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Carolina Moon

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  33,702 Ratings  ·  634 Reviews
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts—an utterly spellbinding tale about a woman who, though battered in both body and spirit, can never lose Hope…

Tory Bodeen grew up in South Carolina, in a small run-down house, where her father ruled with an iron fist and a leather belt—and where her dreams and talents had no room to flourish. But she had Hope, who lived
Paperback, Jove, 470 pages
Published April 2001 by Penguin Putnam Berkley (first published January 1st 2000)
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Oct 30, 2012 Kinga rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so bad and made me so angry that I wasn't going to write a review but my OCD is stronger than me, also, I need to vent somewhere.

First, let's make one thing clear. I don't hate cheesy popular literature. Oh no, no. I embrace trash. I suspend my disbelief when needed, I swallow cliches like they were milk and honey, I even put up with bad writing. All that, so I can be entertained.

When I have gone so far in sacrificing my delicate literary sensibilities and you, in turn, have failed
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
"Hope is the thing with feathers-
That perches in the soul-
And sings the tune without the words-
And never stops-at all."

~Emily Dickinson

Tory Bodeen has been keeping away from her past for as long as she has been able. Keeping away from her abusive father and neglectful mother. Keeping away from the fact that her best friend was murdered when they were both eight years old. But Tory is a lot stronger now. And she knows the South Carolina town she grew up in is the place she must make her new start
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
I've only recently "discovered" Nora Roberts - well, I've known about her for some time, but hadn't actually read any of her books until recently. I absolutely loved The Witness, her latest, so I went back to this earlier romantic suspense I had seen over time is quite popular.

Well, I just loved it. I really, really enjoyed it. It wasn't quite a five star book for me, but it was close.

I was entranced right from page 1, through to the end. I suppose I didn't give it a five star because I didn't
Jacob Proffitt
Dec 04, 2013 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, steamy
This is one of those I've come to think of as Roberts' "super" romances--they're longer, have a strong family presence (or community or both), and with at least two romances simmering to resolution. This one features the small town of Progress, North Carolina as its setting and is dominated by two families, one local royalty, the other... mixed (Tori's mother is white trash, but that's due to her own bad choices. Her uncle is the town banker and a minor "big man").

Generally speaking, if you conn
Dec 27, 2008 Salma rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: romantic suspense freaks
I always said I'd never pick up a romance novel- well, we all know how that cliche works, right? I'm always seeing the name Nora Roberts everywhere and wanted to see what the fuss is about. The fuss is well-deserved. And I'm finally in agreement with what Joyce Carol Oates once said- "There's no bad genre, only bad writing."

Being a romance, this book has your typical 'bodice-ripper' scenes, but the author's prose reads more like passionate poetry at these parts. Her writing moves as silkily as
5 Stars*****This is probably my favorite Nora stand-a-lone read. She totally had me at hot, organic cotton farmer;)
Junkie for the Written Word
12/11/12 I would just like to make a small note for authors writing about the south.

On Sweet Iced Tea. <-- This is the natural state of tea below Virginia. Nobody says, "Would you care for an iced tea?" Because it's just tea, it's understood to be sweet and iced. Nobody says, "Hey let's go out for an iced tea!" Because you have it right there in your house and if you don't, it's because you've run out and you will have more in 10 minutes. When you go to a restaurant, no one orders iced tea,
Narrated by Dean Robertson.

I thought I'd read this book, and then realized I had only seen the made-for-TV movie a few years back. So when audible offered this on sale I snapped it up. This is probably one of my favorite Nora Roberts stories now. I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense plot and the romance. The secondary characters are all marvelous and so well developed. Roberts catches the feel and rhythm of the small South Carolina town and its inhabitants. I especially liked how she showed the cha
Jane Stewart
Aug 09, 2014 Jane Stewart rated it really liked it
Enjoyable story. Good characters.

There is mystery and suspense due to a serial killer. There is one rape-murder scene with not much detail. There is child abuse. Tory was repeatedly beaten by her father throughout her life until she left home at 18. There is romance for two different couples. I liked both romances. Although I wondered why Cade fell in love so immediately with Tory. But I could go with it. I liked the character development. I liked the paranormal. Tory has psychic ability. She co
Sep 07, 2015 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-love-love, 2015
Claro de Luna y yo no empezamos con buen pie y de hecho, el principio apenas lo recuerdo porque no me gustó (o por el tema este de las obras de mis vecinos, todavía no he esclarecido si no me gustó/no me enteraba de nada porque no me atrapaba o porque simplemente... no). Así que ese día apagué el ebook y lo dejé. Al día siguiente, sin golpes, lo volví a retomar y la verdad es que me empezó a gustar. Y me lo acabé esa misma mañana.

