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Vision in White: The Bride Quartet, Book 1 | [Nora Roberts]

Vision in White: The Bride Quartet, Book 1

The women at Vows - a wedding planning company in Connecticut - make it their business to create memorable events for couples sealing their bonds. And though the bonds among Parker, Emma, Mac, and Laurel may not be official, they are very real - and equally worthy of celebration.
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The women at Vows - a wedding planning company in Connecticut - make it their business to create memorable events for couples sealing their bonds. And though the bonds among Parker, Emma, Mac, and Laurel may not be official, they are very real - and equally worthy of celebration.

Mackensie Elliot's experience with her broken family has convinced her the only way to make happiness last is to take a picture of it. She does just that at Vows - where her photos, Laurel's cakes, Emma's flowers, and Parker's almost frightening organizational skills combine for a flourishing business. As a bonus, the four friends are able to live on the grounds of Parker's sprawling family estate, where the weddings and other events are staged. Sometimes it means dealing with drama - but even the worst mother-of-the-bridezilla can't compare to Mac's own manipulative mom. Every time Mac talks to her she winds up drained - and so does her bank account.

What helps distract her is slightly-geeky, slightly-klutzy, but oh-so-cute English teacher Carter Maguire. Mac's enjoying the vibe with him - and has no intention of ruining it by making the same mistake her mother makes again and again: getting married. But as the women of Vows band together to score a major client, and Mac nears the breaking point with her mother, she begins to wonder if it's time to come out from behind the camera, and put herself in the picture.

©2009 Nora Roberts; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Amanda West Lakes, Australia 07-23-13
    Amanda West Lakes, Australia 07-23-13
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    "Lovely story, easy reading"
    What made the experience of listening to Vision in White the most enjoyable?

    The characters were very likeable and I could relate to them.


    If you’ve listened to books by Nora Roberts before, how does this one compare?

    It is as good as any. I do love her books always flow well and easy to read.


    What about Emily Durante’s performance did you like?

    She does a good job, I have listened to a few narrated by her.


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    jin McKinney, TX, United States 06-30-13
    jin McKinney, TX, United States 06-30-13
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    "The narrator takes some getting use to"
    If you could sum up Vision in White in three words, what would they be?

    hilarious, aww inducing


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story Nora Roberts is a great story teller.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When carter banks his head against the door when they first meet lol.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When carter took her for a walk in the snow when she was drunk from her psycho mom.


    Any additional comments?

    read it. If you like I listened to the other ones first, then the narrator will take some getting used to but in you make it past the first chapter it wont bother you so much.

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    S Mandel S. Calgary, Alberta Canada 06-01-13
    S Mandel S. Calgary, Alberta Canada 06-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Nora Robers book again"
    What made the experience of listening to Vision in White the most enjoyable?

    This and the whole series are books about friendship. It was very fun to listen to how Mac became a professional in her Photo's with a Blue butterfly


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mac falling for Cater and not knowing it


    Have you listened to any of Emily Durante’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Emily is a good reader I enjoy listening to her.


    Any additional comments?

    The whole Bride Quartet series is fun and very great to listen to.

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    Tina Marie Ohio 05-10-13
    Tina Marie Ohio 05-10-13 Member Since 2009

    Tina Reiter

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    "Not bad for a first in series."

    Vision in White is the first book in The Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts and such a sweet read. The series surrounds 4 best friends who all bring their area of expertise to Vows; the friend’s wedding planning business. Vision in White showcases Mackenzie, the wedding photographer, and Carter.

    Mackenzie “Mac” Elliot absolutely loves her life. She has the best job in the world. She photographs and memorializes the most important moments in life. As a wedding photographer she captures the love and forever after for so many, yet she doesn’t believe in it for herself. Her own parents have taught her that love is always temporary. That’s why when she bumps into an old acquaintance and he starts to stir up all kinds of feelings that she doesn’t believe in it scares her and all she wants to do is run.

    Carter Macguire has just literally bumbled his way back into the life of his high school crush. He’s a responsible, successful author and high school teacher now and has all kinds of adult feelings towards Mac. Helping her face her fears and her past is not for the faint of heart, but he is definitely up for the task.

    I really, really enjoyed Carter. His geeky, bumbling around made me smile. I love that despite all that clumsiness Ms. Roberts highlighted what a good, strong man he is. Not to mention, the hot, sexy moments the couple shared.

