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SHADES OF TWILIGHT
by Linda Howard

Genre: Romantic Suspense, General Romantic Suspense

1996 CONTEMPORARY ROMANTIC SUSPENSE Nominee

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Following a brutal murder, suspicion and guilt rip apart a proud Southern family in Linda Howard's newest sizzler, SHADES OF TWILIGHT.

Due to the untimely deaths of their respective parents, distant cousins Roanna Davenport, Jessie Davenport, and Webb Tallant are raised together on the family's Alabama estate, Davencourt. Matriarch Lucinda Davenport makes a bargain with young Webb; while not a Davenport, he will be the heir apparent if he marries the beautiful Jessie. Having been obsessed with Jessie for years, Webb complies.

It is young Roanna, however, who touches his heart. Years younger than her cousins, Roanna feels awkward and isolated from everyone except Webb. Her youthful crush leads to tragedy when Jessie accuses them of having an affair. While Webb has been faithful during their troubled marriage, Jessie can't claim the same. In fact, if the identity of her lover were known, it would shock the entire community.

When Jessie is brutally murdered, suspicion falls on Webb. No charges are brought, but an angry and defiant Webb abandons his heritage..

Ten years later, Lucinda is dying and she requests that Roanna find Webb and bring him home. Roanna complies, despite the pain she fears it will bring since her love for Webb has never died. Many in the family, as well as in the community, are not happy to see Webb return. And with Jessie's murder still unsolved, the murderer may be getting ready to strike once again.

Without a doubt, Ms. Howard is an extraordinary talent whose mastery of the romantic suspense genre allows her to deliver unforgettable novels richly flavored with scintillating sensuality and high-voltage suspense. Make room on your shelf for another keeper! (July, 373 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Pocket

Published: July 1996

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Shades of Twilight

Submitted by Robin in PA on May 28, 2011 - 11:41pm.

After the death of her parents, Roanna Davenport grew up in a wealthy family but never quite fit in.  The only family member who really accepted her was her cousin, Webb.  When Webb married their cousin Jessie, Roanna was devastated.  When Jessie is found murdered, Webb is blamed for her death and Roanna is the only person who believes him innocent.  There is not enough evidence to charge him and Webb leaves town to start a new life. 

Now it is ten years later.  Roanna's grandmother is dying and has asked her to bring Webb back home.  But someone doesn't want Webb back home.  Someone wants Webb dead, and doesn't care who he kills to get to him.

I first read this book 10 years ago and remember having a hard time accepting a guy marrying not one, but two of his cousins.  On this reading, the heroine drove me nuts.  She was so needy.  She had to be coddled by the family...told to eat her food and not starve...told to sleep and not stay awake for 36 hours at a time.  I thought she needed psychiatric help.  At least the mystery of who killed Jessie kept me glued to the book.  I never would have figured it out.  My rating:  4 Stars.