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Three women must rediscover the love of family before they can give their hearts to others. . . .Unfinished BusinessShe wanted answers from her estranged mother and went home to find them. But Vanessa Sexton also found Brady Tucker, the man who'd once broken her heart ... and still left her breathless.Island of FlowersInnocent Laine Simmons hardly expected the father she bThree women must rediscover the love of family before they can give their hearts to others. . . .Unfinished BusinessShe wanted answers from her estranged mother and went home to find them. But Vanessa Sexton also found Brady Tucker, the man who'd once broken her heart ... and still left her breathless.Island of FlowersInnocent Laine Simmons hardly expected the father she barely knew to welcome her. However, she was completely unprepared for the suspicion of her father's sexy partner Dillon O'Brian -- or for his intense passion.Mind over MatterProtecting her mother's interests pitted no-nonsense agent Aurora Fields against ruthlessly determined David Brady. But there were few David couldn't charm if he set his mind to it -- and this time it really mattered....

Title : Going Home: Unfinished Business / Island of Flowers / Mind over Matter
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Going Home: Unfinished Business / Island of Flowers / Mind over Matter Reviews

  • Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish)
    2019-03-13 08:59

    Unfinished BusinessGood little story about a world renowned musician, Vanessa Sexton, who returns home after her father's death to the mother she hasn't seen or heard from in 12 years. Not only does she have to deal with understanding why her mother let her go and didn't go after her, she has to deal with her high school love, Brady, who she thought unceremoniously dumped her the night of his senior prom. I'm glad there was time spent on Vanessa's relationship with her mother. I just didn't like her mother much. I really liked her relationship with Brady. The pacing was somewhat fast but for the most part the way they came together, got to know each other again, and reignited their love was well done and sweet. Vanessa's internal conflict was understandable and not overdrawn. Although I did kind of want to smack her around every time she denied her health issues. I ended up buying this twice, once in ebook form for twenty-five cents and in this compilation and I enjoyed the story enough that doesn't bother me (not that $1.25 truly would, haha.) 3.5 stars.Island of FlowersThis one was a rage-fest from beginning to end. And super similar to the premise of Unfinished Business (down to similar actions by the deceased parent). Laine's mother took her from her father when she was seven. He never heard from her again even though he had been writing and sending presents. Cut to 15 years later and Laine goes to visit her father to get to know him and get some answers after her mother's death. From the second she gets there she was treated like a gold digging scam artist. Everyone told her 'it was about time she showed up'. And she got a ridiculous amount of hate from Dillion, her father's business partner. He acted as though she used her father for money while never contacting him, and money was the only reason she showed up there. I was livid throughout most of this book because who in their right fucking mind thinks it's the child's responsibility to maintain and salvage a relationship with her parent? No one tried to understand what she had been through. No one questioned why her father (a man with an airport, by the way) didn't jump on a plane to Paris to find her and find out why his seven-year-old child was angry with him (if that's what he thought). Why did she have to gain his trust and love? I started throttling the book on this one it was angering me so much.The whole point of Laine's trip was to get to know her father but for some reason very little time was spent with him. Most of it was her getting kicked like a puppy by Dillion yet falling in love with him within a couple of days even though he treated her like absolute crap. It was ridiculous.Even though he performed a couple of assaulting kisses early in the book I was still blindsided by Dillion being rapey in the end. I'm not sure why he made the assumptions he did but I especially don't understand why that prompted him to get incredibly close to raping her. And of course the resolution in the end was way too easy and an info dump that didn't feel like it resolved anything. Actually, I amend my $1.25 statement above. If I had ended up buying this book twice, even for such cheap prices, I would have been angry. 1 star.Mind over MatterI really liked this story. Even with the paranormal elements. I felt all of the characters were well drawn and likable even when they were being frustratingly stubborn. The pacing of the story was damn near perfect. We got to see the evolution of David and A.J.'s relationship and I could easily buy their feelings for each other. It was so easy to root for them. The super eighties settings and clothing notwithstanding, I wouldn't mind reading this again. 3.5 stars.

  • rivka
    2019-02-26 13:03

    2.5 stars for Unfinished Business; 1.5 for Island of Flowers; 2 for Mind over MatterI really need to stop reading Nora Roberts stories from the 80s and early 90s. Leading men who smoke, not-quite-rape scenes, women who (so help me) flutter.KMN!

