Romances We Love
Next up is a real heavyweight who practically invented romance—Nora Roberts.
What can you say about her? She’s a machine. With over 200 books written already and a career that has spanned three decades (so far), she’s still able to find enough ideas to generate five new books each year. In trying to narrow down my choice to one book, I find it’s impossible. I love the books where she writes from a male perspective—most notably the Chesapeake series about the three brothers. But I also like it when I learn something or get taken away to a wonderful setting or era.
My sister and I both read Chasing Fire, about the smoke jumpers in Montana, a few years ago, when it was first released. We had been in the redwoods of northern California a year previous and saw the smoke jumpers in action there, so we thought it would be a great read. Nora did a great job of detailing how to fight forest fires while intertwining two love stories—a tall order, to say the least. I especially liked the interplay between Rowan and her father. My sister lives on 22 acres and has an open-pit fire going most of the time to burn off the rubble that comes with all that acreage. She had a fire going outdoors and realized it was time to start dinner, so she headed inside to cook. After a few minutes, she looked out the window and saw that her fire had jumped out of the pit and was racing toward the back pond and the stand of hardwood trees. As she raced back outside, she asked herself, “What would Rowan do?” So she went to the head of the fire and created a barrier, effectively starving the fire and saving her trees. Thanks, Nora.
I’m offering a $5 gift card to one lucky commenter at the end of this blog hop, which will run from January 25-January 29. Tell me who your favorite author is and why. Then click on the icon to your right and visit other blogs on this hop, each of whom will have a giveaway. And stop back tomorrow to see who’s next on my list of favorites.