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Remember When (In Death #17.6)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  17,006 Ratings  ·  440 Reviews
In Part One #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts introduces us to Laine Tavish, known to the folks in Angel's Gap, Maryland as the proprietor of Remember When, an antique treasures and gift shop. They have no idea that she used to be Elaine O'Hara, daughter of the notorious con man Big Jack O'Hara...or that she grew up moving from place to place, one step ahea ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 483 pages
Published May 2004 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2003)
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Karin Marr
May 12, 2007 Karin Marr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first time I read this book I was already a Nora Roberts fan, but had not read any J. D. Robb books. I normally don't get into futuristic or murder mysteries much.
After reading this book I was hooked. I began aquiring all the JD books and promptly turned my daughter onto them. We are now in the process of completing her collection, as I already own them all.
I Would recommend this series ( death) to anyone who likes a) a good 'who done it'
b) a REALLY good love story
c) ongoing series st
The book “Remember When,” originally published in 2003, is listed as a work by Nora Roberts. It actually contains two novellas, whose titles are founts of great originality: Part One and Part Two. Part One is written by Nora Roberts and contains a romantic suspense that takes place in 2003. Part Two of the omnibus picks up the story fifty-six years later, in 2059, as a novella written by Roberts using her pseudonym, J. D. Robb. Robb takes the conclusion of Part One and has its consequences fall ...more
Dec 25, 2011 Cata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Comprei este livro como prenda de Natal para a minha mãe. Ela nunca tinha lido nada da Nora Roberts e como este junta os dois estilos (o romance da NR e o policial da JD Robb, que foi dos aspectos que me chamou mais a atenção) pensei que lhe podia dar um "2 em 1". Ela devorou e adorou o livro... e eu também!

O livro encontra-se dividido em duas partes. A primeira parte (escrita como Nora Roberts) traz-nos a história de Laine Tavish (ou Elaine O'Hara) e Max Gannon. Achei que neste livro o romance
Take note: This is the only Nora Roberts book I have ever liked I think it was the combining of the two stories and the two styles that Nora Roberts/JD Robb uses in her writings. Clever. It will probably be a long time before you hear me use clever or like regarding Nora Roberts again-- even though three people I adore tend to find her books what they need at a certain time.

She's one author - with two number-one New York Times-bestselling careers. As Nora Roberts, her novels
I think this is the book where Roberts announced that she is J.D. Robb, but I really feel that it could have been better done. This book has since been split into two separate books: Hot Rocks and Big Jack, but I think that splitting the book has done it a disservice as it really needs to be read as a whole to capture the nuances completely.

The first half of this book is the Hot Rocks half, and I have to say, I wasn't that impressed with this plot! Lainie and Max had nothing of the courtship or
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
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David Peters
Nora Roberts is one of those writers who produces such a large volume of work it was necessary to use several names so as not to dilute the brand. Now that she is a famous best-selling author all these connections can be made public, hence JD Robb is in fact Nora Roberts. Now I knew all this when I began the JD Robb series – future NYC cop Eve Dallas and her band of friends solve gruesome murders in the 2050’s – but was okay with it. Even though I have read all 28 of the regular books I have sin ...more
Dec 18, 2010 Vanessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished listening the audio, and what a great book. The audio cd consists of 14 discs, evenly divided between the back story Nora writes under her own name and the "In Death" section. What I especially love is the connection breaching the time barrier and the length of the Robb portion is twice as long as her shorter novelettes.

There's a lot of substance to each story, and in the Robb story, we get a lot of Peabody humor as this is the first book after she passes her detective exam. We
May 26, 2013 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book contains two stories.

Laine Tavish is a small town antique store owner. She has escaped a life on the run with her father, Big Jack O'Hara. Jack was a con man and thief. Laine has settled down to a nice rural life when her long-lost uncle comes into her store, gives her a cryptic message and runs outside to die from a car accident. Soon afterwards Laine's house is ransacked.

