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Depraved Heart Paperback – April 30, 2012
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From the Inside Flap
During the first years of his career his name was linked with half the beauties in Hollywood including a tempestuous romance with a distinguished Academy Award winning actress who was twenty years his senior. Just about the time the public was convinced that Syd Jupiter was becoming a disreputable womanizer, he thrilled them by falling in love with the ballerina, Rachel Silver. The media loved it.
Rachel Silver was an enigma. If Syd Jupiter was a tabloid darling, Rachel and her twin brother, Raven, were American ballet lovers' dreams come true.
Born on an island off the coast of Massachusetts, Rachel and Raven were the great-grandchildren of W.Q. and Lisette Ravenscroft, the legendary patrons of such artists as John Singer Sargent, Robert Vonnah, Charles Grafly, and Winslow Homer. Ravenscroft made his fortune in the Boston banking industry while Lisette, a famous beauty and bosom companion of Isabella Stewart Gardner, elevated entertaining in Boston to an art form. While the most fashionable artists and patrons of the arts summered in Manchester-by-the-Sea and Gloucester's Eastern Point, Ravenscroft purchased half of a two hundred acre island southwest of Cape Ann and spent two decades building an estate so lavish it rivaled the castles built by the Hammonds across the water. He named it Hathor after the Egyptian goddess of pleasure.
The first time the public saw the Silver twins perform with American Ballet Theater they believed they were witnessing magic. So perfectly did the two, beautiful dancers move together, with such grace and symmetry and fluidity of motion that it was impossible to believe there were two individuals performing. Rather, it seemed that a single, perfect creature had manifested itself. They were so alike in appearance and so attuned in motion as they floated through the pas de deux in Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet that the ballet critic for the New York Times declared that they had rendered further interpretations of that ballet superfluous and a well-known fundamentalist preacher who happened to attend the performance called for a boycott of such blatant sensuality.
Rachel Silver married Syd Jupiter on the wisteria-covered terrace of Hathor while photographers with telephoto lenses hung out of helicopters and balanced in the towers of tuna boats trying to achieve the definitive photo of the event. The photographs taken that day filled the tabloids. During the weeks that followed, while the newlyweds remained secluded at Hathor, the paparazzi kept watch.
Three years later Hathor was again the focal point of tabloid fascination. Raven Silver, the captivating, ethereal twin and dance partner of Rachel Jupiter was dead, shot through the heart outside his great-grandfather's Roman temple on the edge of a swimming pool in which Rudolph Valentino once swam naked. Syd Jupiter was arrested and taken into custody. The press went wild.
After a brief trial during which the beautiful Rachel, now pregnant with their first child, stayed faithfully by her husband's side, Syd Jupiter was found guilty of second degree depraved heart murder and his twenty-five year jail sentence began.
Top Customer Reviews
I must say that Kathleen Valentine is one of those authors who are classic examples on why I love and very frequently seek out Indie authors over the big house publisher authors. I truly feel that Kathleen's writing is above the cookie cutter writers that you see in big house publishing houses.
This book was no exception. Kathleen's character and setting development is so strong that frequently I have to map them out and how they interact with one another. This is a real talent to be able to do so. Also, in the majority of Kathleen's books, as well as this one, she has the ability to write with a darkness that is below the surface, yet can keep the storyline light, so it isn't necessarily depressing and characters are "approachable". I loved this book, also, because of the mystery component that was visible, but not quite visible. I was kind of surprised with this one because of the level of romance that was in this book compared to her other books.
I do this lightly (because I abhor when people do it flippantly), but this book almost had the feel of Du Maurier's Rebecca with a bit more sexual spiciness to it.
This book hooked me from the very beginning. I so glad I gave this book a go! Now I need to go check out some of the other books from this very talented writer.
beach or for the armchair! From the very first page I was hooked. The characters are so colorful and deep. Each
character has a back-story which gives them a richness that adds to the unfolding events.
Tempest Hobbs, the "sensitive" is so believable as an art curator and fragile, wounded soul. Her "escape" to
the Island sets her off on an unexpected life-changing adventure.
Syd Jupiter is every women's fantasy man; the son of a New Orleans "voodo" mother, he is handsome, strong, romantic,honest, and yet he's hiding some big secrets.
Setting the book in Salem and on an Island called "Hephzibah Regrets" was brilliant. (I actually looked up this Island in Google to see if it really exists!) There are twists and turns with plot and characters in each chapter - taking you to the last few pages where you learn the "secret" that Syd has been keeping from Tempest.
Besides loving this book, I learned so much about local artists. Kathleen really did her research.
I can't wait for the sequel.....:) or the next Kathleen Valentine Book. She never disappoints me with
her stories and writing style.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of characters in the beginning but it all comes together in a wonderful story---Kathleen is a wonderful writer and uses very descriptive words!!!Published 13 months ago by Katherine Muth
This book has everything a true reader looks for in a good story. Love, passion, murder, mystery, art, history and a fantastic setting. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Maggie
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I couldn't stop reading this book!! So many twists and turns and it kept me guessing right up to the very end! Read more
Suspense, mystery, and romance...this book had all of it. I love where the story takes you. The mystery of it all till the very end. Valentine nailed it.Published on April 8, 2013 by Amazon Customer