Tory al principio me parecía... no sé, no la veía como una protag
Jun 19, 2016 Paraphrodite rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2016
Nice twist at the end. The audio version suffered a bit from the narration though. It was sometimes very hard to differentiate between the characters during their conversations. After listening to Carnal Innocence narrated by Tom Stechschulte, I don't think Dean Robertson was as good in this one.
Apr 16, 2012 Jonetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tory Bodeen had a pretty miserable childhood, growing up with a religiously fantatic father who physically beat her and a mother who didn't protect her. Her father tried to drive away Tory's gift, which was a psychic sense about people and their circumstances. She had one childhood friend, Hope Lavelle, who helped her escape her unhappy home each day as they did what children do...use their imagination freely and have fun. Unfortunately, at the age of eight, Hope was brutally murdered and Tory e ...more
Cyndy Aleo
May 20, 2011 Cyndy Aleo rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, thriller
I just borrowed Nora Roberts' Carolina Moon from my mom over the weekend and returned it after two days with the advice to her to not even read it.

I should preface my review by stating that I am a big Nora Roberts fan. I like reading romance novels in between the "deeper" books as a break, and at the end of a day of taking care of a rambunctious toddler, sometimes the last thing I want to do is read a book that makes me think.

Roberts is often best at her trilogies, and judging by this book, she
Dana Al-Basha
Sep 08, 2016 Dana Al-Basha rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Years ago, maybe in 2007 there was this local DVD shop that sells one of a kind movies released on DVDs and I found a few Nora Roberts made-for-tv films, I bought some and have been obsessed ever since. This was one of them, such a good movie.

Now it's 2016 and I bought a LOT of Nora Roberts books through the years but my latest purchases were all her novels that were made into movies. I'm starting with this one. I hope they make the Bridal Quartet next.

Believe it or not this is my first Nora Roberts book. I was drawn to the South Carolina setting, the mystery, and the sultry psychic. I was not disappointed. As a native of South Carolina the setting and the people rang very true.It made me homesick. I also thought the mystery was very good. There were several possible killers that I debated. The psychic visions were creepy and not too heavy-handed. And there were dogs. It was a perfect storm of a book for me. There is romance and sex. I am not ...more
I can only give this book three stars because while it was good I had predicted how it would end about a third of the way in. Kinda tok all the fun out of it when they did the big reveal of the killer. However, it was cool that I was right all along. I really loved the character of Faith, more so than Torrie. Faith was wild and unpredictable and I liked how she talked. The whole idea of the man coming into the main character's life and telling her I will have you no matter what is a bit tired. I ...more
Jan 14, 2010 Teechbiz rated it it was ok
This is my third Nora Roberts Book. When I was a teen I used to like to read romances. Back then they involved pirates and cowboys.

To borrow a phrase my principal loves to use, "It is what it is." Her books always involve a strong willed independent woman, an handsome and always rich or well off male lead who is also very attractive, a skilled lover, oh and looking to commit quickly to said female lead.

Guess everyone needs some escapist lit. I bought this book for 50 cents at a yard sale. It de
Aug 04, 2012 LadyCalico rated it it was ok
I could not fully appreciate this book since I live in the area she is allegedly writing about and the glaring errors just rubbed my nerves raw. She knows nothing about the lowcountry lifestyle, geography, and culture (although she did shamelessly pull some real place names off a roadmap.) Since the locale was obviously non-essential to her story, she should have left the fair name of "Carolina" off this book. I might have enjoyed the story if it were Iowa Moon. Anyone from the Coastal Carolinas ...more
Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish)
I really liked this story, but I was frustrated by the ending. The climax comes in the last ten pages, we find out the murderer (which I totally had called from the beginning) and then it ends. There were so many threads left dangling that it didn't feel satisfying. Nora Roberts has a bad habit of leaving her climaxes until the last ten or twenty pages of the book and ending too soon after, but usually it does wrap up the story for the most part. This just raised more questions that needed to be ...more
Author: Nora Roberts
First published: 2000
Length: 438 pages
Setting: Contemporary. Smalltown South Carolina.
Sex: Explicit. Reasonably frequent.
Hero: Owns cotton plantation.
Heroine: Opening small business.
Paranormal: Heroine has second sight.
Trigger: Child abuse including frequent beatings. Death of a child. Violent rape (including rape of a child). Some implied pedophilia/incest.

Heavy duty book with a lot in it, much of it unnecessary.
~ Paranormal / second sight
~ Child abuse / domestic violence
~ S
Jul 09, 2008 Sara rated it really liked it
I really liked this book but NOT QUITE enough to give 5 stars, but really close.

It's a mystery of who the killer was. I thought I had an idea, and then when it turned out that was false, I wondered about a couple of others. I had NO idea of the true killer until he showed himself.

