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!
I usually love Nora Robert's novels, but I found the paranormal element of this story a bit creepy. Couldn't even finish it.
I didn't read Midnight Bayou, so I can't say if the audio edition is better.
Declan was my favorite character because he was witty. His prevalent quips made me laugh quite a bit.
They both performed very well; their opposing gender voices sounded realistic and strong.
You thought you killed me...us, but WE never died!
Nora Roberts has done it again!
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