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Midnight Bayou

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  23,543 ratings  ·  634 reviews
Declan Fitzgerald has been obsessed with Manet Hall ever since he first saw it, but as he renovates it room by room he starts seeing visions and feeling terrible grief and terror: someone else's. Only Angelina distracts him from the mystery, and she has her own suprising connections to the Hall.
Paperback, 344 pages
Published 2011 by Piatkus (first published January 1st 2001)
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I always feel a bit guilty rereading books, there are so many great books out there just waiting to be read! But, I have read every single book by Nora Roberts so now, when I need a Nora fix, I have no choice but to reread. It always feels like revisiting old friends...

Declan Fitzgerald is drawn to the dilapidated Manet Manor in New Orleans - so much so that he buys the house, uproots his posh life in Boston, and dedicates himself to the restoration of the old home. The fact that Miss Odette and
nora roberts is a god.

strong women, dark and handsome men, murder and intrigue, the french quarter and creole superstition, and lots of failed attempts at restraint make for one heck of a guilty pleasure.
3.5 stars

As usual, Nora Roberts delivers an incredibly entertaining story. Since there are already a hundred reviews waxing poetic about how wonderful it is, I'll just quickly tell you why this wasn't another five-star read for me.

- Lena plays games. For all the talk about how much of a straight-shooter she is, she relies on the head games with Declan a little too often. This is a personal thing for me, exasperated by the fact that every god damn female lead is overly stubborn these days. I'm ki
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4.75 Stars
Midnight Bayou is a wonderful mixture of two stories that connect in a beautiful and at times spooky way. I have read this books many times since it came out originally. I usually take a while between readings, so it is like reading it for the first time every time and I have to say it kinda freaks me out a bit every time…lol.. BUT I am a self-admitted chicken.

Declan Fitzgerald has always felt a strong pull towards the old Manet Hall, and now he
"I love Nora Roberts. She is one of my go-to authors when I can't decide what to read or am just not in the mood to pick up something new. I find her work fun, refreshing, and just plain exhilarating, and I've read almost everything she has published. I consider myself a Nora Roberts expert.[return][return]Unfortunately, this is not one of my favorites of hers. The snappy dialogue that I've come to expect from her is lacking. I just don't care enough about any of the characters to really get int ...more
Serban Georgiana
Nu stiu de ce ,dar toate cartile scrise de Nora Roberts au ceva special.
Se pare ca in ultimul timp ,autoarea s-a axat pe povesti de dragoste care au tenta de paranormal,dar lucrul acesta nu ma deranjaza,atata timp cat rezultatul final este unul bun.
Tot timpul am admirat modul in care Roberts face descrierile.Tot timpul am ramas surprinsa de casele si locurile pe care le intalnim in cartile ei.Este foarte usor sa inchizi ochii si sa-ti imaginezi totul pana la cel mai mic detalui.
Bine, pote o sa s
Houve uma altura no meu percurso como leitora em que li imensos livros da Nora Roberts, porque era aquilo que me apetecia ler e me dava algumas das coisas que então procurava nos livros. Entretanto, sou uma leitora diferente: não sou melhor nem pior, simplesmente passei a procurar outro tipo de livros e cansei-me um bocado da sensação de mais do mesmo que comecei a ter com os livros desta autora, de tal modo que ficaram lá em casa por ler uma boa quantidade deles que entretanto tinha adquirido. ...more
Bark's Book Nonsense
I read this as an unabridged audiobook which is usually an advantage for me but I may have been better off reading the paperback version because I wasn’t thrilled with the male narrator who reads the bulk of the book. His voice kept putting me off and kept me at a distance from the story or maybe I should face the fact that the romance just wasn’t that great. I guess the combination of the two didn't help.

The prologue details some nasty business featuring rape, murder and madness that went down
MIDNIGHT BAYOU by Nora Roberts

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This book opens with a scene from the past, which lets you in on the sad history of Manet Hall. The opening was very powerful and once the book switched to present day I immediately wondered more about what had happened long ago. One thing I loved about the layout of this book was that it went back and forth (small scenes, spaced out in moderation) to add more knowledge of the past events. That was something I enjoyed, as it would have driven me nuts not
Jared Millet
One of my goals for 2013 is to read outside my genre comfort zone, and I could think of no better way to commit to that than by starting off with Nora Roberts. I did ease the shock by picking a novel set in Louisiana (I'm from there), and somebody recommended this one to me after reading Summer Gothic , so there it is.

