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There will be many Norah Roberts' fans who will love this book, but there will be others who will say that this is yet another skilful romantic suspense written by a best-selling author to a trusted formula that has become a bit overused. This time I fall into the second camp.
Roberts' once again sets her romantic suspense novel in an idyllic holiday location, Whiskey Beach, a couple of hours from Boston. Eli Brandon's family have lived at Bluff House, a magnificent mansion overlooking the ocean, for many years. He returns to Bluff House to recover from being accused of murdering his wife during a disastrous marriage breakdown. While the police have not been able to make a case against him, he has lost his high paying job as a lawyer and a Boston detective is still pursuing him, almost in vendetta mode.
Enter Abra Walsh who has acted as housekeeper for Eli's grandmother and is a beautiful young woman of many talents (Yoga, Jewellery and cooking). While she has still to fully control the demons in her personal history, her warm and helpful personality help Eli take control of his life again. Of course they obviously become romantically involved. The names, situation and the problems are different but the formula is the same.
The mystery/suspense part is complicated by someone breaking into Bluff House to find long lost secrets of the house going back to pirate days. He attacks Abra and a private investigator hired to follow Eli is murdered. The whole plot is a bit convoluted and unbelievable. Some of us who have read lots of mysteries would have worked out the answers pretty early on. Of course the mysteries get solved and there are every signs that Eli and Abra will live happily ever after.
The Nora Roberts/J D Robb book factory is in full production and I see that she has released yet another book only 3 months after this one. She is a very skilled author of her various genre but to meet her production targets she writes to formulas that tend to become a bit overused. The book was OK but IMHO was not a page-turner for me and certainly not one of her best.