Darkwood Manor PDF ñ Paperback

Darkwood Manor PDF ñ Paperback Darkwood Manor holds a special place in my heart for very personal reasons It was one of those right place at the right time books and it was the first book of Jenna Ryan s that I read I had no idea anybody was even publishing gothic fiction which seemed to fall out of favor in the 1970s , but when I ran across this one at the bookstore, looked at the cover and read the back cover blurb my first reaction was, Huha modern day gothic I should give this a read So I did.And I liked it I Darkwood Manor holds a special place in my heart for very personal reasons It was one of those right place at the right time books and it was the first book of Jenna Ryan s that I read I had no idea anybody was even publishing gothic fiction which seemed to fall out of favor in the 1970s , but when I ran across this one at the bookstore, looked at the cover and read the back cover blurb my first reaction was, Huha modern day gothic I should give this a read So I did.And I liked it I mean, seriously, a straight married guy in his 30s picked up a Harlequin book, read it, and liked it Seems like that should violate the laws of the universe or something, right And yetIt boils down to this it s just a fun read, with a bunch of characters to like, hate, or laugh at There s a fog enshrouded old mansion, a killer on the loose, a small town sheriff who schicken than hawk, a mysterious FBI agent Donovan Black with a connection to said mansion, and a young woman Isabella Ross who s just inherited it from a wealthy ex boyfriend who drove his Corvette off a cliff Oh yeah, and while poking around her new patch of real estate, Isabella s sister Katie disappears which guarantees our heroine is going to stay right where she is until she digs up the truth even if it kills her.Like I said, modern day gothic Beautiful woman, old house, legends of hauntings and ghosts, dark and brooding and potentially dangerous love interest, and peril lurking around every corner Seriously, why did this sort of thing ever fade into obscurity It s delicious.Especially with the cast of secondary characters with all their hilarious quirks and flaws that I now know Ms Ryan is famous for creating after excursions through several of her other books That s what I fell in love with the group of people who, by the end of the book, feel like extended family I know these guys and gals I vacationed in Mystic Harbor for a few days, and wouldn t mind going back again Sometimes, that s all you can ask for in a novel that s just a hair over 200 pages long Sometimes, that s all you need.It was all this fan needed, at any rate And it just goes to show that one should never judge a book by its genre Though in Darkwood Manor s case, you can feel free to judge it by its cover Yeah, check out that spooky old mansion on the windswept, storm pounded coast Try to tell me you don t want to poke around in there for a few hours Go on I dare ya If I had to make Darkwood Manor into a movie it would fall into the film noir category The mood is dark, forbidding, and mysterious the criminal is greedy and malevolent there is a blonde dame and a strong, tall, dark hero I don t think there was ever a mention of sunlight and the humour didn t lighten things up much.I had to back up once or twice to get the supporting characters straight and I had to re read the description of the manor once or twice especially when Katie goes missing and I If I had to make Darkwood Manor into a movie it would fall into the film noir category The mood is dark, forbidding, and mysterious the criminal is greedy and malevolent there is a blonde dame and a strong, tall, dark hero I don t think there was ever a mention of sunlight and the humour didn t lighten things up much.I had to back up once or twice to get the supporting characters straight and I had to re read the description of the manor once or twice especially when Katie goes missing and Isabella first meets Donovan What the heck was he doing down there This was early on in the book and the ballroom, the rat traps, the cat, the hidden rooms, the tree randomly falling on the car like it s an Allstate commercial, and the family tree were a bit much piled into one 224 page story.The surprise twists at the end of most chapters were a great element and kept you hooked to the end The romance feltlike lust than love but since Isabella and Donovan didn t mind, I guess there s nothingyou can say Great story The plot was really well written and kept you guessing as to whom was actually the culprit Engrossing and easy to listen to Made me think of an adult Nancy Drew novel. Part of the Shivers series Good story and fast to read. Quick, easy read with plenty of interesting characters and plots Reminded me a tiny bit of those old gothics, but never quite achieved it The snarky, smart alecky dialogue at the beginning of the book was getting on my nerves Either I got used to it or the author didn t use it as much Finally, a HUGE coincidence at the end of the book was hard to swallow, but oh well This would have gotten a higher rating but for these few issues Still, an interesting read. Just love this writer My second book of hers Darkwood read this when you are not distacted There are a lot of characters to keep track of Lots of action and spookiness Would have liked a bitromance but you can t get everything A good book to read alone with some hot coco Have fun reading this audiobook wonderful just love this reader Liz Bieler you have a great voice and are a great listen Miniseries Shivers I read this quite some time ago and it was really good An estate haunted by over a hundred years of tragedy and Donovan Black stood at the heart of it Like Darkwood Manor, Donovan was an utter mystery An FBI sharpshooter who couldn t break away from his past, he only wanted to make sure that history didn t repeat itself especially now that the manor had a lovely new ownerIsabella Ross had either discovered the perfect vacation spot or her final resting place Now her only hope for survival is a man who doesn t want her around a man she can t seem to resist But the secrets in his family s attic threaten to consume them both, and something or someone won t rest until the manor house is empty This was a very enjoyable, old fashioned kind of gothic mystery The story was complex and the characters were fun I d definitely read it again

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