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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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  • Judy
  • Champaign, IL, United States
  • 02-24-10

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.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Keep in mind this is from the 1990s

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoyed the setting, and the mystery itself was fun, but it's glaringly obvious it's set in the 1990s. I'm amazed at how much female/male characterization in Robert's books has changed over the years. The men in this book almost always force themselves on the women - and the women just melt in their arms and give into their passions... which had me rolling my eyes at points. Puh-lease.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I'd read it was a "surprise" twist ending... can't say I was blown away by it. It was a good plot generally.

What does Sandra Burr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She did a good job, but nothing stellar.

Was Sanctuary worth the listening time?

Yes - interesting just to see how Roberts' writing has changed, and gotten better over the years.

Any additional comments?

I wish they'd post the publishing date of the book on the main page. Obviously nothing wrong with reading books written 10-20 years ago - but it helps prepare me for the tone of the book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Lajuan
  • Idabel, OK, United States
  • 03-27-11

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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  • Renee
  • Jackson, CA, United States
  • 02-11-12

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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Heidi
  • CENTURION, South Africa
  • 02-18-10

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

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Marcia
  • Liverpool, NY, United States
  • 06-25-12

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Pensacola, FL, United States
  • 11-06-10

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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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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Enjoyed the story but got tired of the narrator

This was a suspenseful, didn't figure out the "nut" until very close to the end, which I think makes it a good story. But, as I noted in the headline, I got so tired of the narrator that I was ready for it to end. I generally pick a number of the books that I listen to based on the narrator--I thought I like Sandra Burr better (I will still listen her, I think). One other thing on the story, I will say NR could have done a better in her Epilogue.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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 <br/>'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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  • Nadia
  • 05-24-09

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

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  • Peter
  • 07-22-12

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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Margaret
  • 04-24-10

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