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Tribute

Tribute

Written by Nora Roberts

Narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck


Tribute

Written by Nora Roberts

Narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck

ratings:
4/5 (82 ratings)
Length:
14 hours
Released:
Jul 8, 2008
ISBN:
9781423347200
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a long way from Hollywood. And that's exactly how Cilla McGowan likes it.

Cilla, a former child star, has found a more satisfying life working with her hands to restore homes from floor to ceiling - and has come here to her grandmother's farmhouse, tools at her side, to rescue it from ruin. Sadly, no one had been able to save her grandmother, the legendary Janet Hardy. An actress with a golden voice and a tumultuous life, Janet entertained glamorous guests and engaged in decadent affairs - but died of an overdose in this very house more than thirty years ago. To this day, Janet haunts Cilla's dreams. And during her waking hours, Cilla is haunted by her melodramatic, five-times-married mother, who carried on in the public spotlight and never gave her a chance at a normal childhood. By coming to the East Coast, rolling up her sleeves, and rehabbing this wreck of a house, Cilla intends to take a shot at finding some kind of normalcy for herself.

Cilla has her work cut out for her - the house, once a place of comfort and simple rural beauty, is long neglected, crumbling, the grounds choked by weeds. Plunging into the project with gusto, she's almost too busy and exhausted to notice her neighbor, graphic novelist Ford Sawyer - but his lanky form, green eyes, and easy, unflappable humor (not to mention his delightfully ugly dog, Spock) are hard to ignore. Determined not to carry on the family tradition of ill-fated romances, Cilla steels herself against Ford's quirky charm, but she can't help indulging in a little fantasy.

But love and a peaceful life may not be in the cards for Cilla. In the house's cluttered attic, she has found a cache of unsigned letters, tied with a faded red ribbon, suggesting that Janet Hardy was pregnant when she died - and that the father of her child was a local married man. Cilla can't help but wonder what really happened all those years ago. The mystery only deepens with a series of cruel and intimidating acts and a frightening, violent assault. And if Cilla and Ford are unable to sort out who is targeting her and why, she may, like her world-famous grandmother, be cut down in the prime of her life.
Released:
Jul 8, 2008
ISBN:
9781423347200
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

NORA ROBERTS is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 230 novels, including Legacy, The Awakening, Hideaway, Under Currents, The Chronicles of The One trilogy, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death 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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  • (5/5)
    Cilla McGowen has returned to her grandmother's delapidated farmhouse. She wants to start a new life and hopes to find peace in Virginia. After finding a bundle of love letters Cillia finds hersrlf in danger as she tries to unravel the mystery surrounding her legendary grandmother's death from an overdose of pills.
  • (3/5)

    2 people found this helpful

    Tribute is an interesting story where the past comes to the present, and shows how one little mistake can lead to an uncertain future that may not be escaped. Although easy to get into, the ending is lacking, and leaves the reader wanting more as to what happened at the most critical part of the story.

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  • (4/5)

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    Nice read, but NR has so many great books that I found this one average. Especially Cilla's character seemed to be a bit flat - I couldn't warm up to her. For my taste, there could have been more a few more sex scenes. As always, the hero is memorable. NR writes her hero's so well, especially the beta-types like Sawyer. His dog is equally adorable and not at all too fantastic - if you have ever been the proud owner of an equally weird dog.
    Grade B

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  • (5/5)

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    This one was a gorgeous reading. I liked the setting in the rural Virginia with all those family clans which are going a long way back, their gossips and their secrets. I loved the main charater's capability the renovate her grandma's house and her familiarity to work with all those tools. Also the romance wasn't to miss out but it was also not so overloaded. It was very gripping and I was guessing until the very last page who was doing such harm to Cilla.

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  • (3/5)

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    The characters did not grab me as much as Nora Roberts' others seem to. I did not like the dream/memory aspects of the buildup of the mystery and the villain was predictable.

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  • (4/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    Not the same cover I have... but oh well. What a tremendous book! I was a little unsure at first, but this is truly Nora at her finest. No one does romantic suspense as well as her, and "Tribute" does not disappoint .

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  • (5/5)

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    It warmed my heart the way the main character mad a tribute to her Grandmother by restoring the house she owned. Plus she found the person that killed her grandmother and fell in love with the man and dog next door.

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  • (3/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    First time reading her novels, it was a good start. The characters were a little too squeaky clean, which annoys me a little in novels, but you are dying to know more of the lead character's grandmother and why she died.

