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Subject: Nora Roberts suggestions
Date Posted: 10/27/2008 6:14 PM ET
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I have tried to read one of her books a few years back and could not get into it. I am on a kick where I need new authors to read, (just dicovered Robyn Carr and Susan Wiggs) but I was wondering if anyone could recomend a good Nora Roberts book that would be sure to make a fan out of me. I like Romance, and Romance with a bit of mystery and suspense.  (and millions of readers cannot be wrong...) I figure there is at least one book by her that I can read and then will want me to read everything else.  Thanks in advance, Ry

Date Posted: 10/27/2008 6:45 PM ET
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My favourites:

Northern Lights

Chesapeake Bay series (Sea Swept, Rising Tides, Inner Harbor, Chesapeake Blue)

High Noon

You'd probably enjoy the In Death series she writes as J.D. Robb. 

Date Posted: 10/27/2008 6:47 PM ET
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I would also recommend the "in death" series. I didn't like any Roberts I tried before that. Now I like her generally, but those are still the best.

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Date Posted: 10/27/2008 6:59 PM ET
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My personal NR favorites:

The Born In Trilogy (Born In Fire, Born In Ice, Born in Shame): 2 sisters in Ireland, and an American relative are the 3 heroines of this series -

Chesapeake Bay Series (Sea Swept, Rising Tides, Inner Harbor, Chesapeake Blue) 3 adult sons, formerly foster children saved as young teens from the streets, plus the 4th preteen foster son that the 3 men agree to take in - (his story is when he gets older) - great heroes, very alpha, these books practically drip testosterone. Each son is featured as the hero in one book, but all of them get a lot of copy in each book, so you get a continuous story. Slight paranormal element - the deceased father of the men appears to each son with advice, sorta in a dream but not exactly.

The Reef: it's about finding buried treasure at sea and it's a suspense/murder mystery with romance

Three Fates: it's one book but features 3 siblings and their relationships as they try to reunite 3 ancient statues (the Three Fates) so it's suspense too

Tribute: it's about a former child star moving into her grandmother's home to renovate/flip it, and the love interest is the sorta nerdy beta hero, who lives across the street and writes graphic novels for a living. The grandmother character vaguely reminds me of Judy Garland - tragic outcome to the life of a famous star - and the intrigue is in finding the truth about her death which happened years before the book starts. Slight paranormal element in the heroine's dreams of her grandmother. Nice, different treatment for a NR hero, since he isn't a foster child, has no street smarts, has a nice family, and doesn't even know how to use power tools. Oh, and a Notable Pet: Spock, the hero's dog - very cute fellow.

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Date Posted: 10/27/2008 7:17 PM ET
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I really like the Born In trilogy - in reverse order but there's on ongoing storyline (sort of) that goes in order though I read the 2nd book first..Born in Fire, Born in Ice, and Born in Shame.I like the woman in 'ice' best but the guy in 'shame'. Montana Sky is also good.

Date Posted: 10/27/2008 7:19 PM ET
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I'm enjoying the Irish trilogy right now- on book 2 at the moment.  These have a bit of the paranormal in them, and not much in the way of suspense, but not having been a huge fan of Nora Roberts before, I am liking these.  The titles are 1)Jewels of the Sun 2) Tears of the Moon, and 3) Heart of the Sea.

Date Posted: 10/27/2008 7:38 PM ET
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I also recommend the In Death series that Roberts writes under the name J. D. Robb. It starts with Naked in Death (In Death, Bk 1)

Date Posted: 10/27/2008 10:07 PM ET
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Only read a couple by this author and like you I have had a  hard time really "loving" anything by this author... Majority of her stuff are kinda OK..not bad, nothing to brag about...but I must admit, Honest Illusion by Robert was absolutely WONDERFUL.  Its an oldie, a keeper.  This book has received a 4.5 stars on Amazon out of 70 reviewers.... IMO, deserved every star.

Date Posted: 10/28/2008 10:06 AM ET
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions and I will review what I have been given! :0)

Date Posted: 10/28/2008 7:19 PM ET
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Montana Sky

Date Posted: 10/28/2008 9:19 PM ET
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Thanks again everyone...I decided to give the Born series a try, it sounds like something I would read. One of the PBS memebers has a hardcover that contains all three. Perfect for a trial run! The next one I think is Montana Sky. Then from there I can explore further.

Date Posted: 11/8/2008 11:47 PM ET
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I would suggest River's End, True Betrayals, and Carolina Moon.  All three are imo excellent mystery/suspense/romance  books by her.  :) 

I've also read Montana Sky as I saw listed above and it too is a great mystery romance imo! :)   I love her books, romance, historical romance, mystery, suspense, you name it!  :)  I've not read her books by J.D. Robb, but I'll bet they are good! :)

Date Posted: 11/9/2008 9:59 PM ET
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The first book I read by Roberts was Carolina Moon (a light paranormal....no vampires or such) and loved it. The second was Carnal Innocence. I was extremely impressed so I started reading more and more. I have tons yet to read but have read quite a bit. She writes so quickly and so much that I probably will never read them all.

Date Posted: 11/9/2008 10:40 PM ET
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The one book by Nora that I truly fell in love with was Angel Falls......I've read it twice now.