  • Kaitlin
    2019-02-25 16:04

    All three were just bleh. Okay for quick, warm-fuzzy-and-cheesy reads, but not up to full NR caliber. Especially not after reading Devoted in Death.

  • Anita
    2019-03-05 08:59

    I loved reading "Unfinished Business". I'm glad she was able to find the answers she was looking for. So sweet that high school sweethearts end up together later in life. ........ In "Island Of Flowers" I was disappointed that Nora didn't tell the story involving more of the Father with the Daughter while she was visiting him. ...... Then in "Mind Over Matter" I just wanted to hurry up & get to the end to actually know how the characters ended up together. I was like come on just say it & be done with it, lol. I got out of this story to just SAY what you are thinking, feeling, wanting & you don't have to keep guessing or needing.

  • Maria
    2019-03-03 08:46

    Three books together, the first two were about women trying to return home and find what they had missed for years for one reason or another. The first was excellent (three stars) and the second so-so (two stars), but it was the last book which was the best (five stars). Ms. Roberts knows how to make people and situations come alive to the point that it is hard to put the book down before finding out what happens to them.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-06 14:36

    I read this book because my mother left it at my house. After a while all of her books seem the same, with a select few standing out. Basically three stories of strong headed women trying to avoid love at all costs...who are eventually married off to the men of their dreams. I could have written this book in my sleep and would only recommend it for light reading to pass the time.

  • Cindy
    2019-02-23 08:46

    Total fluffy crap. 3 in 1 book, the 1st was okay, just got worse from there.

  • Christy
    2019-03-04 09:57

    I've only read the first story in this 3 pack of books and it was just alright. Nothing too exciting..typical Nora Roberts material.

  • Maria
    2019-02-17 11:02

    I'm basically rating the book based as a quick read altogether. If it were to be based on individual stories then the rating would probably a star less. Overall, I enjoyed reading all three stories especially when I needed something to pass the time when I'm waiting either at the doctor's or so forth. I prefer the first story out of them all due to the fact it had a bit more happening within the plot itself.

  • Bonnie Staughton
    2019-03-03 11:40

    "Going Home" is really 3 of Nora Roberts's books--"Unfinished Business", "Island of Flowers" and "Mind Over Matter". The stories are of 3 couples that have their problems in trying to fall in love. My personal favorite was "Unfinished Business". The plots are predictable but make for cozy reading.

  • Maura
    2019-03-01 16:41

    Island of Flowers - 2/5 - There is not a single one of these really early Nora Roberts books that I've really liked. This one is no exception. The heroine is overly innocent, but at least she's got some backbone in dealing with the hero. She is also somewhat idiotic in her insistence on not telling her story, with the usual excuses, doesn't want pity, no one would believe her anyway, yada yada. Meanwhile, there's uncomfortable tension and nobody likes her because they believe the worst of her. Whatever. Then she falls in love with the hero after one day (insta-love much) when he's been nothing but rude to her and has confused her greatly. My God the man nearly raped her and she wasn't angry, just sad that he was upset with her. I would have loved to have gotten inside the hero's head - even if only for a moment (but Nora didn't switch POVs in her early stuff). Why for example, did he attack the heroine with an angry kiss not 30 minutes after meeting her? Completely out of the blue and not the least bit sexy. That's the sort of stuff that gets a man slapped and arrested in the real world. He was pretty good at leaping to conclusions though. He was also pretty good at manhandling her - grabbing her by the arms and shaking her. And how disturbing is it that on more than on occasion he likens her to a 12-year-old (both in looks and in personality)? And the OTW, Orchid King? What kind of name is that for a Hawaiian beauty? Overall, the story was kind of okay I guess, but I didn't really like it. Hard to find the characters all that likable.Unfinished Business - 3/5 - Another Nora Roberts that frustrates me...she seems to have this theme in some of her early stories where the long lost child comes home after years without contact and instead of a round of explanations, the characters evade. Vanessa, a piano player, has not seen or heard from her mother in 12 years...after her father took her on a concert piano tour and her mother never fought to keep her with her or stay in touch. For that matter, there's Brady (the hero) who stood her up for the prom, 2 days before she left, and never kept in touch either. Now most people, I would think, would come back and start searching for answers. Vanessa, does not. Instead, she decides she's not ready for the answers, or she hears part of an explanation and gets so emotionally worked up that she can't hear anymore. She puts off knowing why her mother let her go for over a month! How realistic is that? Instead of a demanding an explanation from Brady, she tells herself that it was so long in the past that it hardly matters - which is bullshit since she rails about it at least twice in the first 30% of the book. We're 50% in before we learn the real reason Brady didn't show up for prom. But I guess we can't have full explanations within a month of returning, or the book wouldn't actually work. The romance is slightly better, but no less frustrating. Vanessa needs to find herself and learn about who she is and what she wants, and that's great. But then she has no business getting into a relationship with a guy when she doesn't know what she wants. Her actions IMHO were a bit selfish - especially (view spoiler)[ as she pretty much ends up breaking his heart in search of herself... but I understand why she had to do it. I just think she should have asked him for time BEFORE she started the physical relationship.(hide spoiler)] And why is it so difficult for him to understand that she needs to figure things out before she can offer him anything? I just didn't understand these two very well. And honestly, despite all the complaints listed, my inability to understand the characters or their behavior, the story was engaging and I enjoyed reading it. I liked it, but found myself with a lot of questions after reading. Mind Over Matter - 2/5 - David Brady is doing a documentary on psychics and wants to use Clarisse...only in order to do so, he must go through her formidable agent, A.J. Fields...who also happens to be her daughter. Both of these characters are insanely stubborn, pretty blind about each other's feelings and quick to anger. They frustrated. But it provided a pretty good amount of angst. Despite the character's flaws, this might have been a pretty good book if it had simply ended at the 60-70% mark. Instead it dragged on with little to no point. I began wondering where it was going. All they had to do was say the "I Love You"s. It shouldn't take 30% of the book to get that out once all the secrets have been revealed. But misunderstanding after misunderstanding of these two frustrating characters becoming even more frustrating by avoiding talking and not saying what needs to be said and letting their pride get in the way had me actually not caring whether they ever worked it out.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-23 11:43

