Sanctuary

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Photographer Jo Ellen Hathaway thought she'd escaped the house called Sanctuary long ago. She'd spent her lonliest years there, after the sudden, unexplained disappearance of her mother. Yet the sprawling resort off the Georgia coast continues to haunt her dreams. And now, even more haunting are the pictures someone is sending to her: strange close-ups and candids, culminating in the most shocking portrait of all—a photo of her mother...naked, beautiful, and dead. Now Jo must return to the island, and to her ...

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Overview

Photographer Jo Ellen Hathaway thought she'd escaped the house called Sanctuary long ago. She'd spent her lonliest years there, after the sudden, unexplained disappearance of her mother. Yet the sprawling resort off the Georgia coast continues to haunt her dreams. And now, even more haunting are the pictures someone is sending to her: strange close-ups and candids, culminating in the most shocking portrait of all—a photo of her mother...naked, beautiful, and dead. Now Jo must return to the island, and to her bitterly estranged family—and, with the help of one man, learn the truth about her tragic past. But Sanctuary may also be the most dangerous place of all...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
On the heel of the breakout hardcover success of bestseller Montana Sky, Roberts plows through a predictable saga of passion, betrayal and murder involving an estranged Southern family haunted by tragedy. Recovering from a nervous breakdown brought on by a malevolent stalker, photographer Jo Ellen Hathaway returns to Sanctuary, her childhood home located on a small resort island off the coast of Georgia. But the lush island offers little solace, for there Jo must face the troubled family relationships and painful memories caused by her mother's mysterious disappearance 20 years earlier. Soon, however, Jo finds unexpected joy in the love of a man who leads her to the truth about her mother's life and death and about the crazed stalker who wants Jo dead. Roberts has a talent for vivid description: the sounds and smells of this verdant island waft from the page; her characters' sexual encounters mirror the island's fecundity and shimmer with Southern heat. But she dilutes the story with a silly murder mystery that distracts from the intriguing elements of Jo's confrontation with her past, her discovery of true love and her reconciliation with her family. The denouement arrives with a yawn, despite the arrival of a clichd hurricane, which is just one example of how Roberts succumbs to the temptation to throw everything into the pot. 250,000 first printing; $250,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild main selection. (Mar.) FYI: Roberts was the first writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America's Hall of Fame.
Library Journal
There's no looking back for Roberts, who made the break to hardcover with the best-selling Montana Sky (LJ 2/1/96). Her latest tells of a young woman who finds danger and love when she returns to her childhood home.
Kirkus Reviews
Roberts is the perfect perpetual-romance machine. She churns out an almost inhuman number each year; she meets an annual March deadline for her hardcovers (this one even has the same number of pages as last year's bestselling Montana Sky). And each is lively, sexy, and well researched.

Her latest concerns three siblings (the Hathaways) who find lovers and strained relationships while a homicidal madman is threatening their safety. The three live in a beautiful white gothic on the Georgia Sea Island of Lost Desire, which they've turned into an inn. Brian, the eldest—tall, cute, and morose—runs the establishment and is chef of its five-star kitchen. (His father Sam can't understand how a man can "enjoy creating a perfect meringue and still prefer women for sex.") Brian fights halfheartedly against the amorous advances of Kirby, the pretty Yankee doctor who runs the island's clinic; the two eventually end up locked in an embrace against her refrigerator door. Meanwhile, the youngest sib, Alexa Hathaway—sexy Lexy, the island princess with the gypsy hair—has failed at acting in New York and come home to waitress and throw a few tantrums. She fights halfheartedly against the honorable intentions of childhood buddy Giff Verdon, who's good with his hands and doesn't let her get away with much. Finally, there is Jo Ellen, a world-famous photographer who's returned to Desire after a nervous breakdown and is fighting a losing battle against empathic architect Nathan Delaney. Twenty years earlier, the Hathaways' mother, Annabelle, had disappeared, abandoning her family—or so it seemed. Now someone is stalking the family, having even sent Jo Ellen a picture of her mother, dead and naked.

As usual, the romance is better than the weird violence. There's not much suspense here, but it's good to see that heroines are becoming gutsier and heroes better in the kitchen.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515122732
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 327,603
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts
Nora Roberts is the number-one New York Times-bestselling author of more than 190 novels, including The Search, Black Hills, Tribute, High Noon, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. Roberts has more than 400 million copies of her books in print.
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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

Interviews & Essays

Before the live bn.com chat, Nora Roberts agreed to answer some of our questions:

Q:  Who do you consider the most romantic couple in history?

A: I was asked this question some time ago in another forum. After a little thought, my response was -- and remains -- Gomez and Morticia Addams. I can't help it. When watching "The Addams Family" as a kid, I was so impressed with their relationship, the way he'd roll his eyes at her, the way she slithered around, the undertones of sexuality, and their absolute understanding of each other. Plus I loved his reaction whenever she spoke French. You knew these people had fun together, and if romance can't be fun, what's the point?

Q: What books did you read as a child? Do you read any of the same books to your children?

A: I was lucky to grow up in a household of readers. Everyone in my family read, so that I didn't realize until much later that there were people who didn't read for pleasure. I read all the standards -- Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Black Beauty, and so on -- but there were always tons of books in the house, so I read widely. I started reading to my boys very early. Dr. Seuss was a big favorite, but I think the all-time favorite was Where the Wild Things Are.

Q: What, to you, is the most important day of the year?

