First Impressions (Language of Love #5 – Foxglove)

ISBN: 0373510055
ISBN 13: 9780373510054
By: Nora Roberts

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Uthie

Vance Banning datang dari Washington untuk menenangkan diri. Selama ini Vance merasa sakit hari dan lelah akibat pernikahannya dengan perempuan yang hanya peduli pada hartanya, lantas menjadikan pekerjaan sebagai pelarian Vance. Vance mengasingkan diri untuk memikirkan kembali tentang hidupnya. Ia membeli rumah kosong dan berniat menyendiri hingga batas waktu yang tak ditetapkannya.Rencana itu bubar akibat kedatangan tetangganya yang memperkenalkan diri sebagai Shane Abbott. Meski bersikap kasar agar dijauhi siapa pun, tapi Shane tak peduli. Dia tetap menjadi tetangga yang baik. Bahkan menawarkan Vance untuk merenovasi rumahnya karena mengira Vance seorang tukang kayu yang sedang menganggur.Shane yang ceria, terbuka, impulsif, dan tak bisa menyimpan rahasia membuat Vance tahu segala cerita tentang Shane langsung dari Shane sendiri. Tentang rencana pernikahannya yang gagal dan membuatnya mendapat tatapan iba dari seluruh penduduk kota, ibu yang tak pernah peduli, nenek sebagai satu-satunya anggota keluarga pun kini telah meninggal dunia. Vance sendiri tak pernah bercerita pada Shane tentang dirinya. Tentang siapa dia dan apa yang dikerjakannya di Washington.Vance mulai merasa nyaman dengan hidup sebagai tukang kayu dan pelan-pelan mulai mendapat order pekerjaan dari para tetangga yang lain. Tepat disaat itu ibu Shane yang seorang sosialita muncul dan mengenali Vance sebagai CEO Riverton, perusahaan besar di Washington. Dia mulai memeras Vance dengan mengancam akan membeberkan rahasia Vance pada Shane karena ia tahu Shane sama sekali tak tahu siapa sebenarnya Vance.Sebenarnya cerita bagus tapi entah mengapa saya tak simpati membacanya. Bagi saya karakter Shane agak kurang lovable meski saya sendiri tak mengerti dimana letak kekurangan Shane.@ Halmahera02062013

LJ

First Impressions - G+Nora Roberts Escaping the rat race and the lure of gold-digging women, wealthy businessman Vance Banning moves to a small, rural retreat, telling the townsfolk that he's an out-of-work carpenter. All he wants is peace, quiet and to keep away from women. So the last thing he needs is a charitable neighbor--especially a beautiful, gracious and persistent neighbor of the female persuasion--but there's something about Shane Abbott he just can't ignore.Vance is certain his cover story will stop his lovely neighbor from getting too friendly, but Shane is determined to break down his resistance. Vance has been burned once, so only a fool would fall for the same innocent act twice. And he's no fool. But he has no idea how relentless Shane Abbott can be when it comes to giving a helping hand--or a loving heart.He needed to simplify his life and mend his broken heart. She was searching for a place to finally fit in and a man who could love her for who she was. Together they discover that all they really needed was each other, and that love is the greatest Christmas gift of all.

Maria

so once again Nora Roberts has captivated me to the point where i'm not getting anything done! I loved the peacefulness that the setting as well as Shane's character brought and evoked, and i loved Vance's tough demeanor, with the kind heart hiding itself gor protection. I related with Shane's love for history and her tiny, seemily weak figure. I loved her spirit and how for the most part nothing brings her down. I loved how open she was and how she didn't give up when Vance acted so rude. Although i dont' agree with waering your heart on your sleeve at all times, i wish it could be that way but as Vance has learned, you can't. i loved their first time and the love and simplicity of the BLTS and fireplace. I loveed how VAnce proposed, with tickets to Fiji, just like she wanted. I related to Shane because she traded the small town for the big city, but realized peace and quiet is all she wanted, as well as love of course! I truly recommend this, for a great read, and a few lessons along the way!

Patrícia

Gostei bastante destas duas personagens, a masculina por ser bastante reservado em relação a sua posição social e não usar isso para "agarrar" a feminina. E a feminina por ser uma mulher bastante lutadora que não se deixa enfraquecer perante criticas negativas em relação aos seus sonhos, uma mulher decidida que sabe o que quer. Casal perfeito sem duvida ;) A continuo a gostar mais dos Harlequins da Nora, que dos formato normal.

