Nora Roberts has often been called a ‘publishing phenomenon’. With so many published books under her name, I believe it. But, let’s look at the numbers and see:
* Nora has written 184 New York Times bestsellers including 33 as J. D. Robb and one written together with J. D. Robb.
* 55 of her books have debuted at the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list.
* There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print worldwide (as of 9/1/09)
* Over the last 30 years an average of 27 Nora Roberts books were sold every minute.
(copied from her website: noraroberts.com)
The numbers in fact, go on and on. Her writing style has been copied but, to this day, no one has achieved her success. It’s unparalleled.
One of many, I also love her books. She’s, of course, on my automatic-buy list. But there are some of her books that touched my heart more than others. One series in particular stands out. The Chesapeake Bay series. It consists of four books: Sea Swept, Rising Tides, Inner Harbour and Chesapeake Blue. It’s the story of four brothers and how they dealt with their father’s death. It’s also the story of how they all found love. And it’s absolutely wonderful.
Among her many talents, Nora Roberts knows men. The Quinn brothers act like real men. They’re not the typical heroes who are described as ‘quiet and mysterious’ but suddenly explain their entire life story to the distraught heroine. They stay true to character and (this is where Nora Roberts is magical) we love them in spite of their faults.
One more bonus, the ladies in the stories are awesome, fully formed women who I’d love to have as friends, who take no crap from anyone and still manage to be vulnerable.
But the best part, no hands down, is the writing. I love Nora Roberts’ style. I love to just read it. I love to become submerged in it.
If you haven’t tried her, I hope you do. She’s absolutely amazing. If writing had their Wonders of the World, Nora Roberts would be in the top 3. If not top 2. Or one. 🙂