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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  16,116 ratings  ·  809 reviews
The #1 New York Times bestselling author presents her latest blockbuster novel, the story of a big-screen legend, a small-town scandal and a young woman caught up in the secrets and shadows of both.

Cilla McGowan, a former child star, has found a more satisfying life restoring homes. So she comes to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley to save the dilapidated farmhouse that once be
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Hardcover, 392 pages
Published July 8th 2008 by Putnam (first published January 1st 2008)
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jenjn79
Jul 11, 2008 jenjn79 rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nora Roberts fans
Recommended to jenjn79 by: favorite author
If there'd been an epilogue at the end of the book, I would have given Tribute 4.5 stars probably. Otherwise it was a solid 4-stars. I didn't absolutely and utterly LOVE the book, but I enjoyed it quite a bit (and was rather annoyed that everything seemed to be going wrong this week, keeping me from finishing the book).

Though the book is a romantic suspense, it doesn't have a high-intensity, frenetic feel that you get in other romantic suspense books (such as those by Karen Rose, Beverly Barton,
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; book release: July 2008

WOW…just WOW! I just finished Nora Robert's new book "Tribute" and my heart is still racing. I don't know how La Nora does it, but she has written yet another sure-to-be-bestseller that is truly a romantic suspense. The story softly, quietly pulls you in as the hero and heroine become real to you and you begin to feel their excitement, uncertainty, happiness, anxiety, joy, fear, and finally their triumph. It's a stunning emotional rollercoas
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Christa
I am so glad that I read this book! I love so many books, but I honestly can't remember when I have read one that I enjoyed more than Tribute. I found it to be exceptional. It has great writing, wonderful characters, and a good storyline. I found the heroine, Cilla McGowan, to be very likeable, as were several other characters, particularly her father and her ex-husband, but the hero made the book. I have seldom read about a hero that I enjoyed more, and Ford Sawyer has to be the best beta hero ...more
Jacob Proffitt
This was a typical Roberts romance… until we meet Ford Sawyer. Now, I admit that this is a personal reaction, but I simply fell in love with him at first appearance and that never abated. I mean how can you resist the combination of a really cool job (graphic novel author and artist), southern equanimity and persistence, and basic, masculine competence?

Cilla was interesting enough on her own, too—a former child actor with enough residual resources to build a new career in a new place and have th
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Bonnie
Aug 18, 2008 Bonnie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nora roberts fans; those looking for a beach read
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Angela
Every time I go into a Nora Roberts book, I expect to not be very surprised. And this isn't exactly fair of me, because while yes, we're talking romance novels here and the romance genre certainly has a huge list of common tropes, this does not mean Ms. Roberts is necessarily going to use them.

Let me give you an example with Tribute. The instant the heroine's ex-husband showed up, I expected him to be a bastard and/or to get a rivalry going for her affections with the guy she was obviously inter
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ßk☼lvr
This story was a little too long for me and dragged in places. By the time the characters said, "I wonder who it could be...?" for the 100th time, I wanted to scream, "OMG, me too already!!!!!! Come on!"



But the mystery part was fun. Trying to figure out "who done it" and all! We got enough clues that I started blaming everyone!



And once Cilla and Ford finally get together... Whoa do they sizzle... A LOT!! ♥




** Audiobook was well done **



Jennifer Wardrip
I loved TRIBUTE so much that I stayed up late two nights in a row to finish it. Then I was depressed that I had finished it so quickly!

This latest offering from Nora Roberts really does have everything I've come to love in her writing: mystery, romance, great character development, and a truly interesting storyline.