Destiny

This book has the qualities of a fairytale and I love that. The hero literally sweeps the heroine off her feet.It has the usual contemporary romance feel - he loves me, he loves me not, he loves me, he loves me not...Then, oh, HE LOVES ME! It was sweet. I laughed out loud several times during the story. Nora Roberts is so clever with the interaction she has between the two characters.The hero is a disguised prince, note that he is rich and he ends up falling for a small town girl with little possessions. Sigh... Isn't that what all girls dream about?

Michele

Cute book, a nice Nora Roberts read!

Book Slut -N

This one rounded off my holiday romances marathon, and I have to say...it was, eh. The best of the best for me were definitely Kleypas with Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor and Robyn Carr with A Virgin River Christmas (I know a new one came out this year, but book four is as far as I've gotten in the series). Those two packed a punch. They were sneaky with the way they used Christmas to get me all messy with emotion. I fell in love and I hurt with it, but by the end I believed it all.This one was an unfrosted cookie. Or, maybe it was all frosting, while the other two were decked out meals with all the trimmings. The points are all here. The banter. The misunderstandings. The Christmas tree. The characters are engaging, in their expected ways, but it felt like a checklist of points to make. Vance was bitter and Scrooge-like, until vivacious, loves as hard as she laughs, Shane (a girl, btw) marches up to him offering the secret multimillionaire a job for six bucks an hour. She's trying to be neighborly, and he's trying not to laugh in her face. He enjoys the chance she gives him to just be him again. A carpenter. Instead of the head of the biggest construction firm in the country. They fell in love immediately and he had a forced Rhett Butler quality about him. I got that he wasn't a gentleman, but he didn't have to be so heavy-handed and rude all the time. But eh, not horrible. Just not to my liking. All the pieces were there, I just wasn't as interested in the picture as I'd have liked to be.

Brandy

I love the characters Nora dreams up in her head. She gives them so much life. I feel like they are people i know personally everytime i finish one.

Gramedia Pustaka Utama

Kata favorit yang selalu di ucapkan oleh Cy, untuk mantan tunangannya, Shane adalah ceroboh.Shane bukannya ceroboh, dihanya tipical orang yang flamboyan, yang murah hati dan sangat terbuka. Kembali ke kampung halaman setelah neneknya meninggal dengan mewarisi rumah yang berisi harta karun, Shane merencanakan masa depannya dengan membuka museum dan toko barang antik. Cy menganggap itu investasi yang jelek, tidak dengan Vance, seorang tukang kayu kaya tetangga Shane yang bersedia ditawari pekerjaan jam2an dgn bayaran $6/jam.Keterbukaan SHane, membuat hati Vance tertarik, apalagi setelah pengalaman buruk yang dia alami dengan Amelia, istri yang dinikahinya selama 4 tahun, yang menghabiskan begitu banyak uangnya, membohongi dan terakhir mati ditembak kekasih istrinya yang cemburu.Melihat usaha SHane dalam merintis bisnisnya, membuat Vance takjub, dan merasa heran, Shane bersedia bekerja begitu keras hanya untuk menghasilkan uang yang sedikit, karena bingung, untuk dibelanjakan apa uang yg banyak. Mantel bulu? tapi Shane tidak tertarik dengan mantel bulu seperti kesukaan Amelia.Disini Shane menceritakan mengenai kehidupan neneknya yang awalnya adalah putri seorang kaya, Vance mengenal keluarga tersebut, hingga kehidupan yang dia jalani.Satu pernyataan yang menarik dan patut kita simpan yang disampaikan Shane kepada Vance adalah "kau menjadi korban hanya bila kau memilih untuk menjadi korban"Shane sebenarnya adalah buyut, bukan cucu, ibunya Anne Abbott adalah artis yang kurang tenar, memiliki sifat yang sangat jelek serta memeras Shane dengan menuntut bagian dari warisan neneknya dan membuat SHane guncang, dalam kondisi yang down Vance menemukannya dan memutuskan dia harus menyelesaikan urusan Shane dengan ibu. sayang sekali ANne sangat pendendam, dan mencoba menghancurkan hubungan putrinya dengan Vance.

Jacob Proffitt

If this keeps up, I'm going to have to revise my opinion of Nora Roberts books released in the 80s. I liked this book more than my rating is going to show—mainly because I half fell in love with Shane, myself. She's quirky and determined, but mostly I like her self-trust and ability to accept people and events as they are. Vance is kind of a turd, but he does grow on you so I'm not disgusted that Shane was attracted to him. Plus, I like that he's running (more or less) from an unusual past that both explains his gruffness and why Shane is just the woman for him.So why the downgrade? Shane goes all stupid at the end of the novel, more or less contradicting all that we know about her to that point. It was frustrating and completely unnecessary that she forgot herself so much that she could let it affect the love she knows she has. Frustrating beyond belief and it doesn't help that her crisis is propelled by the very least appealing character of the book (and possibly of all Roberts' 80s novels). The book might have been shorter if Roberts had simply cut out the next-to-last chapter or three, but it would have been vastly improved as well. If it weren't an audiobook, I'd be tempted to perform the edit myself...A note about Steamy: A couple of truly excellent sex scenes and not just because I find Shane so very appealing, viscerally.

