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Atop the rocky coast of Maine sits the Towers, a magnificent family mansion that is home to a legend of long-lost love, hidden emeralds - and four sisters determined the save their home against all odds. Courting Catherine - Headstrong beauty Catherine "C.C." Calhoun wasn't going to let anyone take away the Towers. Especially not handsome hotel magnate Trenton St. James. Fo Atop the rocky coast of Maine sits the Towers, a magnificent family mansion that is home to a legend of long-lost love, hidden emeralds - and four sisters determined the save their home against all odds. Courting Catherine - Headstrong beauty Catherine "C.C." Calhoun wasn't going to let anyone take away the Towers. Especially not handsome hotel magnate Trenton St. James. For Trent, this was strictly business, but C.C.'s mix of fire and fury led his mind in an unexpectedly different direction! A Man for Amanda - A slow drawl was all Amanda Calhoun heard when she walked into the wall of denim and muscle that was Sloan O'Riley, the architect hired to renovate the Towers. Amanda found Sloan's easygoing manner infuriating. But his smile just might change her mind... For the Love of Lilah - Adrift in a storm, Professor Max Quartermain must have hallucinated the beautiful mermaid who came to his rescue. But Lilah was no mystical creature - she was a woman of flesh and blood, and undeniably attracted to the intense and mysterious stranger.


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Atop the rocky coast of Maine sits the Towers, a magnificent family mansion that is home to a legend of long-lost love, hidden emeralds - and four sisters determined the save their home against all odds. Courting Catherine - Headstrong beauty Catherine "C.C." Calhoun wasn't going to let anyone take away the Towers. Especially not handsome hotel magnate Trenton St. James. Fo Atop the rocky coast of Maine sits the Towers, a magnificent family mansion that is home to a legend of long-lost love, hidden emeralds - and four sisters determined the save their home against all odds. Courting Catherine - Headstrong beauty Catherine "C.C." Calhoun wasn't going to let anyone take away the Towers. Especially not handsome hotel magnate Trenton St. James. For Trent, this was strictly business, but C.C.'s mix of fire and fury led his mind in an unexpectedly different direction! A Man for Amanda - A slow drawl was all Amanda Calhoun heard when she walked into the wall of denim and muscle that was Sloan O'Riley, the architect hired to renovate the Towers. Amanda found Sloan's easygoing manner infuriating. But his smile just might change her mind... For the Love of Lilah - Adrift in a storm, Professor Max Quartermain must have hallucinated the beautiful mermaid who came to his rescue. But Lilah was no mystical creature - she was a woman of flesh and blood, and undeniably attracted to the intense and mysterious stranger.

