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Length: 67 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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About the Author

Andrea Parnell is the award-winning author of ten novels, short fiction and articles, with more than one million copies of her books in print. Her works include Gothic, Western, and other historical and contemporary romances. Several of her books have been set in her home state of Georgia. Andrea has received both the Maggie and Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice awards for her writing, and is a member of Novelists, Inc. (NINC) and past president of the Georgia Authors Network. She is fond of cats, travel, overgrown gardens, and old houses with lots of crooks, crannies, and interesting shadows.

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  • File Size: 264 KB
  • Print Length: 67 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Trove Books (November 21, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 21, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006BHU6W8
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,226 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By akornroach on November 29, 2011
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Possible spoilers

Dark Prelude is the prelude to a full-length novel Dark Splendor.

Silvia Bradstreet can't take living with her hurtful uncle a minute longer. When she sees an ad on a window for indentured servants, she gives the idea serious consideration. After reading the generous contract, she signs away five years of her life in change for a trip to America and free land at the end of the term.

Roman and Morgan Toller have received a message from their uncle asking him them to come to America on his ship. The brothers met Silvia when they come to her rescue only to turn around and accuse her of being a prostitute. Little do they know they will be on the same ship.

The prelude flowed easily and developed the characters enough that you care about them. It builds enough mystery that you have to keep reading the prelude then the novel. I really enjoyed it.

*I do not base my reviews on price. Almost all free books will later be priced. Therefore, it is not right to give them a higher rating because they happened to be free when I got them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By inky on September 24, 2012
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Reading this will get you to buy the full story, but you will be beyond pleasently surprised with that too. I recomend this prelude, but its not needed to fully enjoy Dark Splendor. Nitpick: St. Nick is a term never used in England at that time, its always Father Christmas. St Nick is an Ameican term. It took the reality away for me, details are important, especially in period pieces. You will enjoy this one though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Piaras on September 25, 2013
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This author has a solid proven background so there should be no need for `samples'. If an author has a good reputation, it should stand that they'll continually try to please their fans. Because if they don't, they know their fifteen minutes will be lost and gone forever.
I do not base my reviews on price. It stands to reason that almost all free books will be priced at a later date. Therefore, it is not right to give them a higher rating because they happened to be free when I got them.
As much as this genre can be predictable, I found this romantic tale to be refreshingly imaginative. This page turner will take the reader on a stimulating journey. Also, the writing style is uncomplicated which makes for an enjoyable read.
I'm almost certain that fans of this genre will love having a nibble on this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tanya on January 10, 2014
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Historical romance/suspense set in London, to be trite, is not my usual cup of tea. But Dark Prelude definitely kept me reading. I am invested in the character, Silvia Bradstreet, and am anxiously following her voyage via ship from England to a new life in the colonies, the obstacles she encounters, and I trust will continue to encounter in the continuation, Dark Splendor (already on my "to read" list), and the romantic choices and complications that await her. No spoilers here, because you really have to read this! I, for one, want to know what happens in Dark Splendor!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fiona on August 2, 2013
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This is the prelude to "Dark Splendor."

Here we meet Silvia and the drunken father she must escape. We meet brothers Roman and Morgan. We learn how the three got thrown together on a sailing ship. And ... we learn how Silvia fell asleep naked in bed while Roman and Morgan try to figure out who gets to sleep in her bed!

It ends right there. What a cliffhanger!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LAWonder on September 23, 2012
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This could be the beginning of a great series but through events so far it could become rather steamy.
This would not be recommended to Young Adults but it is written fairly clean.
It is in an old England setting and involves those intending to embark a voyage to the colonies.
I enjoyed the prelude and can only hope the next in the series is cleanly written.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By the eternal scribe on December 2, 2012
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I have no idea where I found this book or why I chose to download it. It's not my usual genre, but a period piece and a prelude to a historical romance at that (my least favorite genre).

That being said, this novella was amazing. Parnell created Silvia's world with an unencumbered flare for detail. I easily immersed myself in her world - a world I could practically see, it was so clear. The characters were engaging and likable. The scenes were real, smooth, and pulled the reader into the moment, feeling tension and anxiety for Silvia.

I finished this novella and immediately wanted to go out a get the next installment, Dark Splendor. Totally brilliant and I entirely encourage you to pick it up. I just wish I could pick up the next book and read it now!
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Author Andrea Parnell recreates a convincing 1750s London, where a mysterious stranger offers a poor girl the chance to escape her fate, and rich sons battle and drink together, just for fun. Details entice the reader and make the patchwork of dark streets, gloomy houses, and docks, seem vividly real. Dialog is convincing, and characters, apart from the mysterious brothers, are nicely three-dimensional. The novella is a prequel to a longer tale, and it’s clear the brothers will become more real as history reveals their motivations.

Scary scenes of threat and escape accompany Sylvia’s flight, with nicely drawn details of the problems of running in a long skirt. Meanwhile, pleasing humor adds depth and intrigue.

The novella ends, at least in my copy, with excerpts from longer works, nicely advertising the author’s writing skills, and enticing readers to purchase more books. Occasional typos might have marred my enjoyment, but they’re probably fixed by now, and anyway, the storylines have got me thoroughly hooked. I would love to read more. (Can I download some time first please?)

Disclosure: I found that it was free and decided to try it.
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