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Shades of Twilight | [Linda Howard]

Shades of Twilight

Shades of Twilight is the story of Roanna Davenport, who grows up in a wealthy southern family but never quite fits in. She isn't pretty or popular, and she has a real talent for saying the wrong thing at precisely the wrong moment. She's in love with a distant cousin, Webb Tallant. But Webb marries their cousin Jessie, the bane of Roanna's life. When Jessie is found murdered, Webb is blamed for her death, even though there isn't enough evidence to charge him.
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Publisher's Summary

Dear listener,

Shades of Twilight is the story of Roanna Davenport, who grows up in a wealthy southern family but never quite fits in. She isn't pretty or popular, and she has a real talent for saying the wrong thing at precisely the wrong moment. She's in love with a distant cousin, Webb Tallant. But Webb marries their cousin Jessie, the bane of Roanna's life. When Jessie is found murdered, Webb is blamed for her death, even though there isn't enough evidence to charge him. Webb leaves town, and Roanna is left to pick up the pieces.

All of her life, Roanna has tried to win the love of her grandmother, of Webb, and of her extended family - and every time she's been slapped down. She's had enough. Roanna withdraws from the family, and that's when her grandmother, Lucinda, realizes how very important this misfit is to all of them. Lucinda tries to make amends to Roanna by setting in motion a chain of events that brings Webb back home. But the plan disturbs a killer who is set on vengeance - and this time, the whole family seems to be the target.

I hope you enjoy Shades of Twilight.

Sincerely,
Linda Howard

©2009 Linda Howard; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Erin Cornelius, NC, United States 10-15-09
    Erin Cornelius, NC, United States 10-15-09 Member Since 2012

    Audible obsessed!

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    "It's about time!"

    This was my first Linda Howard read that led me to all her other books. I loved the book and I love the audio. I'm waiting for:
    'After The night' & 'Mr. Perfect'

    soooooo.....come on people what are you waiting for?

    P.S. the narrater was great.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    LeftyMom North Carolina 11-14-09
    LeftyMom North Carolina 11-14-09 Member Since 2014

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    "Interesting ending"

    This book was very different...very slow start and I almost stopped listening. If you can get past the cousins dating and the father daughter sex (very creapy) the ending was a shocker. Not until the very end do you find out who the killer was and I never would have figured it out. Can't say I would listen to it again like I have other audiobooks...this was okay.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    XYZPDQ Downers Grove, IL 10-10-09
    XYZPDQ Downers Grove, IL 10-10-09 Member Since 2008

    Rootin' Tootin'

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    "Worth every penny!!"

    Very enjoyable listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Hollister 02-03-10
    Hollister 02-03-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Generally a good story"

    I liked the story and the suspense, but could have done without the very long, explicit, sex "scenes". Story could hold its own without most of them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Blee Medel 10-29-09
    Blee Medel 10-29-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent Narration"

    This is not my favorite Howard book by a long shot but Natalie Ross does an excellent job with the narration. I rate audio books on the narration not the story. Narration makes or breaks an audio book no matter how good (or bad) the story. Natalie Ross has been spot on in everything I've heard her do and it's a relief to be able to rely on her!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JoAnn United States 08-19-10
    JoAnn United States 08-19-10 Member Since 2010

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    "Creepy"

    Could not get past the father-daughter sex scene. It was too creepy. Will not purchase another novel by Linda Howard.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 10-29-14
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 10-29-14 Member Since 2014

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "What happened Linda?"

    I wasn't a fan of any of the characters. The family was a bunch of bullies. The heroine was a weak, annoyingly desperate fool, that had no personality. I don't understand why she never left her horrible life. Webb was a controlling, arrogant ass that I couldn't find any redeeming qualities. I don't understand why Jessie was the favorite she was so nasty, looks aren't everything. On top of all that the graphic incest was just too gross between the daughter and father, it almost made me turn off the audiobook. This wasn't the first book I have read by Linda Howard so I continued on hoping for it to improve, the second half was a bit better. Some of my favorite books by Linda Howard are Cover of Night, Mr. Perfect, Open Season and To Die For. I would recommend those books but not this book. I almost can't believe this is Linda Howard's writing. Narrator is really good unfortunately she didn't have much to work with.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    STEPHANIE Florence, AL, United States 08-05-12
    STEPHANIE Florence, AL, United States 08-05-12 Member Since 2013
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    "What's up with all the incest."
    What did you like best about Shades of Twilight? What did you like least?

    This would have been a great book, except for the incest! They were cousins! I am from Tuscumbia, AL an have to put up with did you marry your cousin jokes a lot. This novel is one of the reason people think this way. If you take out that part of it this would have been a winner.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Iris Pereyra 04-24-12

    Addicted to books, but especially to audiobooks!

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    "Story a little bit too incestuous for me!!!"

    I've a few of Linda Howard's books in my audio library (After the Night, Kill & Tell) and for the most part, I have really enjoyed her writing style. She brings a good balance between, action, mystery & romance to her novels. The romance aspect of the book is typically well done with a level of sensuality but in good taste.
    I have to say thought, that I found Shades of Twilight's description of incestuous relationships very disturbing to say the least. The author didn't do a good at describing those relationships in a more critical light, but rather they are presented to the reader as almost normal and acceptable.
    Ms. Howard is a great writer and she always does a good job at transporting you to the time & place where her characters are located but this one is by far my least favorite of her books.
    Natalie Ross has become one of my favorites narrators, she brings the right level of emotion to the story without overacting. She also is one of the few female narrators that has a perfect pitch to handle both male & female voices (Let's face it; some female narrators sound very creepy when doing male voices!!)
    If you are a fan of Linda Howard, you'll probably enjoy this book. If this if your Linda Howard book, I suggest you start with something a little lighter than this...Cheers and happy reading!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C o fallon, MO, United States 10-27-09
    C o fallon, MO, United States 10-27-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Loved this audio!!"

    I love that Audible is putting Linda Howard's older books on audio. The narrator is great! Hopefully Audible will put Kill and Tell on audio.
    Thanks Audible!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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