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The Calhouns: Catherine, Amanda and Lilah (The Calhouns #1-3 omnibus)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  6,271 ratings  ·  82 reviews

#1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Nora Roberts brings us three enduring and classic love stories.

Courting Catherine

Catherine "C.C." Calhoun was not going to let anyone take away the Towers—especially not handsome hotel magnate Trenton St. James. As far as Trent was concerned, his dealings with C.C. were strictly business. But her mix of fire and fury une

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Published July 1st 2008 by Harlequin Mills & Boon (first published 1991)
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Catherine
Courting Catherine: 2 Stars

This was pretty disappointing for me. I've read NR's MacGregor series and enjoyed most of them, so I knew I could be satisfied with her shorter works. Unfortunately this one felt rough--very rough. The portrayal of the hero and heroine and their descent into love felt very clumsy, abrupt, and unbelievable.

Catherine was 23 and felt even younger. I was pretty irritated by her continuous rants to Trent about 'men like him'. I get that she needed a handy target for her an
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Laurel
Nora Roberts is most famous for her easy-reads. Good books with good characters, especially the kids- she writes kids well. The books tend to be repetitious, especially this one. It is almost identical to her later In The Garden series. She has set kinds of female characters, male characters and plots. And mixes and matches from book to book changing locales and plots. You'd think this would be tedious, but she makes it work. The characters and the settings are so good you want to read the same ...more
Bonnie
To be truthful I almost gave this book a rating of 2 stars, which I never dreamed I would consider doing for a Nora Roberts novel. This is not a bad story. What it is is 3 short stories all based around the same family and the same mystery. Instead of intertwining the three stories she just has them occur chronologically, with 2 more to follow in the next installment of The Calhouns. The mystery continues through both books, I assume, since it was not concluded in this one. So I'm reading the ne ...more
Kay Walker
Loved this trilogy of the Calhoun sisters - easy reading and it makes me want to visit Maine and Bar Harbor!!
Gwendolyn
I hadn't read these books by Nora Roberts before, but love her writing. I found this one in Target and decided to go ahead and read it. Like her Bride Quartet, these books are pure romance and I loved them. I am anxious to read the next book about the fourth sister. The books do follow a certain formula but it is so well written that you really don't mind. The common theme is love of course, but each couple is different in how they face falling in love and how they deal with the aftermath. I wou ...more
Kathy Davie
Very sweet romance involving three of the four Calhoun sisters as they face the loss of their ancestral home in Maine, struggle with jewel thieves, and attempt to discover the truth behind the death of their great-grandmother.

Mild and romantic with a range of characters: the mystical Aunt Coco, the automotively-inclined Catherine, crisp, businesslike Amanda, Lilah the mystical naturalist vying with a hotel magnate, an architect, and a history professor-cum-writer to solve the mystery of lost fam
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Duncan Mandel

#1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Nora Roberts brings us three enduring and classic love stories.

Courting Catherine

Catherine "C.C." Calhoun was not going to let anyone take away the Towers—especially not handsome hotel magnate Trenton St. James. As far as Trent was concerned, his dealings with C.C. were strictly business. But her mix of fire and fury unexpectedly led his mind in a completely different direction.

A Man for Amanda

A slow drawl was all Amanda Calhoun heard when s

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Beth
As with most Nora Roberts books, each story is basically like reading the same story over again - which is not necessarily a bad thing. It's an easy read with a final moment of "oh no", but in the end you feel good each time. I appreciated the mystery involving the emeralds and felt that Ms. Roberts did a fine job in developing that subplot. I plan to read Suzanna and Megan's stories to round out the series.
Darlene
I actually give this book a 3.5 star.
Nora Robert is a very interesting writer and has several different styles but usually I don't read her because a lot of what she writes is typical romance but sometimes you've just got to read it. One of my neighbors recommended this and so I gave it a try. I am drawn to books about houses, old houses that need some tender loving care and this book had one of those so I'm drawn in. There are also 4 adult sisters raised by their aunt after their parents died
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Jennifer
Love Nora Roberts, so this was really disappointing. I actually enjoyed the C.C.and especially the Lilah stories, but the Amanda one was terrible. I like myself a man's man, and you can see that's what Roberts is trying to do with the hero in that one, but the guy is just plain an ass. A man behaving that way in real life would be guilty of assault, battery, and sex crimes. In a world where both men and women need to learn and feel confident that No means No, this was a major blunder. C'mon, Nor ...more
Maria
First, for CC, I loved how she was a grease monkey, and Trent loved, regardless of his past women. It was interesting since there was no love scene like in every other Nora Roberts book because of different cicumstances, so that was refreshing. I love how Trent's arrival sort of gets the ball rolling for the rest of the romances and the emerald mystery, and especially how he saved their home and them. I thought Bianca's mystery and diary that we get along the way was great, although at times it ...more
Chanelle
2.5 stars is a more accurate rating, and I have to admit that this was given grudgingly.

