By Nora Roberts

Number one New York Times bestselling writer Nora Roberts provides a unique set deep within the bayou of Louisiana—where the one witness to a long-ago tragedy is a once-grand house…

 

Declan Fitzgerald had constantly been the relatives maverick, yet even he could not comprehend his impulse to shop for a dilapidated mansion at the outskirts of latest Orleans. All he knew used to be that ever seeing that he first observed Manet corridor, he'd been enchanted-and obsessed-with it. So whilst the chance to shop for the home comes up, Declan jumps on the probability to stay out a dream.

Determined to revive Manet corridor to its former attractiveness, Declan starts the daunting maintenance room via room, counting on his personal hard work and abilities. however the days spent in overall isolation within the empty condo take a toll. he's seeing visions of days from a century previous, and experiencing sensations of terror and approximately insufferable grief-sensations now not his personal, yet these of a stranger. neighborhood legend has it that the home is haunted, and with each passing day Declan's trust within the ghostly presence grows.

Only the companionship of captivating Angelina Simone can distract him from the mysterious happenings in the home, yet Angelina too has her personal stunning connection to Manet Hall-a connection that might aid Declan discover a mystery that is been buried for 100 years.

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