Midnight Bayou

Midnight Bayou

by Nora Roberts
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Midnight Bayou by Nora Roberts

The phenomenal #1 New York Times-bestselling author 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 chance to live out a dream.

Determined to restore Manet Hall to its former splendor, Declan begins the daunting renovation room by room, relying on his own labor and skills. But the days spent in total isolation in the empty house take a toll. He is seeing visions of days from a century past, and experiencing sensations of terror and nearly unbearable grief-sensations not his own, but those of a stranger. Local legend has it that the house is haunted, and with every passing day Declan's belief in the ghostly presence grows.

Only the companionship of alluring Angelina Simone can distract him from the mysterious happenings in the house, but Angelina too has her own surprising connection to Manet Hall-a connection that will help Declan uncover a secret that's been buried for a hundred years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780515142860
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 08/29/2006
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Nora Roberts is the first writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She is the number-one New York Times-bestselling author of The Villa, Carolina Moon, River's End, Dance Upon the Air, and other novels.


Keedysville, Maryland

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Place of Birth:

Silver Spring, Maryland

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazing read, I have read it 3 times, its hard to put down. The characters are awesome. I love the paranormal side of this book. I didn't expect the ending at all!!!
buffyangel4evr_ More than 1 year ago
Midnight Bayou is one of my all time favorite Nora Roberts novels. the main characters really sizzle and you find yourself caring for them deeply. I love the ghost story and the twist involving Declan and Lena. I don't want to give anything away to those who haven't read it yet. Highly recommended read. I literally couldn't put it down and read the entire novel in less than two days.
c_roberson More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. If you like Nora Roberts, you won't be disappointed. If you enjoy books with Cajun and Louisiana themes, as I do, then you will especially enjoy it.
Annikah More than 1 year ago
Nora Roberts made this story fascinating the way she wrote a story within a story in future days relating to the past - I found it quite interesting the way she made the characters come alive with an intriguing soul reconnection of what once was a past life coming to life again - just makes you wonder how real this possiblity in real life can be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really embodies the spirit of New Orleans...I love New Orleans and the history of it...even though this is a book of fiction, it truly is done very well keeping in the whole feeling that you only get in NOLA! Very well-written and I finished it in 2 days...GREAT READ!
alias_dw More than 1 year ago
I loved this book right up until the end, where in my opinion; Roberts triple jumped the shark in a big way. The characters have fabulous chemistry, are loveable and the reader is rooting for them to succeed. The villains are perfectly evil and make for a few tense and scary moments. In that Roberts really triumphed. I liked the setting as well. Roberts brought the Deep South to life so much so that I find myself wanting to visit. My only concern was the ending, in which she attempted to veer away from the predictable to catch the reader by surprise. She veered much too far and is far off of the track. You didn't see it coming but it was just too forced for me. It didnt stop me from enjoying the book, I really did enjoy it, I just find myself remembering the ending more than the rest of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!! I enjoyed that it was told from mostly the male's perspective and I really liked the lead characters. Declan feels compelled to leave his job as a lawyer and buy a house--Manet Hall--that has fascinated him for 11 years. It is in disprepair and he puts his all into bringing it back to its former grandeur. However, strange things happen while he is there, including flashbacks (memories?) of a murder that took place a long time ago. While doing this, he meets Lena, who plays an integral part in his memories. Declan has a sense of humor and makes you want to believe that people like him really exist. I would have to say my only complaint is that I wish the ending scene was longer--I would have liked to see Lena's reaction to the ring. This is defintitely one of my favorite Nora Robert's books, and I'm usually not into past lives, etc. Buy this book--you won't be sorry. Nora never disappoints!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book starts off very interestingly but soon becomes so very unbelievable. Its as if Nora became bored with writing it or ran out of time. I was very disappointed.
IUBoi More than 1 year ago
The book was a good read and the story line was kinda unique, with a level of romance that wasn't over the top.
summerreader0212 More than 1 year ago
I have never read a book with such an ending (well, of Nora's). Her endings are usually the typical man tries to kill woman, woman falls in love with man who is trying to protect her, hero takes down killer, hero and woman fall in love. Noooo. Sure,this is a romance book and yes, the ending is good, but in the way I thought. Such a trist!
twilighfan More than 1 year ago
ok when i first saw this on bookstore everytime i got there, i just ignore this because i got lots on my list. so then i get curious about the cover and the title and decided to pick it out because it always caught my eyes. i was glad then when i start reading this book. nora roberts made one story again so real and hope its realy real! the last reviewer says " it like real and jumping out of the paper of the book " funny but really! the characters made me laugh and cry and it excite me more and more when the mystery unfold...i love the way Lena and Dec fought each other i found it very sexy lol :)) the characters in the past makes me cry so touching. everything is in here Romance,Thriller,Suspence,and Humor. Nora Roberts now became my one of my favorite author! a must read book! it keeps you going turning pages. i found myself still awake around 4 in the morning you know "time is really gold" i dont waste time not to continue reading it LOVE THIS STORY!!! THIS IS AWESOME!!!
