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Flourish: The Story of Anne Fontaine: A La Famille Lagniappe (The House of Crimson and Clover) by [Cradit, Sarah M.]
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"Her (Cradit's) talent for creating atmosphere rivals Daphne du Maurier. This is modern Gothic with fierce smarts. Can't say it enough. I loved this book."Christopher Rice, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Heavens Rise

"It takes a great writer like Cradit to weave the threads of so many characters into an enjoyable story. I have no doubt that the name Cradit will one day be associated with the echelon of gothic fiction writers, namely Radcliffe, Blackwood, and Rice."- Becket, Bestselling Author and Assistant to Anne Rice

"Sarah Cradit's writing is tight and masterful. Her keen sense of how to pace a book and her ability to use just the right language to express the desires, fears and hopes of her characters is flawless."- Ionia Martin, Vine Top 100 Reviewer, Readful Things

"Cradit does an incredible job of building suspense. It's a slow, moody, edge of your seat suspense with a palpable sense of foreboding. This atmosphere kicks the book off and slowly escalates as you sink deeper into it."- Julie Whiteley, Clue Review

"The books are well written, the plot flows so quickly that you reach the end of the story well before you are ready and without realizing how much time has gone by since you were enchanted, committed and flung into the world of the Sullivan's, Deschanel's and their friends. You become a part of their lives as you are reading the books and think about the characters long after you have finished reading the book."- Stephenee Carsten, Nerd Girl Official

"The writing is top-notch, the story gripping and fast-paced, and the character development incredible. I will be impatiently awaiting the next installment."- Teri Polen, Books & Such

About the Author

Sarah M. Cradit is the author of the Paranormal Southern Gothic family saga, The House of Crimson & Clover. You can learn more about Sarah, and her series, at sarahmcradit.com

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  • File Size: 1183 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: October 25, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EUI53IC
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Sarah Cradit has written in a novelette what many authors try to accomplish in a full novel. Having already encountered her characters in her inaugural novel ST. CHARLES AT DUSK, I thoroughly enjoyed her new novelette BEYOND DUSK. It shed a wonderful new light on the character of Anne.

In this novelette, Cradit did what Anne Rice did with Lestat. The vampire was not the hero of Interview With the Vampire; but he has been the hero of subsequent books. Cradit has done the same. Her character Anne is brought to life beautifully, and depicted as being a powerful and meaningful character.

One of the most charming elements of this story is a trick Stephen King did in Firestarter. In the same way King's inventiveness coined the word "pyrokinesis" (literally translated as *fire motion / fire mover*), Cradit brilliantly coined her own word for Anne's amazing ability: "Arborkinetic" (tree / grass mover). Cradit's wonderful character Anne has a remarkable influence over flora and fauna. It's absolutely brilliant!

A wonderful facet about Cradit's writing is its fluidity and organization. Her prose never allows the suspension of disbelief to be broken. And her narrative voice shows the readers how much Cradit loves her characters.

BEYOND DUSK makes me wonder what's next in store for Anne in future books for the House of Crimson and Clover series.

Highly recommended reading!
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I'm a big fan of the House of Crimson and Clover series that Sarah has written. The short brought us a new twist, and I no longer hate Anne. In fact, I'm kind of hoping she will get her own full length book sooner or later because she has become a very intriguing character.

After St. Charles at Dusk, I really didn't like her much. This story gave me a reason to rethink my instant dislike of her character. And of course I love Nicolas even more. I can't say too much more without giving anything away. That's the trouble with shorts. The other trouble is usually being left with too many questions. They were all answered, and you get a whole taste of her story without being left hanging.

I still want more but only because Anne has become a real person with a story I want to know. ;)
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Anne Fontaine is trying to get in touch with her half-sister, Adrienne. She wants to form a relationship with her. Nicolas helps keep the crazies away from his sister Adrienne. When he hears about another woman claiming to be a sister of Adrienne’s, he goes to meet this woman. Nicolas tries to seduce Anne to find out what she’s really after, but when they arrive at Ophélie, Anne realizes she’s been kissing her brother. The stress makes her powers come to life. Will Anne be able to control herself? Will Nicolas realize that Anne is his sister?

This was a very fast-paced, well-written short story. It didn’t really have a lot of back story. I would have loved to have more of both Nicolas’s and Anne’s stories. It was very too the point. It seemed to end before it even started. I was disappointed that it wasn’t longer. Don’t be fooled by the 110 pages listed on Amazon. This story is only about half of that and then the rest is beginning of The Storm and the Darkness. I don’t know that this story gave anything to the series. In my mind, it was an okay read but not essential to the series.

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Reviewed by Tracy
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Just wonderful! This short novelette is perfect. It gives you just want you need, no more, no less and doesn't leave to floundering around for more story (except in the fact that we never want to leave this world!), and wishing there way less story. Sarah weaves a perfect amount of story here, and leaves you feeling content and having a whole new outlook. Not many authors can go back and craft a story around a different character and make it tie in as beautifully as Sarah did with this one. If you are a fan of the previous books, you'll have no trouble loving this too, and if you haven't read them yet, pick this one up, give it a go, and if you like it, you'll love the rest :)

The details that really highlight Anna is this book will be changing a lot of opinions of Anne, because it definitely changed mine. Anne has now really become a full and complete character in her own right and we really got an amazing chance to understand her in this short novelette.

Sarah's writing style as always is well organized, interesting and especially unique. She writes as though she herself has lived it, with such dedication and drive, that you believe that the world before your eyes in real. You believe Sarah was there, on the sidelines, watching and writing, in order to bring these stories to us. They are wonderfully emotional, without being too overwhelming, and they are incredibly detailed without being too over the top or cluttered. Sarah has a perfect style and is able to captivate the reader right away, and sweep them off to her world, and then we never want to return to ours.
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