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Jennifer31
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Nora Roberts Books

Hello,
 
Im new to Nora Roberts and I want to know which book(s) of hers should I read first??? Should I start a series and if so which one?? Please email back and let me know.
 
Jennifer
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becke_davis
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I've read them all, but before giving you a recommendation it would help to know what kind of books you like best.  Nora Roberts has contemporary romances, lots of series books, paranormals, a few historicals, romantic suspence, straight romance -- all different kinds of books.  She also writes the J.D. Robb books.
 
So narrow down your preferences, and I'd be happy to recommend some of her books!
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Hello,
 
I like series books, romance, romantic suspense, contempory romances,  and some historical. Any recommendations would be great.
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Two of my favorites are Three Fates and Montana Sky.  My favorite trilogy is Three Sisters Island but they are all good.
 
Her family sagas are among my favorites:
 
The Quinns
 
The MacKades
 
The Donovans
 
The MacGregors
 
The O'Hurleys
 
Go to her website to see the list of books related to each of these families:
 
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I agree these were all great.  I love her JD Robb books.  They give a blend of the future with a little bit of mystery and great romance.  All of her books are great as I have read enough to fill an entire books case of nothing but her work.  I won't say I have read them all though I am working on some of her older stuff as I can get my hands on it......
 
 
 
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Welcome, Jennifer.
 
There's a lot of Nora love on these boards. Check out this thread for lots of talk of series and books that we all love. There should be some titles there for you! And if you go to the later pages there are lists of our favorite series.
 
Also, look at this thread, too. We started it for the most recent trilogy, a paranormal series. Also, there's discussion about the Circle trilogy here. We talk about her a lot!
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Hi Jennifer and welcome,
There's really no wrong book to pick up by Nora Roberts wether her stand alones or her trilogies or her series written by J.D. Robb.
My favorites are stand alone - Northern Lights from 2004 (set in Alaska)
Trilogy - Three Sisters Island - Circle Trilogy - Irish Sisters Trilogy
And any of J.D. Robb's books but those should be read in order.

Hey happy reading!!!
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Hi Jennifer!
Nora Roberts is such a great writer and probably one of the reasons I get so little sleep!  ( I do most of my reading when everyone else is sleeping *yawn*!)
 
Personally I would say that some of the books feel dated (clothing descriptions, dialogue) and so I would start with any of her trilogies published not too far back. 
 
Her JD Robb "In Death" series is chilling and addicitive.  I would start at the beginning and read all of them in order (twice!!!)  It's so hard to wait for the next one to be published.
 
My mom and I have a great difference of opinion.  She believes that Nora must have assistants who help write the books because no one can possible write so many stories in such a short period of time.  Personally I'd like to know what coffee drink she enjoys!  A triple mochaccino?  When does she find the time to sleep!
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Hi Jennifer,
 
Nora Robert's Circle Trilogy is one of the best series I have ever read. So much so, that I continue to think about the characters weeks after finishing the books!  If you enjoy reading books with great character development, excellent descriptive scenes, fantastic love stories with a great dose of good vs. evil and just smidge of fantasy, this is a fantasic series.
 
Enjoy!
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One of the things I like most about her are the trilogies. I love the idea that you can get a fully developed set of characters (more than you can get from one book) without having to invest the time into a whole series.
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Debbie, I absolutely agree...you can start anywhere...I actually just read Northern Lights a couple of weeks ago and I fell in love with it...my fav stand alone thought is Blue Smoke...
 
Jennifer, her J.D. Robb books are excellent reads too...I love all her books, so it is difficult for me to choose which trilogy you should start with...the first one I read was The Three Sister Island trilogy and then I was hooked on Nora from there...I glommed her books and now I own all her books, sans the Once Upon series that she rights with three other authors...I will get those eventually, though...
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paula_02912 wrote:
Debbie, I absolutely agree...you can start anywhere...I actually just read Northern Lights a couple of weeks ago and I fell in love with it...my fav stand alone thought is Blue Smoke...
 
Jennifer, her J.D. Robb books are excellent reads too...I love all her books, so it is difficult for me to choose which trilogy you should start with...the first one I read was The Three Sister Island trilogy and then I was hooked on Nora from there...I glommed her books and now I own all her books, sans the Once Upon series that she rights with three other authors...I will get those eventually, though...





