By Nora Roberts
Jove Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780515133974, 368pp.
Publication Date: November 26, 2002
Declan Fitzgerald had always been the family maverick, but even he couldn't understand his impulse to buy a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans. Ever since he first saw Manet Hall, he'd been enchanted--and obsessed--with it.
Determined to restore the mansion to its former splendor, Declan begins the daunting renovation room by room. 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. 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 alluring Angelina Simone can distract him from the mysterious happenings in the house, but Angelina 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.
“Roberts spins a tale of bayou passions old and new in her latest romantic suspense novel…lush setting…Satisfying.”—Publishers Weekly
“Roberts is in peak form with this combination of historical romantic suspense and contemporary ghost story…Roberts has cleverly crafted an enticing tangle of times and relationships…To add to the pleasure, tastefully choreographed, highly erotic scenes are seamlessly woven into a novel that exemplifies storytelling at its finest.”—Booklist
“This amazingly talented and prolific author has cooked up an entertaining and engrossing story from the mix…As always, her dialogue sparkled, her love scenes steamed up my glasses, and her secondary characters added humor and interest.”—The Romance Reader
“Quick wit and snappy conversation…Steamy.”—The Lexington Herald-Leader (KY)
“A gumbo seasoned with ghosts, love, and murder on the bayou.”—Kirkus Reviews