Bookish Matters

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

—Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Monday, November 12, 2012

On the Bookshelf—How do I love Nora Roberts? Let me count the ways.

The chance to make a life together...Love, a home, a family that comes from me and the man I love. And, of course, I want my job, good muscle tone, and a fabulous collection of shoes.
—from The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts

Just finished the newest Nora Roberts book, The Perfect Hope, last in the Inn Boonsboro Trilogy. I love Nora Roberts books. Sometimes Roberts isn't as elegant and discerning on a syntax and diction level as I'd like, but she's got some lovely passages. Her books are about strong women in fulfilling careers, with faithful friends and loving family, finding a man you're passionate about to make a life with. As Kate Nagy has said about a Nora Roberts book, it's about "happy, pleasant people being pleasantly happy with one another." Of course, there's conflict, there's always an evil ex-boyfriend to deal with or a lover's quarrel to overcome, sometimes a ghost in the attic you need to help find peace. But overall, the Nora Roberts novel is a world I love to live in, one that is inspiring and touching and can be strived for off the page, in my own life.

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