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#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts 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 #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts 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.


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#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts 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 #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts 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.

30 review for Midnight Bayou

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    Declan Fitzgerald moves from Boston to New Orleans. He has recently bought an old plantation house (Manet Hall) and he is going to try to restore it to its former splendor. He can't explain why but he feels a very strong pull towards this house and he even knows how some rooms look inside the house before he even sees them. One day he sees a girl playing outside with a dog by the pond in the bayou. Later he meets her for real in town. She is the owner of a bar and her name is Lena (Angelina) Simo Declan Fitzgerald moves from Boston to New Orleans. He has recently bought an old plantation house (Manet Hall) and he is going to try to restore it to its former splendor. He can't explain why but he feels a very strong pull towards this house and he even knows how some rooms look inside the house before he even sees them. One day he sees a girl playing outside with a dog by the pond in the bayou. Later he meets her for real in town. She is the owner of a bar and her name is Lena (Angelina) Simone. The attraction/pull towards her is so strong Declan asks if maybe they have met before...she jokingly replies maybe in another life. But Declan starts to wonder if this is true. Strange things are happening in his plantation home. He is having weird dreams, sleepwalking and waking up in rooms he didn't want to be in, seeing visions, hearing voices, feeling strong feelings, knowing things he possibly can't know... I really enjoyed this book. I liked the settings, New Orleans, the bayou... I liked the reincarnation theme. Declan was a wonderful hero, caring, thoughtful, handsome. Lena---she was the cool sultry seductress type. I didn't care for her much at first but she started to grow on me as the story progressed. The other characters were interesting. I liked Declan's friend Remy and his fiancée Effie, and Miss Odette (Lena's grandmother). This book had a captivating storyline with mystery, murder, and secrets from generations past. This was a good atmospheric read by Nora Roberts. (This book was made into a tv movie. I used some images from the movie for my review.)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alp

