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The Last Honest Woman (The O'Hurleys #1)

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As the widow of an infamous racing car champion, Abby O'Hurley shunned publicity. Now a single mum, struggling to keep her family and farm afloat, Abby has invited charming, and ruthlessly cynical biographer Dylan Crosby to tell her story. Abby's doing it for the sake of her sons, but she needs to keep Dylan from uncovering her darkest secrets.
Paperback, 331 pages
Published 1988 by Silhouette
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I had a few problems with the h in this one, one moment she could be an incredibly strong woman raising her sons on her own while on the other hand I found her belief to lie about her husband kind of martyr like.

She was 18 when she got married to a famous race car driver, it was few months of bliss and then hell. Her husband died in a crash five years ago and the whole world was already aware of his numeral infidelities and other transgressions but the h kept quiet, now she's agreed to do a bio...more
Blodeuedd Finland
It was an easy and sometimes sweet read. But I did get annoyed at Abby now and again. Yes she wanted to portrait her husband in a good way, and therefore she tried to lie to the writer who was writing her late husbands biography. But why keep it up when he knew she was lying and not to mention when he thought the worst of her. Some things I can understand why she wanted to keep hidden but others made no sense since they really had nothing to do with the bottom line of things.

And Dylan was kind o...more
Apesar de ser um livro antiguinho da Nora, a historia é ótima e cativante.

Dylan está escrevendo uma biografia sobre um piloto de corridas já falecido, e chegou a hora de entrevistar a ex-esposa, que ele considera uma aproveitadora mesquinha e superficial.
Ele chega na fazenda de criação de cavalos dela, e as suas concepções já começam a ir por terra, quando ele encontra uma casa de fazenda simples, sem empregados e dois meninos de 6 e 8 anos, filhos de Abigail com Chuck, o piloto. É...more
This is the first chapter of the O'Hurley series. A set of triplet girls, born to a song and dance couple always on the move to their next gig.
With music and travel in their blood, the paths that they take as adults are predictable. That is except for Abby.This is her story.
Swept off her feet by a charismatic race car driver, she finds that life in the fast lane is not all it's cracked up to be. Her marriage rocky at best, she retreats to her horse farm in Virginia. There she finds a modicum...more
Jacob Proffitt
I was in something of a funk last night, and this book kept me company. And good company it was. Originally written in the 80s, it's the earliest Nora Roberts book I've read so far. While the book is only mildly dated, really, it is less... I dunno... engaging? than her more recent work.

The biggest weakness is, unfortunately, the core of the four-book series: the O'Hurley family. Raised by a die-hard entertainer, the triplet girls and older brother grew up on the road. They have understandably s...more
Darkpool (protesting GR censorship)
Disclaimer: I'm reading this because it is a) available as an audio download at the library b) was 'in' last night when I was looking for a short book to listen to while waiting for the book I really want to turn up at the library and c) is short: less than 7 hours worth in fact.

Ugh. Some books I feel are too smart for me: see Snow for example. This book... I thought was not smart enough. The hero was annoying beyond belief. If this is supposed to be an Alpha male I don't want one - he came acr...more
This is the first book of the The O'Hurleys series, Abby gets to fall in love all over again. In the process of leaving a legacy for her children, having a book written about her late husband seemed the thing to do. After meeting Dylan and seeing how deep he was really going to probe for the answers she didn't want to give she started second guessing that choice. Dylan just wanted answers and knew that the widow was the only source, what he didn't count on was becoming attached to the kids and t...more
Manda Collins
Jul 04, 2011 Manda Collins rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Nora Roberts
Shelves: contemporary
Old skool silhouette from Nora Roberts. Really enjoyed this story of a tough biographer and a widowed horse breeder. The story really holds up despite its age. It is jarring to have the hero light up a cigarette more than once in the story, but overall it's still a strong story.
A very easy to read book. A sweet story but it was rather shallow. I wanted a bit more flesh to the H/H bones, more background. And what happened to the book that was so central in the beginning?
Gail Cooke
Marie Caliendo, who is the voice of the O'Hurley series after performing each of the three in Nora Roberts's series to date, again delivers an easy listening reading. If you've listened to her narrations of the other stories (Dance To The Piper, Skin Deep), hearing this is a bit like picking up the phone and hearing a favorite familiar voice. Caliendo has an extensive background in not only audiobook narrations but also in commercial and industrial voiceovers. She brings performing experience an...more
Taryn Elliott
Audible was running a special, so I thought I'd give a few older Nora's a try. It was from 1989, so that is a factor in my rating. Some things were lightly dated, but for the most part Nora truly knows how to tell a story full of character and rich description without getting specific to a time period. It's one of the many reasons you can re-read her stories, new and old.

Abby and Dylan (along with the cute kids, Chris and Ben) brought me on one of those comfortable rides that I needed. A bit swe...more
Anne Holly
Quick and enjoyable. Full of colour and a sense of place, with kids and animals and some nice scenery. The hero started out a bit rocky, but gets genuinely likeable by the end, and the kids grew on me, too.