    Okay, my problems with this book: Too much Nora Roberts in too short a time frame. I'm reading the same two characters getting together over and over again. Note to self-no more anthologies with one author.Couldn't identify with the females at all. They were all twiggy, they all refused to go further than they wanted with the hero until they sorted out their feelings, they all ended up with one parent that led to a horrible life for them. Boo hoo. Take a chance once in a while. Grow the **** up!The men were all commanding jerks. Normally I love alpha male characters. But one scene actually bothered me with how bossy he was, and that NEVER happens. It takes quite a lot to make me dislike the men but to make me dislike four in a row? (I read The Search just before this) Anyway, in the flower island story he tells her to Come Here, and she takes a step back instead. Sexy man behavior would be to grin and chase her until she gives in. He terrifies and orders her into submission. No. No no no no no. Very rarely does it happen where I wish the girl would find someone else more deserving of her, but I definitely did in the flower island story. And the men all just bugged me. "Oh, she's not my normal type, but all of a sudden I Want Her Above All Others." B.S. And all this hot and cold stuff on both sides drove me nuts. The whole lot of them were completely obnoxious people who/whom I can totally see getting a divorce in a few years due to "irreconcilable differences." I also really disliked how one of the parents was portrayed as a victim in the first two stories. The first one was neglected so she had an affair. Waah, my husband left me because I cheated on him! Well, what did you expect? If you want to be with someone else, get a divorce! I have absolutely no sympathy for her. The second one, the dad was a putz who kept sending money even though he got nothing in return. Not a word of acknowledgement. Man up, go over there and see for yourself. Demand an explanation. Do something!Just the writing in general was a turn-off for me as well. I don't know, something about dear Ms. Roberts' books just leaves me...cold...unsatisfied...blah. I believe I own one more of hers that I need to read, and then I'm selling them. These don't belong on my bookshelves.

  • Julie Barrett
    2019-03-16 15:39

    Going Home by Nora Roberts3 different stories about different people, all Silhoutee books..Unfinished BusinessVaniessa, a concert pianist, and her mother Loretta are together again. Van is visiting at her mother's house.She remembers all the pianos but they are all gone. Van is brought up to date with her best friend-back then, and her brother Brady Tucker who's also a doctor now.She meets with not only her friends but learns of the things in her own mother's life and the reasoning behind why her mother gave her up to her father.Tender scenes and shocking ones....Island of FlowersLaney Simmons travels to Hawaii to meet her father. She finds out that in her 15 year absence much has changed even that her father owns the plane company that is flying her in.The pilot, Dylan O'Brien, half owner, sees her as an upscale princess and treats her as such. She studies him while he's conducting business and sees how surprised he is to see her.She learns the truth about her education and how her father had paid for it all and then some...Loved hearing of the scenery as she realizes what is really going on....Mind Over MatterHe turns to a fortune teller in hopes to make his job easier by learning more about the career.David Brady is producing a show on the paranormal. Because of her involvement with the VanCamps he wants her to help bring their case to the forefront.Clarissa Bass is the fortune teller. She hopes to protect her mother and their life.He fantasizes about her and learns more about her life and her family. Her mother was involved with finding others who had been kidnapped or murdered.Lots of background information about the production of a documentary series. Hot steamy sex scenes.I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

