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Midnight Bayou

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  21,925 ratings  ·  573 reviews
Declan Fitzgerald had always been the family maverick, but even he couldn't understand his impulse to buy a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans. All he knew was that ever since he first saw Manet Hall, he'd been enchanted-and obsessed-with it. So when the opportunity to buy the house comes up, Declan jumps at the chance to live out a dream.

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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 15th 2001 by Putnam (first published January 1st 2001)
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Nicole
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...more
Alex
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.
Lyndi
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...more
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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...more
Michelle
"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
Barks & Bites
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...more
Kayla
MIDNIGHT BAYOU by Nora Roberts

My Thoughts:
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...more
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...more
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...more
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 characters...more
Esra
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 :)
Laura V.
4,5/5

[Esa no es la portada que yo hubiera escogido, porque uno ni Abigail ni Lena son rubias, y dos, no inspira el verdadero espíritu de la novela(?)]

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 consc...more
Kelly
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...more
Stacy
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
Tracy
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...more
Christine
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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...more
Autumn
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...more
Trendhater73: S. Bledsoe
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...more
Anna
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...more
Jessie
Every one in a while it's fun to read a romance. I found myself smiling at the fun of it. This was a better book than one other that I read of this author. **stop here for spoilers*** Our young hero buys an old southern mansion so that he can fix it up to it's former glory. He has just stepped out of being a lawyer, and getting married. He wasn't happy and now he is. He loves the house and he meets the love of his life. He works hard each day making the old house very beautiful. He is rich and b...more
Robin
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 realiz...more
Duncan Mandel
1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents a novel set deep in the bayou of Louisiana—where the only witness to a long-ago tragedy is a once-grand house…

Declan Fitzgerald had always been the family maverick, but even he couldn't understand his impulse to buy a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans. All he knew was that ever since he first saw Manet Hall, he'd been enchanted-and obsessed-with it. So when the opportunity to buy the house comes up, Declan jumps at the

...more
Angelique du Plessis
This woman just got it!

This was my first Nora Roberts but certainly not my last.

The beauty of New Orleans and the peace of the Bayou is stuck in my head and one day I will make sure I'd visit this little magic town.

The book had me since page one, she captures the mood, the characters, the air and even the conversations and draws you in that makes it so hard to put the book down.

Read this book, trust me you'd want it to never end. :)

Tara Kable
I really liked this book! I have read a few nora roberts before, but really was not that interested in her because she writes soooo many books, but im glad i picked this one up. I loved the parts set in the past and overall the story was really good, however, lena was a bit too stubborn for my taste...and the ending was a little cheesy. I will definately check out some more of her books.
EDian
Liked this book until the end. I was not surprised by unfolding of the story. I was surprised after such a build up, the climax was anticlimactic. I believed in the relationship of the main characters Declan and Lena. I think Miss Odette was my favorite character. I liked the aspect of the ghost story but the promised conflict if the good and evil spirits never really manifested. Soooo disappointing. May have to swear off Roberts as an author. Here's what I loved about the book: the setting New...more
Helen
Nora Roberts usually tells a good story, but this one was ridiculous--haunted house, ghosts and to top it off, reincarnation. Totally not my cup of tea. Rich lawyer gives up the law to renovate old plantation that he's felt mysteriously drawn to. Unfortunately, the ghosts already live there and have managed to run off previous owners. Will his romance with a local beauty break the spell and allow the ghosts to rest in peace? Ugh. This book was part of a summer entertainment exercise of reading t...more
MA Jackson
I love Nora Roberts. She can always be counted on for a romantic and wild ride. I feel as though I read this book before, or perhaps an incarnation of it, but I enjoyed it. Declan is a lovely Yankee cum new Southerner when he buys Manet Hall just outside NoLa. Lena is the sassy Cajun woman who turns his head. Love the fast romance, however Lena played too many head games with Declan that I could see. Hate to say it but she was more like Lilibeth than she realized. I was rather disappointed that...more
Caitlin
Full review at my blog: http://thesirenstale.com/2014/02/01/b...
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Midnight Bayou tells the stories of two time periods: 1900 and 2002. In 1900, the reader is introduced to the Manet’s, a wealthy family that resides in Manet Hall; a home that is filled with turmoil and hatred. Twin brothers, Lucian and Julian, grow up together in the Hall, but have an unending disgust towards one another. Specifically, Julian feels repulsed by his twin and his new wife, Ab...more
BJ
I loved, loved, loved this book. The only bad part was that it ended. An old romantic tragedy based on class differences of the old South in the antebellum period in New Orleans, leaves a mystery, legends, spirits and a beautiful home in ruins.

Fast forward to modern day where a Boston lawyer breaks his engagement and goes to New Orleans to by the home and restore it to its former glory. He meets the most interesting people in the process of restoring the home. In the process he begins to hear,...more
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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...more
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