I was disappointed in Blue Smoke, not from the story standpoint but while I was reading it I could totally see Eve Dallas saying the words coming out of Rena's mouth. It was more than just her style that was predicable but some of the words as well. I know that an author as prolific as Nora Roberts has got to have some overlap but I really don't want to know what author I'm reading just by some of the things the characters are saying. The later books are much better, maybe she just had some trouble thinking that book through. Who knows it could just be me.
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Hey jennifer, You can start from any series, because they are all different. nora roberts is a very unquie author. Why don't you try JD ROBBS? 
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Debbie wrote: I was disappointed in Blue Smoke, not from the story standpoint but while I was reading it I could totally see Eve Dallas saying the words coming out of Rena's mouth. It was more than just her style that was predicable but some of the words as well. I know that an author as prolific as Nora Roberts has got to have some overlap but I really don't want to know what author I'm reading just by some of the things the characters are saying. The later books are much better, maybe she just had some trouble thinking that book through. Who knows it could just be me.
 
Hey Debbie, I get what you are saying here...when I read Blue Smoke, I hadn't really gotten into the in Death series yet, so I wasn't able to pick out Eve's voice in this particular book. But, now that I have read a majority of those books, I see what you are talking about...Rena did sound a little like Eve...I think that because she had to become a woman like Eve after all the tragedy she endured, it makes sense for some of her actions to be very much like Eve's.
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paula_02912 wrote:
Debbie wrote: I was disappointed in Blue Smoke, not from the story standpoint but while I was reading it I could totally see Eve Dallas saying the words coming out of Rena's mouth. It was more than just her style that was predicable but some of the words as well. I know that an author as prolific as Nora Roberts has got to have some overlap but I really don't want to know what author I'm reading just by some of the things the characters are saying. The later books are much better, maybe she just had some trouble thinking that book through. Who knows it could just be me.
 
Hey Debbie, I get what you are saying here...when I read Blue Smoke, I hadn't really gotten into the in Death series yet, so I wasn't able to pick out Eve's voice in this particular book. But, now that I have read a majority of those books, I see what you are talking about...Rena did sound a little like Eve...I think that because she had to become a woman like Eve after all the tragedy she endured, it makes sense for some of her actions to be very much like Eve's.





You know Paula I didn't think of it like that but maybe I'll re-read it and see if I agree.
But all in all you can't go wrong with Nora. I especially love her trilogies.
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I am new to this group, but I have read MANY of Nora Roberts books. I also loved Blue Smoke, but my favorite was her Dream Series - Daring to Dream, Holding the Dream, Finding the Dream. Now I have to say that I love all of her books but this series is BY FAR my favorite.
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I enjoyed the series that was Blue Dahlia, Black Rose, and Red Lily.   I think that was the names of the books.  I always enjoy reading romance and mystery.  I really enjoyed how an older woman took in a younger pregnant cousin that she didn't even know.  Has anyone else read these books?
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Sandy_44 wrote:
I enjoyed the series that was Blue Dahlia, Black Rose, and Red Lily.   I think that was the names of the books.  I always enjoy reading romance and mystery.  I really enjoyed how an older woman took in a younger pregnant cousin that she didn't even know.  Has anyone else read these books?





Yes I'm a big Robert's fan and especially love her trilogy's and being a somewhat older woman myself I really look for mature women or at least in the 30's or 40's when I choose my reading material. And I especially liked Rosalind and Mitchell's story in Black Rose.
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I read those books about a year or so ago and they were definately great. Have you read the Key series that she has. Three women who have never met come together to accomplish one goal and I lost alot of sleep reading that one. I am reading the Circle series now I am not the Dance of the Gods what does anyone think of that series.
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Jenlynn7 wrote:
I read those books about a year or so ago and they were definately great. Have you read the Key series that she has. Three women who have never met come together to accomplish one goal and I lost alot of sleep reading that one. I am reading the Circle series now I am not the Dance of the Gods what does anyone think of that series.




Yes Jenlynn,
I really enjoyed the key trilogy. In fact I really like her trilogies better than her stand alones and I also really enjoy her in Death series as JD Robb with Eve Dallas. I think maybe it's because I come to like the characters in books so much that I prefer series so I can revisit them. And I especially liked the Circle trilogy and liked all the books in this series but I think my favorite was the third book the story of Moira and Cian. And the ending was really great. And here I am impatiently waiting for her second book in the Sign of Seven trilogy to come out.