Book Review: Nora Roberts’ Carnal Innocence

Posted March 18, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Nora Roberts’ Carnal Innocence

Carnal Innocence


Nora Roberts

contemporary romance in Paperback edition that was published by Bantam on December 1, 1991 and has 512 pages.

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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Irish Hearts, Montana Sky, Playing the Odds, Second Nature, One Summer, Nora Robert, Serena * Caine, Daniel * Ian, Rebellion, Alan * Grant, The Witness, The Search, Time and Again, Shadow Spell, Blood Magick, The Next Always, The Last Boyfriend, The Perfect Hope, Irish Rebel

Don’t get excited — Innocence is a very small town in Mississippi although, yes, it is a very carnal small town. The kind of town where everybody knows your business as well as the business of your family 200 years back, and it’s all still current.

A world-famous violinist has escaped to Innocence to find herself and her roots. Roots that are based on a very short visit as a young girl to her grandparents. Unfortunately for Caroline, she has arrived at the tail end of three nasty murders.

We get to know a number of people in Innocence all of whom have their impact on the murders and through them we find a small town of support and tolerance. Particularly Tucker Longstreet’s brand of tolerance. Okay, yeah, he’s a unrelenting womanizer, but he has a philosophy toward life that I’d like to adopt:

“We’re taking this down to the basics, Caro. It gets planted, it gets harvested, and somewhere along the line it ends up in a pretty dress like the one you’re wearing tonight. Sure, I could sit up nights worrying whether we’re going to get enough rain, or too much rain. Whether the truckers are going on strike, or those dimwits up in Washington are going to fuck up again and shuck us into a depression. Or I can get myself a good night’s sleep. The results would be exactly the same.”

And eventually, he persuades Caroline into adopting the concept as she learns more about the depths of Tucker Longstreet as opposed to the surface he allows most people to believe.

This is a sweet and easy romance with homey characters which leaves you wanting small town life.