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The Donovan Legacy by Nora Roberts Review

Title: The Donovan Legacy

Author: Nora Roberts

First published January 1, 1992

581 pages, Trade Paperback

ISBN: 9780373483976 (ISBN10: 037348397X)

Rating: 4.24


A trio of magical cousins discover their unique abilities and must navigate their way through their newfound powers while also falling in love. Nora Roberts’ The Donovan Legacy features three heartwarming stories that will leave you spellbound.

Follow along as the Donovan cousins embrace their mystical legacies and find true love along the way. This special trade-size collection is a must-read for fans of romance and magic.

About the Author

With over 200 novels to her name, Nora Roberts has become a literary sensation. Her works have topped the New York Times bestseller list time and time again, including titles like Hideaway, Under Currents, and Come Sundown.

Additionally, fans have been drawn to Legacy, and the upcoming release of The Becoming in November 2021, which is the second installment in The Dragon Heart Legacy series.

In addition to her impressive body of work, Roberts has also authored the futuristic suspense series, In Death, under the pen name J.D. Robb. With over 500 million copies of her books in print, it’s clear that Roberts has cemented her place as one of the most beloved authors of our time.

Editoral Review

The Donovan Legacy by Nora Roberts, published first in 1992, is a captivating romance novel that delves into the world of the supernatural. Roberts, a prolific author with over 200 books to her credit, has been hailed as the queen of romance novels, and this book is no exception.

It is a gripping tale of love, magic, and family, with likable characters and an engaging plot.

The story revolves around the Donovan family, who possesses extraordinary powers that have been passed down from one generation to another.

The main character is Morgana, a beautiful witch who has been cursed to find true love, but her power must be surrendered to her lover, lest she loses it forever. Morgana and her cousin Serena, also a witch, team up with Jordan Taylor, a skeptic who doesn’t believe in magic, to break the curse that has plagued the Donovan family for centuries.

Roberts does an excellent job of creating a world of magic and the supernatural, where witches, telepaths, and other supernatural beings coexist with humans. The setting of the novel, a cozy little town in Massachusetts with a rich history, is described in vivid detail, making the reader feel as if they are a part of the story.

The pacing of the novel is spot on, keeping the reader engaged from the first page to the last. One of the strengths of the novel is its characterization.

Roberts has a gift for creating realistic, likable characters that readers can relate to, and this book is no exception. Morgana is a strong, independent woman who is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in.

Jordan is a skeptic who is also charming and endearing. As they navigate their way through the challenges that come with breaking the curse, their bond grows stronger, making for a heartwarming love story.

Though the storyline is engaging, the writing style is somewhat clich, with moments that are predictably and unoriginal. Some might argue that Roberts’ writing lacks the lyrical beauty of other authors in her genre.

The Donovans’ premise of the book, though fascinating, could have been expanded more, and the ending felt a bit rushed. Despite these flaws, The Donovan Legacy is an enjoyable read that will appeal to fans of the romance genre.

Roberts’ ability to create a captivating world of magic and the supernatural, with characters that we can emotionally connect with, makes this book stand out. The novel was well ahead of its time when it was published, showcasing strong female characters empowered in a male-dominated world.

Overall, Nora Roberts’ The Donovan Legacy is a great read for any fan of the romance genre, especially those who love to indulge in stories of forbidden love, magic, and overcoming curses. This book rightfully deserves a rating of three and a half stars out of five.