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  • (4/5)

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    Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors and this book doesnt disappoint. With the ghost of Cilla's Grandmother haunting her and someone from town trying to kill her Cilla's life is way more exciting than when she was in hollywood. But with the help of her handsome next door neighbor and her estranged father she starts to build the life that she has always wanted. This book was interesting all the way through and to me, for someone who finds books predictable a lot of the time, I found the end very surprising.

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  • (5/5)

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    Tribute, by Nora Roberts, is another solid book by the author. The characters are enjoyable, the plot interesting, and overall it's a satisfying read. I'm a huge fan of Nora Roberts so I've read nearly all of her novels. I'm rarely disappointed.Cilla is a former child star and granddaughter of one of the most famous actresses of all time. Janet Hardy is one of those actresses that after death became a legend but before her death was beloved. Cilla never met her grandmother but feels very close to her after moving to her "Little Farm" and renovating the neglected home. Add a charming neighbor with his charming dog and the stage is set for a romance.Romance is only part of the story however, as someone really doesn't want Cilla to live in that house. She is threatened, run off the road, and terrorized by someone. With a mystery to solve, Cilla and Ford delve into her grandmother's past and try to figure out who may blame Cilla for her grandmother's sins.If you are a fan of Nora Roberts, you've probably read this, but if not you should. I loved the character of Ford because he's a nerd and I can relate! If I have any complaint at all it is that I feel I have met the character of Cilla in other books. Ms. Roberts enjoys writing strong women but maybe they are all too strong? Maybe too similar? It seems that the men take on distinct personalities but the women are all the same. It's not a big complaint because I enjoyed the story but I just didn't feel there was anything new about the female lead.

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  • (2/5)

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    I found this book took a LONG time to get into. I only persisted on reading it because someone whom I trust their taste in books referred me to it. But again, it took well over 60 pages to get into it. It was thus, quite tedious to read at first and confusing to follow what was going on in the style in which Nora wrote it.Not her best work. Ended up turning into a good book once I got my head around what was happening and how and to whom and the storyline was well underway.Not going to recommend this book because it's just so hard to get into, most people won't persist as long as I did to see what happens. I also found the ending kinda rough. It's like it climaxed and then boom it was wrapped up super fast. Almost like she was tired of writing. Which was disappointing. I really dislike when authors rush the ending when the good stuff starts to happen. Good being a relative term, more, the action taking place.

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  • (3/5)
    I'm a Nora Roberts fan, and I've read a lot of her books - this just wasn't one of my favorites.

    Cilla McGowan, a former child star, has left her Hollywood life behind for a new start in Virginia, where her deceased grandmother, major movie star Janet Hardy, owned a farm. Cilla purchases the long-neglected farm from her mother and begins renovating it, in hopes of settling there. Along the way, she meets and befriends her neighbor, Ford, a character I thoroughly enjoyed. Ms. Roberts excels in writing her "leading men". Cilla begins to receive threats, and bad things start happening to her shortly after her arrival, so she ultimately must decide if she should stay in Virginia. Her grandmother left bad blood behind in the small Virginia town, and Cilla's paying for it. She has decisions to make: is love worth it? The work she's putting into the house? Honoring her grandmother's legacy?

