It’s been a while since I read a new Nora Roberts book, not because I don’t love her (I DO!) I loved her romance novels, which she has been focusing on less and instead writing more thrillers, and hers usually aren’t my bag.

Given the title of Inheritance, the soft colors of the cover, and it being part of a “Lost Bride” trilogy, I thought she’d dipped back into romance.

Whoops! Another instance of me not looking beyond the cover. There is romance in this book, but it’s not a Romance Novel in the traditional sense of there being a hero and a heroine who get their Happily Ever After by the final page. Their loves tory is not the focus of Inheritance.

What is? Here’s a pretty good summary of what happens in the first 100 pages, per a quote from our main character’s love interest: “You found out a few weeks ago that your father had a twin brother, separated at birth, who died and left you a big old house on a cliff, a big pile of money—not to mention antiques and art. Only hitch is you’ve got pack up, move, and live in the big old house where you don’t know anybody.”

But wait…there’s more! That main character, Sonya MacTavish, opens the book by walking in her fiance cheating on her with her cousin, which makes it easy for her to pack up her life in Boston and move to the big old house on the coast of Maine. And oh did I forget to mention that the old house she inherits is haunted? And there’s also a curse?!

Yes, this all sounds a like a lot (to the point I messaged a friend saying the book was already off the rails by page 57), but damn it if I didn’t get sucked into the story of MacTavish, and also the unraveling of the mystery of who are the lost brides, why they’re lost, and how MacTavish is supposed to help them. I read snippets of the book between work calls at my desk.  I’ve also had a foster dog for the last week or so, and it was very easy to sink into this book while she snoozled by my feet (she’s ready for adoption if you’re looking!) I was sad when the book was over, though of course the story is not, with two more parts coming out I’m sure in the future.

I shouldn’t be shocked that I was sucked in, as Roberts is a master storyteller, even if the stories she’s telling aren’t always my flavor. She talked to the New York Times about that, and her career that’s spanned nearly 250 books. She’s a powerhouse, and I’m glad I gave his book a shot.

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Jen Miller

Jen Miller

Jen A. Miller is a an author and freelance writer. Her memoir, Running a Love Story, was a Philadelphia Inquirer best book of the year. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, SELF, Buzzfeed and the Guardian, among others.

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