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Countdown to the Holidays – Themed Reading Blitz

Joyeuses Fêtes! Buone Feste! Jie Ri Yu Kuai

Carol is on her countdown to Christmas and she is a sucker for a holiday themed book.
Holidays are always a nice time to revisit old favorites.

Carol has brought First Impressions by Nora Roberts
4 out of 5 stars
Published October 17th 2006 by Silhouette

First Impressions

Carol’s perspective:
I found First Impressions by Nora Roberts a few months ago while browsing in a little tiny thrift shop. Nora Roberts is one of my all time favorite authors and the beautiful Christmas cover also attracted me. This was a perfect book for this time of year. Vance Banning is the president of the nation’s largest construction business. But, he needs a break from the city and from his past. So he buys the old Farley place in the country to restore it and try to find himself again. Somehow, though, the small community thinks he is an out of work carpenter. Right next door lives Shane Abbott. She spent four years in the big city as a teacher. But, after the death of her beloved Grandmother that raised her, she has gone home to restore her Grandmother’s home and convert it to a museum and antique store. Shane is one of those wonderful people that wears her emotions on her sleeve. When she laughs, you can’t help but laugh right along with her. But being so emotionally open also subjects her to be easily hurt.

The first time she laid eyes on Vance, she felt something. She knew she needed to find out just what that feeling was but Vance was having none of it. He made it clear he did not want company. But, Shane decides she needs his help with her house and thinks that Vance needs the work so she hires him as a carpenter. As they get to know each other, she breaks through Vance’s brittle exterior and slowly helps him to heal. But what will happen when she learns the truth about Vance’s past? Will she be able to forgive him for not being honest? And there is someone in Shane’s past they will have to deal with as well.

This wonderful Christmas story is told in true Nora Robert’s fashion, with beautiful scenery and characters with complicated lives. She has a way in her words of making me almost feel the snow down my back and the cold on my cheeks. It was a perfect book to set the mood for the holidays.

Nora Roberts
Nora Roberts is truly a publishing phenomenon. With over 250 million copies of her novels in print, she has come a long way since she wrote her first novel in a spiral notebook using a No. 2 pencil. Now she has published over 150 novels and her work has been optioned and made into films, excerpted in national magazines and translated in over twenty-five different countries.