16 May 2012

Help! Can you recommend ...


... any Nora Roberts - esque authors?

Some days ago Britney, a fellow bookaholic, asked me on facebook if I could recommend any good books or authors to her. Books that have the same feeling as Nora Roberts' contemporary romances have. Here's exactly what she is looking for

... if you could tell me any authors or books that are like Nora Roberts books. I have read all of her books almost and I am running out of options lol, but to scared to buy a book I won't like. :) 
... like love and magic and sort of like families falling in love sort of thing. Not authors who write exactly like her ...

We both are big fans of Nora Roberts and at first I thought giving Britney a list with names of authors would be easy, but it's not. So far I only have a few names on my list and that's why I need your help. If you also like books by Nora and can recommend authors who create a similar feeling and who have a similar style, then please do so. And if you know someone who loves Nora's books, then please ask them for help. 

So, can you recommed any Nora Roberts - esque books?

12 comments:

  1. I haven't read many books by Nora Roberts but most of the books I read were really good.
    I don't know if you know "The House at Tyneford"/"The Novel in the Viola" (it's the same book only with two different titles) by Natasha Solomons - I really enjoyed that one and somehow it reminded me of Nora Robert's books. But it is historical fiction (during World War II) and doesn't have any fantasy elements in it.

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    1. Ok, thanks for the recommendations. I will put her on my list.

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  2. I definitly can recommend R.C. Ryan to you! Her books really are like Nora Roberts' books. :)

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    1. Great, another name for the list. I have planned to read a book by R.C. Ryan for a long time, bit so far never managed to.

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  3. "Bending The Rules" by Susan Andersen kind of reminds me of some of Nora's books since it's part of a series about three friends who inherit a mansion and then band together to fix it up a bit. The other books in the series weren't as great, but in my opinion "BTR" fits the bill.

    Then I would recommend the Mackenzie series by Linda Howard. Her writing style is a bit rougher, but it's still a great family series.

    The "Lucky Harbor" series by Jill Shalvis is a bit more... modern in ways of plot construction and vocabulary, but again, it's about three sisters fixing up and managing an inn and the way they were at war with each other in the beginning, but then connected step by step kind of reminded me of "Montana Sky".

    Last but not least I would give all of Julie James' books a try. Although the main thing they have in common is the fact that they always manage to put a happy smile on my face. ^.^

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    1. I agree on the Mackenzie series by Linda Howard, I love reading about that family. I don't know how often I have already reread the books.

      And I also think that you are spot on with the series by Susan Andersen, I loved the first book but the other two were just ok (at least for me).

      Hadn't thought about the series by Jill Shalvis, but will add it to my list. I loved the first book in the series, the second one not so much.

      And Julie James is another good recommendation. Her books are not for me, but I know that a lot of readers love them.

      Thanks for the recommendations!

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    2. I really liked the first book in the "Lucky Harbor" series as well and to be honest I haven't even read the second one. I just skimmed over it, so I could read the third book "Head over Heels" (which I loved!) without any missing information. It's just that the synopsis of "The Sweetest Thing" didn't appeal to me. Basically I just read the ending and even though I liked it I won't read the whole book because I'm really not interested in reading about Tara's ex-husband.
      Maybe you should tell Britney that only the first and third book in the series are anywhere near Nora Roberts-worthy. :]

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    3. Maybe I should. :) And maybe I should give #3 in the series a chance.

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  4. I 2nd the Julie James suggestion! Also Kristen Higgens and Robyn carr comes to mind for a Nora roberts type of read. No magic but strong women with full lives navigating love.

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    1. Thanks for the recommendations, will add Higgins and Carr to my list.

      Have a great day!

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  5. I like some Debbie Macomber now and then, she has written an awesome lot of books, and her Angels series have some paranormal in it (lol Angels). I do prefer the series with the streetnames.

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    1. Thanks for the recommendations, will check out the series you mentioned.

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