The movie follows the book pretty well with a few changes, and changes in when events happened.
Jessica LeMere
Apr 03, 2015 Jessica LeMere rated it it was amazing
I absolutely hated this book.. it was so very predictable and I knew exactly what was going to happen - I knew who the killer was, and knew what was going on until the very end. This was certainly a Nora Roberts book that was slow going, hard to get into and I seriously could not wait to get it over with - until I got to the last chapter.
I was so freaking blind sided by the ending that it changed my entire view of the whole book. Not too often do I come across a Nora Robert's story that slaps me
Sep 18, 2008 Zachary rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2008
Ahh, Carolina Moon... This being my first romance novel, I wasn't sure what to expect. First impression lead me to believe that the whole thing was going to be a lot better than I thought it would be. Midway through I realized that the problem with Romance, or maybe just with Nora Roberts specifically, isn't the writing at all. Instead, the whole book's momentum is killed my the hoariest cliches imaginable. With the exception of the nutso ending (which I will spoil now by telling you the rapist/ ...more
Alexis-Morgan Roark
Jul 15, 2010 Alexis-Morgan Roark rated it really liked it
Cade has moved himself to my top ten (Roarke from the In Death series is, of course, number 1) favorite male characters.

Wow! What a book. What an experience.

There is pain, loneliness, grief-unbearable grief, and a cliffhanger that had my jaw dropping.

Oh, and the sex scenes pretty darn good, too. :-)

There was humor, joy, and one scene that had me yelling, literally, "Damn, now THAT is an alpha-male fest!" Yowza!

Yes, there are similarities to other books, but I truthfully did not notice them until
Apr 11, 2009 Joy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes romantic suspense
Thoroughly involving life of Tory, a woman with an unwanted psychic awareness. It lead to beatings from her father and a smearing in the press from her fiance, but also at last to the killer of her childhood friend. Hope, Tory's 8 year old friend, clung to Tory in spite of the disapproval of Hope's rich mother; the one time Tory couldn't get to their illicit nighttime meeting place, she was forced instead to sense Hope's horrifying murder. Now Tory is back in town, setting up a classy houseware ...more
Sep 11, 2014 Ana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Um livro um bocadinho chatinho...
A história está boa, oromance é bom, tal como a Nora já nos habituou, mas quase não tem acção nenhuma... Tem 450 páginas, mas se tivesse 250 não se perdia nada.
No entanto uma das minhas personagens preferidas de sempre encontra-se neste livro. Adorei a Faith! Uma mulher cheia de personalidade, cheia de garra! Ao contrário da protagonista Tory, que de tão ingénua me enervou em certas alturas.
E depois de 18 dias para terminar, dou-lhe 2 estrelas.
May 21, 2014 Esra rated it really liked it
Çok güzel bir Nora Roberts romanı daha.. Romantic Suspense işini çok iyi beceriyor bu kadın..
Hikaye harika ilerledi de sonu da keşke dan diye bitmeseymiş çok daha mutlu olacaktım...
Feb 09, 2016 Carol rated it liked it
I would have rated this book higher-it is well written and kept me reading-but I am so tired of the stereotype of a man with religion being twisted and violent, abusing his family in "righteous anger." That's what dragged me down in Poisonwood Bible, and I muddled through this book by constantly having to overlook this bizarre grasping for an evil character by putting supposed Bible verses in his mouth.
I don't normally read Nora Roberts, and wonder if this is a constant theme.

Somebody recommen
Jun 19, 2016 Miki rated it it was ok
Well, it's not awful. The characters are stock NR and, as another reader stated, there is absolutely no mystery, but it's an okay read. That is, except for the part that told of the demise of one character's husband, who was "gored and partially eaten by a rogue lion". "Oh", I said thoughtfully to myself, "It must have been a rare African Horned Lion!"

It's not often but occasionally Roberts will have a lulu of an error in one of her books (such as the time she relocated Wales to the north of Eng
Lily Dragneel
Jul 12, 2016 Lily Dragneel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je suis tombée encore une fois sur un chef d’ouvres, et je ne m’en étonne pas, venant de la très talentueuse Nora Roberts.
Ce livre était sublime, tous simplement sublime !
Ce que j’ai aimé plus que tout, était la manière dont l’histoire a été racontée de plusieurs points de vue, comment cet évènement a affecté la vie de toutes ses personnes qui y ont été connectées que ce soit d’une manière directe ou indirecte.
J’ai aimé la relation entre les différents personnages, comment on apprend à connaitre
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Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She began writing when a blizzard in February 1979 kept her in her hilltop home with a three and six year old for nearly a week of canceled kindergarten and dwindling chocolate supplies.

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“Oh, go to hell." But there wasn't any heat in the response.
"You're not supposed to smile when you say that.”
“She gazed toward the marsh that grew thicker, deeper, greener with approaching summer. Mosquitoes whined in there, breeding in the dark water. Alligators slid through it, silent death. It was a place where snakes could slither and bogs could suck the shoe right off your foot.
And it was a place, she thought, that went bright and beautiful with the twinkling of fireflies, where wildflowers thrived in the shade and the stingy light. Where an eagle could soar like a king.
There was no beauty without risk. No life without it.”
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