Writer: Nora Roberts
Plot: The MacGregor clan’s patriarch is powerful, rich – and determined to see his three career-minded granddaughters married. So he hand-picked three unsuspecting candidates as worthy consorts… Now all he has to do is set his plans in motion.
A wealthy old man wants great grandchildren, so he devises a plan to set up all three of his granddaughters with eligible bachelors.
Creepy? Maybe. But you can’t deny the perfection of this story. The characters are perfect, their lives are perfect. And everything works out perfectly. Sometimes you need one of these easy books to read without having to think – it’s not a crime, ladies! Feminism may be in full swing, but reading a book about falling in love and marriage is not yet illegal, and shouldn’t be discouraged.
They’ve meddled with Disney love stories, but they can never change my beloved Nora Roberts stories.
Laura the lawyer is successful and rich.
Gwen is a doctor who works tirelessly.
And Julia is the business entrepreneur who doesn’t like to get out of bed in the mornings.
It’s just… Perfection, isn’t it. I love reading books about perfect people with their perfect jobs and perfect hair. You can completely lose yourself in their world in a way that I don’t think you can with TV or movies.
Anyway! They all ‘accidentally’ bump into the men who they are to fall in love with and marry. They each have their own love stories with their own problems and scandal. The characters are mostly aspirational, but there are some traits in each character that you will be able to identify with.
It’s a book that is so easy to read and so easy to lose yourself in. It must be the way Nora Roberts writes – she’s discovered what people like and she knows how to make these characters’ worlds accessible. Brilliant.
It’s shallow and vain and absolutely glorious – the perfect stop gap between heavy thrillers.
If you would like a romance that is a little more realistic, I’d 100% recommend Kat French. Her love stories feature more recognisable characters and slightly more down-to-earth situations.
Jodie’s rating: 6/10