    What a disappointment! I'm so sad to report… this was my second Nora Roberts book that got 2 stars from me (from 31 books I’ve read). I had high hopes for this one, but unfortunately, it turned out to be a total let down. The first half was great. The tragedy of Abigail and Lucian which happened in the past grabbed my attention from the very start. I couldn’t stop turning the pages to find out the truth as it was gradually revealed to me. Too bad, around 65% of the book, I started to get bored, es What a disappointment! I'm so sad to report… this was my second Nora Roberts book that got 2 stars from me (from 31 books I’ve read). I had high hopes for this one, but unfortunately, it turned out to be a total let down. The first half was great. The tragedy of Abigail and Lucian which happened in the past grabbed my attention from the very start. I couldn’t stop turning the pages to find out the truth as it was gradually revealed to me. Too bad, around 65% of the book, I started to get bored, especially with the confrontations between Lena and her mother. Besides, the ghost(s) did no harm to everyone?? Boring… The romance between Declan and Lena had me frustrated. One minute they were happy together, and the next Lena start the fight in order to guard her heart. (WTH???) And it happened many times over and over again! I don't know what to say… This was stupid! Lena is now the most irritating NR's heroine I’ve ever read. (Off course, she bumped Willa from Montana Sky out of her position completely. Sorry Willa, you’re no longer number one.) I hate heroine with love and trust issues. Seriously hate. Lena annoyed the hell out of me to the point that I wish I could throw her away out of this book and never saw her name again. I have no idea what Dec saw in her. Damn, I was upset! Moreover, I expected some solid horror parts, something far scarier than the sound of a baby crying or the doors slamming shut. Sadly, none of those happened. I don't understand why bother trying to build up those creepy feelings in the first place if there was no ghost to be found in the end. THERE WAS NO GHOST. Really!? Oh come on, at least give me a clue who the hell this ghost was! (There was one or more than one—I don’t even know exactly how many of them in the mansion!) Gah! I regret reading this book. If it weren't for Dec, I would have rated it 1 star. Enough said.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Overall rating: 4.5 "Cher" stars! Triggers: Cheating: (view spoiler)[ No (hide spoiler)] Love triangle: (view spoiler)[ No (hide spoiler)] Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)[ No (hide spoiler)] Intimate pasts: (view spoiler)[ Declan (hero): Was your normal guy. Prior to moving to New Orleans, he was engaged to be married. He was with the girl for a few years, but knew he was settling. He wasn't "in love" with her and she wasn't "in love" with him either. He mentions "he has only had sex once" in the 6 Overall rating: 4.5 "Cher" stars! Triggers: Cheating: (view spoiler)[ No (hide spoiler)] Love triangle: (view spoiler)[ No (hide spoiler)] Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)[ No (hide spoiler)] Intimate pasts: (view spoiler)[ Declan (hero): Was your normal guy. Prior to moving to New Orleans, he was engaged to be married. He was with the girl for a few years, but knew he was settling. He wasn't "in love" with her and she wasn't "in love" with him either. He mentions "he has only had sex once" in the 6 months since he broke it off with the ex. You get no more details than that. He was only thinking it because he had an immediate reaction to Angelina and he was thinking that he must not be broken LOL. He mentions that he only had sex that one time and it wasn't so much a need as a reflex, whatever that means because there is literally one sentence about it and that's it. Angelina (heroine): She doesn't do relationships. She is into casual sex when the mood strikes. She seems like a very sensual person. I don't know how long it's been for her. (hide spoiler)] Push/pull: (view spoiler)[ Declan knows what he wants the moment he sees Angelina. He chases her the entire book. Even when she pushes back hard, he knows she is his and he just bulldozes right over her pushing. I really enjoyed that about him. (hide spoiler)] OW/OM drama: (view spoiler)[ Absolutely none. There are a few things I want to point out related to ow/om for my fellow SG members. 1st of all - related to Angelina. Apparently she gave her virginity a long time ago to Declan's best friend. This was when they were young and way before Declan even knew who Angelina was. I believe he met the guy in college. They are all very good friends and the guy is getting ready to marry the love of his life. It's not an issue by any means, but I found it weird that his friend would flat out tell Declan that. 2nd: Declan is walking in the French Quarter during Mardi Gras and a girl with a mask on grabs him and kisses him. I really don't think he kisses her back. He was extremely surprised and doesn't make a big deal about it when she releases him. This did not bother me at all. First of all, Declan doesn't so much as look at another woman, much less THINK about another woman in any romantic sense since the start of the book, even before he lays eyes on Angelina. Second of all, I LIVE in New Orleans and during Mardi Gras, this most definitely can happen ... among other things LOL! 3rd. Angelina's mother puts the moves on Declan, but he politely, followed by unpolitely tells her she is embarrassing herself and to stop it. It was also a non-issue. So other than Declan just mentioning his ex very briefly and how he didn't love her and how everyone thought he was a douche in his family for breaking off the wedding a few months prior (LOL), that's it with others that I can recall (hide spoiler)] HEA: (view spoiler)[ It was and it was very sweet, but with the amount of pushing that Angelina gave, I really really wanted an epilogue (hide spoiler)] This was a very enjoyable read if you are looking for some mystery, PNR and some romance! The hero definitely does the chasing in this book (which was nice!). I always like it when the hero knows what he wants, no bullshit. I also enjoyed the nice spin on this fated lovers story. I didn't see it coming at first :) As much as I love Sandra Brown lately, I was glad to go back into a mostly romance story! Declan was just dreamy!

  4. 4 out of 5

    CD {Boulder Blvd}

    This book was published back in 2001 but still feels current. I had read this when it originally was published but pulled it from the shelves when one of the groups I'm in selected it for the October challenge. I enjoyed this one a lot and put another book on the back burner as I enjoyed this one more. The story of Lucien and Abigail is relived with Declan and Lena when Declan starts renovating an old house and falls in love with Lena. The ghosts of Lucien and Abigail and their tragic past haunts This book was published back in 2001 but still feels current. I had read this when it originally was published but pulled it from the shelves when one of the groups I'm in selected it for the October challenge. I enjoyed this one a lot and put another book on the back burner as I enjoyed this one more. The story of Lucien and Abigail is relived with Declan and Lena when Declan starts renovating an old house and falls in love with Lena. The ghosts of Lucien and Abigail and their tragic past haunts Declan as he restores The Manet House. He falls instantly for Lena, but she holds back. I wasn't quite into Lena's character. The story does seem to make a quick ending with no epilogue.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nicole R

