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Publisher's Summary

Gwen may have left Louisiana a starry-eyed innocent, but now she's returned successful and accomplished. And with enough sense to deal with her mother's maddening boarder, Luke Powers.

But once Gwen meets Luke--a man reputed to be an expert in both words and women--her composure disappears. Now she has stars in her eyes but isn't so innocent.

©2006 Nora Roberts; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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"Her stories have fueled the dreams of twenty-five million readers." (Entertainment Weekly)

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  • Judy
  • Champaign, IL, United States
  • 04-15-09

A disappointment....

I usually like everything I read by Nora Roberts, but this book was a bit of a disappointment. The main character(Gwen came off as very immature and churlish, and she seemed incredibly stupid for acting on an assumption that could have been easily clarified. Since she and Luke had this explosive chemistry between them, how hard would it have been for her to just ask if he had been involved with her mother? Since this is the premise of the entire book, I found myself rolling my eyes several times over the sheer lunacy of it all. And the fact that Gwen blamed Luke for everything rather than taking any responsibility for her own actions was just ridiculous.

The narrator did a good job with the southern accents, but that only made Gwen's southern belle character even more annoying. Not Nora's best work.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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NR fan

I have enjoyed many, many of NR's books. I didn't enjoy this one as much but it is an okay read. Could have just been timing for me. I will always purchase her books and give'em a try because she writes stories I enjoy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not so good

I enjoy Nora and Therese but there just wasn't anything to like about this heroine and the story was boring

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Best narrator

This was a really good book. It was easy to follow for a light read or listen. But what really made this book stand out was the reading by the narrator Who did a remarkable job.

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Save your money!!

I simply didn't like the story. Too damn close to a soap opera. The main female character is beyond annoying. I found myself frustrated. I usually love NRs books this one was a serious let down.

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  • Y.
  • Madison, MS, United States
  • 06-20-13

Not Nora's best, just ok

Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Therese Plummer?

Yes, I like Nora Robert, this was annoying at times. Too much whining and seemed childish at times, and yes! that accent drove me crazy!!!

Would you be willing to try another book from Nora Roberts? Why or why not?

Yes, I like her as an author.

What aspect of Therese Plummer’s performance would you have changed?

The accent, it drove me crazy. I think Gwen living in NY for 2 years she could have made her accent better. Her mother was fine because she lives in NO but that accent, ugh!!!!

Did Her Mother's Keeper inspire you to do anything?

Wanted to stop listening at one point.

Any additional comments?

I love Nora Roberts' work. I especially loved the Witness, it was strong, well read and narrated. This one at times was childish and annoying. Very predictable and typical story line. I completed the book but there were no surprises! just ok!

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  • randy
  • ROCKLIN, CA, United States
  • 03-27-13

Not the best.

What disappointed you about Her Mother's Keeper?

It was very slow and didn't keep my interest. I could have stopped in the middle and never finished it. The story was predictable and not what I've come to know from Nora Roberts.

Has Her Mother's Keeper turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. I love me some romance novels. This one just didn't strike my fancy.

What about Therese Plummer’s performance did you like?

The performance was fine.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Her Mother's Keeper?

There were quite a few times that a thought or action was reiterated. After the third time I start thinking, "All right, I get it!"

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  • Thomas
  • Mt Holly, NC, United States
  • 03-23-13

romantic and classy

What did you love best about Her Mother's Keeper?

feeling the connection between Gwen and Luke

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gwen

Which scene was your favorite?

Gwen and Luke fishing

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

neither gave me hope true love can happen

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  • lorri
  • bumpass, virginia, United States
  • 02-19-13

in my opinion

What did you love best about Her Mother's Keeper?

I love Nora Roberts she is a outstanding author!!!!!<br/>Love this story and think is was a good listen, put a smile on my face!

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Stopped the book..couldn't listen anymore

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better story as well as the accents. I couldn't get into the story at all and I love Nora Roberts.

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

I have no clue. Maybe this was written on a bad day or just the narrator

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The simpleton Louisiana accents. It made me think of a civil war plantation house. Ugh

What character would you cut from Her Mother's Keeper?

Have no idea I stopped half way through

Any additional comments?

It was cheap, it's the only reason I got it but I have never stopped listening to a book before. I just couldn't take it. The accents were killing me