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Not as strong as some of her other books but worth a read
on 17 December 2009
I'm a fan of Nora Roberts and a fool for a good romance story which is why I thought I'd give this one a shot.
This was ultimately a romance story with a difference- centered around a derelict old house in New Orleans and Declan, a thirty-something rich boy (who has just turned his back on his law career) who finds himself compulsively drawn to purchase it. Once in the house... yep, you've guessed it: all manner of strange and spooky things start happening; freaky dreams, strange noises and all that jazz- but this is no poltergeist. Declan does his research into the house and finds out something disturbing that happened there almost a decade earlier...
This is indeed a ghost story and Roberts pulls it off rather aptly in my opinion. As for the romantic aspect, Declan is attracted to Angelina, a feisty, sexy bar owner and their chemistry filters successfully through the novel but she did irritate me a bit if I'm honest- though she wasn't as 'same same' as some of Robert's other female characters which I liked. Angelina's wonderful grandmother adds a nice homely feel to the book and the other secondary characters are developed well. If you like a ghost story with a heart and are a fan of Roberts, then this is the book for you.