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Shades Of Twilight [Paperback]

Linda Howard
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Sept. 1 1997
Roanna Davenport was raised a wealthy orphan on her grandmother's magnificent Alabama estate, Davencourt, where she had a passion for horses, a genius for trouble, and a deep love for her cousin, Webb. But everyone expected Webb to marry their ravishing cousin, Jessie. When he did, Roanna's desire became no more than the stuff of dreams -- until the night Jessie was found bludgeoned to death.
After the shocking murder of his wife, Webb left for Arizona, abandoning the legacy that he had once believed was all he wanted. But then an all-grown-up Roanna walked into a dingy bar in Nogales to bring him home; the mischievous sprite he had known ten years earlier was no more. Gone, too, was her fire. In its place was ice that melted at his touch. Webb is drawn back to Davencourt, to Roanna, and to the killer that once destroyed his life and waits only for the chance to finish the job....

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars PEOPLE, PLEASE, CHILL ABOUT THE INCEST June 1 2001
By NennehK
Format:Paperback
I won't bother to tell the story because it's explained in a lot of the other reviews. I felt I had to review this book for one main reason. Shades of Twilight is a wonderful story, the best Linda Howard book I have read and I can't understand the fuss about Webb and Roanna being related. Incest is a relationship between parent and child, brother and sister, but nowhere at all, in no religious book or oterwise does it say a relationship between cousins is incestuous. I thought Webb and Roanna's story was beautiful because they truly love each other and by negatively judging their relationship because of a mistaken idea of who should and should not love, I think you belittle the depth of that emotion (no offence to anyone). I think the book should just be taken as a beautiful example of enduring love and not be tainted by any prejudice. Oh and for the readers who seemed to think it was an example of Southern life, I think you should try and remember that the South was the setting but it could happen anywhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars seamless Multi-POV in one hot suspense tale Oct. 10 2004
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story March 10 2004
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Just THE BEST!! Feb. 2 2004
Format:Paperback
What can I say?? No body tops Linda Howard...
I've read all her books and this one is absolutely her BEST!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just Great! Oct. 9 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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! This is my fourth of hers that I read and the story still catches my heart, still romantic, not silly...Just being REAL! There is one reason I can't give the novel a 5 star; that is somehow LH tells many repetition of the plot to readers. She keeps expressing Roanna's feeling from chapter to chapters. It is not boring, just that it isn't necessary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strong and Very Touching Aug. 17 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
~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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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Howard
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 more
Published on June 13 2003 by J. Fly
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful ("génial" in french)
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 more
Published on May 3 2003 by Maubois Caroline
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
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 more
Published on Feb. 26 2003 by "cbrookt"
5.0 out of 5 stars Linda Howard does it again....
I hadn't read SHADES OF TWILIGHT for about two years and I picked it up again yesterday. I love this book. Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2003 by iheartjackbauer
4.0 out of 5 stars A good Linda Howard read
This wasn't my favorite Linda Howard, although it was good. It was sexy and had the requisite mystery to keep things interesting. Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting suspense and scorching passion
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... Read more
Published on July 21 2002 by Desmond Chan
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!
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 more
Published on July 16 2002 by mahikahn
5.0 out of 5 stars This book touched my heart!
This is one of the best books I've read. True enough, If it's written by Linda Howard, then it must really be good. Read more
Published on June 28 2002 by "joymayor"
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