• Nora Roberts Land

  • Dare Valley
  • By: Ava Miles
  • Narrated by: Em Eldridge
  • Series: Dare Valley, Book 1
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-21-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Ava Miles, Inc
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (732 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Nora Roberts gave her blessing to Ava Miles for the use of her name in both the title and the premise in this suspenseful and emotional contemporary romance.
Journalist Meredith Hale's ex-husband claimed her Nora Roberts addiction gave her unrealistic expectations about marriage, and she believed him. All dreams of happily ever after - or Nora Roberts Land, as her mother calls it - went up in smoke. But when her family asks her to temporarily help their Dare Valley, Colorado newspaper, she decides it's time to change her life and prove her ex wrong. She's determined to find her own small-town Nora Roberts hero, prove that true love exists, and publish a story about her quest.
War correspondent Tanner McBride has just returned stateside to work for a major newspaper, and the last thing he expects is blackmail. Yet, before he can even unpack, he's headed to Colorado. His assignment? Make his boss's ex-wife fall for him and then break her heart. Her article about discovering love à la Nora might air dirty laundry about her marriage to the media mogul, threatening his senate run. The mogul wants Meredith stopped, and he makes sure Tanner has no choice in the matter.
©2013 Ava Miles Inc. (P)2015 Ava Miles Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Meagan on 05-04-15

Nora Roberts Land Is an Homage of the Best Kind!

Where does Nora Roberts Land rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top Ten!

I am an avid romance novel reader and a huge Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb fan. I'm talking I may have recorded all of the movies that come on Lifetime just so I can watch them repeatedly. I've also listened to favorites such as Blue Smoke and Northern Lights on long car rides and vacations. In addition to that, she's actually one of the few writers whose paperbacks I buy and keep. If you drop one of her books in my house, chances are you'll land on a favorite *sigh* scene. Girl loves some Nora. So you can imagine my excitement and hesitation when a new author actually used her named in the title and got approval to do so. Two things: either she knew some people or she had gotten the Nora stamp of approval.

I had previously read the novel, so I was apprehensive. I mean a narrator can MAKE or BREAK a novel on Audible, but Em Eldridge did NOT disappoint. The story was also just as delectable as the first two times I read it.

Where to start? Ok, we'll start with the Nora references which are many but well played (to the true Roberts fan) enough not to overshadow the actual story being told. Miles did a good job of paying homage without BECOMING Nora Roberts which is difficult to do when you've put her name in the title.

Meredith was completely down on her luck after a failed marriage to the sleaziest man child ever, Richard Sommerville. She decides to go back home to Dare Valley to help out the family newspaper and to find her very own hero (THE ONE), straight out of a Nora book. Sommerville, who in addition to increasing my hate for him, decides to blackmail the delicious Tanner McBride to entice Meredith to give up on her article about true love that could shed some negative light on him. Tanner agrees and before you know it, you are IN IT. I'm talking swiping (flipping) from page to page to see what will happen next. Will Jill forgive Brian? Is there something nefarious going on at the University? How does Grandpa (Arthur Hale) stay single at Bingo? and so on and so forth.

Although my questions do not shed light on the mystery and fun hidden in the book they are the kind of questions that pop into your mind because of the way Miles draws you into her characters. You just want to know.

I can't wait for French Roast (Jill's story!!!) It's my favorite in the entire bunch!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jill. She's so sassy and fun! I like to think I have a little of Jill in me, as I can totally see myself helping my sisters find a guy, while also putting them in cringeworthy situations.

Have you listened to any of Em Eldridge’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. She got better as the story went on. Because I had read the book before, I had to get rid of my notions of how the characters "sounded". Also, it's always hard for women to do a good male voice without sounding whispery and stalker like. She did a pretty good job.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Sometimes happily ever after comes at a price.

Any additional comments?

I received this audible for an honest review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Indydog on 05-05-15


As a Nora Roberts fan, I was immediately intrigued with this book. I was not disappointed. I had a hard time putting this recorded book on pause. This is a book I will listen to again!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Deborah on 12-01-15

Fun book as long as you've read NR first

If you could sum up Nora Roberts Land in three words, what would they be?

Comfortable, fun, likeable

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked the lead character. She made me laugh and I appreciated the way she went out to get what she wanted.

What does Em Eldridge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I love audible books because they enable me to listen whilst I potter about sewing my latest project. Em Eldridge didn't annoy me which I think is probably high praise. I have heard a couple of narrators (luckily only 2) who have caused me to return books. Em Eldridge is certainly not one of those. I intend to listen to more of her as I go through the series.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Fun Chick flick

Any additional comments?

As a total Nora Roberts/JD Robb fan I'm very glad I'd read/listened to most of her books before I picked this one up. There are so many references through the book to Nora Roberts' characters that I appreciated them all the more knowing who was being spoken about.

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3 out of 5 stars
By BettinaP on 01-26-17

Good plot, awful characters...

I love Nora, I though a book she allowed her name to be used on would be up to her standards. The storyline is good, but the love story - relationship really jarred with me. They would say things at the wrong time or the wrong thing and I'm not sure how many times her nippels needed to go hard just looking at him... definitely not my kind of book...

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3 out of 5 stars
By D. Baker on 01-18-17

Too much swearing

This must have been written for teenagers. Way too much 'she punched his shoulder' & liked him, loathed him stuff.

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5 out of 5 stars
By kylie on 07-18-16

My first Ava Miles book

Really enjoyed this audible experience. Good story, never lost interest. This is my first Ava Miles book and as a big fan of Nora Roberts , I thought I would give this a go. Really glad I did.

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