    While I did enjoy the book, I found myself bored by the seemingly endless descriptions of house renovation. I just didn't care about that, and Ms. Roberts went into entirely too much detail. The love story was sweet, and I enjoyed the elements of danger, but overall, this isn't one of Nora's best. I'd recommend it for an easy, light read.
  • (4/5)
    Former child star Cilla McGowan came back to the Little Farm because she's hoping to start a new career - becoming a contractor and flipping houses - and because she's curious about what really happened to her grandmother, the famous actress Janet Hardy, who committed suicide in the pond. Graphic novelist and neighbor Ford Sawyer and his bulgy-eyed dog Spock are just icing on the cake. And then things start to get interesting. Malicious pranks, midnight attacks, and threatening messages... it seems that someone doesn't want the Little Farm restored. But who?Solid romance, solid characters, and Spock is wonderful in his own right.
  • (4/5)
    The story is of former child star, Cilla, who is rehabbing her famous grandmother Janet's farmhouse. Of course, a handsome graphic artist lives across the road and a romance sparks into life. Then someone cuts down some newly planted trees and leaves a cruel message painted on the stone wall nearby. The vandalism begins to escalate and it seems as if perpetrator is making Cilla the target of his hatred for Janet, who died thirty years before. It was a good read after I had started and discarded several books for being too dark. I enjoyed picturing the changes to the farmhouse.
  • (3/5)
    Roberts is always such an engaging read, some might compare to popcorn. When I do so, you have to understand, I *love* popcorn. The suspense was good in this one, and did keep me guessing.
  • (4/5)
    The book listed for Roberts in the romance recommendation guide I was working through is Born in Fire, the first of a trilogy, which I'd tried before. I didn't care for it. The style struck me as clunky--I remember head-hopping among other stylistic nits that drove me crazy. The Irish characters also struck me as cliched stereotypes. However, Robert's not just a very well-regarded author in the genre (and prolific, almost 500 books) she's one of those that made it out of the genre ghetto into the mainstream bestseller ranks. So I tried her 2009 book, Tribute, which notably was written 15 years after Born in Fire and found it a much smoother, enjoyable read with a much cleaner style. A book with appealing characters--a strong heroine and non-jerky hero--that featured a page-turner mystery plot I can still remember a year later. (And how can I resist a hero with a dog named Spock?) I liked how the author worked in the details of the hero and heroine's professions--in her case, renovating houses, in his, creating graphic novels. Now, the book's not a keeper--not one of those with space on my bookshelves I consider a peak reading experience or would ever want to reread. But it was an enjoyable way to spend some hours.
  • (4/5)
    Sometimes you just need a good, not too challenging read. I find that Nora Roberts is very consistent in delivering these.Tribute is the story of Cilla (a former child star, descended from a line of celebrities), who has retired from show business to rebuild her grandmother's house. Across the street is Ford Sawyer, famous graphic novelist. They meet. They become friends. Bad things happen to Cilla. They deal with them together. They fall in love. I wouldn't want to give away the ending!More seriously, it is the story of a woman coming to terms with her past. There are parts that many people would envy-- she is still a celebrity, as is her mother. She is reasonably well off from her childhood work and her ongoing small projects. She also has things working against her-- a distant relationship with her father, a highly dysfunctional one with her mother. She knows she wants out of Hollywood, but isn't sure what she does want to do, or where she belongs. And beyond that, someone is trying to scare her, maybe even kill her.I think there are two things that make Nora Roberts books work for me, both of which came through in this novel.First are the lead characters. I always find them interesting, even if requiring of some suspension of disbelief. I enjoyed being part of Cilla's mental journey, coming to terms with her past, her relationships with her parents, and deciding on what direction she wants to go. Ford is of course a little too perfect, but he's fun that way. They actually develop a friendship, and at no point are the words "I can't live without you" spoken. Second is the writing itself. Most of the time I don't notice it, which I find an advantage. Occasionally there is a description that I really enjoy. I like the small moments-- the cartoons that Ford draws for Cilla, the dog that chases invisible cats.The aspect of this book that I'd nitpick is the plethora of supporting characters. I realize there are two reasons for having so many. One is to show an entire town accepting Cilla as one of them. The other is to camouflage the bad guy. Unfortunately, it kept me from getting to know any of them.I wasn't sure whether to put this book as straight romance or romantic suspense, since the suspense elements don't dominate the book. The four stars were fairly easy to decide on-- I enjoyed the read, and it worked well within my expectations of a romance novel.
  • (4/5)
    Roberts is a very consistent author and her skill is evident in this book and I really enjoyed it quite a bit. A lot of her recent books have had paranormal elements with ghosts and whatever but this one had none of that and I was so glad. I think she should stick to straight contemporary because ghosts just don't do it for me.Cilla McGowan is a former child star with a lot of baggage. She returns to her famous grandmother's old neglected house in Virginia and decides to renovate it. Cilla is a pro at remodeling houses and I was fascinated by all the details of turning a run down disaster into a beautiful home. Roberts definitely did her homework in that area but if house renovation is not your thing, you should probably skip this book because while the story was good, it wasn't all that gripping. Ford Sawyer lives across the street and writes graphic novels. The story hinges around a mystery involving the death of Cilla's grandmother many years ago and was pretty tame but was so well written I enjoyed it anyway. Cilla is a very strong, smart woman and very likeable. Ford is what I would call a beta hero but yummy in his own way. A pretty good read all around. (GRADE: B)
