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Nora's vision failed her somewhat on this one
Vision in White - Nora Roberts
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Vision in White - Nora Roberts
Advantages: Easy read
Disadvantages: Story went absolutely nowhere
I was very excited to take a brand new copy of this book home from the library having had my name down for a good few weeks. But it didn't take many pages for me to realise that the book was a little disappointing to say the least.
Vision in White is the first in Nora Roberts' new series, known collectively as The Bride Quartet, set around a wedding planning business which is run by four friends who spent much of their time in childhood playing at weddings. Now, all grown up, one of them is a photographer, one a cook, one a florist and one a brilliant administrator who owns a fabulous house. How convenient!
Synopsis: Mackenzie (Mac) Elliott discovered in childhood that she could capture moments of happiness using a camera, given to her by her absent and uncaring father. She is the product of a broken marriage, both parents having remarried several times and this has made Mac slightly commitment phobic. Enter Carter Macguire, an English teacher at the local high school. Carter's sister is getting married, hence his involvement with our wedding planners and he and Mac soon discover a spark of attraction between them but Carter's ex-girlfriend decides she wants him back.
And that is about all that happens in this book. This is definitely one of Nora Roberts' more character driven novels. However, there was very little conflict, very little action and very little emotion in the story so that by the time I'd reached the end, I had to ask myself why I'd bothered to read it at all. The only way to describe the book really is to say that it was a story that went nowhere.
As this is the first in the series, there was a large element of scene setting and introduction to the main characters but, even so, in previous series, Nora Roberts has always managed to produce a story with a beginning, a middle and an end but this one just seemed to wander aimlessly without ever reaching a satisfactory destination.
Mac comes across as being a very ordinary sort of person, despite the red hair which in romance novels generally indicates a feisty sort of girl. And Carter was just wimpy. He was definitely a hero of the beta variety and rather too needy to be attractive.
l feel very guilty giving a bad review to a Nora Roberts book. She is, when on top form, a consummate storyteller, but for me this one missed the mark by miles.
I will probably read the next in the series, just to see if it improves but this particular book for me was a very average read.
Summary: A very average and disappointing read
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