With the added fun additions of flipping houses, hosts of HGTV shows, graphic novelists, actresses and screen legends, and high school English teachers, all branches of career and l
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Deborah
Wow. Nora has done it again. I loved the characters and the story line was well put together. She even gave the dog an awesome personality. I want a Spock. I was really shocked at the end to find out who was behind it and I did not have an inkling. I loved the rehab aspect since I like watching home decorating shows and I could picture the renovations and the feeling of "home" for Cilla. Ford is the perfect guy and the others characters were exactly what Cilla needed to "find" herself.
Tempo de Ler
A instabilidade emocional da própria mãe e o suicídio da avó ensinaram a Cilla que o mundo do espectáculo não é só glamour e que a fama - ou a constante ânsia pela mesma - pode corroer. Rejeitando o estrelato, Cilla muda-se para a Virgínia para reabilitar a casa que pertenceu à sua avó, uma lenda de Hollywood. Contudo, apesar do bom acolhimento em geral, depressa se torna claro que, entre os habitantes, há alguém muito aborrecido com a sua presença e que está disposto a mostrar-lhe isso mesmo.

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Laura V.
Creo que he dado en el clavo con esta nueva historia que leo de Nora. Me la he leído como una desquiciada todo el día, prácticamente arruinando los huesos de mis manos(?).
Así de buena era.
Estoy muy muy feliz de haberme arriesgado.
Me gusta el personaje de Ford, realmente ese chico.. ese hombre es... soñado. En el buen sentido. Se siente real, con esperanzas reales, con los pies en la tierra.
Creo que me ha conquistado un poco, hasta se me ha escapado una lagrimita cuando dice esas cosas tan bonit
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Jonetta
Cilla McGowan is a former child star from a family of performers and she's now working on becoming a building contractor. Her grandmother was a famous actress and singer and her mother is also in the business. Cilla has returned to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia to restore her grandmother's farmhouse, which has been neglected for more than thirty years since her death. Ford Sawyer is a graphic book writer and artist who lives across the street and becomes interested in what she is undertaking ...more
Chinablue_25 West Bostedor
Good story. I really liked the love interest in this one. I usually do like the men that Nora Roberts writes in her books. I also really liked the main character, Cilla. She was one of these child stars whose grandmother was like a Marilyn Monroe if you will. Legendary, died young from speculated suicide/ deemed accidental drug overdose. Cilla finally gets her mother (who is a nightmare) to sell her her grandmothers farm in Virginia that has been left unattended for decades. Cilla is a somewhat ...more
Gina
I was expecting more from NR…

Cilla McGowan, former child star, has grown up a woman who knows what she wants. And when she figures out how to get it, there’s no stopping her. Finally, her grandmother’s house, legendary actress Janet Hardy, is hers, and she wants to restore the old farmhouse that her mother has let fall apart. She dreams of becoming a contractor, ‘flipping’ houses for profit. And she’s well on her way.

And yet, at night, she has dreams - conversations with her long dead grandmothe
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Jennie
I started this book in January, but it was one of my "read before bed" books, so I didn't get terribly far. Then I went away for 6 weeks, came back and decided it was finally time to finish it. When I saw it in the library, I was a bit surprised because in 2008 I was still reading Nora Roberts books on a regular basis. I suppose this must have come out right after I stopped reading her books besides her In Death series.

This book...it isn't bad. It's typical Nora Roberts -- typical romantic suspe
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Liz
The first romance novel I ever read was Falling For Rachel by Nora Roberts and for a while I was on a mission to read them all. However, after Montana Sky, I realized that her books had taken a turn. All her characters had started to be the same and they were all rich.

Tribute didn’t have the uber-rich people, though it did have two characters with jobs that allowed them flexible schedules. Cilla McGowan is a former child star turned contractor who has come to Virginia to re-do her grandmother’s
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Cindy
This book was Nora Roberts at her best I think! She pulled me into the story from the first page.

It is about Cilla, the granddaughter of a movie star, the daughter of a movie star, who was a child star herself. She has turned her back on Hollywood and is into flipping houses when she decides to purchase her grandmother's old farm house from her mother and remodel it. The house has been neglected for years, since her grandmother's apparent suicide. There is a hunky man living next door who final
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Kelly
Whoa, mama! Can Nora Roberts spin a good tale or can Nora Roberts spin a good tale? The twists and turns, the whys, the bridge between the past and the present... they were so expertly interwoven that I couldn't tear myself away.

