Monday, July 14, 2008

Tribute by Nora Roberts

Cilla McGown, former child star and granddaughter of movie star Janet Hardy, is rebuilding her life - and her grandmother's favorite retreat, an old farmhouse that has been allowed to fall into disrepair after her grandmother's untimely death. With experience in real estate flipping houses, Cilla is up to the task of paying tribute to her grandmother by bringing the house back to life, but can she solve the mystery of Janet's death? Did she commit suicide or was she murdered?

When Cilla unearths some letters from the past, the mystery deepens. With the help of her neighbor, sexy graphic novelist Ford Sawyer who happens to live across the street, Cilla deals with unnerving scare tactics from an unknown assailant, a publicity-seeking visit from her mother, and a near-fatal attack on her ex-husband.

Not Nora Roberts' best work, the suspense portion of the story suffers from contrived events and a formulaic plot. However, the strength of the novel lies in the romance and characterizations. Roberts delivers interesting, nuanced characters whose romance carries the story. Nora Roberts fans will enjoy Cilla and Ford.

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