Nora Roberts is a giant in the romance genre – she’s been a top author for years – and for a good reason. I have been wanting to read her work for a while, and when I happened upon a copy of Vision in White at a used book store, I decided to finally try her work out.
After years of throwing make-believe weddings in the backyard, flowers, photography, desserts, and details are what these women do best: a guaranteed perfect, beautiful day full of memories to last the rest of your life.
With bridal magazine covers to her credit, Mackensie “Mac” Elliot is most at home behind the camera—ready to capture the happy moments she never experienced while growing up. Her father replaced his first family with a second, and now her mother, moving on to yet another man, begs Mac for attention and money. Mac’s foundation is jostled again moments before an important wedding planning meeting when she bumps into the bride-to-be’s brother…an encounter that has them both seeing stars.
Carter Maguire is definitely not her type: he’s stable, and he’s safe. He’s even an English teacher at their high school alma mater. There’s something about him that makes Mac think a casual fling is just what she needs to take her mind off dealing with bridezillas and screening her mother’s phone calls. But a casual fling can turn into something more when you least expect it. And with the help of her three best friends—and business partners—Mac must learn how to make her own happy memories.
The writing quality in this book was truly top notch – I really enjoyed Nora Roberts’ style and how she paced this book. Overall the plot was cozy and adorable – nothing terribly exciting happens, but that was not necessarily a bad thing. I could have used a little bit more angst, but that’s just a personal preference.
I loved this book because of how nuanced all of the characters were – all four friends who ran Vows were super different, but complemented each other wonderfully. I am a huge proponent for strong female friendships in romance books and these four were a fantastic friend group.
I really loved the dynamic between Mac and Carter – she was super tough and aloof and he was the quintessential nerd. Right off the bat their chemistry was great – even though Mac didn’t want to let Carter past her (very strong) defences. As they progressed, they had what felt like natural setbacks – but overall their romance felt realistic.
After finishing Vision in White, I can see why Nora Roberts is the queen of romance. Between the multi-faceted characters, the super sweet romance, and the cozy plot, this was a great romance. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the quartet – I can’t wait for everyones’ happily ever afters. If you enjoyed this book, you might enjoy The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory. 4/5