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MIDNIGHT BAYOU
by Nora Roberts

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Ghost, Paranormal Romance

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Leaving his Boston law practice to renovate a decaying New Orleans mansion is not the most logical thing Declan Fitzgerald has ever done, but it is the most satisfying. Ever since Declan saw Manet Hall on a visit years earlier, he has been obsessed with the idea of owning and restoring the old house. Best friend Remy Payne figures Dec has lost it, but since Dec will now be living in New Orleans, he cant help but be satisfied.

Lena Simone, bar owner and a distant cousin of Remys, finds Dec all too attractive. But the past seems to have an extraordinarily tight grip on Manet Hall, and from the moment he moves in, Dec starts experiencing strange visions and ghostly hauntings. Tragedy was a familiar player at Manet Hall and the past is refusing to stay dead.

Adding an exciting twist in this newest novel, Nora Roberts includes ghostly happenings along with treachery and tragedy to her patented blend of romance and suspense. MIDNIGHT BAYOU will keep you burning the midnight oil. (Nov., 368 pp., $25.95)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Putnam

Published: November 2001

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Midnight Bayou

Submitted by Robin in PA on December 3, 2013 - 11:19pm.

Declan Fitzgerald buys an old rundown plantation house as soon as it comes on the market. He has first seen Manet Hall years ago when visiting his friend, Remy, in New Orleans, and quickly feel in love with it. Now he is working night and day, restoring the old mansion to its former glory. But when he starts hearing a baby cry
and slamming doors, he begins thinking the stories about the house being haunted are true. Declan meets Angelina Simone and it's love at first sight for him. He soon realizes it's going to take Lena a little longer to fall for him. But they both have ties to the house and to the tragedy that took place there...a tragedy that could alter their destiny.

This isn't your usual Nora Roberts book. In this one we have ghosts and reincarnation. I enjoyed Declan and the way he let Lena know that he loved her and knew she would eventually love him too. I wasn't crazy about Lena. I thought she was cold and really couldn't see why she had such a problem committing to Declan. This book had several great supporting characters, including Miss Odette and Remy, who both brought humor to the story. My rating: 4 Stars.