30 review for The Calhouns: Catherine, Amanda and Lilah

  1. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    These books are great. The sisters are wonderful and their stories are really enjoyable. The stories had interesting characters. In the first book, Courting Catherine, I liked CC so much. She was headstrong and so intent on saving the family home. When Trent wanted to purchase the hotel, it took everything CC could think of to work it around to her family's advantage. While Amanda watched the renovations of the house she found herself interested in Sloan. The second book was A Man For Amanda and These books are great. The sisters are wonderful and their stories are really enjoyable. The stories had interesting characters. In the first book, Courting Catherine, I liked CC so much. She was headstrong and so intent on saving the family home. When Trent wanted to purchase the hotel, it took everything CC could think of to work it around to her family's advantage. While Amanda watched the renovations of the house she found herself interested in Sloan. The second book was A Man For Amanda and I loved it. They were funny characters and I found this book wonderful. IT was great that CC and Trent were an active part of this book too. The third book, For The Love of Lilah, The characters were engrossed in a mystery and a treasure hunt. There is nothing better than a treasure hunt. It is really a good trilogy. I loved them all. All three sisters were awesome.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    Courting Catherine: 2 Stars This was pretty disappointing for me. I've read NR's MacGregor series and enjoyed most of them, so I knew I could be satisfied with her shorter works. Unfortunately this one felt rough--very rough. The portrayal of the hero and heroine and their descent into love felt very clumsy, abrupt, and unbelievable. Catherine was 23 and felt even younger. I was pretty irritated by her continuous rants to Trent about 'men like him'. I get that she needed a handy target for her an Courting Catherine: 2 Stars This was pretty disappointing for me. I've read NR's MacGregor series and enjoyed most of them, so I knew I could be satisfied with her shorter works. Unfortunately this one felt rough--very rough. The portrayal of the hero and heroine and their descent into love felt very clumsy, abrupt, and unbelievable. Catherine was 23 and felt even younger. I was pretty irritated by her continuous rants to Trent about 'men like him'. I get that she needed a handy target for her anger, and I can't blame her for that. It was realistic, but it made her seem pretty bullheaded and petty. She was the most immature of her sisters and it showed. Also, there wasn't any real falling in love depicted. Catherine decided she was willing to go all the way with him and suddenly she was in love. It just felt clumsy and false. Trent's love wasn't any better though. He didn't seem to fall either. He had more potential for a believable buildup, but then all of a sudden it was the end of the book and he was in love with no real journey. It was disappointing all around. A Man For Amanda: 3 Stars I definitely enjoyed this one more than the first book. I saw a lot more shades of the charm of her later characters than I did in the first one. With Amanda we got the straight-laced business woman who reluctantly falls for the charming architect. Sloan seemed like a beta version of this author's later smooth, charming hero. He's definitely more of a throwback though. I got a bit of the domineering man vibe from him at times, although it wasn't overwhelming. I got a little tired of Amanda's prickly attitude at times. I prefer her to her sister CC, but I would have liked her to jump down Sloan's throat less. It just seemed that she was always blowing up at him for something or other. Although the story was rather thin it was still enjoyable to read. For The Love Of Lilah: 3 Stars I think NR's older style is not going to become a favorite of mine. I see the potential, but it doesn't have the smoothness or characters depth that I've come to expect. The characterization just felt clumsy and abrupt. Max is like the Beta version of her newer nerdy hero. She uses a lot of the same character types in her writing, but that works for me because she writes them dead on. I only dislike a formula when it doesn't work well. So, I can see the charm of Max, but he just falls prey to a less polished form of writing. The motivations and personalities weren't as fleshed out and convincing as I was hoping for. Lilah was a hard character to like. I think her middle name must be "Jumps to Conclusions." Seriously, most of their conflict stemmed from Lilah taking something Max said wrong. Maybe I was supposed to be on her side, but I thought her conclusions were pretty dumb and wish she would have just taken a moment to think before deciding she was the one wronged. The book wasn't bad, but it didn't thrill me. It's an okay way to pass the time, but I doubt it'll be one I reread. I wasn't planning to continue the series anytime soon but got suckered in by the foreshadowing of Suzanne and her possible love interest. I've been curious to read her story for a while now so hopefully I like it better.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laurel

