Sunday, 28 April 2013

Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts

Received for review

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (18 April 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0749958111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749958114

For more than three hundred years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore—and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home…

A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of—but never arrested for—the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife.

He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though. Whiskey Beach’s resident housekeeper, yoga instructor, jewelry maker, and massage therapist, Abra is a woman of many talents—including helping Eli take control of his life and clear his name. But as they become entangled in each other, they find themselves caught in a net that stretches back for centuries—one that has ensnared a man intent on reaping the rewards of destroying Eli Landon once and for all…

Cover: Love this simple yet relevant cover, and it's a gorgeous hardback.

Yes!  Nora Roberts is back!  
I've never hated a Nora Roberts book, but there have been books I've loved, and books I've just liked.  This...this I loved.
This romantic thriller had me hooked from the get go.
Eli was an interesting and complex character.  Accused of a murder he didn't commit, hounded by a cop that is blind to his innocence, and a fledgling writer.
Abra was equally interesting.  I loved her as Eli's romantic interest.  She's a character that has also faced tragedy, but has come back loving life and does everything she loves- she's a yoga instructor, masseuse, waitress, housekeeper, etc.
She refuses to let Eli wallow, and gives him a new lease of life.  She's extremely likable.
Their romance was cute, sweet and slow building.  Loved everything about theur relationship.
Eli moves back to his family house in Whiskey Beach to try and escape the hell his life had become and claw his life back, but the mystery doesn't stop.  Someone clearly doesn't think he's innocent.  I loved that we got the mystery of who killed Eli's wife, along with an old family legend of pirate treasure, and Nora Roberts managed to magically weave them together.
I did manage to guess the killer, but it didn't diminish the book in anyway. 
The characters really make this book great.  Not only Eli and Abra, but Eli's grandmother- hilarious and feisty, and even Barbie- the retriever, has character!
I thoroughly enjoyed this read and highly recommend it not only to Nora Roberts fans, but also to anyone that enjoys a good suspenseful, romantic thriller.
4.5/5 stars!

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