    I always feel a bit guilty rereading books, there are so many great books out there just waiting to be read! But, I have read every single book by Nora Roberts so now, when I need a Nora fix, I have no choice but to reread. It always feels like revisiting old friends... Declan Fitzgerald is drawn to the dilapidated Manet Manor in New Orleans - so much so that he buys the house, uproots his posh life in Boston, and dedicates himself to the restoration of the old home. The fact that Miss Odette and I always feel a bit guilty rereading books, there are so many great books out there just waiting to be read! But, I have read every single book by Nora Roberts so now, when I need a Nora fix, I have no choice but to reread. It always feels like revisiting old friends... Declan Fitzgerald is drawn to the dilapidated Manet Manor in New Orleans - so much so that he buys the house, uproots his posh life in Boston, and dedicates himself to the restoration of the old home. The fact that Miss Odette and her beautiful granddaughter, Lena Simone, live next door is just an added bonus! Declan soon realizes that, in addition to extensive restoration, he may have to clean out the ghosts who still haunt the Manor. This is one of my favorite NR books. The "suspense" part of the romantic suspense is really about finding out what happened in the house over 100 years before. I like the paranormal aspect that the haunting brings to the story, and we all know that good Southern manors always have a ghost or two kicking around. Declan and Lena are two of my favorite leading characters, partly because they aren't afraid to pick a fight. I'm sure that I will be rereading this one again. And again. And again.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Declan leaves a lucrative job to buy a dilapidated mansion near New Orleans. He doesn't know why he is driven to restore Manet Hall to its former glory, but he follows his instincts. He also follows his instincts when he meets Angelina. He knows she's the one, he just has to convince her. Meanwhile the two of them are having dreams of people who lived in the mansion years earlier and their tragic deaths. This is a creepy murder mystery and suspense as only the Great Nora can do. Excellent book Declan leaves a lucrative job to buy a dilapidated mansion near New Orleans. He doesn't know why he is driven to restore Manet Hall to its former glory, but he follows his instincts. He also follows his instincts when he meets Angelina. He knows she's the one, he just has to convince her. Meanwhile the two of them are having dreams of people who lived in the mansion years earlier and their tragic deaths. This is a creepy murder mystery and suspense as only the Great Nora can do. Excellent book with memorable characters.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    nora roberts is a god. strong women, dark and handsome men, murder and intrigue, the french quarter and creole superstition, and lots of failed attempts at restraint make for one heck of a guilty pleasure.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lyndi W.

    3.5 stars As usual, Nora Roberts delivers an incredibly entertaining story. Since there are already a hundred reviews waxing poetic about how wonderful it is, I'll just quickly tell you why this wasn't another five-star read for me. - Lena plays games. For all the talk about how much of a straight-shooter she is, she relies on the head games with Declan a little too often. This is a personal thing for me, exasperated by the fact that every god damn female lead is overly stubborn these days. I'm ki 3.5 stars As usual, Nora Roberts delivers an incredibly entertaining story. Since there are already a hundred reviews waxing poetic about how wonderful it is, I'll just quickly tell you why this wasn't another five-star read for me. - Lena plays games. For all the talk about how much of a straight-shooter she is, she relies on the head games with Declan a little too often. This is a personal thing for me, exasperated by the fact that every god damn female lead is overly stubborn these days. I'm kinda worn out on people fighting their feelings and what's good for them. - This was listed as a romantic suspense, but there wasn't much suspense. Lilibeth, Josephine, or Julian all could have played villain with one or two short scenes and really driven home the need for Declan and Lena to solve their little mystery. As it was, there were some spooky moments, a total mind-fuck moment, and that's really it. - It needs an epilogue. Just a quick little window into 'a year later' or 'a few months later', whatever. It ended quickly, without any indication of what the future had in store for the couple. That's really it, which isn't much for me. Nora Roberts does a fabulous job of bringing the bayou to life and I'm hoping to find some other books with similar locals. I'll definitely recommend this book and gush over how sweet and sexy Declan is with whomever I convince to read it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Celeste

