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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; Reissue edition (Nov. 26 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515133973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515133974
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.2 x 17.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Triple-platinum romance doyenne Roberts spins a tale of bayou passions old and new in her latest romantic suspense novel, set on the grounds of a dilapidated postbellum mansion outside New Orleans. Declan Fitzgerald, a Harvard-educated Boston lawyer, has longed to possess Manet Hall ever since he and his friend, Remy Payne, broke into the old place as drunken students on a lark. Now, on the eve of his wedding, Declan leaves Boston, the law and his fianc‚e, buys the decrepit hall and embarks on a mission to restore it with his own sweat, blood and money. But Manet Hall comes with a dark history, and restoring it means uncovering its past, which includes rape, murder and betrayal. Declan encounters an additional challenge in the person of Cajun beauty and bar owner Lena Simone, who has her own dark history and a surprising connection to Manet Hall. As Declan digs deeper at the Hall, he often hears a baby crying. The cries are followed by voices, particularly that of Abigail Manet, the baby's mother. Abigail's story, which unfolds in 1900, is woven so tightly with Declan's that he finds it difficult to escape her grasp. In the end, only Lena can bring him back from the tragic past that threatens to engulf him. Roberts's role reversal here it is the male character who hears voices and even swoons gives her faithful readers a little extra thrill, and the lush setting and the satisfying if predictable romance round out the package. Literary Guild main selection.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Always check to see whether the crumbling manor house you impulsively decide to purchase and renovate is in fact haunted. That is what Declan Fitzgerald failed to do, and now he must uncover a 100-year-old secret before it is too late.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nightingale on Jan. 17 2003
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Most of Nora's books leave me feeling good. A few have left me a little disappointed. This one made me feel cheated in a big way!! To be honest, I really enjoyed the story until the end. I was sure it was gonna be a re-read. BUT, why did she bother setting us up for a climactic ending? I mean there was the knife fight between the brothers that was never explained, Lena's mother who could have added to a climactic situation, all the evil feelings in the house and the sense that something climactic would have to happen to get rid of the evil. AND a wedding which could have brought all the characters who were reincarnations of people from the earlier time together so that there could be a climax. But man! what a let down! They went to the graves, she told him she loved him, and the evil was gone???????????? C'mon.................
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By C. Hill on June 14 2004
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In December 1899, Abigail Manet is raped and killed by her husband Lucian's twin brother Julian, her daughter Marie Rose crying in her crib just feet away. With the help of Julian's mother, Josephine, Abigail's body is dumped into the bayou. When Julian returns from being away, he is told his wife has run off with another man and that she has left her "bastard" child behind. Marie Rose is sent to live with Abigail's people.
More than 100 years later, Declan Fitzgerald leaves his life in Boston and moves to Louisiana, buying and fixing up the old Manet mansion. The house is haunted with the ghosts of the Manets, and Declan, together with Lena - the Louisiana woman he has fallen in love who also happens to be a descendent of Marie Rose - unravels the mystery of the house and its former inhabitants.
This is a good beach or airplane book. The characters are fun and quirky and Declan is appropriately romantic and persistent in his affections towards Lena. The reincarnation aspect (Declan and Lena are supposedly Lucian and Abigal reincarnated) was a little far-fetched, though.
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This book has every potential to be one of my favorite book; the gothic atmosphere, a cute hero, a strong heroine, the reincarnation and the ghost! I wonder how it turned out to be one of the most dissapointment book on my shelf.
Don't get me wrong, this book is an entertaining read with an interesting and engaging storyline plus a lot of good humours. In fact, I enjoyed this book very much until the last 20 pages and in the end I felt like throwing the book away! What a poor conclusion!!! It seemed to me that Nora had wrote this book carefully until page 365 and then realized that she had only 30 minutes to go before the deadline so she had to finish the story within the next 20 pages. That's why every thing she wrote toward the end seemed like they're just thrown together and none of them made any sense!! I like Declan and Angelina for almost of the book just to hate them both in the end!
This book left me a hundred questions without any explaination. The author built up a dozen events and characters that related to the mystery just to keep me reading and waiting for a grand final and then managed to finished it in the lamest way.
To Nora, I can tell from my experience of reading a lot of ghost stories, those torture ghosts in your book, after haunting in the house for more than a century, shouldn't give in and gone that easy by just a silly conversation between two people. Can't believe you're the same author who wrote one of my favorite book of all time "Honest illustion".
I won't recommend this book to anyone unless you don't care much about the clear, complete ending. It's entertaining anyway.
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Declan is a hansome man who winds up with a house in New Orleans. The house, Manet Hall, hasn't been kept up and has had many owners. He's going to change that by fixing the hall and keeping it. On one of his trips into town to by supplies, he meets a gorgeous woman, Lena, who runs a local bar. He takes her to the Manet Hall and they both get visions of ghosts. Mostly of a married couple who died; one was murdered, the other died from a broken heart.
Lena doesn't worry about it, but Declan does. He's been hearing babies cry at night, doors slam, stroms when the weather is nice, and is somehow afraid of the old nursery room on the third floor. Though all of these strange things have happened, he continues to work on the house. To take his mind off of the hall, he goes to see Lena who he's slowly falling in love with. The two of them figure out that they were the couple in their past lives. They go to the graves of these people and pay their respects. From then on, there were no more ghosts.
My favorite part of the book was when Declan has a vision and he talks like one of the ghosts. He tells of what happened that night when she was murdered and where her body lies. She doesn't talk well of her husband and wishes she could've helped him in some way. Lena is there when Declan does this.
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Declan is a hansome man who winds up with a house in New Orleans. The house, Manet Hall, hasn't been kept up and has had many owners. He's going to change that by fixing the hall and keeping it. On one of his trips into town to by supplies, he meets a gorgeous woman, Lena, who runs a local bar. He takes her to the Manet Hall and they both get visions of ghosts. Mostly of a married couple who died; one was murdered, the other died from a broken heart.
Lena doesn't worry about it, but Declan does. He's been hearing babies cry at night, doors slam, stroms when the weather is nice, and is somehow afraid of the old nursery room on the third floor. Though all of these strange things have happened, he continues to work on the house. To take his mind off of the hall, he goes to see Lena who he's slowly falling in love with. The two of them figure out that they were the couple in their past lives. They go to the graves of these people and pay their respects. From then on, there were no more ghosts.
My favorite part of the book was when Declan has a vision and he talks like one of the ghosts. He tells of what happened that night when she was murdered and where her body lies. She doesn't talk well of her husband and wishes she could've helped him in some way. Lena is there when Declan does this.
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