For years, Nora Roberts was on my MUST HAVE THE PRECIOUS auto-buy list. I think I have read everything she has written since the 1980's - not that I'm old enough to have been reading in the 80's. My bookshelf contains an unbelievable number of her books and my daughter thinks she is my favorite author. Two years ago, this would have been a true statement. Then, it happened; she disappointed me. Repeatedly.
It all started with her Blood Brothers Trilogy.
I loved the books and the characters, but the end of each book was just
disappointing. The stories wrapped up, not with my usual satisfaction,
but with a "you mean that's it?"
Then, there was Black Hills.
I couldn't wait for her to write a book about the area that I live in.
These hills need to be a character because they are so beautiful and
special. That book made me angry. She not only left me asking if she’d
ever even studied anything about the Black Hills, but the story was not
very good. I didn't connect with the hero or heroine like I had hoped.
all honesty, I was willing to admit that maybe my dislike for the book
was the way she totally misrepresented the Black Hills. Perhaps, since I
currently live in the Black Hills area, I was not able to have the
suspension of disbelief that we usually have when we read fiction. So, I
read her Bridal Quartet books.
They were a fun sweet read, but they really just didn't do it for me.
That's when I had to admit that Nora just doesn't have what I want any
I haven't read Chasing Fire, and I have no desire to read The Next Always. It just sounds like the Bridal Quartet
with a new setting. It seems like she keeps telling the same story
repeatedly with different names and places, but overall the same plot.
Then, I saw that The Next Always
was on a bestseller list and I wondered why. Do readers continue to buy
these books because they are hoping she will impress them again or do
they actually like the comfort of the same author retelling the same
I like books that take me away and let me dive into a different
reality, with characters and places that make me love them and wish for
more. Nora Roberts hasn't taken me there in a long time. So, tell me:
Are you still in love with Nora or have you broken up with her like I