Here I Stay
Barbara Michaels
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Here I Stay

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Andrea Torgesen is certain that hard work is exactly what her younger brother Jim needs to help him recover from the trauma of a serious car accident—and turning a decrepit old mansion into a beautiful country inn seems to be the perfect project. But unearthly voices and eerie visions haunt Jim from almost the first instant he sets foot in the dreary old house. And his str

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 1st 1993 by Severn House Publishers (first published 1983)
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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,...more
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...more
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...more
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
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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...more
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...more
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
Leonie Holmes
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.
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
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...more
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
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! :)
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
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.
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.
smexys_sidekick (Tori-Smexybooks)
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
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
I didn't like the main character but liked the story. it was a spooky book and the ending was not what I expected.
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.
Really enjoyed this paranormal/suspense with a strong female lead and some other twists on the genre.
I read this many years & loved it. Barbara Michaels is one of my favorite authors.
AWESOME - had me from page one!
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Barbara Michaels is a pen name of Barbara Mertz. She also writes 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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