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Sanctuary
     

Sanctuary

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by Nora Roberts
 

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts comes a seductive and suspenseful novel of dangerous liaisons and family betrayals…

Photographer Jo Ellen Hathaway thought she'd escaped the house called Sanctuary long ago. She'd spent her loneliest years there, after the sudden, unexplained disappearance of her mother. Yet the sprawling inn on

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts comes a seductive and suspenseful novel of dangerous liaisons and family betrayals…

Photographer Jo Ellen Hathaway thought she'd escaped the house called Sanctuary long ago. She'd spent her loneliest years there, after the sudden, unexplained disappearance of her mother. Yet the sprawling inn on an island off the Georgia coast continues to haunt her dreams. And now, even more haunting are the pictures someone is sending 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. With the help of Nathan Delaney—who was on the island the summer her mother disappeared—Jo hopes to learn the truth about the tragic past. But Sanctuary may be the most dangerous place of all.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“[Nora Roberts] is at the top of her game.”—People

“Her most seductive and tempestuous work to date.”—Tulsa World
 
“Sometimes the atmosphere of a novel is so powerfully rendered that the setting assumes the importance of another character. Anne Rivers Siddons has this knack, and so does Nora Roberts.”—Chicago Tribune

“Nora Roberts just keeps getting better and better.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
 
“Roberts has a talent for vivid description: The sounds and smells of this verdant island waft from the page.”—Publishers Weekly

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515122732
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/1998
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
169,703
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Keedysville, Maryland
Date of Birth:
1950
Place of Birth:
Silver Spring, Maryland
Website:
http://www.noraroberts.com/

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Sanctuary 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would like my money back......was cheated. Book was not by Nora Roberts. Will gey a kendle if this happens again.
abcAC More than 1 year ago
The overview written about this book is not the same story in the nook "Sanctuary"!!! I was expecting a book by Nora Roberts. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
SouthpawEA More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
enticed More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Great plot, great characters. 5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not the book Sanctuary by Nora Roberts. I'm very unhappy about this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So upset to have paid for this now. The cover and sample were for Nora Roberts "Sanctuary" but instead I have a completely different book " The Sanctuary" written by some author I've never heard of! I am going to the store tomorrow. I'm very concerned as to the security of the entire site at this point. Hopefully there is not some type of fraud scam here. Only place 1 star because none is not an option!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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MichaelTravisJasper More than 1 year ago
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”
Rikushalo More than 1 year ago
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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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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