A: The most important day of the year is today. There will never be another one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Rotten took my money and gave me the wrong book!

    I would like my money back......was cheated. Book was not by Nora Roberts. Will gey a kendle if this happens again.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    not the right book

    This really pissed me off. I thought I was purchasing Sanctuary by Nora Roberts and the book that was added to my library was The Sanctuary by Raymond Khoury. I wasted my money purchasing a book because it shows the wrong author in the information.
    The only reason there is one star is because they wouldn't let me post without one.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2009

    Fantastic book

    This is a fantastic book from a fantastic author. Nora Roberts is by far one of the best writers we have today. I have almost read every book she has written. There are a few I have yet to read, but I'm getting there. Sanctuary, in my opinion, is an edge of your seat read. From page one the story grabs you. I read this book in two days. I only put it down when I had to, otherwise I could be found with the book in my hand. If you have never read a Nora Roberts book then you are missing out on a great way to spend an morning, afternoon or evening.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2014

    The overview written about this book is not the same story in th

    The overview written about this book is not the same story in the nook "Sanctuary"!!! I was expecting a book by Nora Roberts. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Book is NOT by nora roberts!

    Its not the book its by raymond khoury!

    Well i have the nora roberts cover id like the flipping book too! Bn better fix this or ill be going to kindke more ! And trust me i have three nooks filled with over 500 books each!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

    I do not recommend THIS copy.

    This copy of sanctuary is not correct. I went to read it and the book itself is in an entirely different book inside than what was explained on the front cover. This was not properly issued in and checked. AVOID!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    fantastic writer

    Loved it. Great plot, great characters. 5 stars!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2010

    Not My Genre

    I am a little over 250 pages into this book and am struggling through it. I've never read a Nora Roberts book before and I doubt I will ever pick up another. Obviously "romantic suspense" just isn't my genre. I would be enjoying it more if I could find a few characters that were at least likeable in this story. I realize the Hathaway family is dysfunctional, the result of the father and his three children's belief that their wife/mother abandoned them. But why if she was always loving and seemingly contented, would they think this? If it happened in my family, I would always assume foul play. None of it makes sense. Jo is rude. Lexy is a 24-year-old spoiled brat. (I have worse words for them, but I'm being polite.) Everyone on the island seems to have out-of-control hormones. The only reason I can gather than Nathan and Giff seem to care for Jo and Lexy is because they are good-looking, which makes them nearly equally superficial. The father, Sam, seems non-existent and has a real hang up about his son enjoying cooking, even though the son appears to have been running the kitchen at their home/hotel for years. Uh.... how did he get the job anyway? Is there one normal person on this island????

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2015

    This isnt the book its supposed to be!!

    I paid for Sanctuary by Nora Roberts, not some other book with the cover of what I wanted! This needs to be fixed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2014

    Jordan

    *Opens the case in awe.* It's a high priest mask, one of only nine existing. Each has a unique enchantment to it. This one is Kah Nahkriin. I'll have to check the books to see what the enchantment entitles the wearer, but this is an amazing find. I'll meet you back at camp. *He disappears.*

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2014

    Someone else

    No please leave me here dont worry i have so experience with the dead i say the word "diense" and all the skellitions drop back to their lifless forms

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2014

    Cyrus

    "Whoa. That's cool." He follows. (Gtgtb bbt.)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2014

    The display case

    Houses an ancient mask that was worn by the priest who once ruled here. The mask was black, made of ebony, and produced a strange glow, indicating that it was enchanted.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    This is one of Ms. Roberts¿ older novels, but it is still good f

    This is one of Ms. Roberts’ older novels, but it is still good fun. The story centers around a cold-case mystery set on a tiny island off the coast of Georgia. Sanctuary is a bed and breakfast ran by a dysfunctional family. The characters are interesting, and there is plenty of sex and romance as always. I would recommend this book to any of the author’s fans, and most anyone else that likes easy entertainment.
    Michael Travis Jasper, Author of the Novel “To Be Chosen”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Not nora roberts!!

    I paid for this book believing it was written by nora roberts a number of months ago. Because i know i love the author, i did not check reviews. What recourse do we have?

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!

    Excellent book! The reading pulls you in and keeps you there. For those who like steamy scenes this issue will give you the hot romance you want without being vulgar.

    Absolutely wonderful romance suspense!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Hunter

    American shorthair? Siamese?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    pretty good

    I read it recently and I thought it was pretty good. But then again you have to like suspense/romance to like this book. This book made me check my door twice before I went to sleep which to me it makes a pretty good suspense :-) I recommend it!
    p.s. is not scary :)

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  • Posted June 15, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    My Favorite

    This is by far my favorite Nora Roberts book. The characters in this one feel so real and I can picture everything flawlessly in my mind. It's as though I'm there watching the events unfold. This one in particular seems more real to me than the others that I've read by her thus far. Granted, I've loved every single one, but this one did not remind me that it was fiction. It felt as real as the life I'm living now. Jo was beautiful, down to earth, and she thrilled me with every step she took, every cautious look behind her, etc. I like Roberts' romance novels just fine, but when she adds the thrill and mystery like she did with this one, I find it difficult to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2010

    ANOTHER GREAT

    It never fails to amaze me how many stories this writer can come up with & the characters she develops. Although I usually read only her strictly romance novels, this time there was more of a thriller aspect to this story & I enjoyed it as well as all of her others, maybe even more.

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