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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
Nora Roberts Land (Dare Valley) is a romantic story inside a romantic story. Meredith Hale is a huge fan of all of Nora Roberts' books and returns home to Dare Valley, Colorado to find her own real life hero. Meredith’s ex-husband, Rick the Dick, blames the marriage falling apart because she had read too many Nora Roberts' novels and is looking for a story-book life. Meredith is a journalist for a newspaper that is a rival to Rick the Dick’s newspaper. She takes a leave of absence and returns to Dare Valley to help her grandfather run the family newspaper while her father recovers from a heart attack.
Meredith sets a goal to prove that an everyday girl can have a Nora Roberts love story happen to them and publish a story about it. Rick the Dick wants to prove her wrong. He blackmails Tanner McBride, a journalist, who has just come back from writing about the wars, and wants a state-side job, into going to Dare Valley and charming Meredith, making her fall in love, and then breaking her heart. It does not go the way Rick hoped when there is an immediate attraction between Tanner and Meredith. Author Ava Miles then takes us on twists and turns, suspense and surprises before we find out if in fact Nora Roberts Land is a possibility or not.
Nora Roberts Land has all the elements of a great love story and an exciting suspenseful murder case. The plot will keep you reading long into the night. The characters are all well developed, strong and likable individuals, with some nasty villains thrown in for good reading. Ava Miles has a winner with her first book and I am excited about the next one French Roast (Dare Valley) due out soon. If you like Nora Roberts type books, this is a must-read.