    Nora Roberts is most famous for her easy-reads. Good books with good characters, especially the kids- she writes kids well. The books tend to be repetitious, especially this one. It is almost identical to her later In The Garden series. She has set kinds of female characters, male characters and plots. And mixes and matches from book to book changing locales and plots. You'd think this would be tedious, but she makes it work. The characters and the settings are so good you want to read the same Nora Roberts is most famous for her easy-reads. Good books with good characters, especially the kids- she writes kids well. The books tend to be repetitious, especially this one. It is almost identical to her later In The Garden series. She has set kinds of female characters, male characters and plots. And mixes and matches from book to book changing locales and plots. You'd think this would be tedious, but she makes it work. The characters and the settings are so good you want to read the same plot again and again, the same kinds of characters over and over indeed,even read the same books over and over again. It's hard to explain to a non Nora fan. But it's true. She performs some kind of alchemy that captures you almost from the start of the books, refusing to let you go. Making you care about the characters, even though you know how it will end and with whom they will fall in love and that they will live "happy-ever-after" (s/b "happily" grrr)but you read it anyway enjoying the journey despite its lack of surprises. The sex scenes in her books are paltry, cut-and-paste and with only one exception are unrealistic and not very arousing. The exception is a scene of making love in a thunder storm near an isolated lighthouse near a storm-tossed sea in I forget which book. That one was hot. All the characters have the same sex either Sex Scene A which is rip off her clothes and ravish her or Sex Scene B which is tedious and tender. In both instances all the hero has to do is touch the heroine and she rockets into the best orgasm of her life. If she's going to write fantasy, then embellish the men's abilities, for heaven's sake. It is authors like Nora that leads people to assume that romance writers all work off of a formula. It does appear that she does. But you can't argue with her success. It's made her a very wealthy woman. And I confess I read and reread her books.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    To be truthful I almost gave this book a rating of 2 stars, which I never dreamed I would consider doing for a Nora Roberts novel. This is not a bad story. What it is is 3 short stories all based around the same family and the same mystery. Instead of intertwining the three stories she just has them occur chronologically, with 2 more to follow in the next installment of The Calhouns. The mystery continues through both books, I assume, since it was not concluded in this one. So I'm reading the ne To be truthful I almost gave this book a rating of 2 stars, which I never dreamed I would consider doing for a Nora Roberts novel. This is not a bad story. What it is is 3 short stories all based around the same family and the same mystery. Instead of intertwining the three stories she just has them occur chronologically, with 2 more to follow in the next installment of The Calhouns. The mystery continues through both books, I assume, since it was not concluded in this one. So I'm reading the next one too since I've got it, but I hate to say I would not recommend these 2 books to my friends. Very, very predictable stories and characters.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    As with most Nora Roberts books, each story is basically like reading the same story over again - which is not necessarily a bad thing. It's an easy read with a final moment of "oh no", but in the end you feel good each time. I appreciated the mystery involving the emeralds and felt that Ms. Roberts did a fine job in developing that subplot. I plan to read Suzanna and Megan's stories to round out the series. As with most Nora Roberts books, each story is basically like reading the same story over again - which is not necessarily a bad thing. It's an easy read with a final moment of "oh no", but in the end you feel good each time. I appreciated the mystery involving the emeralds and felt that Ms. Roberts did a fine job in developing that subplot. I plan to read Suzanna and Megan's stories to round out the series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    Loved this trilogy of the Calhoun sisters - easy reading and it makes me want to visit Maine and Bar Harbor!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    It was like reading three books at once. Each character was given her own time. Just sad that in 601 pages they couldn't find the emeralds. The history that was discovered about the family was interesting. A good read. Now need to find the next. It was like reading three books at once. Each character was given her own time. Just sad that in 601 pages they couldn't find the emeralds. The history that was discovered about the family was interesting. A good read. Now need to find the next.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    Very sweet romance involving three of the four Calhoun sisters as they face the loss of their ancestral home in Maine, struggle with jewel thieves, and attempt to discover the truth behind the death of their great-grandmother. Mild and romantic with a range of characters: the mystical Aunt Coco, the automotively-inclined Catherine, crisp, businesslike Amanda, Lilah the mystical naturalist vying with a hotel magnate, an architect, and a history professor-cum-writer to solve the mystery of lost fam Very sweet romance involving three of the four Calhoun sisters as they face the loss of their ancestral home in Maine, struggle with jewel thieves, and attempt to discover the truth behind the death of their great-grandmother. Mild and romantic with a range of characters: the mystical Aunt Coco, the automotively-inclined Catherine, crisp, businesslike Amanda, Lilah the mystical naturalist vying with a hotel magnate, an architect, and a history professor-cum-writer to solve the mystery of lost family heirlooms and the truth behind Bianca's death in 1913.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gwendolyn

    I hadn't read these books by Nora Roberts before, but love her writing. I found this one in Target and decided to go ahead and read it. Like her Bride Quartet, these books are pure romance and I loved them. I am anxious to read the next book about the fourth sister. The books do follow a certain formula but it is so well written that you really don't mind. The common theme is love of course, but each couple is different in how they face falling in love and how they deal with the aftermath. I wou I hadn't read these books by Nora Roberts before, but love her writing. I found this one in Target and decided to go ahead and read it. Like her Bride Quartet, these books are pure romance and I loved them. I am anxious to read the next book about the fourth sister. The books do follow a certain formula but it is so well written that you really don't mind. The common theme is love of course, but each couple is different in how they face falling in love and how they deal with the aftermath. I would highly recommend to anyone wanting a great read for a quick escape from daily life.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Love Nora Roberts, so this was really disappointing. I actually enjoyed the C.C.and especially the Lilah stories, but the Amanda one was terrible. I like myself a man's man, and you can see that's what Roberts is trying to do with the hero in that one, but the guy is just plain an ass. A man behaving that way in real life would be guilty of assault, battery, and sex crimes. In a world where both men and women need to learn and feel confident that No means No, this was a major blunder. C'mon, Nor Love Nora Roberts, so this was really disappointing. I actually enjoyed the C.C.and especially the Lilah stories, but the Amanda one was terrible. I like myself a man's man, and you can see that's what Roberts is trying to do with the hero in that one, but the guy is just plain an ass. A man behaving that way in real life would be guilty of assault, battery, and sex crimes. In a world where both men and women need to learn and feel confident that No means No, this was a major blunder. C'mon, Nora...you must know better.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rashmi Binu

