March 25th, 2008
Why am I reviewing a Nora Roberts book when she’s already a perennial favorite? Well…it’s just that she does what she does so well and I’ve found yet another example of Robert’s writing about a fresh and engaging character in an interesting setting. In Angels Fall, the protagonist, Reece, is on the run until she stumbles into the town of Angels Fist in Wyoming. She soon lands a job as a cook in the local diner. The whole town speculates about why a woman with such culinary talent has ended up in their small town and assumes she’s running from a man or from the law. In truth, she’s been victim of a violent crime leaving her traumatized and in search of some peace and security. Reece is smart and independent but vulnerable because of her emotional scars. The cast of characters Roberts surrounds her with is not stereotypical and allows room for plenty of guessing. This was made into a film for TV in 2007 staring Heather Locklear. The film follows the book closely, but there’s much more suspense and character development in the book than in the film.
The suspense tales Roberts weaves makes her stories appealing to someone looking for more than a simple romance story. Roberts writes pure escapist reads recommended for the beach or for a rainy afternoon.