Friday, January 6, 2012
Book Review - Homeport by Nora Roberts
Dr. Miranda Jones is a well-respected authority of Renaissance art. She is summoned to Italy by her less-than-likeable mother to authenticate a recently found sculpture. She decides - through a rather scientific and drawn out process that the sculpture is indeed real. Days later, she is fired - by her own ruthless and cold mother - because someone else has taken the sculpture and deemed it a fake. Miranda is sent home, chastised like a toddler rather than treated like a grown woman; and shortly thereafter, the art institute she runs with her alcoholic brother is burglarized.
This is the point in the book where the hero is introduced and I really thought it would get better. It didn't. Ryan Boldari is a respected and well-known art dealer with galleries in more than one major city. He is also an art thief. While there is a small bit of believable chemistry between Miranda and Ryan - they mostly fell flat for me. And while there are actual reasons for this - I don't want to list too much more in case this book might be wonderful for someone else. For me though, this book was only okay. It definitely took me longer to read than most other Nora Roberts books.