Inner Harbor by Nora Roberts

Inner Harbor by Nora Roberts is the third book in the Chesapeake Bay Saga. I took it from the bookshelves on a whim, before leaving for a short holiday, camping in Oxfordshire. This is the love story of Phillip Quinn and Dr Sybill Griffin. He is taking care of her nephew, after her sister gave him up. It’s a lovely and complicated story. I liked it a lot, but, as you can see in the review below, I gave it only 3.5 stars because I didn’t like a few things.

The funny part is that the heroine, Dr Sybill Griffin studied for a master at Oxford. I’ve read that on the day I planned to go to Oxford. So, I’ve decided to share a picture from my trip, from Oxford. See towards the end of the post.

My review will contain some spoilers.

Inner Harbor by Nora Roberts

His background is interesting and, as an adopted child, with a horrible past, he is different than his three brothers. The thing they have in common is that all of them are adopted, and their stories are sad. Phillip was shot as a teenager and nearly died, before being adopted by the Quinn family. After his father’s death in an accident, he and his brothers vowed to take care of the younger brother, the nephew of Sybill.

She comes undercover to see how her nephew is doing and hoping she will be able to help her sister getting her son back. After a convoluted story, she realizes that her sister was toxic and that her son would be better off staying with the Queens.

Bodleian Library
Bodleian Library. With the University of Oxford having a total of 38 Colleges, it was hard to pick the “most symbolic”, hence I picked the next best thing in Oxford for someone who studies there: Bodleian Library. It is the largest UK university library system, with more than 13 million printed items.

I liked the characters and the story. The first thing I didn’t like in the book is that she uses a lot of time syntaxes like “Thank God” for anything. It gets boring. The second aspect I wish she would have kept out of the book was the ghost of his father. Really? Ghosts in a 21th century romantic novel? It doesn’t work, or at least, it doesn’t work for me. While the book is fiction, still, it should be at least realistic and not fantasy. Hence me giving it the 3.5 stars marking.

Inner Harbor by Nora Roberts

Details about the picture: Book read while camping in Oxfordshire.
My rating: 3.5/5 Stars.
Would I recommend it: Yes
Published by: Piatkus
Year it was published: 2002
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): Fiction. Romance
Pages: 324

About the author: Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She worked as a legal secretary, before staying at home with her two sons. In February 1979, a blizzard made her try a new creative outlet, while she was snowed in with a three and six year old. She wrote a few manuscripts, and, in 1981, one was accepted. With her second husband, she opened a bookshop called, rather nicely I would say, Turn the Page Bookstore. It is located in Maryland.
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