Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Review - Vision in White

Title: Vision in White
Author: Nora Roberts
Publishing Date: May 2009
Genre: Contemporary
Rating: B+
Sensuality: Warm
Book Disclosure: Borrowed from the library.

Vision in white is the first book in Nora Robert's Bride Quartet. Four women as little girls used to hold "play weddings" in their backyard. Eventually those four girls grew up and now own the business Vows, a company that produces beautiful weddings. Mac is the photographer and she meets the brother of one of the brides of the wedding they are planning. It turns out Carter Maguire and Mac went to school briefly together as teenagers. Carter had a crush on Mac but Mac never knew he existed. Carter has a way of getting under Mac's skin now and she can't seem to get him out of her head. Mac has commitment issues, but will she be able to make it work?

The first thing that really stands out in Vision in White is the cohesive unit of friendship which four little girls formed and maintained over the years, all based on their love of weddings and each other. Mac and her friends come alive on the page based on their lively interaction and conversations with one another. Each woman brings a unique talent to their business. Mac's is photography. Much of the descriptions and interaction revolve around Mac's perspective and her photography.

Mac has problems with intimacy and commentment. She finds the perfect match for her in Carter. He is more Beta in his behavior, allowing Mac time to come to terms with her feelings. He is very patient and understanding - a true gem of a man. I found Vision in White to be a very good balance of romance and friendship. I loved the symmetry between the business and the friendship with the four women and I can't wait to read more in this series. Roberts makes it all seem so effortless.

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Rowena said...

She does, doesn't she? Make everything seem so effortless. I love that about her work. I adore this series and am glad to see that you enjoyed it as well. Yay!

I can't wait to see your thoughts on Bed of Roses. Happy reading sweets!

Christine said...

I just read this in December and really enjoyed it as well. I just got the call from my library that it's finally my turn for BED OF ROSES. I've been on the wait list for it since mid November.

I also enjoyed the friendship storyline in VISION IN WHITE as well as the romance. I thought the writing was overall just lovely and really enjoyed the photography aspect of Mac's story.

Hilcia said...

I really enjoyed this book too. Nora really knows how to weave friendship and family into her romances. I loved Mac and Carter together.

I can't wait to read your thoughts on Bed of Roses. :)

Sayuri said...

This is the first 'romance' I have read of Nora's. Everything else I have read of her backlist has been her romantic suspense single titles, which I usually really enjoy.

I was a bit wary of this cause it looked really 'girly' and yet I was drawn to the 'pretty.'

I am so glad I read it. What a great book. I should never have doubted Nora. I went out and bought Bed Of ROses right after and devoured that too. Waiting impatiently for the next installment.......

nath said...

I'm so glad NR wrote a strictly contemporary romance series this time around! It was due :D

I really enjoyed Vision in White and Carter... oh Carter :D he was just soo cute! :D Glad you enjoyed it :D

Jill D. said...

Rowena - Thanks! I will definitely be letting you know my thoughts on Bed of Roses when I get it :)

Christine - I too am on the wait list at my library for Bed of Roses. Although I just signed up, but I am number 23. I hope the time goes by fast!

Hilcia - I know, I loved the friendship aspect of the story and I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series.

Sayuri - I have read her Chesapeake Bay series, which is also straight contemporary. They are good too. You might want to check those out, as well.

Nath - I loved Carter too! I liked that he was slightly nerdy, with his tweed jackets and glasses. But then when it was all about the love making he was a MAN in the sack, lol :)