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This one was a gorgeous reading. I liked the setting in the rural Virginia with all those family clans which are going a long way back, their gossips and their secrets. I loved the main charater's capability the renovate her grandma's house and her familiarity to work with all those tools. Also the romance wasn't to miss out but it was also not so overloaded. It was very gripping and I was guessing until the very last page who was doing such harm to Cilla. ( )
  Ameise1 | Dec 17, 2013 |
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  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
The characters did not grab me as much as Nora Roberts' others seem to. I did not like the dream/memory aspects of the buildup of the mystery and the villain was predictable. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Apr 2, 2013 |
I'm a Nora Roberts fan, and I've read a lot of her books - this just wasn't one of my favorites.

Cilla McGowan, a former child star, has left her Hollywood life behind for a new start in Virginia, where her deceased grandmother, major movie star Janet Hardy, owned a farm. Cilla purchases the long-neglected farm from her mother and begins renovating it, in hopes of settling there. Along the way, she meets and befriends her neighbor, Ford, a character I thoroughly enjoyed. Ms. Roberts excels in writing her "leading men". Cilla begins to receive threats, and bad things start happening to her shortly after her arrival, so she ultimately must decide if she should stay in Virginia. Her grandmother left bad blood behind in the small Virginia town, and Cilla's paying for it. She has decisions to make: is love worth it? The work she's putting into the house? Honoring her grandmother's legacy?

While I did enjoy the book, I found myself bored by the seemingly endless descriptions of house renovation. I just didn't care about that, and Ms. Roberts went into entirely too much detail. The love story was sweet, and I enjoyed the elements of danger, but overall, this isn't one of Nora's best. I'd recommend it for an easy, light read. ( )
  MSFJones | Apr 1, 2013 |
Not the same cover I have... but oh well. What a tremendous book! I was a little unsure at first, but this is truly Nora at her finest. No one does romantic suspense as well as her, and "Tribute" does not disappoint . ( )
  tonile.helena | Mar 31, 2013 |
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The sensuality in this prose is too lush to bother with sex. The dialogue and dream sequences are there strictly to establish plot points. And the plot, the plot is there to … to what? To remind readers of their desire for fame and beauty (and a rehabbed house), comfort them about their sexual anxiety (best to skip it, eh?), their sense that our own real non-hallucinogenically intense world is too complex to be interesting. Cilla longs only for the normalcy her readers already possess (a wealthy and well-appointed version, of course, because who wants to read about poor people?). And her readers, presumably, long only for the next Nora Roberts novel.
 
Roberts really knows how to tell a great story.
 

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Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley is a long way from Hollywood. And that’s exactly how Cilla McGowan wants it. Cilla, a former child star who has found more satisfying work as a restorer of old houses, has come to her grandmother’s farmhouse, tools at her side, to rescue it from ruin. Sadly, no one was able to save her grandmother, the legendary Janet Hardy. An actress with a tumultuous life, Janet entertained glamorous guests and engaged in decadent affairs--but died of an overdose in this very house more than thirty years earlier. To this day, Janet haunts Cilla’s dreams. And during waking hours, Cilla is haunted by her melodramatic, five-times-married mother, who carried on in the public spotlight and never gave her a chance at a normal childhood. By coming east, rolling up her sleeves, and rehabbing this wreck of a house, Cilla intends to find some kind of normalcy for herself. Plunging into the project with gusto, she’s almost too busy to notice her neighbor, graphic novelist Ford Sawyer--but his lanky form, green eyes, and easy, unflappable humor (not to mention his delightfully ugly dog, Spock) are hard to ignore. Determined not to perpetuate the family tradition of ill-fated romances, Cilla steels herself against Ford’s quirky charm, but she can’t help indulging in a little fantasy. But love and a peaceful life may not be in the cards for Cilla. In the attic, she has found a cache of unsigned letters suggesting that Janet Hardy was pregnant when she died--and that the father was a local married man. Cilla can’t help but wonder what really happened all those years ago. The mystery only deepens with a series of intimidating acts and a frightening, violent assault. And if Cilla and Ford are unable to sort out who is targeting her and why, she may--like her world-famous grandmother-- be cut down in the prime of her life.
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Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a long way from Hollywood. And that’s exactly how Cilla McGowan likes it. Cilla, a former child star, has found a more satisfying life working with her hands to restore homes from floor to ceiling – and has come here to her grandmother’s farmhouse, tools at her side, to rescue it from ruin. Sadly, no one had been able to save her grandmother, the legendary Janet Hardy. An actress with a golden voice and a tumultuous life, Janet entertained glamorous guests and engaged in decadent affairs – but died of an overdose in this very house more than thirty years ago. To this day, Janet haunts Cilla’s dreams. And during her waking hours, Cilla is haunted by her melodramatic, five-times-married mother, who carried on in the public spotlight and never gave her a chance at a normal childhood. By coming to the East Coast, rolling up her sleeves, and rehabbing this wreck of a house, Cilla intends to take a shot at finding some kind of normalcy for herself. Cilla has her work cut out for her – the house, once a place of comfort and simple rural beauty, is long neglected, crumbling, the grounds choked by weeds. Plunging into the project with gusto, she’s almost too busy and exhausted to notice her neighbor, graphic novelist Ford Sawyer – but his lanky form, green eyes, and easy, unflappable humor (not to mention his delightfully ugly dog, Spock) are hard to ignore. Determined not to carry on the family tradition of ill-fated romances, Cilla steels herself against Ford’s quirky charm, but she can’t help indulging in a little fantasy. But love and a peaceful life may not be in the cards for Cilla. In the house’s cluttered attic, she has found a cache of unsigned letters, tied with a faded red ribbon, suggesting that Janet Hardy was pregnant when she died – and that the father of her child was a local married man. Cilla can’t help but wonder what really happened all those years ago. The mystery only deepens with a series of cruel and intimidating acts and a frightening, violent assault. And if Cilla and Ford are unable to sort out who is targeting her and why, she may, like her world-famous grandmother, be cut down in the prime of her life.

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Cilla, a former child star who has found more satisfying work as a restorer of old houses, has come to her grandmother's Shenandoah Valley farmhouse, tools at her side, to rescue it from ruin. In the attic, she finds a cache of unsigned letters suggesting that her grandmother was pregnant when she died and that the father was a local married man. When Cilla becomes the target of a series of intimidating acts and a frightening, violent assault, her neighbor, graphic novelist Ford Sawyer, steps in to help her sort out who is targeting her and why.… (more)

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