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Here I Stay
Barbara Michaels
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Here I Stay

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,038 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
The portrait was different. Jim didn't appear to see it, and Andrea was not inclined to draw it to his attention, but the sheer malice of the picture took her breath away. Jim had noticed the blending of the figures of the woman with her cat, but he did not understand the implication.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 1st 1993 by Severn House Publishers (first published 1983)
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Kathy Martin
Jul 13, 2015 Kathy Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This spooky story is about a woman who will do anything to care for her younger brother. Andrea has been in charge of her younger brother Jim since their parents' deaths when Andrea was 19 and Jim was 7. The parents left nothing and it has been a major struggle for Andrea. She became hyper-focused on creating a good life for them. When Jim is in a car accident and almost dies, Andrea pulls him back. Then she throws herself into turning an old house that she inherited from a great aunt into a bed ...more
The female lead is an utter twit. That's about all I can say about this.
I wasn't too fond of this Barbara Michaels book. Other reviewers have mentioned disliking the female protagonist for obvious reasons--she has an unhealthy, smothering relationship with her younger brother that would drive anyone nuts.

But by the end, I actually found myself disliking the younger brother even more. I found myself thinking yes, clearly you notice your sister's waiting on you hand and foot when it feels controlling or smothering, or when you're blaming her for surviving an accident,
Jun 03, 2010 Tanya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read many books by Barbara Michaels, but I have read a couple I remember. They were ghost stories, that kept you up, made you keep on reading until the end of the book.

This wasn't so much like that. I didn't care for the story. The main character, is controlling, rather selfish, and although hard working is over protective of her brother, a man that is very capable to do many things even with an injury.

I never could get to a point where I cared about any of the characters, whether the
Overall, this is probably my least favorite Barbara Michaels book, even though it had all the same elements that I expect and enjoy in her books.

There were many things I liked about Here I Stay . I loved the cranky old black cat, Satan, which sounds like a twin to my own cat and may have possibly been an immortal creature. The ghost story was very good here too and I liked the concept of the spirits having an effect on the moods and personalities of the characters. Last but not least, I always l
Lynda Cordova
When Andie inherits a house from an elderly cousin, she isn't sure what to do with it, that is until her brother Jim's near-fatal accident spurs her to turn the place into a bed and breakfast. When some of the guests remark on the welcoming presence they feel, however, and when friends start refusing to enter the house, Andie starts wondering what is going on. When it is finally brought to her attention that her brother is not adjusting well to his new life, Andie does not know quite how to reac ...more
Dec 08, 2013 TheKesser rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I was so disappointed in this book, it was my first Barbara Michaels and I was expecting a lot more, after things I had heard about her.

I found the main character thoroughly unlikeable, and even knowing about what she had been through did not help me feel any more sympathetic towards her - and her character did not grow during the book, just become more annoying.

I kept wading through this book waiting for something to happen, but it never did. Oh well, I guess something did at the end, but not w
Oct 29, 2011 Lnlisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, gothic
Oh this one made me cry! On the other hand, having multiple siblings, I could really feel for the main character.

Andrea has had sole custody of her younger brother since her father died tragically ten years before. When her brother, now nineteen, is involved in a terrible car accident, she pushes, begs, manipulates and does everything she possibly can to encourage him along including sinking all of her life savings into converting a house she inherited into a bed and breakfast. When her brother
Dec 19, 2014 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Years ago this was a book that I chose to have autographed by Barbara Michaels. I hadn't reread it for 30 years, so it was again fresh. As I get older, I appreciate "non-perfect" love interests -- this romance seemed very plausible. I wish we'd had a glimpse of these characters in another book, just to confirm their happy ending. I'm very glad I got this on Kindle so my fragile old paperback will continue to survive.
Jun 14, 2012 Lilian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book ages ago, I was still a teenager and into romantic, gothic novels. Now that I'm older and jaded, I find I don't like the female lead character that much. It's creepy how she's possessive of her younger brother when she has proven her independence in raising him. I don't find it so believable that the boy would also easily defer to his sister when previously he seemed to be such a popular, independent person as well. I'm also confused as to why some characters turn out to b ...more
Mar 19, 2016 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

Young woman inherits old house from deceased relative she kinda knew. Young woman is the overbearing older sister who raised her much younger brother after they were orphaned. House is haunted. Lots of full circle stuff.

