As an old Nora Roberts fan, and with a weakness for beautiful covers, I simply had to read this. The summary sounded so good and so I started listening to the audiobook before I changed the book form and continued reading the print edition. And this one was a great read with many unexpected surprises and twists.  

by Nora Roberts
Publisher St. Martin´s Press on May 25, 2021
Genre Novel
Pages 434
Format Hardcover
Source Library

Adrian Rizzo was seven when she met her father for the first time. That was the day he nearly killed her - before her mother, Lina, stepped in. Soon after, Adrian was dropped off at her grandparents’ house in Maryland, where she spent a long summer drinking lemonade, playing with dogs, making a new best friend - and developing the stirrings of a crush on her friend’s ten-year-old brother. Lina, meanwhile, traveled the country promoting her fitness brand and turning it into a billion-dollar business. There was no point in dwelling on the past. A decade later, Adrian has created her own line of yoga and workout videos, following in Lina’s footsteps but intent on maintaining creative control. And she’s just as cool-headed and ambitious as her mother. They aren’t close, but they’re cordial - as long as neither crosses the other. But while Lina dismisses the death threats that Adrian starts getting as a routine part of her daughter’s growing celebrity, Adrian can’t help but find the vicious rhymes unsettling. Year after year, they keep arriving—the postmarks changing, but the menacing tone the same. They continue after she returns to Maryland and becomes reacquainted with Raylan, her childhood crush, all grown up and as gorgeously green-eyed as ever. Sometimes it even seems like the terrifying messages are indeed routine like nothing will come of them. Until the murders start, and the escalation begins…
Adrian wants to do something for her own. She needs to prove that she can create something without the help of her famous mother. And make it a success. Her way of doing Yoga and teaching it to others is different from the way how her mother does it. And so, it doesn´t take long before Adrian and her mother Lina have a serious conversation about how different they see life and family.

The writing style is soft, sensitive, and shows a form of life, not everyone is made for. Mother and daughter want the same but have different ways to achieve their goals. Nora Roberts shows the conflict and how the main figure, Adrian, literally breaks free from her mother without changing how she wants to do things.

I liked it very much that Adrian loves the same things, her mother does, but still has her own way of handling everything.

Adrian is in many ways like her mother. She knows what she wants, how she wants it, and what to do to achieve her goals. But unlike her mother, Adrian needs her family. Her grandparents, the place where her mother was born and raised. For Adrian, life is more than having a successful career. She wants a family, kids, and a career. And the way how she does it is fascinating to read.

Another wonderful book and a perfect read for a lazy afternoon. This novel shows in a very entertaining way how health, mind, and the will to get everything in life a person could possibly want, can be achieved.

Happy reading

*I read the German edition published by Diana on October 18, 2021.

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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