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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 fiance, 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.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.
I read this awhile ago, so I don't remember all of the details, but I do remember that I really, REALLY liked it, overall! Read morePublished on Dec 28 2012 by rmt.nicoleg
I'm not usually one for romance books, and have always avoided Nora Roberts like the plague. My usual tastes run to Oprah or a bestseller list like "Heart is a Lonely Hunter" or... Read morePublished on July 21 2004
This was a perfect combination of romance and mystery. I wish it went into greater detail at the end when Angelina and Dec helped put the spirits to rest, though. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by booklover
This was the most unique romance I've ever read.
What do you get when you combine a ghost story with a romance?
You get Nora Roberts' Midnight Bayou. Read more
Declan Fitzgerald has left behind a promising career as a lawyer, not to mention his family, to buy a mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans. Read morePublished on March 1 2004 by Lacey Savage
Loved every listening minute! The host of characters, especially Declan and Angelina are wonderful. There could not have been a better reader for this story. Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2004 by Romance junkie
Nora Roberts is one of my favorite writers. She's written such wonderful & suspenseful stories thru the years that everytime any of her copies hit the shelves, I'm among those... Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2003
This book has been summarized by other readers so I won't add my own. Although I have many of NR's romances and usually enjoy them, my favorite is the Death series by J. D. Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2003 by Lisa B.
I finished this book in a day! It kept my attention so well, I couldn't put it down. The characters are great, as always, and the detail put into the story was amazing. Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2003 by "chesty23"