Max Gannon is working with the insurance company to find some diamonds which have been stolen. Max and Laine team
Jun 14, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall - 4 stars!
Part 1 (Nora Roberts) - 3 stars
Part 2 (J.D. Robb) - 5 stars

Remember When is a very good read. I haven't read many Nora Roberts books, but am an avid fan of the J.D. Robb In Death series, thus my reading Remember When, as it contains book 17.5 of the In Death series.

I had a fairly hard time staying engaged throughout Part 1 (the Nora Roberts novella). While it was a nicely written contemporary romance, it was not quite my cup of tea. But it was necessary because it sets the back
Delia Binder
The first half is a typical Nora Roberts Romantic suspense thriller about stolen diamonds, a gang of thieves with a deadly psycho who's willing to kill everybody in his way To Have It All, the daughter of one of the thieves, Lanie Tavish, trying to hide from her father's con man/thief past, the insurance investigator, Max Gannon, who forces her to confront her past - and falls in love with her in the bargain. They recover three-quarters of the diamonds, but can't find what Alex Crew, the psycho, ...more
Barbara "Cookie" Serfaty Williams
The first half of the book is the love story of Laine and Max. Max is a PI on the look out for jewelry stolen and he believe Laine's father stolen them. And now a mad killer is after her. The second half take places about 50 years later. The case: Andre: house setter. Samantha's friend is murder while she was on tour about her book about the 52 Heise. Eve is call to find the killer. Great story.
May 05, 2011 Catarina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nora-roberts
Este livro é a compilação de dois géneros literários, escritos pela autora, Nora Roberts e o seu pseudónimo J.D.Robb. A autora decidiu dividi-lo em duas partes, uma para cada género. Depois de ler a primeira parte, e como nunca tinha tido contacto com a escrita de J.D.Robb (apersar de serem a mesma pessoa, nota-se algumas diferenças) fiquei um pouco confusa no inicio da segunda parte. No entanto assim que percebi o que se tinha passado, dei comigo a devorar completamente a segunda parte do livro ...more
Sara ♥
April 22-24, 2016

This book consists of two novellas, which have also been published separately—one by Nora Roberts and one by her alter-ego (alternate personality? ;) ) J.D. Robb. (The shelving might be a bit confusing, so I put the appropriate opposing shelves in parentheses after the titles.):

Hot Rocks by Nora Roberts (contemporary, rural)

This half of the book is a contemporary (2003) romantic suspense novella. It's a bit weird to have listened to like 17 In Death books in a row, then listen t
Simon Mcleish
Feb 18, 2013 Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in September 2004.

This is an extremely unusual collaboration - because J.D. Robb is Nora Roberts under a pseudonym. The reasoning behind billing the novel like this is quite simple, however: under the two names, she writes stories within different genres. Roberts is the name she uses to write romantic thrillers, and Robb is used for her science fiction detective series featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas. The story here comes in two parts; in the first half we ha
The first in which Roberts writes the first part as Nora Roberts and the second as JD Robb. In the first half, we are introduced to Laine Tavish. An antique store owner with a questionable past. Her father, Big Jack O'Hara has committed the crime of a lifetime. He and some associates stole a fortune in diamonds, hid them in innocuous objects and walked right out of the Diamond Exchange. Now, one of the associates, Alex Crew is out to get the whole package, not just his cut and he'll do anything, ...more
This was a fun book primarily for the novelty factor. Nora Roberts wrote half the book as herself, and the other half using her alter ego J.D. Robb. The Nora Roberts half (the beginning) was a bit of a romance with a mystery side plot. And, in normal "In Death" fashion, the second half of the book was Eve and company investigating a murder.

The connecting thread is diamonds that were stolen in the 2000's that are still missing in the 2050's. The children and grandchildren of some of the characte
Vicky (the Blowtorch-Wielding OotCDCB™)
Do you know how much I loved this book?


