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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Vision in White by Nora Roberts

Nora Robert's Vision in White is the first book in her new Bride Quartet. Just before the Read-A-Thon I saw a great review of Bed of Roses , which is the second in the quartet, and decided that it looked like something I'd enjoy. Being the sort that likes to read in order, and since Bed of Roses wasn't actually out yet, I grabbed Vision in White from the library. I didn't manage to get to it for the Read-A-Thon, but a week or so later (when the Pirate had the swine flu), I stayed up WAY late to read the entire thing in one sitting.

So, what's it about? The basis for the quartet is the story of four best friends from childhood (Mackensize, Emma, Laurel, and Parker) who grow up to run a very successful wedding business. They each have their own specialty, and as this book is about Mac, it's about her photography. Mac is fiesty, opinionated, and very much anti-love. She grew up with a mother who remarried like you and I change shoes and while she believed that some people could love and be loved, it was not for her. Near the beginning of the book (duh) she runs into Carter, who is the brother of a bride. Carter is exactly my type- he's an English teacher, a Ph.D, he wears glasses and is a bit nerdy in a cute way. He blurts out things he shouldn't even after he practices what he should say. He's also very very patient with Mac once he realizes her roadblocks and waits for her to figure things out.

What did I think? Well I read it in one sitting, didn't I? I loved it. I loved Carter so much. A lot of people don't like beta heroes, but I thought he was perfect. I find the scholar thing incredibly sexy, so that mighta helped. I loved that there really wasn't an external problem to their falling in love, that it was something they would work out between them. I loved that there wasn't a big misunderstanding or a grudge or anything. They didn't keep secrets, they just fell in love. There seem to be quite a few people out there who didn't like Carter, but this was an almost perfect romance novel for me.

Nobody does friendship or family as well as Nora Roberts and I felt like she really hit the nail on the head with these women. I really enjoyed all the behind the scenes look at running the business and the details of the weddings. After reading this one, I actually went out and bought Bed of Roses, which I think was the second book I've paid money for this year. I read it almost as soon as I bought it, and will be posting that review some time next week.

Other reviews of Vision in White, all of which explain the plot better than I did:
Book Binge
Find the Time to Read

Nobody Asked Me
The Good, The Bad, and the Unread
Thrifty Reader (I completely agree with her review, all the reasons why I loved the book!)

Have you read this one? What kind of hero do you fall for? Like me, do you find the nerds to be, well, hot? (Do I even need to mention that I went to a boarding school here?) Are you a Nora Roberts fan? Do you read her JD Robb books instead?

You can find more Nora Roberts on her website.

Vision in White by Nora Roberts
Berkley Trade
343 pages

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  1. Hi Lisa,
    I have been seeing the beautiful book covers for this new Nora Roberts quartet around and fall in love with them every time. I was considering looking for Vision in White at the library eventually, but you've convinced me to borrow it sooner rather than later.

    I read Nora Robert's Circle trilogy which I believe is her attempt at paranormal romance, and while it was decent, it didn't overly impress me either. Since then, I've read four of her In Death books written under her J.D. Robb pen name, and really loved them. I plan on reading the rest of that series, slowly but surely. I think the Bride Quartet sounds like a great way to sample her more traditional romance writing style.

    Thanks for the review! :)

  2. You know, I have to take that back about what I said about Nora Robert's Circle trilogy. It was actually very well written and the story arc was very engaging. I think I just expected more ... I don't know... bang? from a paranormal romance. But looking back, it was an engaging trilogy.

  3. This sounds good, but I have to admit, Nora Roberts is hit or miss for me. I love some of her books - others, not so much.

  4. The other comments here have been informative. I read one book by Nora Roberts and it was like a bad "Murder She Wrote" episode. After that, I decided she wasn't my type of writer. Based on these comments, though, I'm thinking I should give her another chance.

  5. I will have to add this to my goodreads list to read. I am going to be reading forever to get finished with what books I have now.

  6. a) Now I have to read this. Thanks and "thanks a lot"! Do you know hard it is to get your hands on a cheap bestseller in this country? (NZ) "HARD" is the answer.

    b) Every time I've scrolled through your recent posts lately my heart melts seeing your boy mummied up like that. Heartbreaking. Hope things are getting brighter every day.

    c) Your layout looks so crisp and yummy.


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