    Mac’s mother absolutely drove me out of my mind. I am sure many people were annoyed that a supposedly strong Mackenzie allowed her mother to walk all over her at every turn. But, this I understand. It happens so often. It’s so easy to get caught up in old habits and roles. I love how the situation was handled and the strength that Mac discovered she had when she finally stood up for herself with the help of Carter and her friends.

    As the first book in a series we sometimes struggled with the “first in the series” curse. At times, it was too wordy and the story was stretched out, but this is to be expected when the background has to be explained. It wasn’t unbearable or overdone, just a really good, solid, sweet read. I will definitely be moving on in this series.


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    Kim Port Macquarie, Australia 04-17-13
    Kim Port Macquarie, Australia 04-17-13
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    "Vows is where I would have liked my wedding"

    I liked that Carter was not the perfect man and Mac saw the man on the inside

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    Linda A. Madsen Wylie, TX, United States 03-09-13
    Linda A. Madsen Wylie, TX, United States 03-09-13 Member Since 2010

    linda

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    "Narrator ruins a decent story"
    What did you like best about Vision in White? What did you like least?

    Good story overall when I could get beyond the little girl lisp of the narrator. She might be good for a children's book but not for romantic fictions.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The narrator. Did no one direct the production? Her characterization of the main male character made him sound like some kind of thick headed lug, not an Ivy League Ph. D.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emily Durante?

    Any one with a clear well-modulated voice.


    Was Vision in White worth the listening time?

    I debate with myself on that one. I would suggest members listen to the sample before going to purchase. I enjoy Nora Roberts' works immensely but I wish I had read this one in book form.


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    Susan Virginia Beach, VA, United States 02-25-13
    Susan Virginia Beach, VA, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful series"
    Would you listen to Vision in White again? Why?

    yes, it is such a good story. I enjoyed how the characters are all introduced in the first book. You get to see them grow and fall in love. You dream about who ends up with who.


    What other book might you compare Vision in White to and why?

    Inn at Boonsboro - the last boyfriend. Has the same feel. Introduction of the characters are the same. They are all right there from the beginning and you just want a happy ever after for all of them!


    Have you listened to any of Emily Durante’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She's good I enjoy her voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Business leads to romance, love and happily ever after!


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy Nora Roberts books. I read the books then listen to them on audible. Sometimes it changes how i precieve the characters. It brings new life to the same story.

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    Juanita South Haven, Michigan, United States 02-18-13
    Juanita South Haven, Michigan, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not Up To Nora's Usuall Stantards"
    What would have made Vision in White better?

    More suspense, excitement, mystery...


    What could Nora Roberts have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I have been a Nora Roberts fan for years. This was the most hohum book I have ever read.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Emily Durante’s performances?

    NO!!!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Vision in White?

    None; why make it duller than it already is.


    Any additional comments?

    After such trilogies as 3 Sister Island; Boonesboro Inn, The Hollow, The Keys, etc.....
    I am thuroughly disappointed in this set.

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    Donna Lenoir, NC, United States 01-07-13
    Donna Lenoir, NC, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012

    Reading is my greatest pleasure and I read for entertainment. Mystery, suspense and romance are my picks.

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    "Not Spectacular"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There wasn't very much meat to this story. Nora Roberts is usually a master of the story but it was a very shallow and predictable read. There wasn't a lot of substance to it at all. It should have been more complex with a little bit of surprise in it. It was just like the second part of the Bride Quartet and I suspect parts 3 and 4 will be similar


    If you’ve listened to books by Nora Roberts before, how does this one compare?

    I will read anything Nora Roberts writes because I know I won't be disappointed but this wasn't up to par at all. It didn't have any of the suspense or surprises that normally characterize her books.


    Which character – as performed by Emily Durante – was your favorite?

    None were outstanding. All of the characters were likable but predictable and boring.


    Do you think Vision in White needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    As this was the first of four parts, I think that if all parts had been combined into one book with a little more plot and substance, it would have been much better.


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    Darlys Des Moines, IA, United States 01-04-13
    Darlys Des Moines, IA, United States 01-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another great love story"
    If you could sum up Vision in White in three words, what would they be?

    cute love story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mac, she was a complex character that evolved througout the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The night Carter had Mac over for dinner for the 1st time.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Forever the photographer


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