    Another Nora novel. But this time, it’s in Louisiana! Nora always does a wonderful job of researching her settings, and Midnight Bayou was no exception. The plantation on the bayou felt so quintessentially Louisiana, and Nora did a good job of nailing the spirit of New Orleans and the Cajun accents and the Southern way of life in general. Ghost stories are a common theme in Nora’s work, but this one takes a bit of a different route for her. Reincarnation plays a big role, which was more unusual. W Another Nora novel. But this time, it’s in Louisiana! Nora always does a wonderful job of researching her settings, and Midnight Bayou was no exception. The plantation on the bayou felt so quintessentially Louisiana, and Nora did a good job of nailing the spirit of New Orleans and the Cajun accents and the Southern way of life in general. Ghost stories are a common theme in Nora’s work, but this one takes a bit of a different route for her. Reincarnation plays a big role, which was more unusual. Watching the story of the past mix and mingle with the plot of the present proved just as interesting as any other storyline laid out by Nora, but that was compounded by said reincarnation element, and how that element was affected by gender. Another common theme in Nora’s novels is the revitalization of a dilapidated but formerly beautiful structure. Which is generally how the ghosts come into play. I love all of the construction elements in Nora’s stories, because construction is in my family’s blood. My dad and uncle and brother all work construction for a living, and something is always in the process of being built around our family’s little self-made community. It’s part of the reason I have a thing for HGTV. Because of that, the construction elements of Nora’s novels always resonate with me, because she does an exceptional job of conveying the blood, sweat, tears, and pride that go into building or rebuilding something with your own hands. As always, the characters were enjoyable and well fleshed out. The romance was sweet and passionate and compelling and laced with drama and laughter. And, as always, the ending was a happy one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    My first question is... How on earth did this woman get published? This book started out great and I was excited to see the story unfold. As I kept reading, I got more and more frustrated. My friend was reading one of her series and told me that the men in those books were all pizza eating, beer drinking card board cut outs too. Declan got on my nerves. Then the big twist, which I won't spoil if someone is desperate enough to read this, made me shake my head and scoff. Its hard for me to leave b My first question is... How on earth did this woman get published? This book started out great and I was excited to see the story unfold. As I kept reading, I got more and more frustrated. My friend was reading one of her series and told me that the men in those books were all pizza eating, beer drinking card board cut outs too. Declan got on my nerves. Then the big twist, which I won't spoil if someone is desperate enough to read this, made me shake my head and scoff. Its hard for me to leave books unfinished, so I kept with this one until the very last page... Then I wondered why I had just wasted so much of my life, when I could have been reading something worth my time. Maybe because I hate romance novels, I can't stand Nora Roberts. I can't stand Nick Sparks either.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    "I love Nora Roberts. She is one of my go-to authors when I can't decide what to read or am just not in the mood to pick up something new. I find her work fun, refreshing, and just plain exhilarating, and I've read almost everything she has published. I consider myself a Nora Roberts expert.[return][return]Unfortunately, this is not one of my favorites of hers. The snappy dialogue that I've come to expect from her is lacking. I just don't care enough about any of the characters to really get int "I love Nora Roberts. She is one of my go-to authors when I can't decide what to read or am just not in the mood to pick up something new. I find her work fun, refreshing, and just plain exhilarating, and I've read almost everything she has published. I consider myself a Nora Roberts expert.[return][return]Unfortunately, this is not one of my favorites of hers. The snappy dialogue that I've come to expect from her is lacking. I just don't care enough about any of the characters to really get into resolving the mystery. The ghost story isn't quite as vivid and horrifying as her other forays into a fantasy world. The love story portion between Lena and Declan seems lacking.[return][return]It's not a bad book in and of itself. It just isn't one of my favorites of hers. As I've mentioned in other reviews, her writing has definitely gotten sharper and better over the years. This one is still relatively early in her career, and I do think that makes quite the difference. At the time, this was probably very good, but when compared to her more current works, for me, something is missing. I am just one person, so I would still recommend Midnight Bayou to anyone who likes Nora Roberts."

  12. 5 out of 5

    Monica **can't read fast enough**

    Okay, I'm going to admit to personal bias and a specific idiosyncrasy of mine here that has totally played into how I perceived and reacted to this particular Nora Roberts book. I HATE the term "dusky" when referring to a person's skin tone. I know it's not a racial slur, and I am sure that Roberts in no way meant for it to be offensive. However, for me, and I can't even explain exactly why, it just rubs me the wrong way. It's a perfectly legitimate description, but in my mind it somehow just fe Okay, I'm going to admit to personal bias and a specific idiosyncrasy of mine here that has totally played into how I perceived and reacted to this particular Nora Roberts book. I HATE the term "dusky" when referring to a person's skin tone. I know it's not a racial slur, and I am sure that Roberts in no way meant for it to be offensive. However, for me, and I can't even explain exactly why, it just rubs me the wrong way. It's a perfectly legitimate description, but in my mind it somehow just feels grating. In my experience, I have only ever found dusky used in stories written by authors who are not PoC writing a story set in the south needing to describe a PoC and it's usually used to describe some exotic woman that someone is finding sexually attractive. And yes, that is the case here. So yes, I read this one with a negative attitude and probably should have just put the story down. Which is crazy since I love romance and a woman of color being found desirable should have been a bonus. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy Roberts writing and still plan on reading through her back list. This is definitely an "it's me not you" situation because I'm sure that my irritation by that one small thing soured the reading experience. I am rating this one though, because I did actually finish the book. It was a decent story, but unfortunately I probably won't remember much about it six months from now other than the fact that Lena was described as dusky and that she enchanted Declan from the beginning with her exotic Cajun ways...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Angelique du Plessis

