Monday, April 29, 2013

Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts

For more than three hundred years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore—and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home…

A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of—but never arrested for—the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife.

He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though. Whiskey Beach’s resident housekeeper, yoga instructor, jewelry maker, and massage therapist, Abra is a woman of many talents—including helping Eli take control of his life and clear his name. But as they become entangled in each other, they find themselves caught in a net that stretches back for centuries—one that has ensnared a man intent on reaping the rewards of destroying Eli Landon once and for all…

As much as I love Nora Roberts I'm going to have to call Whiskey Beach a 'close but no cigar' kind of book. The characters were ok, the setup was ok, even the suspense was ok, but that's all the feelings this story got from me: just ok. Maybe I'd be able to take this book better on its own merit if her previous titles, The Witness and The Search, hadn't been so freaking good.

Abra is the typical Roberts heroine, seemingly perfect as a person who's overcome personal adversity to in order to craft a life that works for them. Eli is gruff as the hero, burned by his life and career and trying to find some semblance of a future in the house that has mean so much to him and his family. But in the end they both felt like caricatures of what Roberts has done in the past and while the book was nice as a quickie thrill from the library, I don't think this is one I'd care enough about to go back and reread.

Overall Feeling - B-/C+

Series - None