Jove Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780515130386, 480pp.
Publication Date: April 3, 2001
Tory Bodeen grew up in South Carolina, in a small run-down house, where her father ruled with an iron fist and a leather belt and where her dreams and talents had no room to flourish. But she had Hope, who lived in the big house just a short skip away and whose friendship allowed Tory to be something she wasn t allowed to be at home: a child.
After young Hope's brutal murder, unsolved to this day, Tory's life began to fall apart. And now, as she returns to her hometown, with plans to settle in and open a stylish home-design shop, she is determined to find a measure of peace and free herself from the haunting visions of the past. As she forges a new bond with Cade Lavelle Hope's older brother and the heir to the family fortune she isn t sure whether the tragic loss they share will unite them or drive them apart. But she is willing to open her heart, just a little, and try.
Living so close to those unhappy memories will be more difficult and frightening than Tory could ever have expected, however. Because Hope's murderer is nearby as well
“[Roberts] may have achieved her personal best…As atmospheric and unsettling as a Tennessee Williams play.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Steamy setting and hot love scenes. Read it with the fan on.” —The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
“This is romantic drama at its best.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The marshlands of South Carolina make the perfect stage for Gothic drama. The monotonous drone of insects, the live oaks weeping with moss, the dark and mysterious marshes themselves, lend a romantic, menacing atmosphere to Nora Roberts’ story…Nobody does mystery-romance better.”—The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
“As atmospheric and unsettling as a Tennessee Williams play…The increasingly intricate plot developments never overwhelm the human element. Roberts—again like Williams—seems disgusted only by unkindness; she treats most of her big cast with affection and compassion for their foibles.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Roberts weaves a story like no one else, and if possible, she just gets better. Carolina Moon is exceptional—a must-read.”—Denver Rocky Mountain News
“Roberts has firmly established herself as one of the major stars of the romance genre…[she] develops her many characters thoughtfully, builds suspense, and gives readers a satisfying if somewhat surprising ending.”—Library Journal
“Carolina Moon builds a commendably brisk narrative energy and pace.”—Time