I wanted to re-read this novel because I remember reading these once some years ago. I have the second anthology completing the series and I have read it a few times, but I couldn't remember these three stories except for the vaguest details.

These three novels were exactly as my two star rating designates it - just okay. I am stretching for 2.5 stars because they do improve with each subsequent installment.
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Ana♥
The Calhouns are a family of 4 sisters who differ from each other in many ways but when it come's down to love, they are all on the same page. Trying to figure out how to save their home & find the missing emeralds from their great ancestors is proving hard work for these women. Catherine "CC" Calhoun, a stubborn, headstrong grease monkey who is also the baby of the family can't help but despise the fancy shoes man who walks into her shop when his car needs a fix. Finding out that this man i ...more
Cherise
This was a re-read for me. I enjoyed it the second time around as much as I did the first time.
Yes, this is early Nora Roberts. But it is still wonderful. This book contains the first 3 out of 5 stories about the Calhoun sisters, their aunt and their haunted family home, The Towers. Woven into the 3 seperate stories(and into the following 2 stories in the next book) is the continuing mystery of their great grandmother's tragic death and her missing emeralds. That alone will keep you intrigued a
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Maja Devic
courting catherine
Catherine "C.C." Calhoun was not going to let anyone take her home,the Towers, away from her, especially not handsome hotel magnate Trenton (Trent) st. James.
Trent was invited by CC's aunt Coco to come and take a look at the Towers and also to give his proposition to her 4 nieces. C.C. and Trent meet at her garage, his car had broken down and she owned the garage where it was being fixed. They liked eachother, but as soon as C.C. realizes who Trent is she becomes cold to him a
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M
I had my flirtations with romance novels. I know puny but its true. I've bought a few of them, and liked them as much as one can like clichéd books. I've thought about trying to write one, I mean how hard could it be, but never really put in an effort.

I got the complete Calhoun collection by Nora Roberts for a few bucks at GoodWill. I never really got into them, but I can't lie and say they were totally awful either. I brought the collection with me camping, and it was light enough to read aroun
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Colleen
Even though this shows up as being an Omnibus book, And that it contains the stories of Catherine, Amanda, and Lilah. On obtaining this book from my library the ISBN number is the same but the publisher is listed as Silhouette book/Harlequin Books SA it also contains Suzanna's story.

So although on this Good Reads website it states that it contains Vol 1-3 of the Calhoun women, it actually contains Vol 1-4

Angie Quantrell
I love how Nora Roberts builds stories in three parts. I get to stay with the characters for a longer amount of time. The Calhouns are great stories about sisters, a falling down historic mansion, history, mystery, and relationships. Good read.
Diana Cardoza
Nora Roberts was and is one of my favorite authors, I love her books!! so utterly captivating...and I absolutely adore her series books...nobody writes them better (except Lisa kleypas)
In this book series you will meet 4 sisters trying their level best to save their ancient historic home, there is their aunt coco, whose busy playing matchmaking....the whole mystery surrounding the house and the emeralds add a whole new dimension to the plot. Catherine is fiery, hardworking and adorable.
amanda is
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Elizabeth
I loved these stories.

I liked the imagery around the old house that was falling apart, but the sister's just could not walk away from their heritage.

I liked that CC was a down and dirty "grease monkey" mechanic, to the dreamer in Lilah.

I found the stories well written and enjoyed the pairing of the partnerships that they ended up with.

If there was a down side, I would have to say it was in the description of the romance. All the men seemed to be the "mouth crushing" kissers....

