Even though I would have liked to shake Mac´s mother, I found her an extremely profitable splash of color in this witty-ironic to dripping sarcastic plot. I have seen her in front of me, so delicious was Mac´s mother in her behavior and way of looking at things.  

Vision In White
by Nora Roberts
Bride Quartet #1
Publisher Berkley on April 28, 2009
Genre Novel
Pages 352
Format Paperback

Wedding photographer Mackensie “Mac” Elliot is most at home behind the camera, but her focus is shattered moments before an important wedding rehearsal when she bumps into the bride-to-be´s brother … an encounter that has them both seeing stars. A stable, safe English teacher, Carter Maguire is definitely not Mac´s type. But a casual fling might be just what she needs to take her mind off bridezillas. Of course, casual flings can turn into something more when you least expect it. And Mac will have to turn to her three best friends – and business partners – to see her way to her own happy ending.   
Mac enjoys her work as a wedding photographer to the fullest. Together with her three friends Emma, Laurel, and Parker, she runs the flourishing company Vow and arranges the perfect wedding for every bride. For Mac, it has been clear from her earliest childhood that there is no eternal love and loyalty, yet she feels secure and in her element behind the camera. But one day, her order will be shaken up by Carter, a former schoolmate. Mac experiences a roller coaster of emotions and panics as she realizes it´s different this time. And so, does some ice cream pack the round before Mac realizes what she wants and is willing to risk something.

Extremely humorous, with much wit and charm is the first part of the Bride Quartet series written by Nora Roberts. Ready-to-play dialogues, which spray with esprit and wit, and laughing funny scenes alternate with family dramas that not only reflect the unbelievably cold family life of the protagonist but also show how a truly lovingly functioning family can be. 

Nora Roberts has written down these contrasts of icy coldness, culminating in an incredible mother-daughter scene with almost boundless ignorance by the mother towards the daughter, which is a wonderful composition of easy conversations and great emotions. Compared to the other novels of the author, apart from her In Death series, here is a slightly different tone and writing style noticeable, which is extremely small. On the one hand, the writing style is softer, but on the other hand more direct. 

Mac is a protagonist who first has to experience and get to know her own value as a human being. She is so tired of constantly being subjected to her mother´s emotional manipulation as she fancies that after a renewed mother-daughter confrontation, she decides it must come to an end. With the moral support of her friends, Mac makes an incredible inner change and proves strength and assertiveness that you would not believe at first glance. 

Mac´s mother is a wonderfully designed character, full of funny tragedy, and incredibly dramatic. She is so insane in her appearance and thus seems so incredibly believable, almost lovingly helpless – if it were not for the icy and calculating charisma that flashes through again and again. 

In general, I found it immensely exciting to see the individual figures act. To see the different characters and idiosyncrasies and their effects on the plot. 

I have rarely had such a delicious reading experience and often thought that seems somehow familiar to me. Great drama, great humor, and a protagonist that is fascinating. A really successful book about love, friendship, and what family should be. For anyone looking for a relaxing yet engaging reading experience, this novel is just the ticket.

Happy reading

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 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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