Shades Of Twilight Mass Market Paperback – Sep 1 1997
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From Publishers Weekly
Family, loyalty, love, sex and revenge steam up the pages in this sometimes frustrating but ultimately satisfying romance set in present-day Alabama. Bestselling author Howard (After the Night) portrays orphan Roanna Davenport, born into a wealthy and aristocratic family. An awkward child, headstrong and generally disliked by her haughty relatives, she is championed by her older cousin Webb Tallant, with whom she falls in love. But he marries another cousin, the beautiful, heartless Jessie. When Jessie is murdered, Webb leaves the ancestral home for 10 years until the family's dying matriarch summons him back, reawakening old passions and reopening old wounds. Unnecessary bouts of crude sex between minor characters may put off some readers, and a good shaking seems in order for both Roanna and Webb, as they misinterpret each other's actions to excess. Howard does manage, however, to maintain tension through a twist-filled plot and the emotional involvement of the main characters.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Linda Howard is an award-winning author whose novels include the recent New York Times bestsellers Shadow Woman, Up Close and Dangerous, and Drop Dead Gorgeous, as well as the Pocket Books releases Kill and Tell, Now You See Her, All the Queen’s Men, Mr. Perfect, and Open Season. She lives in Alabama with her husband and two golden retrievers.See all Product Description
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Roanna was a gawky ugly duckling when she came to live with her wealthy grandmother in the sprawling mansion in Alabama. Left orphan at the early age, she feels so alone. Her beautiful, older cousin Jessie does not welcome her. Her grandmother makes it clear she is doing her family duty, and little else. So while the mansion was straight out of Gone With The Wind, Roanna was so very alone in the big house. Except for her distant cousin Webb. He showed a gentleness that won Roanna's admiration and silent love.
Roanna is constantly criticized by her grandmother, never doing anything to earn her approval, a startling contracts to the loving parents who adored her unconditionally. This mental abuse of her young spirit is only amplified by her grandmothers utter adoration of her perfect cousin Jessie. Even when Jessie was less than perfect her grandmother excused or covered for her. Roanna was forced to stand silently by as Webb and Jessie are paired into the "perfect couple", and there was little she could do, but watch as Webb married the wild, and greedy Jessie, always feeling at the back of her mind Webb deserved better. They seemed the faerytale couple, destined to rule the Davenport fortune, until the night Jessie was found dead, and everyone blamed Webb.
With everyone, but Roanna believes he killed Jessie, Webb leaves for Arizona. Now years later, a grown up Roanna has come to bring Webb home. Ten years has passed.Read more ›
The tragedy has muted the vivacious Roanna and sculpt her into a vulnerable soul while Webb leaves his desired Alabama estate in cold disgrace, becoming a hard man. Ten years later on the account of her grandmother, Roanna finds Webb and brings him back to helm over the management. Yet the killer remains scot-free and no doubt will take this reunion to silence and frame Webb all over again.
Shades of Twilight is a lacerating experience that will keep you riveted through webs of deceit, incest and mystery. The resuscitation of Roanna's lost spirits through Webb's love will tear you asunder with its poignancy. Ms. Howard creates scorching passion that triumphs with tender emotions and developed characters. Shades of Twilight has established Ms. Howard as a master of suspense and romance.
Most recent customer reviews
What can I say?? No body tops Linda Howard...
I've read all her books and this one is absolutely her BEST!!
I like LH's books because the stories she tells are never the same. The characters are very likeable. Shades of Twilight captured my eyes because of the title itself..so poetic! Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2003
This book is easily my favorite Linda Howard book--perhaps my favorite romance. The story is intense, sexy, sweet, and has a little bit of murder mystery thrown in. Read morePublished on June 12 2003 by J. Fly
I read this book (my third of Linda Howard) and still I can't keep it out of my mind : this book is terrific and wonderful. Read morePublished on May 3 2003 by Maubois Caroline
Her books are always good and this one is great. Touching and very romantic. I put it up there in my top picks of late along with Anything, My Love by Cynthia Simmons and Fantasy... Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2003
I hadn't read SHADES OF TWILIGHT for about two years and I picked it up again yesterday. I love this book. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2003 by cmiller
This wasn't my favorite Linda Howard, although it was good. It was sexy and had the requisite mystery to keep things interesting. Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2002
Roanna was a loving, giving person but the only one who gave her any affection was her distant cousin Webb. No one realizes what a treasure she is. Read morePublished on July 16 2002 by mahikahn