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Remember When [Hardcover]

Nora Roberts
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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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.

From Booklist

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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lure of Stolen Diamonds Sept. 21 2003
The idea of stolen diamonds immediately lured me to this novel. I am just now being formally introduced to the suspense of award-winning author Nora Roberts. Quite frankly, I am thoroughly impressed with the talent of this very fine writer who has meticulously crafted a wonderful story. The characters are all amazingly real. Roberts manipulates time-lapses exceptionally well; this can be very tricky. I'm convinced that I have to read the other works in her series.
Highly Recommended Read!
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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 Pleasing July 12 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. Robb Fan, you would understand the characters better. Eve and Roarke have been around for about 17 books so this book just continues their story. Please don't judge the characters until you get to know them in other stories.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Half and half June 13 2004
Loved the first half; good characters, people you got interested in ana cared about....but TOO MUCH SEX!! Second half...well, mostly boring; just kept reading to see how it would turn out. znone of the characters were especially well developed or appealing. And, had to skip over the sex parts. I like Nora Roberts; this the first I have read by her alter ego and doubt if I will read any more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The same author, two different styles May 21 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
For the longest time, many readers including myself did not know that Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb were the same the same person. This new book "Remember When" combines these two talents together. The book opens up the stealing of diamonds in 2004 and the love between a P.I. and the suspect daughter's The second takes us to the future where once again the diamonds are up for graps and Roarke and Eve Dallas are on the case.
I have to admitt that I enjoyed the second part of the book with Dallas and Roarke than the first half. The action in the first seem to drag and I couldn't wait to get the second half. This is a great book, but the first section did seem a bit slow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent story - mystery & love May 9 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book consists of two novels - the first one is the story of Laine Tavish and Max Gannon on the trail of stolen diamonds. This was excellent - the Nora Roberts we've all come to expect - mystery, romance, and a good, well written, well plotted story. I truly enjoyed this portion of the audio book. It is followed up by the second novel which features Eve Dallas working to solve a mystery case, involving the same diamonds and the grandchild of Laine & Max 56 years in the future. It's completely different in style - written as J.D. Robb it follows her formula in her "In Death" mystery series.
This was a highly enjoyable set of stories (especially the 1st of the two stories) and I highly recommend them to any Nora Roberts fan - you won't be disappointed.
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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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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 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 Unique story by "two" authors...
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... Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2004 by Thomas Duff
5.0 out of 5 stars Nora Teams with Nora!
Tongue in cheek, Nora Roberts teams with her alter ego, J.D. Robb, to create a two-books-in-one surprise. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2004 by Wendy Kaplan
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
I have to agree with one of the other reviews on this book in regards to Part 2 not really involving the Samantha Gannon character. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2004 by cookie
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