This book contains a contemporary romance/mystery + a futuristic crime/mystery, which turn out to be connected. Together they are A-mazing. I mean it. I was surprised by how much I loved the contemporary romance, since I didn’t have high expectations for it going in. It probably had to do with the fact that the romance was balanced by a touch of mystery and intrigue, plus a diamond heist! And then the futuristic second half of the book just reaffi
The second half of Remember When is an In Death series story, taking place about 50 years after the romantic suspense story told in Part One of the novel. In Part Two, Eve and her team are investigating a murder that occurs in the apartment of Samantha Gannon, granddaughter of the romantic couple in Part One who were involved in the partial closure of a world famous diamond heist. Samantha Gannon has written a book about the diamond heist to which her family was so closely involved and it looks ...more
Eileen Troemel
This is a combo of a Nora Roberts romance with a JD Robb in Death. Both were average stories. I found myself somewhat bored with the reading. I've read them previously and wasn't thrilled to revisit them. The romance was too fast. Within two days, they are having sex and declaring their love for each other. This just seems too fast for me. As for the in Death, it was better than the Roberts romance but didn't grab me and hold me. As usual, once I got part of the way into the story, it grabbed me ...more
Jun 15, 2015 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the ending! The first 100 pages of Part One were very intriguing as the mystery unraveled. Then many questions were answered. The plot got very sappy. The romantic stuff was just a bit too much for me, and Part One ended happy but sappy. Then Part Two picked up with an interesting new mystery and the plot improved substantially. I am glad that I did not give up reading the book when I completed Part One!
Apr 30, 2016 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, romance
I enjoyed this, but not as much as the other In Death books. I think that it was mismanaged expectations on my part, since I didn't even read the summary, and I didn't realize that the first half was going to be by Nora Roberts (did people not know that Nora Roberts and JD Robb were the same person when this was published?) and not feature the In Death characters that I've come to love until the second half by "JD Robb."
Nov 04, 2012 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 8, mystery, 2006
Remember When by J. D. Robb (8/10)
Romantic Suspense/Futuristic Suspense. This was the start of some holiday reading, so I decided to take some of the J. D. Robb books and a romance series for nice, uncomplicated reading. This one had a modern first half and a second half with Eve and Roarke. It was a clever idea and an okay story, but it meant neither story got the full detail it deserved.

[Copied across from Library Thing; 5 November 2012]
Dec 26, 2008 Ronda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, romance
This book was my introduction to J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts. The first story, set in the present, is told by Nora Roberts. The second story, set in the future, is told by J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts). I loved the the great way the two story lines intertwined--despite the passage of time between them.
May 24, 2014 Andree rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
3 stars for the second half. The Eve Dallas parts were fine. Adored Peabody adjusting to making Detective and her ridiculous wardrobe. I so want to see the threatened Mira taking Eve shopping (Eve didn't know what separates were! Hee.) The first half though, was nearly unreadable. Trite and clichéd and just about the worst case of insta-love I've read in a while.
Titinha Scaeiro
Ao ler este livro vi as saudades que tinha de ler a "Série Mortal"... Saudades de Roarke e Eve!!! ^_^
Jocelyn Montalvo Cullum
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Really enjoyed this one, although I must admit to preferring the first part which is strange considering the second part has Roarke!
Kim Conforto
Jun 21, 2011 Kim Conforto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one book that I read of hers that got me into reading JD Robb
The Eve Dallas book is better than the earlier book (Nora), but this is still worth re-reading now and again.
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Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including The Obsession, The Liar, The Collector, Whiskey Beach and coming in June 2017, Come Sundown. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.
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  • Ceremony in Death (In Death, #5)
  • Vengeance in Death (In Death, #6)
  • Holiday in Death (In Death, #7)
  • Conspiracy in Death (In Death, #8)
  • Loyalty in Death (In Death, #9)
  • Witness in Death (In Death, #10)

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