    This woman just got it! This was my first Nora Roberts but certainly not my last. The beauty of New Orleans and the peace of the Bayou is stuck in my head and one day I will make sure I'd visit this little magic town. The book had me since page one, she captures the mood, the characters, the air and even the conversations and draws you in that makes it so hard to put the book down. Read this book, trust me you'd want it to never end. :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sierra

    Actual rating : 4.5 🌟

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Spooky! Interesting contrast with the story from the past events to the present. Interesting and fun characters. Terrific dialogue. Some readers might have difficulty suspending belief with the notion of past lives, which is at the heart of the story. Having my own personal experience with reincarnation led me to read many books on the subject to better understand and accept what happened and why. As a result of my own intense research, along with my own experience with it, I had no problem beli Spooky! Interesting contrast with the story from the past events to the present. Interesting and fun characters. Terrific dialogue. Some readers might have difficulty suspending belief with the notion of past lives, which is at the heart of the story. Having my own personal experience with reincarnation led me to read many books on the subject to better understand and accept what happened and why. As a result of my own intense research, along with my own experience with it, I had no problem believing and/or understanding what was happening in this book. It was fascinating.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Aly is so frigging bored

    This is one weird ass book...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا

    I think Midnight Bayou is possibly my favorite Roberts movie! The film revolves around Harvard-educated lawyer Declan Fitzpatrick, who impulsively gives up his settled life to buy Manet Hall, a newly restored plantation manor near New Orleans, which he has always been drawn to. Local legends claim that the house is haunted, and shortly after Declan moves in he begins hearing voices and seeing things. Declan is also distracted by an undeniable attraction to Cajun local, Lena Simone. Lena was raise I think Midnight Bayou is possibly my favorite Roberts movie! The film revolves around Harvard-educated lawyer Declan Fitzpatrick, who impulsively gives up his settled life to buy Manet Hall, a newly restored plantation manor near New Orleans, which he has always been drawn to. Local legends claim that the house is haunted, and shortly after Declan moves in he begins hearing voices and seeing things. Declan is also distracted by an undeniable attraction to Cajun local, Lena Simone. Lena was raised on the bayou by her grandmother Odette, and has her own deep connection with the manor. While living in the house, Declan begins to have visions from a century past and details of events that took place in the mansion. With the help of Odette, Declan and Lena realize that they are inextricably linked with Manet Hall, and uncover a shocking secret that has been hidden there for more than 100 years. This a reincarnation story, the original couple's story is heartbreaking and always makes me cry. Lena is related to the deceased ghost of the past. She was raised by her grandmother who is a local witch. Lena owns an amazing Cajun restaurant and doesn't want to attach herself to any man. Though her mom and best friend urge her to have one with Declan. Declan is struck by Cupid's arrow at first sight when he first sees Lena and tries hard to go out with her, as their feelings intensify so does the visions from the past. The past ghosts start sharing a horrible crime committed in the beautiful house Declan bought.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    KcLu's review posted on Guilty Pleasures 4.75 Stars Midnight Bayou is a wonderful mixture of two stories that connect in a beautiful and at times spooky way. I have read this books many times since it came out originally. I usually take a while between readings, so it is like reading it for the first time every time and I have to say it kinda freaks me out a bit every time…lol.. BUT I am a self-admitted chicken. Declan Fitzgerald has always felt a strong pull towards the old Manet Hall, and now he KcLu's review posted on Guilty Pleasures 4.75 Stars Midnight Bayou is a wonderful mixture of two stories that connect in a beautiful and at times spooky way. I have read this books many times since it came out originally. I usually take a while between readings, so it is like reading it for the first time every time and I have to say it kinda freaks me out a bit every time…lol.. BUT I am a self-admitted chicken. Declan Fitzgerald has always felt a strong pull towards the old Manet Hall, and now he has finally changed his life by buying it and moving from Boston to New Orleans to renovate it himself. From his first night in the house he begins to see he isn’t alone in the Hall, and some of the ghosts aren’t too happy that he has moved in. He keeps having episodes where he sleepwalks to certain parts of the house including the old nursery on the third floor which he can’t bring himself to enter. On top of that he keeps having dreams of things that happened in the house which he figures out when he sees pictures of the original family. Angelina “Lena” Simone grew up just down the bayou from Manet Hall, and she has a family connection to the dark past of the hall. From the moment Declan sees her in her French Quarter bar, he feels an instant connection in his heart to her. He just has to get past all her walls and past pain to win her love, and not only do they have those hurdles the ghosts of his house don’t want them together either. This book is so much more than a good ghost story. The weaving of this tale is one that is both shocking and beautiful. Nora Roberts’s books always grab me, but this is one of those that hold a special place in my heart. I have recommended this book to more peeps over the years than I can count. Some peeps have watched the Lifetime movie, but I have to say I treat it as one of those movies that just so happens to have a similar story line because this book is sooo beyond what that movie was. When you get to the parts where the past and the present come together, and Declan and Lena “go through” all that happened in the past. I can’t even begin to say how shockingly wonderful that is. My only complaint and it isn’t even a big one is that when Nora did her research for this one she used mostly “real French” instead of getting someone to help her with the Cajun French. As a Cajun that is just a small pet peeve, but I look past that in this one. I can’t recommend this one to you guys enough!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bark

