Many years ago, I found this book and was thrilled after I´ve had only read the summary. You can never be wrong by reading a Nora Roberts novel. Especially not, when it is a romance novel. The author knows, like no one else, how to get into her reader´s hearts, how to let them feel emotions, and be sensitive and entertaining at the same time. This one is no exception.

Local Hero*
by Nora Roberts
Publisher Harlequin on October 24, 2017
Genre Novel
Pages 448
Format Paperback
Source Purchased 

After moving into a new Manhattan apartment and struggling to raise her son on her own, Hester Wallace doesn’t have time for the holidays, let alone a romance. So when her neighbor Mitch Dempsey offers to watch her son, Radley, in the afternoons, she cautiously accepts. Yet the more time she spends with Mitch, the more difficult it becomes to deny the attraction. She’s starting to rely on Mitch…and worse, she’s letting him into her heart. 
Hester and her little son Radley move to a new apartment near Central Park, as Hester has taken a new job at a bank. She hopes to be able to fulfill her son one or two extra wishes with her salary earned there. A new man or even a new love does not fit into the concept. That´s what her neighbor Mitch, a cartoonist, sees a little bit different. He offers Hester to take care of Radley in the afternoons, giving her and her son more relaxed free time and less stress. Hester is not thrilled at first. But it is precisely her resistance that particularly appeals to Mitch, and so begins a very special kind of seduction…

This novel is written harmoniously and wonderfully soft. Subtle humor, great dialogues, and a wonderful action with lots of charm and wit make this story an entertaining and relaxed reading pleasure. The tone is entertaining, even if now and then something more serious topics are addressed. It´s just fun to watch Mitch putting things in motion to win his love and get them where he wants them to be. In front of the wedding altar. On the way there, the reader experiences many strange situations that have reminded me in many ways of everyday life here. 

With her main characters, Nora Roberts has created figures here that convince and, despite the ease of the action, show surprising depth. Especially the little Radley brings a lot of speed and joy in the action with his warm and open nature. And many a mother´s hearts will melt away during his performances. He is real sunshine, even though he had to experience a rather violent experience with the departure of his father as a small child. He makes Mitch very clear and straightforward that he does not want a stepfather for exactly this reason. I found this dialogue between the two men in Hester´s life so sympathetic and heartfelt. It was just nice to read that. 

Wonderfully relaxing and entertaining. A beautiful and warm romance with a pinch of humor and wonderful characters. Highly recommended.

Happy reading

*The book First Snow also contains the story "A Will and a Way" by Nora Roberts. 

Nora Roberts
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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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