I read this novel in a phase of my life where I literally devoured books written by Nora Roberts. Her way of writing about romance was, back then, totally new to me and it was fascinating to dive into new worlds with her figures and stories.

Treasures Lost, Treasures Found
Author Nora Roberts
Publisher Silhouette Special Releases on August 14, 2017
Genre Novel
Pages 256
Format eBook
Source Purchased**

Kate Hardesty had inherited a dream: a pile of mysterious charts and notebooks, mapping the way to sunken treasure. Determined to complete her late father´s explorations, she returned to the island where she grew up, and hired deep-sea diver Dominic Silver – the man she left behind four years ago. But working with Dominic meant more than searching for gold … it meant finding the priceless treasure Kate hadn´t been looking for.

Thoughts

But you can tell that there is a change of style, tone, and voice in her work. 
Now, around ten/ fifteen years later, I still love her work, but not every book she´s ever written can excite me the second time reading as it did during the first time.

Story

At the request of her father, Kate leaves the island of Ocracoke, where she spent a wonderful summer, and thus leaves the love she associated with the diver Dominic Silver. Years later, when her father unexpectedly dies of a heart attack, Kate not only has to discover that she did not know about his illness, but also that her father spent years looking for a sunken ship, the “Liberty” and meticulously recorded data on it. She hires her former love and best diver there is and soon realizes that she is not only fascinated by diving, but also by Dominic and her overwhelming feelings for him. 

Style

Extremely sensitive and very effective, Nora Roberts has written a romance novel that is exciting, captivating and full of passion at the same time. The author has created action in a clear style that has just the right mix of fantastic description, erotic and dialogue, yet still leaves the reader space for their own imagination and fantasy. 

Though you can tell, that this novel was written somewhere in the 1980s, there is nothing cheesy about this novel. You can also see, that Nora Roberts still uses a basic plot in all of her novels and that the beauty of the landscape is a big part of each and every one of her books. Only the story and the figures change. I like that very much.

Characters

Impressively, the author has brought her figures through their actions to the reader. Her protagonist portrayed Nora Roberts as a very petite and incredibly strong woman, who desperately longs for her father´s love and pride, and even more to decide about her own life.
It is remarkable to observe how Kate is undergoing development in the course of the plot that clearly shows to the reader that no matter what happens in the end, she will achieve her goal and free herself from the father, who is overpowering even beyond death. 


Conclusion

An absolutely successful romance novel that has no kitsch in it and is written as sentimentally as only Nora Roberts can write. Ideal for enjoyable reading hours and exciting entertainment. 
But I have to say too, now, around ten years later after reading it for the second time, that it is none of those novels, that were able to thrill me as much as I was excited about it when I read it for the first time. My rating is that I gave the first time because the novel still deserves it. My personal change in taste and feelings about a book is not changing the novel itself.




Happy reading







*The cover shown on top of this review is that of the Silhouette Special Release eBook edition published on August 14, 2017.









**I read and reviewed the German print edition published by Mira TB on May 10, 2012. 



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 writers 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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