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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (Sept. 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671019716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671019716
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #208,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 the award-winning author of many New York Times bestsellers, including Up Close and Dangerous, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Cover of Night, Killing Time, To Die For, Kiss Me While I Sleep, Cry No More, and Dying to Please. She lives in Alabama with her husband and two golden retrievers.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray on Oct. 10 2004
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Shades of Twilight is Howard with a wee dram of Faulkner, the seemingly gentle South, with it's hidden underbelly. Howard does a tour de force bringing together this dysfunctional family with such strongly drawn characters. With a seamless Mutli-POV (point of view) she brings them all into vivid life for the reader, making this a pleasure to read.
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.
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By Elizabeth on March 10 2004
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I liked this story and would highly recommend. Roanna Davenport is the granddaughter of a very rich and powerful southern family. She has lived with her grandmother since her parent's death. Roanna is skinny, not that pretty and has never quite fit in. She doesn't mind because she has two great loves in her life, horses, and her older cousin Webb whom she has openly adored and loved forever. Roanna also has another cousin Jessie. Now Jessie is everything Roanna is not (beautiful, sexy, elegant, etc.) In the end Jessie nabs Webb and Roanna nurses a broken heart. Then out of the blue Jessie is murdered. Who is the murderer? Is it Roanna who has wanted Webb forever? Is it Webb who just had an argument with Jessie? No one is quite sure but the neighbors suspect Webb and in a fit of anger, after Webb is cleared by the police (mainly due to lack of evidence), he leaves town for good. Now Roanna is left alone and she has to try and pull her life together without Webb. But is Webb really gone for good? I don't want to give too much away, but this is a good southern story, with the powerful matriach grandmother, all of the family's various and colorful relatives, and Roanna Davenport, a character you can't help but feel for. I would highly recommend.
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By A Customer on Aug. 17 2003
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~This is the best book anyone can read. I respected the main character and felt like she was confiding in me. She loved her own cousin, Webb, but he doesnt know and so he goes on to marry another cousin, Jesse. The incest in this book makes it even more emotional because the main character truly loved him. It wasnt a random person she loved but someone whose been with her since she was born. This makes their relationship so tender and adding on to the greatness of the book is the maternal~~ feeling one gets when reading about Roanna's mental state. She is so traumatized that she doesnt eat much, talk any, or even smile a little. Roanna is not the beauty that most authors create in their romances. She is plain and I feel more connected with her. I understand how she feels when her cousin, Jesse, who is all around perfect, gets everything including everyones love. This makes me side with Roanna and feel so in touch with the book. This is the best romance book this author has~~ produced and I urge everyone to read it.~
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Hailed by many as one of her most audacious romance novels, Shades of Twilight is indubitably Linda Howard's most ambitious attempt in creating a chilling mystery that will keep you riveted. Roanna Davenport struggles with her budding yearning for her cousin Webb Tallant - and when her sister and his soon-to-be wife Jessie dies - Roanna is plagued with guilt while Webb becomes a suspect in the foul play.
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.
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