Nora Roberts’ CARNAL INNOCENCE Coming to Lifetime

I’ve got great news for Nora Roberts’ fans—Lifetime announced their upcoming programing schedule yesterday (our friends at Daemon’s TV have full coverage of the announcement) and it included an original movie based on Robert’s 1992 book Carnal Innocence. Starring Gabrielle Anwar (Burn Notice) and Colin Egglesfield (All My Children, Something Borrowed), the movie will premiere on Monday, June 13th.

Roberts also mentioned the new movie on her Facebook page yesterday and posted a few pictures. She says, “We will run some Carnal Innocence-specific questions as we get ready for the big day. Stay tuned!”

I’ve been waiting impatiently for Lifetime to do more Nora Roberts movies since the four they did in 2009 (Northern Lights, Midnight Bayou, High Noon, and Tribute), so I’m very excited to hear this news. Plus, the movie stars Gabrielle Anwar, who I just love as Fiona on Burn Notice. Are you excited for this new Lifetime movie? Which of Roberts’ books would you like to see Lifetime adapt next?

Here’s more about Nora Roberts’ 1992 book Carnal Innocence (which is being reprinted in paperback):

In the small town of Innocence, Mississippi, days are long, nights are fragrant, and secrets are hard to keep. But when a brutal killer starts claiming the lives of the town’s most attractive women, lifelong neighbors are forced to wonder if the culprit is a stranger lurking in the bayou…or someone right next door.

World-famous concert violinist Caroline Waverly knows nothing of the murders when she arrives in Innocence. Burned out from a childhood lost to endless rehearsals and an all-too-public breakup with the conductor who was her lover, Caroline is looking for a little peace and some time to think. She hopes that a stay at her late grandmother’s house–the one with a covered porch just made for soft summer nights–will provide the tranquility she needs. But Innocence has something else to offer Caroline: a man named Tucker Longstreet.

Blessed with the Longstreet good looks, lazy charm, and family fortune, Tucker is a tall, cool drink of water–and he knows it. He likes to keep his romances short and shallow. But one look at Caroline, and Tucker realizes that she is unlike any other woman he’s met. Tightly coiled and coolly reserved, Caroline is determined to fight him off. She might be able to do a better job if she hadn’t felt an unexpected thrill at his ardent advances…and if she hadn’t been so scared after finding a third murder victim in the murky waters behind her home.

For Caroline Waverly, a beautiful summer interlude could turn into much more–or could stir a killer’s crazed dreams. Because there’s just one small problem with her new romance: Tucker is the leading suspect in the killings.

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  • Michelle StJames

    Carnal Innocence is probably my all-time favorite Nora Roberts book. It’s one of her darker ones, which I love, and it’s also one of her densest stories that gets into everything from racism to the aftermath of rape and I now want to read it again, but I think I’ll pass on the movie (though I love Gabrielle Anwar) because to make it appropriate for Lifetime and short enough for a movie, at least half the book will need to be jettisoned.

    Wow I miss Nora Roberts writing books like this–now that she’s writing eleven billion books a year, they just don’t have the same kind of twisty, resonating stories, I don’t think. I really shouldn’t say that, though, because I haven’t read many of her most recent ones. I had been waning on her and then Angels Falls had really basic mistakes in its descriptions of Boston and I felt like she completely phoned that whole book in.
    I haven’t read much of her stuff since then.