The heroine was lovely - calm, capable, steadfast. She might seem a bit passive in some places, but that doesn't bother me; I've never mistaken passivity for weakness, though some people do. If you dislike passivity in a character, she might irk you at the beginning, but she's worth the going...more
Isabella Kai
Half-truths never get you anywhere, that's what I learned from Abby's story. Abigail O'Hurley Rockwell is a strong character for me. A mother who raises her children in the best possible way or in a way she knows how. Making ends meet with the little resources she has and a woman, a rock of a woman, who rose above it all and smiled at the challenges life threw her way. I loved to picture Abby on her barn with the bucket full of eggs on one hand. Abby has the 'middle-child curse', she knows how t...more
Deborah Vespo
First of the O'Hurley's series. Abigail O'Hurley, Abby, married very young when she fell hard for an up and coming race car driver. They had a few boys together but not much of a marriage. He lead a life of drugs, and being with other women outside of his marriage while Abby stayed on their farm, raising their boys, and creating a home with little support from her very wealthy husband or his family. Abby has been a widow for four years now as her husband crashed his car during a race and never r...more
This is an oldie, and it shows. I picked it up mainly because it's short, and the right size 'filler' until my reading buddy and I were synced up again.

Nora has turned out an amazing number of books in her career, and most of them are quite good. She's one of my very few 'go to' authors when I absolutely need a winner. This one, though was a disappointment.

I had read Chantal's book Skin Deep (O'Hurleys, #3) by Nora Roberts a while ago and enjoyed it. This one, though is too simplistic, and the writing is a little haphazard and repeti...more
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Another enjoyable book by Nora Roberts. I've read a lot of her books in the past and had taken break because I wasn't enjoying them as much. For those who've read a lot of Roberts, you'll know what I mean when I say within the I knew who the two main characters were and that they would fall in love/fight/marry (some of the books do differ on the order of events).

However, I decided I fancied a predictible chic-lit book and I'm pleased I chose this one to get back into it! I have once more fallen...more
Judy Collins
In between reading new books and releases, I try and go back to some older books I have missed by my favorite authors. I enjoyed The Last Honest Woman by Nora Roberts as listened via audio and the narrator Marie Caliendo was easy to listen to. As always Nora keeps you engaged.

Abigail is living on a farm raising her two sons the best way she can and holds on to her pride. She needs the money so signs a contract with a writer and journalist Dylan to write the story of her ex-husband (a famous rac...more
Melinda Elizabeth
It's not my usual type of book, but you have to say it is easy to read. You're certainly not going to read this if you're looking for fast paced romance. The plot goes like this: attractive widow with two kids live son a decrepit farm. Self absorbed writer strolls on up in his fancy car with preconceived notions about said widows and her millions of dollars from long dead race car driver husband. Horses are involved and jealousy ensues. Widow's show business family comes over to check out the wr...more
Michael Wolf
For me, this is one of those defining reads in that it introduced, lulled me towards the formulaic romance novel. Like a first kiss it brought out an innocence in me that I cannot replicate. Although I believe I tried to, I ended up, by rereading this several times over the course of my reading history, to develop, through continual comparison, subtle understandings of dialogue, word choice, context, inference, archetype, the synecdochic relationship towards semantics and even literary taxonomy....more
Well-written sweet romance. I had my own issues with the motivations of the main characters (what kind of professional biographical writer jumps to conclusions based on an old photo? What kind of impoverished widow who's been wronged doesn't feel bitter against the people responsible for her circumstances?) but it didn't annoy me enough to pull me out of the story. Roberts has a magic touch for writing secondary characters and familial and platonic relationships, so that they have a sense of bei...more
What I loved most about this book were the characters. Both Abby and Dylan are vibrant and alive, and the boys are as real as any fictional characters can be. The plot line moved smoothly enough, and was filled with enough melodrama to keep me interested and entertained. I look forward to reading the remaining books in this series!
This story is about a woman who was married to a popular race car driver. He was killed in a crash, and now she is being pursued by persons wanting to write his biography. She tries to stay to herself and is raising their 2 boys on a horse ranch. She finally agrees to authorize the writing of the book, and the author is a jaded writer looking for a sensational story.

A good read.
Abigail O'Hurley Rockwell, a young widow with two sons was far from Danny expect when he start to interview her. Danny Crosby, a journalist was trying to write a biography about her husband and start falling in love with Abby.
I enjoyed this mainstream romance. The characters were so flawed, but it worked out in the end. The O'Hurley family was so fantastic, that I can't wait to see more of them. The person I'm most intrigued with is Trace, the elusive older brother, because he wasn't around at all in the book. I just want to know what he's up to.

Although this wasn't want I normally tend to gravitate towards (read smut), I really found myself unable to stop listening. I just had to know what happened. The Narrator is...more
I've read this book four times and give it five stars mainly for all those small details that make the characters so real. The two children, Ben and Chris, are amazingly true, at least to anyone who has raised three boys. I laughed my head off at some of their remarks and actions. Abby is calm in the middle of stress and storm while Dylan is confused and lost. In spite of being an established writer, he can't seem to interpret all the clues around him and read between the lines. Also, the O'Hurl...more
O'Hurley born

Abby O'Hurley was married young to a famous race car driver who died in an accident. Dylan is an investigative reporter who is researching her to write a story on her dead husband. She is now living in the country (in a house her hubby left her, mysteriously) and raising her 2 sons alone. Very unpretentious and not at all what the cynical Dylan expected her to be. Their relationship is at first rocky, but they both begin to soften to one another and eventually fall in love. I loved...more
Duncan Mandel
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I read this last week and it was a nice predictable book as are most Nora Roberts books.
Tough week always good for Nora Roberts Fix. read it in two days light but readable
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