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This novel came up in one of Audible’ s special sales. It sounded interesting to me, a Boston attorney comes to bayou area outside New Orleans buying a huge Southern mansion and doing the restoration/renovation mostly himself, rebounding from a broken engagement and finding love. Embodied in this was a parallel story at the turn of the century involving a murder in this home and various spirits (ghosts) that were active in this long-abandoned plantation home, and the obligatory love story, both past and present and very connected. So far, so good.
As a male reader of mostly history/nonfiction and detective/thriller novels, this had some excellent elements to get me engaged. First, the story is somewhat complex as the characters from the past are highly correlated to the characters in the present. There is a lot of ghost activity, flashbacks and paranormal events. Nora Roberts demonstrates authority on the process of restoration which was interesting.
Suffice it to say, this story leaves the concrete world and heads somewhere else. The characters are well-developed and interesting. The couple is compelling, complex and interesting whole people. My only quibble comes at the end, when too many things happen and there is parallel story running simultaneously; that got me into disbelief quickly. Would you say yes to marry someone that had lost his mind/gender periodically?
Things happen with much purpose and everything means something, so there is a bit of rush as everything has to be neatly resolved. I recommend this book as excellent entertainment. Nora Roberts writes a novel with strong characters, a great plot and wonderful information and dialog.
So, from a man's perspective, this is worth the time and money. It was escapism at its best.
43 of 44 people found this review helpful
I read it twice now. The two things I enjoyed most are:
1 - The characters get together early. It's not the typical cat and mouse game.
2 - The evil is revealed in the very first chapter of the book but the twists in the plot kept me keenly interested. The second time I read it I picked up a lot that I missed the first time. I'm sure I'll read it a third time.
Truly delightful. I typically love the characters in Nora Roberts books and this is no different.I consider this story a very pleasant escape from reality.
32 of 33 people found this review helpful
In many ways, this is a classic Roberts romance with the attractive hero overcoming all the feisty heroine's reservations about falling in love. However, the ghost story which underpins this book turns it into something a bit special.
The novel centres around Declan Fitzgerald, a Boston lawyer who has changed his life to move to outside new Orleans to rebuild Manet Hall. But the Hall holds some dark secrets and the past and the present become strongly entwined.
Both narrators are excellent and particularly good at bringing a Cajun flavour to the story. However, I found the switches between narrators a bit jarring. I know it highlighted the switches in the narrative past and present but I personally prefer one voice in a book( unless it's a full cast drama), especially as either of the narrators were more than competent to have delivered the whole package on their own.
Really enjoyed this 'bedtime read' though at times bedtime ended up being later as I had to listen just a little more! Recomended.