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Carolina Moon [Audio Cassette]

Nora Roberts
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Tory Bodeen returns to her home town of Progress, South Carolina, determined to banish memories of her abusive father and the unsolved murder of her best friend Hope. But living with those memories proves difficult as Hope's killer is still very much at large.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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With its blend of evil killers, handsome heroes, and feisty, sensitive heroines, Nora Roberts's latest thriller meets the same standards of terror and romance that made last year's River's End a bestseller. This time, our heroine Tory Bodeen has returned to her hometown of Progress, South Carolina, to face the fearsome memories of her childhood friend Hope's death and rebuild her life in a town that once betrayed her.

Struggling to balance the disturbing recollections, Tory finds comfort in the arms of Hope's older brother, Cade Lavelle. Though she sets about developing relationships with old friends and establishing her own business, Tory's worst fears come true and her past catches up to her: Tory's unique role in Hope's death makes her not only the focus of the Lavelle family's hatred, but the next choice for Hope's killer, who is still at large.

With the same skills that earned her the honor of being the first Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame inductee, Roberts weaves a winning blend of mystery, terror, and romance that loyal followers and new fans will enjoy immensely. Sure to be another bestseller, Carolina Moon will keep your heart beating in triple time. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Doyenne of the bestseller lists, Roberts (River's End) may have achieved her personal best in this tense Southern gothic. As atmospheric and unsettling as a Tennessee Williams play, the story takes us into the gifted mind and troubled soul of visionary Tory Bodeen, whose childhood in Progress, S.C., was marked by her father's beatings, her mother's passivity and, when she was eight, the rape and strangulation of her best friend, Hope Lavelle. Now 26, still haunted by Hope's unsolved murder and memories of an unsettling experience in New York City, to which she fled at age 18, Tory returns to Progress after a quiet four-year stint in Charleston. Although profoundly ambivalent about her psychic ability to connect with other minds, she knows she'll never find peace until she uses her unsettling skill to find the murderer. And by opening a shop full of beautiful objects, she wants to show Progress that she's more than the bruised spawn of despicable Hannibal and Sarabeth Bodeen. She doesn't reckon on being swept off her feet by Hope's older brother, Cade, or by making an enemy and then a fine friend of Hope's twin, Faith. Nor could she have imagined that she would stumble on a chain of past murders seemingly linked to Hope's death. The mystery heats up as a wave of new murders sweeps Progress, but 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. Cade doesn't yield an inch to his mother's snobbish contempt for Tory, and the complicated Tory is allowed to hate her own mother and wish her father a painful death: there are no saccharine reconciliations here. Even when a few over-the-top sex scenes and hackneyed phrasings slip in, Roberts's witty dialogue and moody descriptions soon counteract them. This is romantic drama at its best. 400,000 first printing; Literary Guild Main selection; author tour. (Mar.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Tory and Hope were constant companions, twins of the soul even though Hope already had a real twin sister, Faith. Faith always resented the bond. Then one night all their lives were shattered. What was to be a midnight camp out by two 8 years olds bent on adventure, sees one girl beaten severely, another raped and dead in the swamp. Tory and Hope were to sneak out and meet late that night, but Tory's brutal father took a belt to his only child because she had the devil in her, she was born with 'the sight'. Bruised mentally and physically, she was unable to meet Hope as they planned. And it may have cost Hope her life. Though unable to go Hope's aid, Tory suffered the torment of 'seeing' her true friend murdered in a brutal fashion.
Haunted by the dreams of Hope, Tory knows she must return to face the nightmare of what happened to Hope, and to stop the man who killed her friend, for he was killing still now 20 years later.
Being back in lazy Southern town causes problems, for there are those that wish she had never returned to stir up old scars and memories. Faith still resents that her twin sister was closer to Tory. Cade, their older brother,wants answers about his sister's death he knows Tory holds, but he also want Tory.
Is the mad man killing on August 23 the man that fathered Tory? Or one of the other upstanding citizens of Progress.
This book won't let you but it down!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars moody, murder mystery that keeps you on the edge! Nov. 20 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Nora Robert scores big with this contemporary Suspense. Tory and Hope were constant companions, twins of the soul even though Hope already had a real twin sister, Faith. Faith always resented the bond. Then one night all their lives were shattered. What was to be a midnight camp out by two 8 years olds bent on adventure, sees one girl beaten severely, another raped and dead in the swamp. Tory and Hope were to sneak out and meet late that night, but Tory's brutal father took a belt to his only child because she had the devil in her, she was born with 'the sight'. Bruised mentally and physically, she was unable to meet Hope as they planned. And it may have cost Hope her life. Though unable to go Hope's aid, Tory suffered the torment of 'seeing' her true friend murdered in a brutal fashion.