Cilla and Ford were so wonderfully alive in this book. Cilla's passion for restoring and creating and rebuilding was vivid and lively. Ford's ability to debate like a hardcore fanboy and *see* things with an artist's eye made me swoon. I think the fangirl in me was cryin
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Georgiann Hennelly
tribute is about a movie star who supposedly committed suicide her granddaughter buys the family farm from her mom . when she starts rehabbing the farm she finds stuff in the attic in a box she finds a book that is hollow and there is some letters written to her grandmother love letters which are not signed . the last letter he says can,t be with her anymore as he is married. Cilla decides to try and find out who the mystery letter writer was then stuff starts happening property damage amongst o ...more
Jaime
This was a mixed-bag for me. The romance part was great… Nora Roberts still knows what she’s doing there. I liked Cilla, and I liked Ford, and I really liked them together. But some parts of the book were lackluster. I didn’t particularly care for Cilla’s dream visits with her grandmother, and I thought the harassment could have been a little more creative. How many different ways can a “Katie” doll be defiled? But, though I did figure out who Janet was having an affair with pretty early in the ...more
Robin
Former Child Star Cilla McGowan couldn't wait to get out of Hollywood and away from her headline-grabbing mother. She moves to Virginia to restore her grandmother's farmhouse. Cilla's grandmother was Hollywood legend Janet Hardy who died from an overdose at this house thirty years ago. The house was left in ruins and Cilla wants to fix it to live in. When next door neighbor, Ford Sawyer, meets Cilla, he believes the beautiful contractor will make things in the neighborhood more interesting. As t ...more
Duncan Mandel

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

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Sashoy Wilson
Confession time. I don't like suspense and or mysteries. I love anything Nora Roberts has written and will write. I think she's a great author and her words just brings pictures to life for me. I've read quite a lot of her books now to differeniate her writing style. They're all the same factual yet conversational, I don't know how else to describe it.

Any ways, Tribute, great read, if I was into mystery suspense. Which I'm not, I don't have the patience or the stomach for this stop regardless of
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Dora
Adorei :) amei as personagens principais :D
Patricia
Cilla McGowan is the third person in her family to be a Hollywood child star. First was her grandmother, Janet Hardy, a legend on a par with Garland and Temple, who had died from a drug overdose some thirty-five years ago. Second is her mother, Bedelia Hardy, with less talent than her mother, but who is still on stage, knowing how to use that name and legend to her advantage in spite of her own drug use. And Cilla, with even less talent than her mother, became a Hollywood has-been by the age of ...more
Amar
Loved the sweet romance btwn the hero/heroine...can't remember the last time I laughed out loud reading the exchange btwn the leads...loved that Ford was everything a hero usually is but also witty and funny with 'a touch of nerd'...and only NR could create a hero who doesn't do the usual guy things (got beat up in highschool for Pete's sake!) but still seems manly enough for Cilla the Contracter Girl! :-)
Jane
My first Nora Roberts book, and now I know why. Pretty droll. Good sex scenes, but the story itself was too dragged out. Characters ok, but pretty predictable. Like the description of one crabby old lady..."water was never wet enough for her"....but that's the only memorable line in the book, if you ask me.
Andrea
I like books that solve a mystery and draw you into the past. this book has both. a little too mushy at times but still a very entertaining read. I like nora roberts in general but there are other books of hers that were more riveting. still worthwhile if you are a mystery/romance/human interest fan.
Zwart Raafje
Na een leven in de schijnwerpers, waar ze vanuit de wieg werd in gerold, door haar moeder is Cilla McGowan toe aan een eigen leven. Liefst achter de schermen en zo ver mogelijk bij de schijnwerpers en camera's vandaan. Het huis van haar overleden grootmoeder, een heuse boerderij, biedt haar hier de kans toe. Ze kocht het aan en is van plan om het als eerbetoon aan haar oma te renoveren. De mensen kennen haar als actrice maar haar echte grote talent is het opknappen van iets dat kapot is, of verw ...more
Lisa Greer
Wow; this woman is a bad writer... at least from the two novels of hers I have read. Of course, she has hundreds of novels in print and is uber famous. ha.

I won't bother with anymore of her novels. They are trite, boring, and lacking in any substance.
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Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. She was the youngest of five children, also the only girl, of a marriage with Irish ancestors. Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. She attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline. During her
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