    I read this as an unabridged audiobook which is usually an advantage for me but I may have been better off reading the paperback version because I wasn’t thrilled with the male narrator who reads the bulk of the book. His voice kept putting me off and kept me at a distance from the story or maybe I should face the fact that the romance just wasn’t that great. I guess the combination of the two didn't help. The prologue details some nasty business featuring rape, murder and madness that went down I read this as an unabridged audiobook which is usually an advantage for me but I may have been better off reading the paperback version because I wasn’t thrilled with the male narrator who reads the bulk of the book. His voice kept putting me off and kept me at a distance from the story or maybe I should face the fact that the romance just wasn’t that great. I guess the combination of the two didn't help. The prologue details some nasty business featuring rape, murder and madness that went down in the 1800’s. Just when it had my full attention it leaps forward to 2002 and loses me a bit. Declan Fitzgerald is 31 and a successful attorney but his heart isn’t in it and he decides to trek across country and purchase a Louisiana mansion with the intent of fixing it up even though he’s no carpenter. Yes folks, this is the mansion where the nasty stuff happened. It is soon revealed that Declan had basically left a fiancee at the altar a few months earlier and the thought occurs to me that he’s running away from life which doesn’t exactly win me over. Almost immediately he starts seeing visions and hearing a baby crying and this intrigues instead of frightens him because, as we're told over and over again, he feels like he is finally exactly where he belongs. His love interest is local bar owner Angelina (call me Lina because I’m no Angel) whose grandmother lives near Declan’s property. Lina is independent but soon swoons when Declan is near and begins to help him unravel the secrets of the mansion. She’s gorgeous and a good business woman but she was just a bit too distant for me for a large portion of the book. The reasons why were revealed way too late because at that point I had nearly tuned her out. I found the ghostly aspects of this story much more compelling than the modern day romance. It was all rather by the numbers and “meh” without much emotional connection and the love scenes were a snore. The flashbacks to the past were much more interesting to me and I found myself wishing on more than one occasion that the entire book was set in the past. As the story continues events are revealed to tie in the current day couple to past but it all seemed a little off to me. Not my favorite by Robert’s but not the worst book I’ve ever read either.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jared Millet

    One of my goals for 2013 is to read outside my genre comfort zone, and I could think of no better way to commit to that than by starting off with Nora Roberts. I did ease the shock by picking a novel set in Louisiana (I'm from there), and somebody recommended this one to me after reading Summer Gothic , so there it is. I've read one or two romance novels before, and the basic problems I have with the genre remain, so let me get them out of the way: 1) Perfect people are not interesting charact One of my goals for 2013 is to read outside my genre comfort zone, and I could think of no better way to commit to that than by starting off with Nora Roberts. I did ease the shock by picking a novel set in Louisiana (I'm from there), and somebody recommended this one to me after reading Summer Gothic , so there it is. I've read one or two romance novels before, and the basic problems I have with the genre remain, so let me get them out of the way: 1) Perfect people are not interesting characters. 2) "Perfect people fall in love" is not an interesting story. 3) There can be no tension if there's never any doubt that they're going to live happily ever after from the moment they meet. To be fair, Roberts does allow her heroine to have emotional issues springing from a dysfunctional family situation and her awful mother, but it never seriously gets in the way of the romance because Perfect Man doesn't let it. Perfect Man doesn't have any emotional needs or hang-ups of his own - in fact, he doesn't even have to work. (How convenient.) What saved the novel and kept my eye-rolling to a minimum was the other story. It seems Perfect Man has bought a dilapidated old mansion and has made it his goal in life to restore it to its former glory - depsite the ghosts. Told in parallel to the main action is the story of a poor Cajun girl who married into the wealthy family who were mansion's original owners, and was raped, murdered, and dumped in the bayou for her trouble. That story ends badly for everyone involved, and by tying that into the traditional modern-day romance plot, Midnight Bayou changes from a "Perfect People in Love" story to a book about people who had bad things happen, made mistakes of their own, and had to forge on in life despite all the horror and misery. That's a lot more interesting, and worth a good read. P.S. On the depiction of my home state: It's pretty exaggerated. I know Louisiana can seem like an "exotic locale" to people from elsewhere in the country, but fictional representations tend to overdo it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Kirchmann