Haunted by the dreams of Hope, Tory knows she must return to face the nightmare of what happened to Hope, and to stop the man who killed her friend, for he was killing still now 20 years later.

Being back in lazy Southern town causes problems, for there are those that wish she had never returned to stir up old scars and memories. Faith still resents that her twin sister was closer to Tory. Cade, their older brother,wants answers about his sister's death he knows Tory holds, but he also want Tory.

Is the mad man killing on August 23 the man that fathered Tory? Or one of the other upstanding citizens of Progress.

This book won't let you but it down!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Read Oct. 31 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I guess whoever reads the customers reviews is a fan or at least have heard about Nora Roberts. The reason I write this review is that I am not a Nora Robers fan and I actually avoided her works, but since I was done with all my favorites writers and I wanted a book to read on the plane in summer and a friend told me since I liked "After the Night" by Linda Howard I will love Carolina Moon as well. Anyways, after I read the book I must say that she was right and I really loved it but since I do not know much about her works. I was wondering is you people who read all of her books might give me ideas as what are her best books and buttom line, which ones would you recommand. I will appreciate it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars one of NR's best July 14 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
I wanted a "beach book" and got a good one! Roberts was quite good at building suspense... in fact, it superceded the love scenes, in my opinion.
I think Roberts crammed in too much at the end of the book, I would have rather seen a more thoughtful unfurling of the plot.
But, overall, a decent read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL BOOK!!!! July 8 2004
Format:Hardcover
My first Nora Roberts novel....no wonder she's so popular! In a great blend of mystery, romance and suspense this story tells the tale of Tory Bodeen--a woman with the gift of ESP and hellish childhood memories. As a child, her best friend and soulmate Hope was viciously murdered--and the culprit was never found. Now, as a young woman, Tory returns to Progress, South Carolina, the town where she grew up, to confront her own personal demons. However, there are a couple of physical ones that Tory must also contend with; her own abusive father, who seems intent on continuing that legacy, and Hope's murderer--who is still out there. Or are they one and the same? Equally disturbing to Tory are the feelings that she is discovering that she has for Hope's surviving brother Kincade...has she found love at last? Can it survive all of the violence and evil to come?
Nora Roberts has put together the best of every genre in this wonderful tale. She has certainly found another fan in me.
DYB
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Summer Read. July 6 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Roberts has a great talent for keeping her readers interested in this novel. Up until the last five pages..my thoughts were she should have left it out or used another character.
One of my biggest disappointments of this book was Roberts poor taste in using God's & Jesus' name in vain continuously :( . She could have chosen a numerous amount of words that would emphasize the emotions of her characters.
Other than that it was difficult to put the book down! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favs by ms roberts...
I won't go into detail about the summary of the book because others have already done that. I will say this is one of my favorite books by Nora Roberts (other than the In Death... Read more
Published on July 5 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Good up until the Scooby Doo ending
I was enjoying this book and found it a good suspense read, however, I was a bit disappointed by the scooby-doo type ending. I won't ruin the ending for you readers. Read more
Published on June 23 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Put Down
I really enjoyed this book. Nora Robert's female characters were becoming a bit too predictable and I was starting to get bored but when I read this book, she had some diverse... Read more
Published on May 29 2004 by Moe
5.0 out of 5 stars All in one, Mystery, Romance, Suspense
I have never read a Nora Roberts book before. I picked up Carolina Moon because I live in South Carolina. That was the only reason.
I could not put it down. Read more
Published on May 20 2004 by Melissa Huettner
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable....
I had never been a big Nora Roberts fan, but after Dance Upon Air & now, Carolina Moon, I consider myself a new member of the club. Read more
Published on March 22 2004 by T. Kenard
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting enough
The mystery kept me turning the pages, but I didn't quite get into the characters like I usually do in Nora Roberts' books. Read more
Published on Dec 23 2003 by K. Stuckey
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but....
It took me a long time to finish this book because I bought
the audio version, as I do with many books and have for years. Read more
Published on Dec 19 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great one
This is yet another great book. I have become quite a fan of Nora Roberts in recent months as I have begun to discover her amazing talent to captivate and enchant and surprise. Read more
Published on Dec 9 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Carolina Moon
"I killed her or was it an accident?" Will Tory ever tell someone. The story is call Carolina Moon by Nora Roberts. Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2003
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