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Remember When [Hardcover]

Nora Roberts
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Sept. 15 2003 Roberts, Nora
Laine Tavish is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life in the small town of Angel's Gap, Maryland, as the proprietor of Remember When, an antique treasures and gift shop. At least, that's what everyone in Angel's Gap thinks. They have no idea that she used to be Elaine O'Hara, daughter of the notorious con man Big Jack O'Hara. Or that she grew up moving from place to place, one step ahead of the law . . .

Laine's past has just caught up with her, though-in a very dramatic way. Her long-lost uncle suddenly turned up in her shop, leaving only a cryptic warning before dying in the street, run down by a car. Soon afterward, her home is ransacked. Now it's up to Laine, and a sexy stranger named Max Gannon, to find out who's chasing her, and why.

The answer lies in a hidden fortune-a fortune that will change not only Laine's life but also the lives of future generations. And danger and death will surround that fortune for years to come. Until New York City detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas gets on the case.

A thrill-ride of a novel that blends present-day romance and futuristic suspense, Remember When is a tale of deceit and secrets, of strong women and fascinating men-a brilliant combination of the incomparable talents of the two sides of Nora Roberts.

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A perfect marriage of sensuality and suspense, this sparkling new offering from Roberts (Birthright, etc.) and her alter ego, Robb (Imitation in Death, etc.) takes readers on a two-part journey-first to the quaint burg of Angel's Gap, Md., and then to New York City, 56 years in the future. A multimillion-dollar diamond heist connects the two halves and fuels the first story, which focuses on the romance between sexy PI Max Gannon, who's working for the company that insured the diamonds, and smalltown antiques dealer Laine Tavish, daughter of a notorious thief. Laine has worked hard to overcome her heritage, but when her father's best friend is killed outside her shop, she becomes the target of a ruthless killer who thinks she has her father's share of the take. Because the story skips ahead in time, Max and Laine have little time to explore their affection for each other, but Roberts still manages to make their whirlwind romance both believable and charming. A nerve-shattering encounter between Laine and the villain shows Laine to be as capable and crafty as Lt. Eve Dallas, who's the driving force behind the novel's second half. Set in the year 2059, the continuation finds Eve on the trail of a murderer who's after the diamonds that were never recovered from the decades-old heist. Though the identity of the criminal is apparent midway through, Eve's charismatic personality and colorful crew-including her former thief husband, Roarke, and her partner, Peabody-keep the energy level high. A true master of her craft, Roberts has penned an exceptional tale that burns with all the brilliance and fire of a finely cut diamond.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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New York Times best-selling, RITA award-winning Nora Roberts teams up with her pseudonymous writing personality, J. D. Robb, in this sexy, suspenseful novel centered on a fortune in stolen diamonds. Roberts begins things in present-day Maryland, where Laine Tavish, owner of an antiques and collectibles store, finds her attempts to erase any connection to her con-man father, Jack O'Hara, threatened when one of her father's "business associates" shows up and is killed in an automobile accident. Her father's involvement in a diamond heist brings not only a cold-blooded murderer to Laine's door but also insurance investigator Max Gannon, who won't rest until he finds the missing jewels. Robb adds a new twist to the tale 50 years in the future when Laine's granddaughter, Samantha Gannon, writes a best-selling book about the diamonds. The murder of Samantha's house-sitter brings Lieutenant Eve Dallas on the scene in search of a killer who will do anything to possess the sparkling stones. Robert's latest is another addictive blend of scintillating prose and sharply etched characters that will dazzle and delight her devoted readers. John Charles
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4.0 out of 5 stars Longest prologue for an Eve Dallas mystery but... April 25 2004
By A Customer
the story was great! Yes, I wanted to skip part one of the book just to get to Eve, Roarke, Peabody, etc. but I endured just to make part two make sense as far as the mystery goes.
Part one was interesting as a romance/mystery but as far as romance goes, I didn't feel like Laine and Max actually fell in love. Lust, yes. But love? (Let me put it like Roarke would say, "Hmm.") And, yes, I do believe that love at first sight can be pulled off but not in this story. While saying all that, I still like the story. It was intense about the diamonds and all. And of course there is a parallel between Laine being the criminal like Roarke and Max being the cop/PI like Eve. If all four had actually sat down and talked, that would have been interesting.
Now, part two did not disappoint me! No J.D. Robb mystery has yet disappointed me! Sharp dialogue, kick a** scenes, mystery, and of course love, hey-- you can't go wrong. One thing I was waiting on was for Eve or Roarke to buy a replacement goldfish for Samantha. And another thing I was waiting on was for the deep meaning about how that lunatic was the lunatic's grandson. The lunacy skipped a generation. So... don't you think Eve and Roarke would wonder about their own, as yet to be talked about in great detail, kids? Personally, I can't wait to read about Eve pregnant AND moody with more attitude than what she already has! New York murderers, beware! And wouldn't it just be a kick in the head if she had twins? They do run in the family...
I flat out love this series. And if you haven't heard, according to Nora Robert's website, the In Death series is optioned for screenplay. Interesting to see who they will get to play these characters if it does make it to film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Introducing Robb? April 16 2004
By renne