    It's always fun to read something written by Nora Roberts. I wanted to read something fun based in New Orleans, and she didn't disappoint.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    Loved this book. Nora Roberts description of the plantation was so vivid I could picture it clearly. I think this is one of her best books.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    I really enjoy books about old houses with secrets and ghosts. Okay…I’ll admit it. I enjoy stories with any and all ghost. I will also admit that I like some of this author’s books. Love her “In Death” series… and she does have a special way of writing that brings the reader right into the story. [Midnight Bayou] is filled with a kind of tension that keeps the reader turning those pages. It’s just good scary fun. I understand there is a movie based on this book and I will certainly be looking fo I really enjoy books about old houses with secrets and ghosts. Okay…I’ll admit it. I enjoy stories with any and all ghost. I will also admit that I like some of this author’s books. Love her “In Death” series… and she does have a special way of writing that brings the reader right into the story. [Midnight Bayou] is filled with a kind of tension that keeps the reader turning those pages. It’s just good scary fun. I understand there is a movie based on this book and I will certainly be looking for that. Just a side note: I found the movie. It was released in 2009 and is also titled Midnight Bayou. happy camper now!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Greer- Hansen

    First half was good and then it went downhill from there. I think the main character Lena was annoying and spoiled and the more I read the worse she became. Maybe not my style of book, it played out too much like a soap opera. Would not recommend.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amie's Book Reviews

    I am a fan of Nora Roberts and find her books provide me with a sense of escapism. I rate "MIDNIGHT BAYOU" as 4 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐ To read my reviews visit my bookblog at Http://Amiesbookreviews.wordpress. I am a fan of Nora Roberts and find her books provide me with a sense of escapism. I rate "MIDNIGHT BAYOU" as 4 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐ To read my reviews visit my bookblog at Http://Amiesbookreviews.wordpress.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Renata

    OK this book raises some QUESTIONS about reincarnation but I enjoyed the trip http://www.frowl.org/worstbestsellers... OK this book raises some QUESTIONS about reincarnation but I enjoyed the trip http://www.frowl.org/worstbestsellers...

  27. 4 out of 5

    EsquiredToRead

    3.5. Good ghost story. Just very abrupt ending. I would've liked 50-100 more pages to flesh out the world created here.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    MIDNIGHT BAYOU by Nora Roberts My Thoughts: This book opens with a scene from the past, which lets you in on the sad history of Manet Hall. The opening was very powerful and once the book switched to present day I immediately wondered more about what had happened long ago. One thing I loved about the layout of this book was that it went back and forth (small scenes, spaced out in moderation) to add more knowledge of the past events. That was something I enjoyed, as it would have driven me nuts not MIDNIGHT BAYOU by Nora Roberts My Thoughts: This book opens with a scene from the past, which lets you in on the sad history of Manet Hall. The opening was very powerful and once the book switched to present day I immediately wondered more about what had happened long ago. One thing I loved about the layout of this book was that it went back and forth (small scenes, spaced out in moderation) to add more knowledge of the past events. That was something I enjoyed, as it would have driven me nuts not to get the whole story. The past and present day characters were wonderfully written, making the book a joy to read. This book could've stood on its characters alone, they really were the making of everything wonderful in this book. Past and present alike, they each had dynamic personalities that made you connect to them and relate to them. Another highlight was the attention given to the setting, from the "lively pace" of the city of New Orleans, to the haunting slow calm of the bayou, the picture painted was wonderful and complete, and made you feel like you were right there with them. On the other hand, I will admit that the paranormal aspect was a hit and miss with me. I am all for paranormal/supernatural, I love it, and mixed into a romance novel I figured that would be something new and interesting. And it was, for the most part, but any loss of "points" I'd give this book were due to the little bit of a stretch with the paranormal later in the book. The majority of it fit nicely into the novel and didn't seem out of place, but there is a line, and I feel it was a bit hit and miss towards the end. Would it have been even better without the paranormal? No. Would it have been better with a few choice changes to said paranormal? Yes. All in all this book was a great read, full of moments that were funny, sexy, devastating, tender, and fresh. Not your average romance, and one you won't regret picking up. Favorite Quotes: "He'd explore that area another time, when he had a flashlight and a bag of bread crumbs." (Page 28) "He felt the amused curve of her lips against his and, running his hands up her back, into her hair, let himself drown." (Page74) Declan ~ "Excuse me, men don't faint. We do, on occasion, pass out or lose consciousness. But we do not faint." (Page 98) Lena ~ "Pleasure's nothing, sugar, unless you got the willpower to hold off until you really appreciate it." (Page 124) "This mysterious place with its slow-moving, shadowy water, its cypress bones and thick scents, was as much her world as the crooked streets and lively pace of the Quarter." (Page 167) Overall Opinion: B+ ~Kayla http://kaylasbookcase.blogspot.com/

