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Garnet or Garnet's Curse [Kindle Edition]

Nancy B. Brewer
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From Nancy B. Brewer, author of the Carolina Rain trilogy now comes
"Garnet" a historical romance, filled with uncertainties and suspense.

It is France 1889. Tucked away in a stately château overlooking the Loire River, Garnet’s life had been for the most part unremarkable. One day melted into the next until she awakens to find herself a beautiful young woman with desires and needs that those walls cannot provide.

With the unexpected death of her aunt, her seamless world comes to an abrupt end. As it has been from the beginning of time, beauty, wealth and innocence are sought by the unscrupulous. Garnet must ask herself, which is reality, the world in which she lives or the unexplainable.

Editorial reviews:
Brewer again proves herself as a master storyteller; blending suspense and historical details around the taboo passions of the Victorian European era. Readers are certain to find Garnet exciting, deliciously entertaining with an unpredictable finish.

Product Details

  • File Size: 323 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Brentwood; 1 edition (February 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,276 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read, but sadly short! June 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Nancy B. Brewer does it again! Loved the book. Had suspense, romance,a little horror/terror, and even some wonderful sounding recipes. I would have loved that the book were a little longer - didn't take but a day to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Viara
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The moment I began the journey I was completely immersed in Garnet’s world. And although I had other plans for the day, I found excuses to keep reading. The events unfolded naturally without revealing too much or relying on artificial, sensationalist devices to ensnare the reader. Garnet was a subtle page-turner, devouring the hours of the day before I knew where they had gone.

Suspense, action, and passion were all woven into a unique plot that had me guessing and revising until everything ultimately came together. Like Garnet, I had to decide whom to trust and be vigilant. There were unexpected twists where I thought, “Oh my goodness! Where is she taking me?” But I was not in the least disappointed or let down, because all the pieces of the puzzle had their place.

A Christian, I enjoy novels where the main characters stay true to their convictions. I also appreciate Mrs. Brewers use of scripture where appropriate. It served more as a framework, rather than being forceful or overbearing.

The mystery is well thought-out and comes together in a very satisfying manner. And just as I was about to leave Garnet’s life for my own, I was unexpectedly rewarded by a list of clever recipes for various culinary delights mentioned throughout the novel. A real treat!

Not a big fan of series, written or otherwise, I love that this novel seems a complete experience; making me more eager to delve into the author’s other works, including more of Garnet’s ventures if and when they become available.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Garnet - Another Winner from Nancy Brewer! June 30, 2013
By KimS
Format:Kindle Edition
As a big fan of historical fiction I fell in love with the Lizzie books, so of course, I had to read Garnet by the same author. This book is just as captivating. Ms. Brewer has an uncanny way of making the reader feel emotions with the characters. This book is exciting from beginning to end, and therefore, is a very quick read. My only disappointment is the abrupt ending to the story. I really hope there is a sequel!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A captive read. September 27, 2013
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This author does an excellent job researching history. I am always checking facts as I read and I find that Ms. Brewer really delves into everyday life of the place and period and is spot on with details most of us have never heard of. Don't read this expecting to anticipate what happens next. You will most likely be wrong. A+ historical fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very different September 26, 2013
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First the story. I don't usually like the supernatural genre, or the suggestion of the of curses and such. They just bore me. This book was an exception. To say much more would be a spoiler, but the characters were interesting and surprising. This was also a touch religious, but not so much that it was became what I call the "Jesus" genre. It had a pleasant amount of belief that God would be there to provide strength and help. I really enjoyed this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars GARNET October 25, 2013
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The book is named for the lead character in the book...and she also wears a garnet necklace around her neck. There are family being Garnet thought her father dead until her aunt died and he suddenly came into her life. She never questioned that he was her real father...a bit odd I thought. There are clues left to her family secret that she unravels ...the book is rather uneventful actually but I did finish the story. I read this on Kindle that I had downloaded from Amazon. Love my Kindle.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good October 17, 2013
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Absolutely bizarre. I only finished it to see how bad and strange it would get. I never did get a clear idea of what time period it supposedly took place in.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great plot, interesting read. October 6, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This was an interesting book, the story itself very clever.

In the book, a very naive girl's aunt dies, leaving behind a fortune and a letter leading the girl to her family's secret history. The girl's family is under a curse, and as the girl's long-lost father arrives to spirit her away from danger, the bodies begin piling up. Soon enough, the girl is on her own, surrounded by enemies, and hunted by a curse she can't explain and can't fight.

Again, I liked the plot. It was clever, and the murders were suitably terrifying. The girl herself, Garnet, is naive to the point of stupidity at times, but she does improve as the novel unfolds, turning out to be just excessively sheltered. The murder mystery itself truly was brilliant, and the villains suitably creepy. I enjoyed the pacing, for the most part, and of course there were plenty of villains to keep the story going.

My only real complaint is that while the girl did improve, she never really learned to stand on her own two feet. Every time something happened, she was being manipulated or just rescued by someone else. I get that this was probably the way it just was back then--women being handed from families to husbands, often helpless and unprepared--but it didn't make the main character endearing. For a book that focused so much on her budding sexuality, she could have been a bit less like a child.

I also wasn't a fan of the ending, I'll admit. Not that it was bad, but that it could have been so much better. The villains were built up at such a perfect pace, as was the mystery, but the mystery was solved too easily and too quickly, and without the girl even really being involved. So much of the story was missing, even if there weren't any pesky loose ends. Overall, however, good book.
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More About the Author

Author's books include:
Carolina Rain, (book 1)
Beyond Sandy Ridge, (book 2)
Lizzie After the War, (book 3)
Letters from Lizzie (book 4)
Garnet or Garnet's Curse
A Doll Named Fannie
The House with the Red Light-with CD of original songs composed by Nancy B. Brewer and bluegrass artist- Rhonda Vincent.

Coming soon: The Two Faces of Nina Grey

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Nancy B. Brewer is an author and native of North Carolina.
She has had a long time interest in history, genealogy and the art of natural healing. Nancy says some of her inspiration for telling stories came from her grandmother, a self-taught nurse. Her grandmother shared with her stories of the olden days and about her great-grandmother who was a mid-wife in Stanly County, North Carolina. Ms. Brewer attended Carolina School of Holistic Medicine in Chapel Hill North Carolina.

As a history reenactor and storyteller, she says that writing historical fiction came natural to her. She was often asked questions that led her into countless hours of research and the more she discovered the more she had to share. She is quoted to say, "History is a never-ending story waiting to be told."

Nancy combines her love for history with her passion for creating stories and characters.
Readers are captivated from page one by Brewer's soft southern style and poetic quotes and lines. She is a master of weaving historically accurate stories filled with intriguing characters and thrilling plots.


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