  • Janet
    2019-03-16 12:01

    This is an anthology of older romances written by Nora Roberts. The first, Unfinished Business-1992, was fairly good although the selfishness of the deceased father was not pretty. I would rate it a 3 overall.Again with the selfish and self-centered behaviour we get the 2nd story, Island of Flowers-1982. This time it was the mother at issue and the heroine suffered because of it. This was never really explored at all and the Hero was not at all heroic throughout the book. This is more a 2 story.I didn't have great hopes for the third entry here. I was dead wrong there. Mind Over Matter-1987 was wonderful. The heroine was hard on the outside but very loving and vulnerable. The Hero was also set in his ways but not at all sure about his feelings and where they were taking him. Those feelings surprised both of them. As they both kept trying to protect themselves this could have ended badly for them but luckily they were stubborn enough to see things out eventually. A 4, or 4+, I believe. The added bonus of the mother's love story was great as well.

  • Marissa
    2019-02-23 10:01

    I just read unfinished business and thought it was very good. Its not really for children under 12 years old. Its very romantic and if you have a child that wants to read it I would read it first yourself. I could not stop reading this book in class and I wouldn't hang out with my friends at all because all I wanted to do is read. I read it in class and almost got in trouble. Its about a girl named Vanessa and her father took her to Europe to have her turn into a professional pianist. She was so focused on making her father happy she felt as if she couldn't love a man and that she wouldn't be able to be married because she would be gone all the time. She goes back to her home town and meets her high school sweet heart Brady and she falls in love. Brady is a doctor and helps her get rid of her ulcer. In order for you to find out if she gets married and falls in love with him you will just have to read the book yourself!!So I just finished all the books and im sad.

  • Jessica
    2019-02-18 14:57

    This book is a 3-in-1: Unfinished Business, Island of Flowers, and Mind over Matter. Had it just been Unfinished Business, this review would've been positive and uplifting. 4 stars, even. But it was quickly downhill from there. In Island of Flowers, I didn't feel any chemistry between the two main characters, nor did it feel like they would- or even should- end up together. Roberts spent the last 30 pages of the book, trying to hurriedly pair them off with one another, while making it seem as though they were meant to be from the very first page. Mind over Matter is submerged in the world of the psi, as the female lead is the manager of a mindreader. Unless this is something you're interested in, don't bother. The romance can't carry the book alone. As an introduction to Nora Roberts, I was worely disappointed, and left wondering "How is she so popular?"

  • Shelly
    2019-03-17 14:35

    giving 4 star for unfinished business^^ vannesa n brady were highschool sweetheart.bcoz a misunderstanding n sudden separation of van's parent,they never met again until twelve years later. now van's a great pianist n brady's a doctor.meeting again in their hometown,bringing them back good n bad memories. will they take the second chance?you have to read by yourself^^the special thing about this story is that it give me a glimpse about cordina's family when she's doing charity concert in cordina.it's great to see a bit of princess elizabeth n a tiny bit news from prince alex n eve n from prince bennet n lady hannah.take a look by yourself;)ups almost forget to mention there's fantasy love scene in the examination room LOL=pI'm giving island 3 n mind over matter 4.5 star. I'd read this two in other edition a long time ago.love NR stories

  • Marjo
    2019-03-11 12:50

    Unfinished Business: 1 star. The story was just so predictable in so may ways. I spent 75% of the reading time imagining all the ways I could re-write this to make it more interesting.Island of Flowers: DNF. An ingénue, who has recently found herself alone in the world, drops in a completely foreign environment and meets a player. It's a terrible trope, and I can't suspend the disbelief enough to buy it. This would never end well IRL.Mind Over Matter: DNF. I made it to the "setting up those two by inviting them to dinner without telling them the other is coming" scene. I don't like seeing characters being set-up by relatives. Let people struggle at their own beat, various fictional relatives of fictional characters!