I've read one or two romance novels before, and the basic problems I have with the genre remain, so let me get them out of the way: 1) Perfect people are not interesting character
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 fell 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 reali ...more
Rating: 3.5 stars

Midnight Bayou is part ghost story, part Southern gothic, and part romance. I absolutely LOVED the first chapter, which details a murder that took place within the walls of Manet Hall on an eerie candlelit night in 1899. The second chapter jumps forward in time to the present day, with Declan Fitzgerald buying the old New Orleans mansion with plans of restoring it to its former beauty. I reveled in the lush Louisiana setting, the dark and steamy atmosphere, and the brief but ric
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
"Family's the luck of the draw, Lena. What you make of yourself, because of or despite it, that's where the spine and heart come in."

Declan Fitzgerald has no idea why he is drawn to the ancient mansion in Louisiana, but once he buys it and begins to fix it up, he finds himself neck deep in restless spirits, long forgotten secrets, and a love that is anything beyond his wildest dreams.

Nora Roberts strikes again! Once more I found myself completely engrossed in this tale of mystery, suspense, and
Deb Atwood
This book encapsulates Roberts’ strengths as a writer: eerie setting, mysterious mansion, endearing characters.

Declan Fitzgerald renounces a glam, power-packed lawyer’s existence for decaying Manet Hall on the edge of New Orleans. Of course, New Orleans with its French Caribbean history is the perfect locale for all things surnaturel. And, in fact, ethnic and class conflict is the basis for the murder that preceded the hauntings.

Declan, in the midst of much sawdust generating and antique purchas
Nora'dan reenkarnasyonla ilgili harika bir roman.. Çok çok beğendim.. Konusu da kurgusu da yazımı da süperdi..
Ama en çok Declan ve Remy'nin muhabbetlerine bayıldım.. Nasıl eğlendim okurken anlatamam :)
Una historia que me ha enganchado de principio a fin, con una pequeña dosis de fantasmas, y, cómo no, una importante dosis de amor.

Sin embargo, Declan y Lena me han hecho rabiar en alguna ocasión... ¡Ambos por testarudos! Me ha gustado ver, sin embargo, la evolución de Lena, principalmente; aunque debo confesar que si la señora Roberts la hubiera acelerado un poco más... no me habría parecido mal.

Y respecto al final, me ha faltado un epílogo. Saber qué pasa después.

Pero por fin me he reencontrad
Laura V.

No sé cómo lo hizo Nora, pero estoy loquita de amor por Declan, con esa boca tan oh-my-god, que chico más zalamero, que labia por favor, u.u Es perfecto en tantos, tantos sentidos. Me hizo reír tanto con sus ocurrencias por favor sé real y búscame
La única pega es ella, Angelina, tan fuerte, tan independiente, tan cruda y tan real, tan sexy y consciente de sí misma, tan demasiado-buena-para-ser-cierto, que no-me-va. -_-' Digamos que he chocado con su personalidad, porque en favor de Declan
Declan Fitzgerald, a Harvard-educated Boston lawyer, has longed to possess Manet Hall ever since he and his friend, Remy Payne, broke into the old place as drunken students on a lark. Now, on the eve of his wedding, Declan leaves Boston, the law and his fianc‚e, buys the decrepit hall and embarks on a mission to restore it with his own sweat, blood and money. But Manet Hall comes with a dark history, and restoring it means uncovering its past, which includes rape, murder and betrayal. Declan enc ...more
Alexis-Morgan Roark
Paranormal romance by Nora Roberts is a deep, enthralling, sometimes shocking trip that we should all take at least once.

The characters made this story. Those from the past and those from the present.

This book took my on an emotional rollercoaster that had me ignoring my husband and kids to read.