Jess

This was a good one by Roberts. A girl (Shane) from the rural part of Maryland returns home from the city. She is intent on starting her own business and needs to redo her grandmothers house. Her next door neighbor (Vance)happens to be a carpenter so she enlists his help. Vance wants nothing more than to be left alone, especially from women. He's currently hiding out from his old life and job as the head of a major construction business. I liked the storyline, I thought it was cute but I was a little confused when Shane's mom showed up. It was a little random and felt like it was just thrown in to add some drama to the story. Besides that fact, I couldn't get over the similarities between the character of Vance and Roarke from her In Death series.I realize this book was written way before the appearance of Roarke, and I have a feeling she may have been basing Roarke's character on the same person Vance was based on, or Roarke came from Vance. Either way, whenever he came onto the stage I couldn't help but think about the similarities.It didn't ruin the story, but it was distracting.

Demarie

The final installment of my holiday fill was not as satisfying as I had hoped. I read three holiday stories (to include Skipping Christmas and A Wallflower Christmas) and this was my least favorite, unfortunately. The plot was just too unbelievable for me..I'm not a cynic, I don't think, but how vehemently she professed her deep and undying love within two days of meeting our romantic hero was beyond what I could get behind (Sparks flying? Perfect! Feelings? Awesome! Passion? Definitely! But this went far beyond all of those things). I also thought the conflict between the two main characters in the end was far fetched...I just don't think anyone would react as strongly as Shane did to Vance's deception. The only other issue I had was the "clunky" writing. I think this was an early novel of Ms. Roberts', because her writing usually has a great flow for me, but she used the word "had" WAY too many times in this particular story-so much, in fact, that it became really distracting and I almost couldn't finish it. I did enjoy Vance as a character and thought that, in the end, the spark between him and Shane was definitely believable for me. Otherwise, though, I was disappointed.

Carol [Goodreads addict]

I found First Impressions by Nora Roberts a few months ago while browsing in a little tiny thrift shop. Nora Roberts is one of my all time favorite authors and the beautiful Christmas cover also attracted me. This was a perfect book for this time of year. Vance Banning is the president of the nation’s largest construction business. But, he needs a break from the city and from his past. So he buys the old Farley place in the country to restore it and try to find himself again. Somehow, though, the small community thinks he is an out of work carpenter. Right next door lives Shane Abbott. She spent four years in the big city as a teacher. But, after the death of her beloved Grandmother that raised her, she has gone home to restore her Grandmother’s home and convert it to a museum and antique store. Shane is one of those wonderful people that wears her emotions on her sleeve. When she laughs, you can’t help but laugh right along with her. But being so emotionally open also subjects her to be easily hurt. The first time she laid eyes on Vance, she felt something. She knew she needed to find out just what that feeling was but Vance was having none of it. He made it clear he did not want company. But, Shane decides she needs his help with her house and thinks that Vance needs the work so she hires him as a carpenter. As they get to know each other, she breaks through Vance’s brittle exterior and slowly helps him to heal. But what will happen when she learns the truth about Vance’s past? Will she be able to forgive him for not being honest? And there is someone in Shane’s past they will have to deal with as well. This wonderful Christmas story is told in true Nora Robert’s fashion, with beautiful scenery and characters with complicated lives. She has a way in her words of making me almost feel the snow down my back and the cold on my cheeks. It was a perfect book to set the mood for the holidays.

Anita Fleming

I found this on my local library Christmas display table. I loved this book! It is about Vance, a man taking a break from his life by buying an old rundown farm in a small town where no one knows him. Shane and Vance meet and it is true love at first sight. Both feel it but they take a little time figureing that out. She makes him feel alive again after so many years of guilt while she comes to terms with the death of the one true family member she has left!

Stacie M. Ritchie

This is one of Nora Roberts' early works and is set near Sharpsburg in Maryland. Shane is a former teacher, with a goal for the rest of her life. Vance is hiding from his past as he fixes up an old house. Shane sees from the first moment that Vance is the one, and goes about trying to help him. Vance has many secrets and can’t help being drawn to the outgoing Shane. Her mother comes and upsets her, and illuminates Vance’s past. Shane is hurt and says too many things. Vance can’t live without her and now is fighting for her. This is a quick story that is fun, and makes me wonder does Nora Roberts live around the Antietam battlefield? This is not her first book set in this area.

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