  • Stefani
    2019-03-01 12:42

    same as before

  • Emmaa22
    2019-03-17 16:58

    More froth after wonderful but depressing historical novels. Again, the juxtaposition of these 3 novels is understandable as far as topic is concerned, but as before only serves to highlight Ms Roberts' repetition of plot and characters. While searching for the title I can see the vast quantity of books by this author and can see why she can churn them out so quickly!I did love the descriptions of Hawaii in the second novel, vivid and inviting and I like the descriptions of the characters, but from the 5 novels I have now read by her, I suspect that only one kind of hero is possible, which does become a bit dull.

  • Cyrisse
    2019-03-09 09:38

    Unfinished Business--She wanted answers from her estranged mother and went home to find them. But Vanessa Sexton also found Brady Tucker, the man who'd once broken her heart ... and still left her breathless. Island of Flowers--Innocent Laine Simmons hardly expected the father she barely knew to welcome her. However, she was completely unprepared for the suspicion of her father's sexy partner Dillon O'Brian -- or for his intense passion. Mind over Matter--Protecting her mother's interests pitted no-nonsense agent Aurora Fields against ruthlessly determined David Brady. But there were few David couldn't charm if he set his mind to it -- and this time it really mattered.

  • K
    2019-02-24 12:51

    Going Home includes Roberts earlier stories "Unfinished Business", "Island of Flowers", and "Mind over Matter". As I tend to prefer historical romances, I was unsure of how I would like these contemproarty stories. Much to my suprise, I enjoyed all the stories, and could not wait to find out how they each ended. Even if you are skeptical of romance novels, the minimal "love" scenes and focus on the story and characters will make this an enjoyable book for any reader. Ofcourse, being a Roberts fan I might be a little biased. However, I would definately recommend this book to others.

  • Cathie
    2019-02-18 17:00

    The books individually may have been more palatable but read together it was hard too take this much sappy romance. Perhaps I'm just too old to buy into these perfect characters with no real problems but carrying around bad attitudes over small slights in the past. How hard is it really to come home when you're only 25? The only reason I gave 3 stars is because the last story had a nice twist to it with the intuitive mom and dad. That definitely saved the series for me.

  • Tiffany
    2019-03-19 09:46

    Classic Nora Roberts, but a bit too old school for me. Maybe I'm more sensitive these days, but there was a bit too much rape culture implicit in the men's "manly" behaviour - it made me uncomfortable. Some of the situations were just silly. I normally like her books, but perhaps these were from too early in her career and aren't as polished as her more recent work. Not terrible, but not good either.

  • Janet
    2019-03-02 08:48

    vanessa saxtonwas visiting her estranged mother but she didn't count on seeing brady tucker who once broke her heart.laine simmons wanted to spend time with her father who she didn't really know but she didn't expect her father's sexy business partner dillon o'brian to be so suspicious.protecting her mother was aurora fields from david brady tv producer.my favourite story was laine which was island of flowers

  • Georgia
    2019-02-25 12:38

    Going Home by Nora Roberts is a great book so far. It has three different stories all having to do with going home like the title says. So far the first story in this called Unfinished business. It is about a woman who after 12 years is going to see her mother after she left with her dad. Her mom now has a chance to redeem herself and do what she didn't do for 12 years of her daughters life.

  • Penelope Linton
    2019-03-13 09:45

    I only read the first one and I knew from the first page how it was going to end... I did not bother to read the other two, because I figure they would be predictable too. It was my first foray into Nora Roberts' books and it will be my last! I just had to read one of her books to see what all the hoopla about and I was disappointed.

  • Lombe
    2019-03-17 13:35

    The first 2 stories Unfinished Business and Island of Flowers were ok but I thought the last one was more believeable. Had a great storyline and the heroine was a strong independent woman overprotective of her mother. The ending could have been better though if she had explored the whole docu thingy they were making. Instead she focussed on the predictable marriage-happily ever after line

  • Bonnie
    2019-02-16 16:46

    This was my first Nora Roberts book and it was really 3 books in one.Unfinished BusinessIsland of FlowersMind Over MatterThey were all excellent.Beach reads sorta and fast to read and hard to put down.

  • penelopewanders
    2019-03-09 13:50

    Three shortish novels...Nothing over the top but pleasant reads. The third one, Mind over Matter was reminiscent of other novels by her - I think it's the Donovan series, or in the Three Sisters Island that a film maker wants to do something with the magician...