally wonderful.

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    NanaMeryl Ocala, FL 09-11-10
    NanaMeryl Ocala, FL 09-11-10 Member Since 2008

    11th/12th Grade Reading Teacher Love reading and love listening to audio books in my car.

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    "Nora Roberts Disappoints for the First Time"

    I can't remember when I thought about not finishing a Nora Roberts novel. The Search was simply not up to her standards. The characters were weak and the story line was predictable. Even the end disappointed because there was really no great confrontation. I knew exactly what was going to happen and it did...without drama or suspense. I wish I could recommend this book...but I can't.

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    Nancy Bradenton, FL, United States 09-10-10
    Nancy Bradenton, FL, United States 09-10-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Outstanding dog training novel by Nora Roberts"

    This book contains two of my absolute favorites - a Nora Roberts mystery and good, sound dog training advice. I was constantly amazed as I read at how well Nora Roberts managed to reflect current principles in positive dog training. She did a GREAT job! Whether you know dogs and dog training, or not, this is a book to enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 09-08-10
    Paul 09-08-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Boring bodice ripper"

    I should have known from the cover that this was a good old fashioned bodice ripper, complete with the brutish man and waif like girl.

    It's SO predictable, the sex scenes were completely cringe worthy and the narrator had the most bizarre intonations, drove me crazy.

    I liked the bits with the dogs, but overall, disappointing, dull, predictable, boring, meh!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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