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All she has to do is close her eyes and she remembers the day Brian McAvoy swept into her life.A frightened toddler, she didn't know then that she was his illegitimate daught...more
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It's a rather atypical romance novel (semi-romantic suspense) because the romance doesn't really come into play seriously until the last 150 pages. This book is more about the heroine, Emma,...more
This story in particular is a favorite of mine as it follow the story of not just the main character Emma, but an entire cast of characters that you love to love and love to hate...more
This was a great book from Nora Roberts, better than some of the others I have read. It is one of her time progression novels, so a lot of the book is about Emma's childhood and the lives of the band members. The major romance between Emma and Michael doesn't really begin until after half of the book is already over with, somewhere in the last 175 pages or so.
I loved reading about all the lives in this book, though. Usually NR focuses on the main two cha...more
It starts out in the 1970s in the early years when the English rock band, Devastation, is just starting to become famous. Emma's father, Brian, is the lead singer and she's friends with the other three guys in the band. There's lots of sex, drugs and rock 'n roll along with the times a'changin'.
We follow Emma after her brother dies, until she's in her twenties, and everyone in her family and circle. I liked the characters we are supp...more
What I hated was being in Emma's head. Not the writing hate, I just loved the story, but rather the existantial hate. I don't want to think of child abuse, that's just one of the most horrible things out there. And the worst of it was that, even when she grew up in a loving environment with all luxuries etc., in the end she was still the traumatised little girl who...more
So I knocked the rating down a bit.
Such an engaging story that spans about 20 years. When I put the book down, the characters stayed fresh in my mind and I couldn't wait to see them again.
The down fall for me was the Hero. He was a good guy but I found him to be too impatient for our Heroine and then when they're finally together I never felt a real connection between them.
Also, the ending, which finally wraps up a major piece of the story was way too tidy...more
I so recommend this book! It is definitely worth t...more
Emma.Beautiful, intelligent, radiantly talented, she lives in a star-studded world of wealth and privilege.But she is about to discover that fame is no protection at all when someone wants you dead....
All she has to do is close her eyes and she remembers the day Brian McAvoy swept into her life.A frightened toddler, she didn't know then that she was his illegitimate daughter or that he was pop music's rising new star.All she knew was that with Brian, his bandmates, and his new wife, she felt sa...more
The book revolves mainly around Emma McAvoy, the "love-child" of a rising Rockstar, Brian McAvoy. She is brought by an alcoholic and abusive mother. She meets her dad for the first time, at the age of three, who takes her away from her alcoholic and abusive mother. It had been l...more
The relationship between Emma and the band members (including her dad) was simply beautiful, this book made me laugh, cry and evoked a serious emotional reaction.
I adored Brian and Johnno and Stevie was just divine as was Pm. I didn't t know who'd done...more
I get it; sex, drugs and rock & roll and drugs a...more
It's hard to capsulize this book into a one-paragraph summary as it chronicles the lives of this family over a 20-year time span. Even...more
As the only witness of a failed attempt kidnapping, Emma keeps struggling with putting the pieces together. The unavoi...more
All Emma has to do is close her eyes and she remembers the day Brian McAvoy swept into her life. A frightened toddler, she didn’t know then that she was his illegitimate daughter or that he was pop music’s rising new star. All she knew was that with Brian, his band mates, and his new wife, she f...more
I absolutely adored it. The characters were engaging and memorable. I went through the ups and the downs of the characters. Sometimes I like and/or love a character, other times didn't like them so much.
There are scenes that stick out for me. The opening chapter when Brian first meets Emma and sees the way she's been living just touches my heart. The brief scenes when Emma and Michael met when they were younger. The part when Emma w...more
This book is a retrospective of life, love, family, connections and how you learn to deal with it all.
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...more
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It's restless and rude. It's defiant and daring. It's a fist shaken at age. It's a voice that often screams out questions because the answers are always changing. The very young play it because they're searching for some way to express their anger or joy, their confusion and their dreams. Once in a while, and only once in a while, someone comes along who truly understands, who has the gift to transfer all those needs and emotions into music.”