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I think that this book was great for introducing Nora Roberts' fans to J.D. Robb. I only recently started reading Roberts but I've read all of her newer romance/mistery books and really liked them. I was a little wary of trying Robb and "Remember When" was a great crash course into the series. The problem with introducing non-Robb fans to the series this way is that they loose so much of the history of the characters and are a little lost at first with the unfamiliar slang for things that we don't have yet. The second half was so good though, and so different from the normal Roberts stuff that it made me want to read the series, which I immediately did. I definately thought that the Robb part was better than the Roberts part. That is probably because I'd burned myself out on Roberts and the plot was a little simple, but I think that was because both stories were shorter than her normal lengths and there wasn't enough area to develop the best plots. I really love Roberts, but I love Robb more and if you have read this book and didn't like Eve or didn't like the characters it is probably because you haven't read more of the series and haven't had time to fall in love with her enough. Eve is a great character, but if you come into the middle of the series, you loose how much heart she has (and she has a lot of heart).
Read Robb's other books before you give up on it all together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique story by "two" authors... Feb. 22 2004
On the way down to Tucson, I finished up Remember When by Nora Roberts "and" J. D. Robb. For those of you who are unfamiliar with those names, they are one and the same person. Nora Roberts writes romance novels, and also pens futuristic crime novels under the pen name of J. D. Robb. I really like the Robb titles (the "In Death" series), so I decided to give this one a try. I liked it a lot...
In part 1 of the story (written by Roberts), a woman is trying to forget her father's criminal past and has set up a nice existence running an antique shop in a small town. But a partner of her father shows up at the shop, tries to deliver a message to her, and gets killed running out of the shop when a car hits him. When an investigator shows up, she gets really confused as to why all this attention has come her way. Turns out the investigator is trying to track down a multi-million dollar diamond heist, and she's suspected of being part of the scheme to hide the diamonds. As with most crime novels, she's innocent but is the target of a killer who also thinks she knows where they are. Her and the investigator team up to try and solve the case.
Jump forward to part 2 (written by Robb) about 50 years in the future. The granddaughter of the main characters in part 1 is a successful writer who has penned a blockbuster book about the original diamond heist. People close to her start getting murdered, and it appears that it's related to some unresolved questions about the crime and a missing portion of the diamonds. Eve Dallas and her husband Rourke are called in to sort out the murders and to protect the writer before she is murdered herself.
A unique approach to writing a book (writing as two different authors), and it worked for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nora Teams with Nora! Feb. 11 2004
Tongue in cheek, Nora Roberts teams with her alter ego, J.D. Robb, to create a two-books-in-one surprise.
This is one of those Nora blockbusters that you simply can't put down, and that you love every step of the way. The first story, which takes place in the present day, follows Laine Tavish, owner of an antiques store in Angels Gap, MD, and sexy hunk Max Gannon, who has been sent to Angels Gap on the trail of missing diamonds worth countless millions.
Good at his job, Max has already found out Laine's deep, dark secret: She is the daughter of a well-known thief who has eluded police for years. What Max doesn't know, however, is if Laine knows about the diamond heist--or knows that a major, cold-blooded killer is after her and the booty he thinks she has. Forced to investigate further, Max meets Laine, and in true Nora Roberts fashion, sparks fly. Next thing you know, Max and Laine are embroiled in a hot-hot love affair and a quest that now threatens both their lives.
Fast-forward over 50 years. Now J.D. Robb (Nora) takes up the story with our favorite New York cop, Eve Dallas. When a series of brutal murders of innocent young women grips the city, Dallas becomes embroiled in the case--and uncovers a strange connection to a diamond heist that happened many decades before. It seems that Samantha Gannon, granddaughter of the very same Max and Laine, has written a best-seller about her grandparents' one-time involvement with the famous heist. Her book states that a quarter of the booty was never recovered...and with that information, the book sets off a crime spree that can only be solved by delving into the past.
Perfect Nora--perfect Robb. Read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great combination book from my favorite author, just LOVED it.
Published 2 months ago by Dana Taramina
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasing
I find it amazing that so many people don't like the second part of the book. Please don't judge the second part as "boring". If you were a J.D. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Melinda Cronin
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth Buying
The first part was okay, it's got romance, sex, suspense, just everything it needs. But when part 2 came, it was as boring as hell. Read more
Published on July 8 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Half and half
Loved the first half; good characters, people you got interested in ana cared about....but TOO MUCH SEX!! Second half... Read more
Published on June 12 2004 by dandysmom
4.0 out of 5 stars The same author, two different styles
For the longest time, many readers including myself did not know that Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb were the same the same person. Read more
Published on May 20 2004 by M. E. Newell
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent story - mystery & love
This book consists of two novels - the first one is the story of Laine Tavish and Max Gannon on the trail of stolen diamonds. Read more
Published on May 9 2004 by Mary Chrapliwy
3.0 out of 5 stars not her best
This book to be was a dissapointment for sure. I was really looking foward for it to come out because of all the talk that surrounded the book, but when i finally got it it was not... Read more
Published on March 23 2004 by bobby
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but could use some character development
This was a good story, but it was wrapped up a little too neatly at the end of each half. The characters in the first half were well-developed, but I wanted to hear more about... Read more
Published on March 7 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An author that does the work of two...
In the present, Laine has made a new life for herself by pulling the biggest con of her life. She reinvented herself into a respectable antique dealer, someone no one would suspect... Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2004 by Huntress Reviews
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