By Nora Roberts
(Jove, Mass Market Paperback, 9780515133974, 368pp.)
Publication Date: November 26, 2002
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents a novel set deep in the bayou of Louisiana—where the only witness to a long-ago tragedy is a once-grand house…
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. All he knew was that ever since he first saw Manet Hall, he'd been enchanted-and obsessed-with it. So when the opportunity to buy the house comes up, Declan jumps at the chance to live out a dream.
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 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.
Nora Roberts is the #1�New York Times-bestselling author of more than 200 novels. She is also the author of the bestselling�In Death�series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.
“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