  29. 5 out of 5

    Deb Atwood

    This book encapsulates Roberts’ strengths as a writer: eerie setting, mysterious mansion, endearing characters. Declan Fitzgerald renounces a glam, power-packed lawyer’s existence for decaying Manet Hall on the edge of New Orleans. Of course, New Orleans with its French Caribbean history is the perfect locale for all things surnaturel. And, in fact, ethnic and class conflict is the basis for the murder that preceded the hauntings. Declan, in the midst of much sawdust generating and antique purchas This book encapsulates Roberts’ strengths as a writer: eerie setting, mysterious mansion, endearing characters. Declan Fitzgerald renounces a glam, power-packed lawyer’s existence for decaying Manet Hall on the edge of New Orleans. Of course, New Orleans with its French Caribbean history is the perfect locale for all things surnaturel. And, in fact, ethnic and class conflict is the basis for the murder that preceded the hauntings. Declan, in the midst of much sawdust generating and antique purchasing, manages to pursue the lovely but (naturally) elusive Angelina who shares both a resemblance and family connection to one of the ghost victims. It is up to Declan and Angelina to uncover the past tragedy and put its wanderers to rest, all the while eating great Orleans fare, buying more vintage stuff and renovating the decrepit mansion. Clearly, Roberts loves renovation projects, landscape excavation and buying stuff. And she did a good job of weaving these elements into the novel. Readers can enjoy the fun of rehabbing and the joy of discovery with nary a broken fingernail. The present day characters are engaging, although Angelina’s protestations of cold feet (as in she can’t commit to love) grow a little wearying. As Nora Roberts renovating-derelict-mansion-haunted-by-mysterious-past narratives go, this is not her finest. I recommend first, Black Rose; and second, Tribute. Both of those novels do a better job of reconciling the yearnings of troubled souls with present day adventure seekers. The trouble with Midnight Bayou is that the ghost storyline is not resolved. Who were the ghosts exactly? How are they now at rest? The explanations are lackluster. In the end the ghosts just drifted off the page sans denouement like so much phosphorous.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alexis-Morgan Roark

    Paranormal romance by Nora Roberts is a deep, enthralling, sometimes shocking trip that we should all take at least once. The characters made this story. Those from the past and those from the present. This book took my on an emotional rollercoaster that had me ignoring my husband and kids to read. Read this book when you have the time to really sit down and enjoy a good, satisfying read. Have some tissues nearby, though, 'cause there are moments that will enrage you, shock you, delight you, and ma Paranormal romance by Nora Roberts is a deep, enthralling, sometimes shocking trip that we should all take at least once. The characters made this story. Those from the past and those from the present. This book took my on an emotional rollercoaster that had me ignoring my husband and kids to read. Read this book when you have the time to really sit down and enjoy a good, satisfying read. Have some tissues nearby, though, 'cause there are moments that will enrage you, shock you, delight you, and make you weep at the sheer sadness of it all. Normally, I don't like this kind of book. I need happy, dammit! I don't mind a little drama but not too much. 'Cause again, I need my happy! I'm glad I read it, though. Declan is handsome, strong, stubborn, and just too darn good to be true sometimes. Lena is beautiful, strong, stubborn, and just too real to be true sometimes. Then there's the supporting characters, at least one of which you know or have known or maybe are: Remy, Miss Odette, Effi, Declan's parents, Lena's mom, Abigail, Marie Rose, Lucia, Julian, and even Josephine. I loved the descriptions: the backgrounds, the plants, the bayou, the Hall, the people, the furniture-oh, the furniture! I checked out some of the named antiques online and was delighted, once again, at the amount of research Mrs. Roberts must do when she writes. I could go on and on and on, but I won't.

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