Determined to restore Manet Hall to its former splendor, Declan begins the daunting renovation room by room, relying on his own labor and skills. But the days spent in total isolation in the empty house take a toll. He is seeing visions of days from a century past, and experiencing sensations of terror and nearly unbearable grief - sensations not his own, but those of a stranger. Local legend has it that the house is haunted, and with every passing day Declan's belief in the ghostly presence grows.
Only the companionship of the alluring Angelina Simone can distract him from the mysterious happenings in the house, but Angelina too has her own surprising connection to Manet Hall - a connection that will help Declan uncover a secret that's been buried for a hundred years.
©2004 Nora Roberts; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
"Narrator James Daniels depicts this romantic, suspenseful ghost story with finesse, switching Cajun accents as he navigates between Declan Fitzgerald and the restoration of Manet Hall in 2002, to betrayal, rape, and murder in the early 1900s." (AudioFile)
"To add to the pleasure, tastefully choreographed, highly erotic lovemaking scenes are seamlessly woven into a novel that exemplifies storytelling at its finest." (Booklist)
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
I will confess to a prejudice against romances. But this one is particularly inane. The male lead thinks like a girl, responds to stimulus like a girl and is unrecognizable as a man. Although you can't miss that he's supposed to be one. And the ghost line is over obvious. I should have known better.
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
Setting: Contemporary (published 2001)
Genre: romantic mystery with a side of paranormal.
Narration: I generally don't care for books with more than one narrator, but James Daniels and Sandra Burr did a nice job.
The plot was simple. A typical NR speed book. The characters were interesting, though I would have liked more detailed backstory for both of the protagonists. I do love that twist at the end.
Worth the credit? Wait for a BOGO or some other sale.
This has always been one of my favorite Nora Roberts books. I like the way the book is narrated,as well. It is just a lovely story to "get lost" in. Enjoy!!
I have to admit, although I love all of her books, this was by far my favorite. It is set in New Orleans, in both present and past tense, and tells a love story that spans over a century.
It is about a love so strong that despite their separation, through murder, they reunite through a haunted house and reincarnation. I think you will love it!
Lina. So annoying.
I don't write many reviews. Love Kate Morton's books to give you an idea what types of books I do enjoy. I was looking for something with a little mystery, and a little ghosts/haunted house thrown in to get in the zone for an upcoming trip I'm taking to New Orleans, so gave this a shot. I just felt it was very cheesy. The main female character was extremely irritating, the love story over the top, the accents annoying, and lots of loose ends, I felt. Certain characters seemed pointless. Maybe it's just me, other reviews are so positive. The one element I enjoyed was the historical back story. Would have liked to spend more time with those characters. And the secondary characters, like Remy and Effie, were enjoyable. A few creepy moments. But overall: meh. Not surprised they made a Made for TV movie out of it. This was my first novel by this author.
I usually love Nora Robert's novels, but I found the paranormal element of this story a bit creepy. Couldn't even finish it.
Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.
I love Nora Roberts and I loved this book. However, I took away 2 stars because of the annoying Cajun stereotypes. I live in New Orleans and am Cajun born and bred. NOBODY says "Cher" like that. NOBODY. In all my 37 years I've only heard "Cher" used several times. Mostly people only do it when we're poking fun at ourselves or trying to over exaggerate our "Cajun". Also, we do NOT have fais do do's for wedding. We have normal weddings like everybody else. My biggest pet peeves in books is when an author uses discriminative stereotypes to characterize a Cajun/New Orleans born and bred character. Authors really should actually visit and spend time in New Orleans before writing a piece revolving around this area and its people.
This one falls short because of the insulting cajun stereotypes
I HATED James Daniels Cajun accent. It was AWFUL. But then again, he was just working off of what the author wrote, so I can't blame him. He did do a great job with Declan's accent.
Sandra Burr was great. In the early 1900's that was indeed how cajun's spoke so he accent fit for that time period that she was narrating for.
Yes, it inspires me to write a book a why cajuns hate stereotypes.
If it wasn't for all of that I would've given this book a full 5 stars. Because other than that, it was a great Nora Roberts classic.
I really liked this story. Is gets in the southern manerisims and the Accents are well played. yes she says "Cher" alot. well that's because in the south that's how people would talk. it didn't bother me any. I listened to it 3 times now. would listen again later.
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