I still found the
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Wynn
I read books 4 & 5 (Catherine & Amanda) before these trio. Shouldnt have done that!

Catherine Colleen Calhoun (a mechanic) and Trent St James (a hotel owner / developer)....

Amanda Kelly Calhoun (a hotel manager) and Sloan O'Riley (an architect)....

Lilah Maeve Calhoun (a naturalist) and Professor Max Quartermain (a history professor)...

I found CC and Amanda quite stubborn, and a little rude at some scenarios... Though i did enjoy the men trying to "tame" them and for them to accept thems
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Crystal
Feb 10, 2008 Crystal rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of romance
To be honest, I am not a huge romance fan. I bought this book at a yard sale because it did sound interesting. I liked that there were 3 stories and how they intertwined from each perspective. I also liked that this author is very descriptive. I felt as though I was standing on the cliff with the wind whipping my hair. What I didn't like was that it was the typical romance formula. Boy meets girl. Girl hates boy. They get together. Fight. Go apart. And then get together happily ever after. I wou ...more
Jessica Waters
Ahhh... please tell me there is another book that completes the story of the necklace and Bianca!
Jennifer
This is a really awesome book about romance, treasure and sisterhood. Catherine, Amanda and Lilah are sisters who live in the same house yet lead completely seperate lives. Throughout the three-part book each sister finds the perfect man for them. They face trials with their ailing house that is threatening to fall apart. Each woman goes through a series of obstacles to find out whether they trust the man who loves them. I absolutely loved this book, and I totally reccomend it to anyone.
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Emily Karn
Oct 23, 2014 Emily Karn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance and Mystery fans
Excellent books.
Tracy Walters
I enjoy Nora Roberts so I was excited to start this book. Well....what can you expect from a '3 story' intwined book........all 3 sisters find a man....fall in love within a month and get married right after that.......soooooooo not realistic......but still fun to read. I enjoyed Lilah's story the best.......loved her casual bohemian way.......now I just have to get the next edition so I can finish up the 'emerald necklace' mystery and watch the other 2 sisters fall in love the same way......HA! ...more
Maggie
I ended up buying this book twice, once at a used book sale and then again when it was re-released in trade paperback size. I guess the story appealed to me both times. I really liked all three of these books and I am glad I am reading them back to back to back. It really kept the mystery alive between books. I'm going to continue with books 4 & 5 immediately although I find it interesting that the last 2 books are much longer than the first three. I guess the mystery comes to a head.
Jennifer Gelert
I have said it again. I love Nora Roberts. Her characters are engaging and believable. Each story of the 3 sisters told of the love and loyalty they have for family and their home. From C.C. falling in love with Trent who turns their home into a retreat; to Amanda and Sloan, the architect, who is repairing the house; to Max and Lilah, who work together to prove that Bianca's emeralds are real. There is just enough intrigue to keep you wanting to know what is going to happen next.
Nikki
I enjoyed the first three books in the Calhoun series. Catherine who was the tomboy, Amanda who was strictly business and Lilah, the lazy one who loved to have naps. Lilah happened to be my favourite! We have a few things in common! All the suspense with the jewel thief and the emeralds was great. I also enjoyed the love story between Bianca and her Christian. Some parts were a typical romance and seemed far fetched but I loved the overall story and really enjoyed it!
Julia
I can't say how much I liked this book because I loved the first two parts (CC and Amanda) but less the last part (Lilah) so it may have blurred my view.
It wasn't that I didn't like Lilah or her story, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the first two. It was a much slower read.
But for CC and Amanda, I loved how their first impressions of Sloan and Trent were their shoes. I loved it.
And overall message: just tell the truth if you love someone.
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Calhouns (5 books)
  • Courting Catherine (Calhouns #1)
  • A Man for Amanda (Calhouns #2)
  • For the Love of Lilah (Calhouns #3)
  • Suzanna's Surrender (Calhouns #4)
  • Megan's Mate (Calhouns #5)
Vision in White (Bride Quartet, #1) Born in Fire (Born In Trilogy, #1) Blue Dahlia (In The Garden, #1) The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro, #1) Dance Upon the Air (Three Sisters Island, #1)

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