Friday, January 30, 2009

Tribute by Nora Roberts

When Cilla McGowan buys the Little Farm from her mother, with plans of restoring it to its former glory, she is trying to begin a new chapter in her life, but she has no idea how drastically her life is about to change.

The Little Farm was bought years ago by Cilla's grandmother, Janet Hardy, during her heyday as a singer and film star. When Janet committed suicide, Cilla's mother abandoned the farm and has neglected it ever since. Cilla is fascinated both by the Little Farm, and by her grandmother, with whom she feels a connection. She hopes to begin a new life in the Virginia area, as she turns her back on Hollywood, and the career that her mother had staked out for her. Instead, she plans to start a business renovating and flipping old houses.

While Cilla has all her attention on restoring the Little Farm, her neighbor, graphic novelist Ford Sawyer, is intrigued by her, and determined to get to know her better. Slowly, they develop a relationship, as Cilla begins to settle in the community and move forward with her project.

Unfortunately, someone seems unhappy that Cilla has moved into the area, and she is soon dealing with vandalism, and anonymous threats. She also finds love letters belonging to her grandmother that seem to date from just before Janet Hardy's death. Cilla begins to wonder if the letters and the threats are connected.

This is a fun romantic suspense novel, with interesting characters, an intriguing backstory, and a compelling mystery. Additionally, I found the descriptions of Ford's work on a new graphic novel, and Cilla's renovation of the Little Farm to be fascinating. While this is not one of Nora Robert's best novels, it is a worthy read on a cold winter's night.

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