    If there is ever a writer synonymous with Romance and Magic, for me,iy is and always will be Nora Roberts. This book brings out yet another superb weave of romance and magic and yet another set of strong and resilient women!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This book includes the stories Courting Catherine, A Man for Amanda, and For the Love of Lilah. Courting Catherine -3 stars I think this was a nice start to this series of stories involving the Calhouns. All of the women have different personalities that make them unique and Aunt Coco is a delight! CC and Trenton make an odd mix, the rich hotel executive and the grease monkey but it does prove to be opposites attract and in this case work out well. I didn't mind the instant heat and attraction be This book includes the stories Courting Catherine, A Man for Amanda, and For the Love of Lilah. Courting Catherine -3 stars I think this was a nice start to this series of stories involving the Calhouns. All of the women have different personalities that make them unique and Aunt Coco is a delight! CC and Trenton make an odd mix, the rich hotel executive and the grease monkey but it does prove to be opposites attract and in this case work out well. I didn't mind the instant heat and attraction between the two but the "I'm in love" happened faster than I thought with the initial animosity but I understand it is a shorter book. The inserts that tell the story of Bianca and Christian do not pull me in as much as I think they are meant to. Overall a fun family, some really good characters, sweet romance and a treasure hunt starting up! A Man for Amanda- 2 stars This is the 2nd book in the series. Amanda and Sloan didn't draw me in as much as CC and Trenton did. I think if there was more time in the story for them to evolve that Sloan would have but he was so over the top "Hey there pretty lady, Oklahoman" that it was hard to really get a lot of enjoyment from him. He was also very alpha in a strange way, more bossiness than just straight alpha. But I liked how the treasure hunt is progressing. For the Love of Lilah- 3stars I really like the smart, sexy in a adorkable way "professor" type characters and Max Quartermain definatly hits all of these descriptions. I thought he was a good character and I had a lot of fun reading his and Layla's story. This is an older Nora Roberts, shorter stories so you have the same rushed affair as the first 2 books in this set but this one is stretched out a little bit more. I still enjoy the main story more than I do the inserts with Bianca's story. This book includes the rest of the family so it is nice seeing all the characters from the other books.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    I think this is juvenile, trashy crap. I'll admit I dislike romance novels and this one fully epitomizes why. To be honest, I only read the first two books of the foursome encapsulated in this novel...it was all I could stomach. Each was close to a carbon copy of the other. A chance meeting, the man then shows up at the woman's home on a scheduled business appointment, minutes later grabs her and kisses her, and she's okay with it,. Days later he proposes and she joyfully accepts. Really? As I s I think this is juvenile, trashy crap. I'll admit I dislike romance novels and this one fully epitomizes why. To be honest, I only read the first two books of the foursome encapsulated in this novel...it was all I could stomach. Each was close to a carbon copy of the other. A chance meeting, the man then shows up at the woman's home on a scheduled business appointment, minutes later grabs her and kisses her, and she's okay with it,. Days later he proposes and she joyfully accepts. Really? As I said, I only read the first two but I'm betting the remaining two have the exact same story line. No thanks. I'd rather read a real book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Another book about the Calhoun women, this is actually three stories in one. It tells about more of the Calhoun daughters, Catherine, Amanda, and Lilah, who are residents of The Towers near Bar Harbor, Maine. They each meet a man who has something to do with the restoration of the mansion. Trent is the owner of a large up-scale hotel chain. Sloan is the architect hired to do the renovations. Max, a professor, is hired to research the family history. Unfortunately, I read "Suzanna and Megan" firs Another book about the Calhoun women, this is actually three stories in one. It tells about more of the Calhoun daughters, Catherine, Amanda, and Lilah, who are residents of The Towers near Bar Harbor, Maine. They each meet a man who has something to do with the restoration of the mansion. Trent is the owner of a large up-scale hotel chain. Sloan is the architect hired to do the renovations. Max, a professor, is hired to research the family history. Unfortunately, I read "Suzanna and Megan" first, so I knew how things would eventually turn out. Light and fun with a hint of mystery.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    The second and third stories were better than the first where the characters fell in love so abruptly it was unbelievable. I liked the characters more than the stories Roberts told about them. I appreciate how she makes the characters unique- particularly the female protagonists. They have varied and interesting personalities, backgrounds, and careers. The male leads are a little more predictable, but I almost always find them likable and charming. I do want to read the fourth book in the series The second and third stories were better than the first where the characters fell in love so abruptly it was unbelievable. I liked the characters more than the stories Roberts told about them. I appreciate how she makes the characters unique- particularly the female protagonists. They have varied and interesting personalities, backgrounds, and careers. The male leads are a little more predictable, but I almost always find them likable and charming. I do want to read the fourth book in the series to see how the story ends.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Angela Maher