Read this book when you have the time to really sit down and enjoy a good, satisfying read. Have some tissues nearby, though, 'cause there are moments that will enrage you, shock you, delight you, and ma
Laissez Les Bon Temp Rouler!
Declan Fitzgerald may have been drunk and reckless when he broke into Manet Hall with his best friend Remy Payne during a trip to New Orleans when he was in college eleven years ago, but he was sober enough to know he wanted that broken down and aging old plantation home as soon as he saw it. He was serious enough about that want - that need - to leave his profession of law and his town of Boston and his family and his ex-fiance to head down to the bayou after buying
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Krista (One Love) (Critical)
I liked this one a lot.
It starts off in the past...with a million page long prologue that...turned me off, I must admit, but once the real story got going, I enjoyed. I like the idea of a haunted old house on the bayou. Mainly, though, I loved the characters. Ramey was awesome. I wish he was my best friend! And his wife was adorable too, very sweet. I loved how she tried to baby Declan.

About Declan...I love this guy! He's extremely hilarious, and very manly. He's not easily discouraged and goe
Hmmm! I must admit that after reading a few NR novels, i felt like i was paraphrasing the characters dialogs. - so not cool!

surprise factor: they all are so damaged, yet they have all aced psychology 101 class ta-da.Seriously, haven't you noticed?? they are all so evolved and ready to say just the right thing! mhum!

I was really glad when i picked up this book. The premise was very very interesting. We have all seen the remakes of ghosts-soul searching story, but this one here has quite an inter
Stephanie Tracy
Excellent book! Seems a little far out of Nora's usual comfort zone, with talk of reincarnation as a central theme. Loved the paranormal elements, as I always do when she incorporates them, and absolutely loved the characters Declan and Lena. Both very strong-willed and headstrong, they made some great chemistry on the page. Great setting with beautiful, vivid detail. I'm now watching the TV movie and loving everything about the story! Highly highly recommend as one of my favorite stand-alones b ...more
My first question is... How on earth did this woman get published? This book started out great and I was excited to see the story unfold. As I kept reading, I got more and more frustrated. My friend was reading one of her series and told me that the men in those books were all pizza eating, beer drinking card board cut outs too. Declan got on my nerves.

Then the big twist, which I won't spoil if someone is desperate enough to read this, made me shake my head and scoff. Its hard for me to leave b
I've never read Nora Roberts before but I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. This book met all my expectations, some in a good way and others not so much. It was cheesy, repetitive, fun, interesting, easy, and quick. I liked the characters well enough although they were kind of (okay, REALLY) one dimensional.

This is one case where I actually think the Lifetime movie version was better than the book! Can't say that too often, but there it is. This book could benefit from a good amount of
Marisa Rosado
I have never read Mrs. Robert's books and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. Declan is just sweet enough without getting on your nerves. I loved the history and the way she tied the past and present together.
Yohana Arrows
Nora Roberts siempre me encanta con sus narraciones. Este es un libro que hace unos años empecé y que nunca pasé del segundo capítulo. Ahora que tenia unas ganas incontrolables por leer, me decidí por terminarlo y creo que ha llegado en el momento preciso.

La historia de Declan y Lena va mucho más allá de el chico perfecto (afable, bondadoso, con sentido del humor, musculoso y de ojos de ensueño, además de tener un dineral en su cuenta) y de la chica con el corazón roto que se dice que nunca va
I was hoping for a take-me-away romance, a bit of a vicarious thrill, and I was less than swept off my feet. There was romance but it was rather humdrum. The characters just didn't come to life. Declan was too smooth and self-assured and Lena was too brittle.

The sex scenes were boring, if not infuriating. In one scene, Declan is angry and forces his advances on Lena: 'You know you want it. Just tell me you don't and I'll leave.' (I'm paraphrasing there, but you get the idea.) In today's world w
I realize now that I was to have read this for the Halloween Challenge..... Poot, I set it aside & basically forgot about it.... There went my chance of winning! LOL!

Where to begin? First I have only ever read 1 short story J.D. Robb.... I have never been interested by Nora Roberts, I can't quite put my finger on why.

This story revolves around a long past murder, a haunting, past lives, & love put to rights. Declan has left his fiancee, family, job as an attorney & Boston home to pur
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Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. She was the youngest of five children, also the only girl, of a marriage with Irish ancestors. Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. She attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline. During her
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