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The Search Hardcover – July 6, 2010
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The serviceable latest from Roberts centers on Fiona Bristow, a professional canine search-and-rescue trainer, who moved to Orcas Island in Puget Sound eight years earlier, just after barely escaping from a serial killer. The story opens with Simon Doyle, an artisan cabinetmaker who arrives on the island with a puppy in tow. It's the puppy that brings Fiona and Simon together, and the romance gets off to a rocky start; he's grumpy and plainspoken; she doesn't scare easily. Then a serial killer begins operating within striking distance, and all Fiona's hard-won peace and equanimity begins to wobble: the man who almost killed her is in prison, but he's got a disciple on the outside. The serial killer plot is very familiar and without much to distinguish it, but the romance is finely done, with Roberts's trademark banter lighting up the page. Fiona and Simon are the main attraction, but the setting and the supporting characters—with paws and without—provide a vivid backdrop. (July)
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A thrilling read that leaves you wanting more **** Sun American writer Nora Roberts is the most-borrowed adult fiction author in Irish libraries, and her latest, The Search, sucks you in right from the off with a page-turning mix of romance and impending tragedy Irish Independent Drama and romance mingle with beautiful scenery and Robert s' easy, relaxing style is perfect escapism. Like the best of guilty pleasures, warm a cup of hot chocolate, rug up and enjoy this all afternoon and into the evening West Australian --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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I loved Fiona's character, her stepmother Sylvia, her friends in Search and Rescue and most of all her dogs! I liked how Roberts showed the reader the details of the dog training and I think any dog owner could get some good tips. The search for Fiona, by the new serial killer is suspenseful as he gets closer to Fiona.
What I didn't like was Fiona's romance with Simon Doyle. Simon is controlling and demanding and seems so wrong for such a strong woman. Why she tolerates his attitude toward sex baffles me. Maybe some readers like this kind of "forceful" man. He does love Fiona and wants to protect her and this is difficult for such an independent and strong woman. I guess I disliked him with their first sexual encounter where he forces her inside for sex and when she asks "What if I am not in the mood?" indicates that he'll still get the sex he wants. He argues with Fiona a lot (which is not necessarily bad in romance novels) and ends up doing exactly what she wants. But in spite of this he still comes across as too forceful. Even if it is for Fiona's own good. Consequently I just couldn't get into the romance of this novel which would have been an excellent story otherwise.
Fiona Bristow trains dogs, including Search and Rescue, and she's part of an S&R team. She lives on a remote island off the coast of Washington, and has loyal and devoted friends and family (I'm including her three dogs as part of that family). Simon Doyle has recently moved to the island and his mother has foisted an untrained puppy upon him. Naturally, he brings Jaws, as the voracious pup is named, to Fiona for training. Simon is one of those rough heroes. No tender words, a surly expression, a cranky attitude, and an unwillingness to fall for Fiona, even as he falls hard and fast.
Along comes a serial killer, and the rest is the usual storyline. Since I've read this several times, I've long lost interest in that part of the book and skim it to get back to the banter and developing relationship between Fiona and Simon. This is a very enjoyable book, and if you haven't encountered the author before, I do recommend it.
If you are a collector of her books, then you'll definitely want this book in your collection.