As an old NR fan (in age and years) I had to have this. I guess her entire fan base was eagerly awaiting this new book. And when the cover got revealed, it was clear to see that the author had made some changes in her life as an author. But don´t ask me why it took me so long to read it. I have no clue why I put it first on my TBR and looked at it for so many months, before finally starting to enjoy it. And it was enjoyable in every way.

Come Sundown*
by Nora Roberts
Publisher St. Martin´s Press on June 6, 2017
Genre Novel
Pages 466
Format Hardcover
Source Purchased

The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers who want to ride horses in the apple-crisp air or couples holding weddings under the wide-open sky. A little more than thirty thousand acres, it is home to four generations – and behind the scenes, Bodine Longbow does all she can to keep things running with the help of her siblings, the staff, and the new hire, Callen Skinner. But not far away, an aunt Bodine has never met lives in her own twisted version of a family, one no one knows about, one she never chose. Years ago, Alice was a rebellious eighteen-year-old who ran off looking for freedom and adventure. Now she cowers in fear, rarely seeing the sunlight, her mind shattered by a man who views her – and her offspring – as his rightful property. The Longbows don´t talk about Alice anymore. Many quietly presume that she is long dead. Then a young bartender leaves the resort late one night, and Bo and Cal discover her battered body in the snow. It´s the first sign that danger lurks in the mountains that surround them, and it will not be the only murder to unnerve this peaceful town. But the greatest shock is yet to come when Alice returns – and the threat that follows in her wake will test the bonds that hold Bodine to this place and these people, and thrust her into a darkness she could never have imagined.
Bodine is running her family´s business very successfully. And when one of her employees is found dead, she starts to feel that there is more to it. Way more. But what to do, when a killer is on the loose, guests are coming to the resort every day and her family is still dealing with another loss that happened over twenty years back?

It is also clear that Nora Roberts has moved more and more into the Contemporary Romance genre when it comes to her writing style. At least with her standalone novels. I don´t mind it. Though I loved her pure romance novels very much. The setting in the fantastic landscape of Montana was a plus, that made me feel like I was there myself while reading. I could literally smell the spring air, could feel the freezing cold of the winter, or saw the events with all their details that Bodine and her employees were doing. I don´t know why, but I had and have a certain picture of the ranch and resort in my head and can´t get rid of it *smile*

At some point during the ongoing novel, I started to have a feeling for who the bad guy was. There was one character that gave me the chills every time he showed up. Maybe because he was too much of a pale figure, not only in his appearance but also in his behavior. Aaaaaand BINGO! Woohoo – I guessed it right *YAY*

The author brings a huge variety of figures into the game of this novel. The modern women who run businesses as well as they have a family of their own. Or the men who really believe they can grab a strange woman off the street, and then go and claim them to be their possessing. But what struck me the most was, that Alice didn´t fight. When she was caught, she was in her early twenties, if I counted it right, and from the first minute, she did everything to please the man who took her. She gave up way to easy and fast for my taste - though Nora Roberts probably needed that for her ongoing plot. Otherwise, she wouldn´t have had a figure to keep going with her story.

As much as I liked reading this novel, I also – again – saw that I am not fond of a certain type of woman.

All in all, I had a great time reading Come Sundown. This was very entertaining, set in a gorgeous landscape, and with well-created figures, despite my dislike of one or the other. This novel is a must-have for every NR fan, no question. Read and judge for yourself.

Happy reading

*This book was published Licht in tiefer Nacht by DIANA on September 25, 2017 

Nora Roberts
Nora Roberts ©Bruce Wilder

Nora Roberts, born in Silver Spring, Maryland, is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming. Nora is a member of several writer´s groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.” She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.


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