  • (5/5)
    Tribute was a pleasing read, that kept me spellbound from page one. Cilla's struggles and triumphs were easy to imagine and I found myself wanting to know more, wanting to experience more of her little world in the Shenandoah Valley. Nora Roberts delivers another top notch novel that just begs to read time and time again.
  • (4/5)
    Former child actress Cilla McGowan moves to the house her famous grandmother owned in rural Virginia in attempt to reconnect with her roots and put down some of her own. While she is refurbishing the house and studying for her contractor's license, she discover old hatreds and a new love.Not one of Roberts's best, but even her lesser efforts are better than 80% of the romances out there.
  • (4/5)
    This was a mixed-bag for me. The romance part was great… Nora Roberts still knows what she’s doing there. I liked Cilla, and I liked Ford, and I really liked them together. But some parts of the book were lackluster. I didn’t particularly care for Cilla’s dream visits with her grandmother, and I thought the harassment could have been a little more creative. How many different ways can a “Katie” doll be defiled? But, though I did figure out who Janet was having an affair with pretty early in the story, the big bad guy was a big bad surprise.
  • (3/5)
    Cilla is a third generation actress that comes from a normal or disfunctional family depending on how you look at it. She considers herself a washed up child actress and pretty much a failure at everything she tries to accomplish. She has never met her deceased grandmother but she feels connected to her and so she buys her old farm from her mother ,using bribes and heavy persuasion. Cilla fell in love with the place on her first visit just as her grandmother had 30 years before. Now neglected and overgrown with weeds, Cilla sees what the place could be or rather what it had been when her grandmother had lived there....Cilla takes the challenge of fixing up the place very seriously. It's personal to her. In rebuilding her grandmother's old farm , she hopes to pay respect to her memory and somewhere along the line she hopes to find herself as well. Even though Cilla was up for the challenge, she had no idea what she was about to discover in that old dusty attic that would change history for her and her family.This was my first Nora Roberts and i must admit i enjoyed it alot. It was a "modern day, romance/mystery, who done it" that had me guessing for a long time. I did figure out who the mystery lover was in the middle of the novel but the other villian really had me stumped....I was surprised...Very good ending!!
  • (4/5)
    Very good book by Nora Roberts. Hero, slightly nerdy, was a step out f the ordinary for her heroes. Heroine, Cilla, less unique was admirable. Good plot. Evildoers were not obvious at all.
  • (4/5)
    Enjoyed this book a lot. I like Nora Roberts when she does books like this where the people are based in reality as are their situations. This is a story that could happen unlike some of hers with vampires that really stretch the imagination. I read all Nora Roberts book and haven't found any that I really didn't like-a fluff as they may be to more serious readers. I read for fun, entertainment and to escape my real life and go into someone else's for awhile. This one worked well for that.
  • (3/5)
    Not my favorite Roberts. A family mystery and a romance..predictable ending.
  • (4/5)
    Read September, 2008: Not very engrosing -- had to make myself finish it.
  • (4/5)
    Cilla McGowan has decided to restore the "Little Farm" a former showcase home owned by her grandmother, famous actress, Janet Harding. Cilla is hoping to live in Virginia, far away from Hollywood where she was a former child star. She meets and falls in love with her neighbor, author and illustrator, Ford Sawyer and they plan to marry and live on the farm. But someone doesn't want that tohappen. As Ford and Cilla try to solve the mystery of Janet's last days before she committed suicide at the farm, Cilla begins to receive death threats fromsomeone who obviously doesn't want her there.Roberts has created another fast-paced, romantic suspense novel which is hard to put down. Ford Sawyer is a great character and is the perfect mate for Cilla. Cilla is an interesting character in that she restores houses for a living and is working on her contractor's license...not your typical heroine. Great read!
  • (4/5)
    Good book. Still follows Nora Robert's normal formula of scarred woman falls in love with man who is very in love and very verbal, attentive and knows how much he loves her and pursues her dispite her problems with love. This was a different story line though, about Hollywood and celebrities, so I enjoyed it. A little mystery in there, too.
  • (4/5)
    Cilla McGowan comes from a showbiz family, and for a while was a child star. Her grandmother was Janet Hardy, a Hollywood legend who died in mysterious circumstances at her family home of Little Farm. Cilla has decided to take the house over and make it over but she's being dogged with incidents that are making her wonder more and more if things are as they seem. She's carved a new niche for herself flipping houses and enjoys the work.Her neighbour Ford Sawyer writes graphic novels and finds himself attracted to her. She's not sure how to react and how to let herself love.I loved the characters and the dialogue and the romance. The thriller aspects kept me wondering with enough red herrings to keep you going and wondering right up to the end. I did find the passages with the dreams into the past a bit overdone and almost superflous. I was kept reading and resented interruptions for this one.
  • (3/5)
    Cilla returns to her movie star grandmother's retreat, the Little Farm, in Virginia. A former child star, Cilla now rehabs and flips homes for a living. As she hopes to bring the Farm back to its' former glory, she discovers old love letters, leading to many questions about Janet's death. Was Janet Hardy murdered? Was it suicide? With the help of handsome neighbor Ford Sawyer, Cilla weathers vandals and mysterious messages. Although better than Nora's last stand alone novel, Tribute is pretty slow moving romantic suspense.