Laine Tavish, owner of a growing antique shop in tiny Angel's Gap,
has struggled to put down roots and shed her past as Elaine O'Hara,
daughter of a small-time crook. Building a comfortable life for
herself, she covets her privacy almost as much as she values her
friends. But all that she has worked for is suddenly threatened by
an odd visitor to her shop, which is even more disturbing when she
recognizes him (too late) from long ago, just seconds before he
dies in her arms. He ran straight from his encounter with her into
the street and the path of a car. The words he whispered as he
slipped away made no sense to Laine. While she is puzzling over
what it means, she encounters another stranger to her little town:
handsome and charming Max Gannon. Laine wonders if he is a friend
or a foe. Once she decides, her life becomes even more
Big Jack O'Hara, Laine's father, finally hit the big time with a
diamond heist. Trouble is he hooked up with a very nasty fellow
named Alex Crew, who never intended to split the take. Since Big
Jack disappeared with the goods, Crew figures he has stashed them
somewhere, and he's betting that somewhere is with Laine. He
ransacks her home and her store, leaving her more angry than
spooked. But he doesn't stop with just a wild search of her house.
Fortunately, Big Jack taught Laine how to take care of herself. By
the end of the first half of the book, almost everything seems well
wrapped up. But there's more --- much more.
Over fifty years later Laine's granddaughter, Samantha Gannon,
writes a book about the decades-old heist. Samantha's elation over
the book's success is quickly overshadowed by the discovery of her
house sitter dead in her apartment. When another body turns up, the
police sniff out the connection and the investigation gets
Lt. Eve Dallas lands the case and handles it with great aplomb. She
tolerates no nonsense, tells it like it is, and commands a great
deal of respect. She wants this guy --- bad. The murders are so
cruel and violent, and Dallas believes that time is running out ---
for her investigation and possibly for Samantha Gannon. She fears
Sam just might be the next victim.
The 480 pages of REMEMBER WHEN virtually flash by. Once you get
involved in Laine's life --- and the lives of her family --- you'll
be kicked back in your easy chair for hours of relaxed enjoyment.
Nora Roberts has hit on a winning combination.
Reviewed by Kate Ayers on January 23, 2011