Seriously, Andrea is the worst sibling/parent. She may not be physically abusive, but she is manipulative and emotionally abusive. She controls her younger brother with an iron fist and smothers and stifles him and when confronted with her abuses, refuses to admit her
Nov 21, 2015 Jennie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not really a mystery but a character story. Surprise ending. Interesting characters in a Maryland country setting-probably similar to where Michaels lived. Shared with another fellow traveler who liked the book.
Leonie Holmes
Aug 10, 2014 Leonie Holmes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here I stay

Here I stay

wonderful book as I expect all Barbara Michaels novels
to be. She never disappoints me. I highly recommend this book.
Oct 18, 2009 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I must say that I rather enjoyed this book, my first read by this author. The word I would use to best describe it would be *cozy*. It's about a 30ish-year-old woman who, along with her younger brother, moves into an old mansion in a small town after inheriting the property from a distant relative. She fixes the place up and turns it into a bed-and-breakfast. I really liked this character - she's feisty and easily exasperated, which I found kind of humorous. The book has some mystery, some spook ...more
Nov 11, 2014 Michele rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I kept waiting for something to happen that never did. I thought this was a "Horror" book but not even close!
The story was great, however I have to say I didn't care much for Andrea, the protagonist. Although I know it was critical to the plot, her smothering of her brother, Jim drove me mad.
I don't think I would call this a terrifying tale of ghosts, but the creep factor is there for sure.
The story drug on a bit. There were things I felt could have been left out without any cause of interrupt in the story.
Although I am a bit critical of this book, I still enjoyed it. The ending tugged at my heart
Brooke Vertin
Feb 17, 2015 Brooke Vertin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Guilty pleasure, Victorian mansion, ghosts, enjoyed it.
K.B. Hallman
Ostensibly, this is supposed to be a paranormal-suspense thriller. But in reality, it's a story about a woman who has an unhealthy possessive love (no incest is involved) for her younger brother. The hauntings and the romantic interest are just supporting elements. Andrea has raised Jim since he was 8 and has an us-versus-them mentality. Anything and anyone that interests Jim is automatically bad in Andrea's mind. She's not a particularly likable character. This story is about Jim trying to free ...more
Lisa Greer
Apr 23, 2008 Lisa Greer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic-mystery
This was so hard to read at the end. Michaels rises above the genre of gothic mystery quite often, and this book is really quite touching and profound. It made me think and left me unsettled. Don't miss this one. I think it's one of my favorites by her... this one and 'Someone in the House.' I will have to reread some of her others to remember which ones are the best! :)
Oct 18, 2014 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are a few elements to Michaels's books I can always count on and that's light touches of humor, strong heroines, and fantastic side characters. Andrea doesn't disappoint as a heroine, she's a little more uptight than I'm used to coming from Michaels, but you understood why she was that way. If you like gothic mysteries you'll enjoy this.
Sherri Dub
Sep 02, 2011 Sherri Dub rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love the sister-brother commeradery in this novel and the way it is a bit "old fashion gothic" to boot.
Ms. Michaels never fails to impress with her eye for details and little terrifying episodes of subplot.
Aug 19, 2009 vickie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay for a spooky, eerie read. Nothing too outstanding, but good enough to keep my interest. Wow, were there a lot of typos in the book that I read though!
Dianne McFall Swain
I love most of Barbara Michaels mysteries. I love ghost stories, and she has some very good ones. If you like ghost stories, I can recommend her books highly.
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While I enjoyed the set up and subsequent storyline, I found myself disliking the female protagonist so much that my enjoy of the book was diminished.
Jaime Contreras
Aug 03, 2013 Jaime Contreras rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this and forgot it. What I do remember is that the villain was one-dimensional and the plot resemble at least two of her other books.
Livia Komosa
May 30, 2013 Livia Komosa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like the main character but liked the story. it was a spooky book and the ending was not what I expected.
Aug 28, 2011 Runningrabbit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The character in this book is meant to be unforgiving; however it makes for a really annoying read.
It's a good read...not nearly as scary as I was hoping, or as the reviews would lead you to believe.
Jul 14, 2013 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Really enjoyed this paranormal/suspense with a strong female lead and some other twists on the genre.
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Barbara Michaels was a pen name of Barbara Mertz. She also wrote as Elizabeth Peters, as well as under her own name.

She was born in Canton, Illinois and has written over fifty books including some in Egyptology. Dr. Mertz also holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Egyptology.
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