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Not since Moonrise and her earlier works has her narrative been that compelling, and in SHADOWS AT SUNSET, she gains mastery over complexed characters and a family saga beleaguered with deceit and treachery.
Anne Stuart's writing manifest genuine suspense and tension between the leads, Coltrane and Jilly Meyer as well as a secondary romance between her sister Rachel and Rico. The family rivalry, the tragic love story as a legacy from the two ghost Ted and Brenna and the mystery enshrouding Coltrane's betrayal strings up a story of substance and it is rare that a writer can keep you engaged right till the end of the book.
Coltrane and Jilly are also multi-faceted characters with their over-protectiveness and tortured souls and both linger between the heat of the passion and their feuds. SHADOWS AT SUNSET is laudable for its consistency through out the book and the irresistible characters that jump right out the page. Ms. Stuart wastes no time in dragging the plot with emotional quandary, and instead expresses the rage and turmoil in each character with clipped words that resonate powerfully the feelings and let readers revel in her short prose.
Proving once again, no matter if it contemporary or historical, short books or long, Stuart delivers!!!
WISE Writers and Readers Book of the Month for August 2000
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on 21 March 2006
This was the second book I have read by Anne Stuart. The first was Into the Fire which I absolutly loved and have since tried to get my little mitts on everythink she has written. I got Shadows at Sunset this morning and couldnt put it down. The storyline is great, such a page turner it got me hooked on the first chapter. The only critisim I have is the lack of sex between Jilly and Coltrane....they dont get it together till the last few chapters of the book and then declare to each other hopelessly in love - i found this hard to belive considering they are at each others throat the entire book even though they are both drawn to each other. I think some hot action between the two of them would of made the ending more realistic...instead of one minute hating each other and the next in love. But regardless of that it is deffinatly a good read and will be a book i'll no doubt read in the future....as i just love a 'bad boy!'
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on 12 October 2014
And this was one of her best. A bit supernatural, but it's not taking itself too seriously, which I like. Feisty yet vulnerable heroine, hot domineering man; all the usual characters Anne Stuart is so good at and a mysterious Hollywood background blending both the old, faded glamour and the trashy reality. It's a "can't put down until you've finished it" book. Enjoy.
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on 27 March 2013
Really liked the ghosts in this story, pretty creepy elements given the unpleasant father figure... The description of the house was great.
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on 19 August 2001
One of Anne stuarts best. Characteristic humour and humanity. Love these unreconstructed bad guys, they are unusual but understandable heroes.
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on 13 October 2000
This the frist book that i have read by Anne Stuart and i was very pleased with the plot the love between jilly & coltrane and a very good end. I will try to get afew more of her books.
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on 27 May 2008
This is the first book I have read by this author and I have to say I don't think I will be reading any more. Although the main story line was quite good with a few twists and turns, what the hell was the ghost story line doing in there, the story from the past could have been told in a much better way without the use of ghosts.
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on 13 October 2000
This the frist book that i have read by Anne Stuart and i was very pleased with the plot the love between jilly & coltrane and a very good end. I will try to get afew more of her books.
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