    This is a collection of four romance stories (not three), each dedicated to one of four sisters, with a connecting storyline. It's an easy read with an entertaining connecting story. It's the overall story that shines, rather than the romances. The romances all have the same sort of elements, and the whole man forces his attention on woman until she swoons thing is overdone. It's also spoiled by numerous abrupt changes in point of view, which disrupts the flow of the story. This is a collection of four romance stories (not three), each dedicated to one of four sisters, with a connecting storyline. It's an easy read with an entertaining connecting story. It's the overall story that shines, rather than the romances. The romances all have the same sort of elements, and the whole man forces his attention on woman until she swoons thing is overdone. It's also spoiled by numerous abrupt changes in point of view, which disrupts the flow of the story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michelle L

    This was a well written series of stories following five women and their aunt who lives with them and takes care of them. Each woman has a personality belonging to only them. They each have different careers and lifestyles but ultimately as in many of Nora Roberts stories they each meet the man best suited for them. I really enjoyed this series and tend to read it over when I'm in between novels. This was a well written series of stories following five women and their aunt who lives with them and takes care of them. Each woman has a personality belonging to only them. They each have different careers and lifestyles but ultimately as in many of Nora Roberts stories they each meet the man best suited for them. I really enjoyed this series and tend to read it over when I'm in between novels.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Reen Graham

    I really enjoy Nora Roberts writing style. She adds lovely character descriptions, and she paints her scenery like poetry mixed with a Monet painting. I would read any of her books just to learn my own writing skills through her. Her books are like a master class to me.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tara Nichol

    This book trilogy was not one of Roberts' best. It seemed rushed at some parts and the character building lacked. I hope that the next book gives more answers and questions so my opinions change. This book trilogy was not one of Roberts' best. It seemed rushed at some parts and the character building lacked. I hope that the next book gives more answers and questions so my opinions change.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Overall, it was a very interesting book. I was disappointed that the necklace wasn't found by the end of the book and that Max and Amanda weren't married. Overall, it was a very interesting book. I was disappointed that the necklace wasn't found by the end of the book and that Max and Amanda weren't married.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Finally, towards the end of book 3, I knew definitively that I have read this before.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rose Ling

    Dying to c how they would find the treasure in the second sequel.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Deb Gunnarsson

    Great beach read. Typical Nora Roberts, very entertaining especially with a glass of wine in hand!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Canyon

    Very good read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ana Margarida

    Women are always a strenght in these books! Mistery and romance always go along . Thank you for your inspiration ;-)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Janyce

    I enjoyed all 3 stories. I can't wait to read the next Calhoun book about Suzanna & Megan. I enjoyed all 3 stories. I can't wait to read the next Calhoun book about Suzanna & Megan.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Buxton

    C-. fiction, mystery, romance, from stash, discard

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Calhouns #1-3 - 2011 - three books in one - Trade

  29. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Wellnitz

    Intrigue keeps you reading!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Liba

    Loved the three books ,the heroines and their partners. Little Alex and Jenny's squabbles, aunt Coco and great-aunt Cordelia all touch the reader . Glimpses of Bianca's life in 1912-13 ,her falling in love with Christian and sudden death add to the mystery of the missing emerald necklace. Loved the three books ,the heroines and their partners. Little Alex and Jenny's squabbles, aunt Coco and great-aunt Cordelia all touch the reader . Glimpses of Bianca's life in 1912-13 ,her falling in love with Christian and sudden death add to the mystery of the missing emerald necklace.

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