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Sanctuary | [Nora Roberts]

Sanctuary

Jo Ellen Hathaway thought she had escaped the house long ago. It was where she spent her loneliest years, after her family was shattered by the sudden, unexplained disappearance of her mother.

But now, the sprawling resort off the coast of Georgia haunts her dreams. Even more haunting are the pictures that someone is sending her - strange close-ups, candid shots, and finally, the most shocking and heartbreaking portrait of all: a photograph of her long-lost mother. . . naked, beautiful, and dead.

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Publisher's Summary

Successful photographer Jo Ellen Hathaway thought she had escaped the house long ago. It was where she spent her loneliest years, after her family was shattered by the sudden, unexplained disappearance of her mother.

But now, the sprawling resort off the coast of Georgia haunts her dreams. Even more haunting are the pictures that someone is sending her - strange close-ups, candid shots, and finally, the most shocking and heartbreaking portrait of all: a photograph of her long-lost mother. . . naked, beautiful, and dead.

Jo realizes that it's time to return to Sanctuary. The island inn, still run by her estranged family, brings back painful memories and the troubled relationships she struggled so hard to escape and forget. But it seems that her stalker can even breach the safety of this tiny island, where everybody knows everybody - or thinks they do. And Sanctuary may be the most dangerous place of all.

©2007 Nora Roberts; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Lajuan Idabel, OK, United States 03-27-11
    Lajuan Idabel, OK, United States 03-27-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Intriguing"

    When Nora Roberts writes a book that scares me it really scares me. This was a very well written interesting book. Good read.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 02-24-10
    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 02-24-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Good book!"

    Let's face it, Nora Roberts is a master at this stuff, and even though this is obviously an older novel, it doesn't disappoint. The characters are very well-developed and I fell in love with all of them! There are about 4 different romantic stories going on, but enough time is given to each story so that you feel invested in the characters. I found myself smiling a lot and even chuckling aloud in a couple of places. The mystery aspect was also well-played.

    The narrator, however... while she did a great job with character distinction, the voices she chose to represent each character seemed a bit off, particularly with the males. I don't mean to nitpick, but isn't that one of the reasons we choose audio books over hard copies? Anyway, if the narration had been a little better, it would have made a good book great.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi CENTURION, South Africa 02-18-10
    Heidi CENTURION, South Africa 02-18-10
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    "Soooo well written"

    A really good book - all along you think you know who it might be, then you are almost convinced but can't believe it to be true, then it twists!

    Really great and again a TRUE Nora Roberts book - 3 lives, 3 twists - lovely

    Thank you

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Renee Jackson, CA, United States 02-11-12
    Renee Jackson, CA, United States 02-11-12
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    "Great on all levals"
    If you could sum up Sanctuary in three words, what would they be?

    Suspense, Humor, Romance


    What other book might you compare Sanctuary to and why?

    I like when Nora Roberts add Murder Mystery along with humor and romance well rounded book that keeps you listening.


    Have you listened to any of Sandra Burr’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I Love Sandra and have purchased a few of her audio's just because she was the narrator


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Pensacola, FL, United States 11-06-10
    Robert Pensacola, FL, United States 11-06-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Another great book"

    The book started out slow while Nora Roberts builds the characters, but once she is done with character building, it was really good.
    Lots of twists and turns, with a little romance.
    I would recommend this book to anyone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robyn CanvastownNew Zealand 09-18-09
    Robyn CanvastownNew Zealand 09-18-09
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    "Enjoyable read"

    This author rarely fails to please and she hasn't done so this time . . interesting storyline

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marcia Liverpool, NY, United States 06-25-12
    Marcia Liverpool, NY, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting once you get into it."

    I enjoyed the story line once it got going. For the first several chapters I wondered if I had made a mistake purchasing this book. I thought the narration was good capturing different voices so it was easy to distinguish which character was speaking. The plot line had a nice twist to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    NCC Scottsdale, AZ 06-02-12
    NCC Scottsdale, AZ 06-02-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Classic NR"
    Any additional comments?

    Great book - enjoyable characters - lots of stories and romances to keep you interested. Good NR twists and turns - I enjoyed it but I have to say that I worked out the
    'mystery' very early on - as opposed to most of her books which have always surprised and delighted me with the twist at the end. So a little predictable but still a good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Covington, La, United States 04-17-14
    Karen Covington, La, United States 04-17-14 Member Since 2011

    Books are to me what exercising is to those enthusiast. My pleasure is sitting down with a good book,its like" Calgon it takes me away"

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    "Very difficult to get thru"
    What disappointed you about Sanctuary?

    This story drug on and on and really didn't hold my interest. Much to long.With


    Has Sanctuary turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I am not as pleases with Mrs Roberts as I once was.


    What three words best describe Sandra Burr’s performance?

    Her reading was clear,and I cant complain about it


    What character would you cut from Sanctuary?

    none


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Nunn, CO, United States 03-25-14
    Katherine Nunn, CO, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Absolutely Horrible!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing, I don't think. I guess I should have known the book would be like this since it was written by Nora Roberts.


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    Totally cliche romance story. The woman is standoffish of the man's advances and, though she says "no" multiple times, he continues these advances. When he touches her, she flinches, because she's damaged. But he can help her! And, ultimately, she gives in and allows him to. Although I really wanted to hear how it ended and who the culprit was and the get to the bottom of the mystery, I just couldn't listen any further past the four of 17 hours I made it. Ack!


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was decent, I just think it was marred by the story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sanctuary?

    All of the romance scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first, and last, Nora Roberts book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Nadia
    Fleet, United Kingdom
    5/24/09
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    "Fantastic Family Saga"

    If you like a book with plenty of drama and secrets in the cupboard, then this book is perfect. This novel follows the lives of the Hatthaway family as they struggle to rebuild their lives after a personal tragedy, but the past comes back to haunt them in more ways than one. This book has romance, drama and mystery and most importantly in my opinion, great characters. I've found Nora Roberts a little hit and miss but this is certainly one of her hits.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Margaret
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    4/24/10
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    "Fantastic book"

    'Sanctuary' was a delight to listen too. It kept me on the edge of my seat to the very end, trying to work out who was 'the one'.
    This was my second audio book. The first being 'Bed of Roses' also by Nora Roberts. Bed of Roses is the second installment of the 'Bride Quartet' I would recommend these two books as well as 'Vision in White': Bride Quartet book one. Truly great reads.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    V. Froelunda, Sweden
    7/22/12
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    "Suspense and too perfect sex"

    The ability to describe sex is well known by Nora Robert's readers. In Sanctuary she indulges in so many so perfect intercourses that at least I get bored. Is this "female porn"? There is never a hint of even the slightest problem or difficulty in all those simultaneous perfect orgasms following one after the other. They overshadow the main plot to such a degree that any serious reader/listener must become quite fed up

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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