Following the death of her dominating mother, Anne Fontaine decides to leave the bayou to reconnect with her estranged half-sister, Adrienne Deschanel. Her hope is to forge a relationship with Adrienne that was not possible when her mother was alive. Secretly, she also hopes to find out if her extraordinary supernatural talents are shared by anyone else.
When Nicolas Deschanel gets wind of Anne’s presence, he suspects that she is one of many con artists after his sister’s money. Not knowing that her story is true, he engages in a game of cat-and-mouse with her, deciding to have a little fun.
Eventually, circumstances find both of them back at the Deschanel family seat, Ophélie, where secrets and stories come to life.
Just wonderful! This short novelette is perfect. It gives you just want you need, no more, no less and doesn’t leave to floundering around for more story, and wishing there way less story. Sarah weaves a perfect amount of story here, and leaves you feeling content and having a whole new outlook. Not many authors can go back and craft a story around a different character and make it tie in as beautifully as Sarah did with this one. If you are a fan of the previous books, you’ll have no trouble loving this too, and if you haven’t read them yet, pick this one up, give it a go, and if you like it, you’ll love the rest 🙂
The details that really highlight Anna is this book will be changing a lot of opinions of Anne, because it definitely changed mine. Anne has now really become a full and complete character in her own right and we really got an amazing chance to understand her in this short novelette.
Sarah’s writing style as always is well organized, interesting and especially unique. She writes as though she herself has lived it, with such dedication and drive, that you believe that the world before your eyes in real. You believe Sarah was there, on the sidelines, watching and writing, in order to bring these stories to us. They are wonderfully emotional, without being too overwhelming, and they are incredibly detailed without being too over the top or cluttered. Sarah has a perfect style and is able to captivate the reader right away, and sweep them off to her world, and then we never want to return to ours.
Just because it’s shorter doesn’t mean it’s any less amazing then all of Sarah’s other works, this one stands as an amazing insight into a character, a relationship, and it deepens are understanding of the character and heightens our appreciation of the works that came before shedding more light on the text we’ve previously read and showing us it in a new way. Sarah is definitely an author to watch, The House of Crimson and Clover series is definitely one of my favorites right now, and I can’t wait to see where it goes next! 🙂
** I was given an ARC of this book for review. All opinions are my own and based on my feelings towards the reading, the gift of the book did not sway me in any way **
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Sarah is the author of the Southern Fiction series, The House of Crimson and Clover. The series was born of her combined loves of New Orleans, family dramas, and the mysterious nature of love and desire. Her books combine elements of mystery, suspense, intrigue, romance, and even paranormal. She is always working on the next book in the series, and absolutely loves connecting with her fans.
Sarah lives in the Pacific Northwest, but has traveled the world from Asia to Europe to Africa. When she isn’t working (either at her day career, or hard at work at writing), she is reading a book and discovering new authors. The great loves of her life (in order) are: her husband James, her writing, and traveling the world.