Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts (Amazon link)
Rating: Very Good
Description: For more than three hundred years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore - and its secrets.
To summer tourists, it's the crown jewel of the town's stunning scenery. To the residents of Whiskey Beach, it's landmark and legend. To Eli Landon, it's home...
A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigation after being accused of murdering his soon-to-be ex-wife. And though there was never enough evidence to have him arrested, his reputation is in tatters as well as his soul. He need sanctuary. He needs Bluff House.
While Eli's beloved grandmother is in Boston, recuperating from a nasty fall, Abra Walsh has cared for Bluff House, among her other jobs as yoga instructor, jewelry maker, and massage therapist. She is a woman with an open heart and a wide embrace, and no one is safe from her special, some would say over-bearing, brand of nurturing - including Eli.
He begins to count on Abra for far more than her cooking, cleaning, and massage skills, and starts to feel less like a victim - and more like the kind of man who can finally solve the murder of his wife and clear his name. But Bluff House's many mysteries are a siren song to someone intent on destroying Eli and reaping the rewards. He and Abra will become entangled in a centuries-old net of rumors and half-truths that could pull them under the thunderous waters of Whiskey Beach...
Passion and obsession, humor and heart flow together in a novel about two people opening themselves up to the truth - and to each other.
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Why I Picked This Book: It's kind of reflex to get every book Nora Roberts writes.
My Impression: I've been reading Nora Roberts books for years and she's always been reliable for a good and entertaining read and likable characters. However, the last few years I wasn't really wowed by any of her books and kind of took a break. After reading and really enjoying The Liar last year I thought it was time to give her another chance and I dug Whiskey Beach up off the bottom of the pile. I'm so glad I did as I thoroughly enjoyed it!
The primary characters are Eli Landon and Abra Walsh. There are a few side characters - Eli's family and some of the townspeople of Whiskey Beach but for the most part we mostly see them. I really liked them both. At the beginning Eli is very closed off and just generally miserable but for good reason. I always enjoy seeing characters kind of waking up and realizing themselves and Eli did not disappoint. Roberts did a good job with making this awakening gradual. Abra is already full on from the moment we meet her and definitely pushes her way in despite the fact that Eli doesn't really want her there. However, her motives were so good and her energy was so positive that I liked it.
I loved Eli's research into his family and I liked that not everyone in his family was a wonderful person but neither were they all evil. I think most of our ancestors are a mix of bad and good so it was nice to see that. The suspense plot wasn't quite as strong as the romance but it made sense as to why both characters were involved and it helped push them together. I was pleased with the wrap up though the more historical aspect was a little weak. I would LOVE to explore Bluff House! It sounds like a fascinating place.
If you're looking for a solid romantic suspense with likable characters then this would be a great choice!
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Of course! I'm looking forward to reading her newest romantic suspense book and she's still on my auto-buy list.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Definitely! If you like Nora Roberts this is a solid entry from her and if you're new to her but enjoy romantic suspense I think you'd enjoy this one.