I read this book because my 4th great grandfather owned the Inn that is at the center of this romance, and the building diagonally across from it. HeI read this book because my 4th great grandfather owned the Inn that is at the center of this romance, and the building diagonally across from it. He also owned a section of the National Road between Boonsboro, MD and Sharpsburg, WV, including the the corner on which the inn sets. I visited the town 3 times while I was doing genealogy and fell in love with it. I went in the bookstore and several of the other buildings, including the Trinity Reformed church where John and other of my ancestors were buried. The town is charming and I can see why Nora Roberts chose to make it her home and to write about it.
The first time I saw the Inn it was forlorn looking just as Roberts described it and I had the same feelings of sorrow over this lovely historical building going to ruin. The second time I saw it, Nora Roberts and her son had bought the buildings and were having the Inn redone. She had gutted most of the building by then. I took numerous pictures of the inside because it was stripped down to its earliest woodwork which my ancestor would have known and probably built. I am glad I did because it was later burned. Thank goodness they decided to salvage what they could and rebuild.
As for the story, I am not much of a romance reader, so the story seemed a little stilted to me. It seemed as if the romance was the point of the book instead of something that developed as part of a greater story. However, it is written as a romance and it certainly delivers. I will be reading the rest of the book in this series, but mainly because of the historical association. ...more
I found this book hard to get into. It had all the normal elements of a romance, but they were a little too contrived to hold my attention. The heroinI found this book hard to get into. It had all the normal elements of a romance, but they were a little too contrived to hold my attention. The heroine was constantly making incredible and false assumptions and then acting on them in a way that was sure to lead to more confusion and cross purposes. For the first three quarters of the book, almost everything goes wrong between the two main caricatures and in the last fourth, everything goes impossibly right. ...more
In this book, Mma Makutsi, is becoming a better defined character. She is always looking for a way to use her training at secretarial school and her eIn this book, Mma Makutsi, is becoming a better defined character. She is always looking for a way to use her training at secretarial school and her extraordinary 97% score. She decides that men need to know how to type in this computer age and thinks that they are reluctant to study with females in their class because they have come lately to a skill that has been associated with women in the past. She begins her school and is delighted to find that it is very successful.
Mma Patience Ramotswe meets her new competition with poise and grace and triumphs because of her compassionate in insightful nature. Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni seems reluctant to set a date for the wedding after his depression and that is of some concern, but it all works out in the end.
This book, like the rest, is not about the crime solving. Most of the problems are typical, but not necessarily easily solved. They are mainly used as a vehicle to participate in the characters lives. Again and again loyal readers come back to check on our friends lives and enjoy visiting and drinking bush tea....more