Sunday, 7 July 2013

The Storm and the Darkness, July 8th



The House of Crimson and Clover Series

The House of Crimson and Clover series follows the lives of two New Orleans families: the august and mysterious Sullivans and Deschanels. The Sullivans, a family of hard-working Irish lawyers, have come from nothing and built a life they can be proud of. The Deschanels, a moderately wealthy family who became extremely wealthy by siding with the North during the Civil War, betraying their people. Both families have a dark and rich history, full of secrets, and full of surprises.

The books in this series unravel the stories of both the individuals as well as the families themselves, discovering the ways these families and their secrets intersect, and each story pulls us even farther into their stories.

While the series is meant to be treated as one long narrative, each book can stand alone and be enjoyed without having read the other books.

Title: The Storm and the Darkness
(The House of Crimson and Clover series, book 2)
Ana Deschanel has made a terrible mistake. The only chance of protecting the other people involved is to flee New Orleans, the only home she has ever known, for the quiet solitude of Summer Island.

Summer Island, Maine (population 202) is not the tranquil escape Ana imagined. The locals are distant and cold, especially her neighbor, the reclusive veterinarian Jonathan St. Andrews. Her only lifeline is the kind but odd caretaker Alex Whitman. Showing up at all the right moments, he warns her she is completely unprepared for a Maine winter. As the first winter storm approaches to whispers of an island shutdown- Ana realizes that she may soon be cut off from the rest of the world.

After a surprising encounter with Jonathan’s brother, Finn, Ana finds herself braving the storm to return something to him. Unprepared for the Maine storm, she slips and falls onto the jagged rocks along the shore. The St. Andrews brothers find her in the nick of time, but she remains unconscious. As the storm worsens, the St. Andrews brothers learn there are other, more sinister forces at work closer than they ever imagined.

With no help from the outside world, they must find a way to protect themselves from both the storm, and the growing darkness that looms across the island.

I received the Storm and the Darkness as an ARC for kindle. I am delighted to share my perspective with you. It was not affected by the advance copy. This view is 100% my own and you may agree or disagree.

 The Storm and the Darkness is a very apt title. It is an engaging tale of Ana Deschanel and how her life connects to the other characters. It is a story of dealing with life's idiosyncrasies and the fallout of one's actions (or inaction). Ana goes to Maine to get away from her current life. She remains in close contact with her cousin, Nicholas and her father Augustus. On the Island, she meets two brothers. Jon is solitary and misunderstand. Finn is the more charming brother.  
   
 As the story progresses, you learn why Ana chose to come to Maine. The story is well developed. The characters are easy to relate to as they deal with their daily struggles. It is interesting how one event can be a catalyst for what happens in your future. It is amazing to see how Ana, Jon and Finn develop into the story. You really get to know what the characters are thinking and feelings. Also, the mix of gifts in the story is very interesting. The setting is vivid. The novel is a perfectly paced. As well it is very thought provoking and there are numerous quotes I would love to share with you!  Also, I want to mention the multiple point of views- Ms Cradit is very talented at writing them. They make sense and don't leave you feeling lost. This is the second book in the series, The House of Crimson and Clover and you can definitely read it without feeling completely overwhelmed. However, after reading this, I really want to get a hold of the first novel. 

Author: Sarah M. Cradit

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.

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Disclaimer: I accepted to review the Storm and the Darkness as an Advance Review Copy. The opinion is my own.


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