romancdiva More than 1 year ago
I am always a Nora Roberts fan but this book is really good because you get to see the supernatural mix with the reality and all the characters are hot. They are right there in your mind just jumping off the page
Pandora81 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I found the story line and characters believable. It was a quick read because of the mystery involved. It keeps you guessing right up to the end.
Rebecca27 More than 1 year ago
Living an hour from the location chosen for the book does not give you the complete knowledge of an area or of the culture. I think she captured the essence of the land very well! Don't turn your nose up unless you are a Historian with a Ph.D. I am a new fan of Nora Roberts and this was the first book I read. I saw the movie recently and in the book it is different in many parts. I think the book is much better of course and even though I liked the movie I loved the book. I think it was romantic and passionate, a really good mystery surrounding a house and family. She melting the past and present characters together nicely. You will feel like you are there, and her storytelling style is comforting.
SN_Unavailable More than 1 year ago
First, I live an hour outside of New Orleans and most of the stuff I read that was supposed to describe the "local culture" sounded to me like Nora Roberts did a Google search and pulled crap straight from Wikipedia. She threw in just about every cliché and overused phrase that anyone could pick up from watching Real World: New Orleans re-runs. It would take some really smooth talking to convince she actually did any serious research. But then again, it's a romance novel, right? What more can I expect? Any who...on to the story... Was it just me, or did Declan seem like Christopher Lowell? Pretty much right from the start, that's all I could think of while reading about Declan, his thoughts and dialogue. My God, the decorating descriptions he gave, as well as his penchant for antiquing, completely cancelled out that "manly-man" quality ole Nora was going for. Not that I don't appreciate those qualities in a man. It's just that trying to make Declan a man's man in light of those characteristics was just as difficult to believe as Catherine Anderson's cowboys saying "fabulous" in just about every other sentence. *insert immature comment about Brokeback Mountain here* When I got to the part of the story where it was revealed Declan was a reincarnated woman, I nearly laughed myself to death. This is the part of the story that makes it impossible for anyone to argue with me that the character Declan acted too much like a woman--because he had been one. I give N-Rob points for giving the reincarnation plot a twist, but it turned out to be a little more than I could handle. And no--arranging a bachelor party for his friend at a series of strip clubs does not maintain Declan's manliness after the used-to-be-a-woman fact is revealed. It just makes him unoriginal. After I was able to contain my laughter, I thought, "wow, she switched the genders; that's pretty cool." But then when Declan describes the "wonder of pushing life into the world" on page 318 (in his/her past life, he/she gave birth), I thought, "wow, that's pretty disturbing." It was so disturbing, in fact, that it overshadowed the rest of the story. I'm sorry, but if I'm going to read a romance novel, I don't want my hero to have given birth at any time, past or present. The ending was pretty disturbing as well, mainly because I reached it so abruptly. When I flipped to the last page and saw the preview for one of her other novels, I felt cheated. I don't know if Ms. Roberts had been running late on the deadline or what, but she left too many lose ends untied to be acceptable. Good thing I got this one from a used book store. I'd rather be cheated out of time than money. Mabye I was a man in a former life.
juls24 More than 1 year ago
I have read many Nora Roberts books and this one is awesome. The characters are very well developed, and you feel yourself feeling for them. The plot was great and it actually scared me a little when I read it late at night...But yes, great book.
Jenrae More than 1 year ago
Without a doubt, Midnight Bayou is my favorite of all of Nora's books that I've read. So many books these days seem very cliche. This was anything but. Declan's character was strong and stubborn without being over bearing. He endears himself to the reader as a man who knows what he wants and how to get it. Once he sets his mind to something he sticks with it and nothing can shake him. Lena's character is strong and stubborn as well. She's been hurt deeply, but not in the way most romance novels reveal. She's comfortable with where she is in her life, but realizes she could also be comfortable with opening her heart. Midnight Bayou made me want to tour southern plantations...haunted ones. The haunting of Manet hall is not so far fetched as to be completely unbelievable. An all around great book with likable characters and a compelling story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely amazing, I love Declan and Lena they are both extremely amazing and intriguing characters, I love how they are connected by the past. I highly, highly recommend this book to others. Along with every Nora Roberts book!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The perfect combination for a great story that only ended too soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Creepy and wonderful
barb481 More than 1 year ago
I keep reading it over and over!
Xasha More than 1 year ago
Had a touch of historical charm in the lifestyles of the characters.
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MagnoliaG More than 1 year ago
Great great read!  The steamy scenes were HOT HOT HOT.  It was well written but not over barring with unnecessary red haring.  I hate that it didn't go into more detail about Julian.  And it was not fully clear if Lena's mother was both spirits or specifically one.Either way....I love that Lena was such a complex character.  I saw a  lot of myself in her!!!  I also love that Declan was willing to move hell and high water to be with her.  That is what love looks like!  I also love that his best friend stood by him! And I love that Declan was willing to help by having the wedding at his place.  Great book!  Great book!  A must read!