Sunday, February 22, 2015

Alisa's Review: Nocturne for a Widow by Amanda DeWees

Kindle Edition261 pages
Published November 27th 2014 

New historical romantic suspense from the author of the acclaimed Sea of Secrets.

Widowed on her wedding night! Sybil Ingram is at a crossroads. Once she was the toast of the London stage, but now that she's 28 years old--very well, nearly 30--her draw isn't what it used to be, and her theater troupe is foundering. When her trusted mentor asks her to take the blame for his financial misdeeds, Sybil sees no choice but to retire from the life she loves and move to America to marry New York City hotel magnate Alcott Lammle. But her path to happiness is cut short when Lammle dies suddenly--and in financial ruin.

Widowed, nearly penniless, and unable to return to England, the determined diva sets out to stake a claim on Brooke House, an eccentric neo-Gothic manor in the wilds of the Hudson River Valley. She soon finds, however, that a ghostly presence wants her gone. Even worse, her claim is challenged by the most insolent, temperamental, maddeningly gorgeous man she's ever met: Roderick Brooke, a once-famous former violinist whose career ended in a dark scandal.

Soon it's a battle of wills as Sybil matches wits--and trades barbs--with Roderick, finding herself increasingly drawn to him despite her growing suspicion that there is a connection between him and the entity that haunts Brooke House. But an even greater threat arises in the form of the mysterious, powerful queen of local society, Mrs. Lavinia Dove. For reasons that Sybil can't imagine, Mrs. Dove is determined to oust Sybil from her sphere . . . and the lengths to which she will go are chilling indeed.

By turns mysterious and moving, sparkling and spooky, Nocturne for a Widow follows a spirited heroine through adventures in life, love, and death. From the colorful theatrical world of late-Victorian London to the American wilderness, Sybil's travels will test her mettle--and her heart.

Length: 280 pages ~ Sensuality level: mild/sweet

Categories: Victorian era, historical fiction, gothic romance, romantic suspense, mystery, historical, romantic comedy, ghost story, Victorian mystery, historical romance

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I love this author and I usually love her books.  But I will be very honest with this review.  It took me forever to read this book.  I just had no interest, the book/story did not hold my interest at all.
Ms. DeWees is an excellent author, and writes extremely well.  This book however felt like it drug on and on, I felt that there was some unnecessary descriptions and rambling on.
The story is complicated.  Sybil was a very strong character, and I loved her.  I enjoyed the banter between her and Roderick.  
But sadly, I am not a fan of this book.  I still however look forward to the next book this author releases.

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