Author: Nora Roberts

Audio Review: Divine Evil by Nora Roberts

Posted November 6, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

Audio Review: Divine Evil by Nora RobertsDivine Evil by Nora Roberts
Narrator: Kimberly Farr
Published by Books on Tape on August 3, 2004
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Format: Audiobook
Length: 17 hours, 39 minutes
Source: Library
Audio | Goodreads
four-half-stars
three-half-flames

Sculptor Clare Kimball has captured the attention of the New York art world. But big-city success cannot burn away the half-remembered nightmares that have plagued Clare since childhood. These phantoms of the past have drawn her home to Emmitsboro, Maryland, to the small town where she grew up and where her father died in circumstances never really explained. Not much in her hometown seems to have changed, but within the dark woods of Emmitsboro something evil spreads its poisonous power. Now the once-peaceful town is wrapped in a cloak of terror, hiding a treacherous heart. And now Clare must pay the price for digging up the secrets of the past...and confront an evil that may be unstoppable - because those who practice it believe it is divine.

 

 

An oldie but still goodie!

 
Clare Kimball is a sculptor whose work has gained notoriety and success in the art world. Just as she should be basking in the acceptance of critics and buyers, Clare abruptly decides to leave New York and return to her Emmitsboro, Maryland, her hometown and site of so many painful memories. After having worked as a detective in Washington, DC, Cameron (Cam) Rafferty has also returned to Emmitsboro as the sheriff, escaping to a much quieter life on the streets and in his home. Neither Clare or Cam could have foreseen the evil that lived inside of the town, even though her nightmares were born there.

 
What a truly creepy story! At least 13 men in that town were practicing satanic rituals incognito but it seemed to me it was a cover for some kinky behavior, that is until it took a murderous turn. Before I reached the end, I’d guessed the identities of most of them but was stunned by the twist at the end. Very, very clever Ms. Roberts and message received. Evil doesn’t necessarily show up in plain sight or stereotypically sinister. I enjoyed listening to the story as the narrator delivered an excellent performance. Even though this is an older book, it didn’t have many dated moments, if you exclude the obvious absence of cell phones. Highly recommend this book and the audio format.

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About Kimberly Farr

Kimberly Farr has appeared on Broadway, at the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Roundabout Theatre, Playwright’s Horizons, and the American Place. She created the role of “Eve” in Arthur Miller’s first and only musical, Up From Paradise, which was directed by the author. She appeared with Vanessa Redgrave in the Broadway production of The Lady From the Sea. She has also acted in regional theatres from Los Angeles to New Haven, Connecticut, including the original production of The 1940’s Radio Hour at Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage. Random House Audio.

Kimberley Farr was born on October 16, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is an actress, known for Missing (1982), Live-In (1989) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).

About Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. She married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland where she worked briefly as a legal secretary. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old.

Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.

Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.

Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.

Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.”

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Audio Review: Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

Audio Review: Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

Posted June 19, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    I listened to this story without reading the book blurb and highly recommend doing it this way as I think too much is revealed in the setup. It’s enough to know that this story involves the Bodine family of Western Montana, which includes four generations of women. The main character is Bodine Longbow, the youngest who runs the family’s high-end resort. Her older brother runs the adjacent family ranch. Her childhood crush, Callen (Cal) Skinner returns back to the area following a stint in Hollywood and begins working for the family.   The span of the story begins in 1991 and transitions to the present day for the first half of the book. It begins with the 1991 disappearance of Alice Bodine, Bodine’s […]


Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts

Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts

Posted July 6, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 6 Comments

    The journey of the six continues following the collection of the first star. This time, the locale is the Isle of Capri in Italy and Nerezza eventually discovers them. But this time, she enlists the help of a rogue known to the group. Sawyer King and his famous compass are the focus, as is the beautiful Annika, the siren from the sea.   Though plagued with a terribly slow start, Annika made this a captivating and fun story. Her naïveté and innocence, overlayed with a joyous and playful spirit, provided much comic relief among the dark and violence. Sawyer’s attempts at resistance were also laughable but just made their romance more endearing.   The fight scenes were brutal and there are some very […]


Audio Review: The Obsession by Nora Roberts

Audio Review: The Obsession by Nora Roberts

Posted May 6, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 9 Comments

     When Naomi Carson was 11-years old, she made a horrific discovery about her father that forever changed her life and that of her family. She worked hard to put that event behind her and recreate herself through her photography. When she lands in Sunset Cove, Washington, it appears she’s found her final home. That is until her past seems to dangerously reemerge. This is now on my list of favorite NR titles. I liked how the story was presented, chronicling the important phases of Naomi’s life that helped shape the woman she became. Considerable time and detail was given for each, allowing for her to appear as a 3-dimensional character. Naomi’s relationships with the people in Sunset Cove gave the story texture and […]


It’s Fantasy! Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts

It’s Fantasy! Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts

Posted November 3, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

    Sasha Riggs lives a lonely, solitary life as a painter in the mountains of North Carolina. When she becomes plagued by disturbing dreams that manifests into her art, she decides to give into the pull and ends up in Corfu, Greece. From there, she meets five people who will become part of her destiny, one of whom, Bran Killian, will mean much more.   I loved the mythology of this story, which forms the foundation for the tale. The quest is for three stars created many years before by three goddesses of light. They must find and reunite them before a powerful and evil dark goddess does so. Each of the six has unique gifts that are slowly revealed, adding a bit of […]


Audio Review: The Liar by Nora Roberts

Audio Review: The Liar by Nora Roberts

Posted April 24, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    Shelby Pomeroy Foxworth is recently widowed and finding that her husband wasn’t who he presented himself to be. She and her three-year old daughter, Callie, are now saddled with enormous debt instead of the wealth she thought she was inheriting. Shelby returns to her hometown in the foothills of Tennessee to recreate her life, re-establish relationships with family and friends and start anew. She gets the attention of Griff Lott, a building contractor, whose bowled over by her and her daughter.   While I liked the story it fell really short of a typical romantic suspense story by Nora Roberts. There’s plenty of humor, heartbreak and romance with a healthy dose of family dynamics. There is a mystery element but it just isn’t […]


Friends to Lovers with an Evil Twist! Audio Review of Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts

Friends to Lovers with an Evil Twist! Audio Review of Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts

Posted October 30, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

As with the first story in this trilogy, Dark Witch, it begins in the past with the three children of the first dark witch, Sorcha. I love this aspect as it’s entrenched in the underlying mythology. Each time we learn a little bit more about Cabhan, the dark sorcerer, which helps the six friends figure out a way to defeat him. Connor’s my favorite of all the characters. His breezy, fun-loving spirit is infectious and endears him to friends and family. He’s the kind of guy that is popular with the ladies but doesn’t leave a trail of broken hearts. They all seem to know it’s just for fun. Even with Meara, who he’s known all his life, their friendship has never wavered. After a […]


Demon Troubles in The Hollow by  Nora Roberts

Demon Troubles in The Hollow by Nora Roberts

Posted October 28, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 6 Comments

    The story continues, this time focusing on Fox O’Dell and Layla Darnell. A bit of background If you recall from Blood Brothers, Fox and his two friends, Cal and Gage, unwittingly unleashed a demon when they were 10-years old by sharing and spilling their blood near the Pagan Stone on their shared birthday. Every seven years the demon resurfaces, wreaking havoc in the town and causing death and destruction. They’ve determined that Fox, Cal and Gage are all descendants of a wizard who contained the demon decades ago. Layla, along with Quinn and Cybill, are descendants of the demon but have paranormal skills that connect with the guys. Fox and Layla Fox has the ability to read minds, has lived with and embraced it. […]