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A Light on the Veranda by [Ware, Ciji]
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From Publishers Weekly

Past demons threaten to resurface for Daphne Duvallon when her brother asks her to return to Natchez, Miss., to play the harp at his wedding. If Daphne agrees, she'll be fired from her position with the Oberlain Chamber Orchestra. Worse, she'll have to face her spiteful parents and confront the odious ex-fianc‚ she left at the altar just two years before. Events quickly spiral from bad to bizarre when Daphne moves into her elderly cousin Maddy's crumbling mansion and suffers disturbing visions about her female ancestors, gifted harpists also named Daphne, whose bad choices in men resulted in insanity. When Daphne is in the present, which is most of the time, she is charmed by nature photographer Simon Hopkins. Simon cheers Daphne on as she launches a new career as a jazz harpist and, in return, she helps him organize a fund-raiser to fight Able Petroleum's attempts to build a toxic dump next to a bird sanctuary. Ware (Midnight on Julia Street, etc.) pads this tale with clumps of guidebook-style narrative and shallow, truly unpleasant characters. Although readers who enjoy time-travel romances may leach some pleasure from the pre-Civil War Southern plantation setting of Daphne's visions, others will be hard pressed to finish this lengthy book.

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From Booklist

In this wonderful sequel to Midnight on Julia Street (1999), Daphne Duvallon leaves her native New Orleans for New York City after abandoning her philandering fiance at the altar in front of 500 guests. Now her brother, King, wants her to come back south for his wedding in Natchez. A talented Julliard-trained harpist, Daphne will do anything for her brother, even if it means losing her job with an up-and-coming orchestra, and the trip truly becomes a life-altering experience when she meets Sim Hopkins, a nature photographer who has the potential to be the right man in her life if she can learn to trust again. Both are cautious, and for good reason, as the distant past impacts their future, cued by the music of a mysterious harp. This ghostly instrument opens a gateway to a sequence of tragic events beginning in the late 1790s and ending, finally, with the death of a previous Daphne Duvallon. A thoroughly engaging romance in its own right. Patty Engelmann
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  • File Size: 1930 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; Reprint edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GCCAP8
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Format: Paperback
Light on the Veranda is another great novel by CiJi Ware. I just love Ms. Ware's novels. They are always full of romance without being overly mushy. This novel is a richly descriptive story of past and present of local families who have lots of skeletons in their magnolia scented closets and the past has a way of catching up with the future.

A wonderfully researched story of very real people with fragile emotions and a city rich with history, of a past when women were controlled by the men in their lives and the morals of the times. When reading this book I could almost feel the humid atmosphere and feel the grandeur of the southern mansions. Ciji Ware does an awesome job of weaving the two stories together seamlessly where dreams are reality. The story is not all honeysuckle and mint juleps as there are unsavory characters and sad circumstances in both the past and the present, but the charm of the old south is definitely a lure that draws the reader in.

Light on the Veranda is the sequel to Midnight on Julia Street with a lot of the same characters. I would recommend that you read these books in order as to get a better understanding and feel for the people and locations. Again I highly recommend all of Ciji Ware's books. you will not be disappointed.
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I think I would have given this book a 4 star if so much did not happen to our heroine so quickly. I thought the writing was very well done. The characters both in the present and past had depth and interest to them that kept me reading. Both Daphne and Sim had their own emotional baggage that they had to work through, and did an admirable job in doing so. This is a story of a growing relationship, not your typical, h/h meet and fall instantly in love story (though there are elements of that too). Sometimes I thought they fell back on their preconceived ideas and previous habits too readily, but I suppose that is human nature and added some realism to the story. Both were at fault during these scenes and eventually talked through their problems.
Although this story stands pretty well on its own, it does help if you have read its predecessor Midnight on Julia Street (Daphne's brother's story). One of my smaller criticisms of the story is how dysfunctional this family is (as well as its ancestors). Between the self-centered mother, apathetic father, "interesting" aunt, and psychotic jilted ex, I thought things went a little too far. The only thing that brought it back to the credible and enjoyable for me was the tie-ins to the past. There were just enough of these to keep the story interesting, but not enough to bog the plot down. It is interesting how Ms. Ware does not have the present characters know the intricacies of their predecessors lives (which is what usually happens in these stories). We realize that everyone knows and is related to everyone else, but the true meaning of the previous generation's stories was lost. Some rumors came down through the families, but watching Daphne learn the true stories was interesting and well done.
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Full of breathtaking romance, loaded with historical and contemporary detail, sometimes light-hearted and at other times heart-wrenching, Ciji Ware's A LIGHT ON THE VERANDA is a winner.

New Orleans-born professional harpist Daphne's life took a turn for the better when she walked out on her wedding to the rat of the century. But now she's in Natchez to play her harp at her beloved brother's wedding. There she meets Simon, a man vastly different from the rodents she usually encounters. The attraction is immediate, mutual, and startling. For Daphne's music conjures visions from the past involving another Simon and her ancestor, another harp-playing Daphne. The historical Daphne's sad, tragic life can't be changed. Does the modern Daphne have the courage to change hers? Especially since the rat, vicious as ever, is back and has her in his sights.

Ms. Ware interweaves the similar and yet different stories of two women across two centuries who share problems still all too common. Male betrayal, greed and cruelty can wreak havoc in a woman's life, then and now. The historical Daphne, born into a frightful situation, had no control over her lot. The modern Daphne does, but only when she sheds her female indoctrination in submissiveness and fights back.

But even within the past and present world of male privilege, decent men exist. The historic Simon was one, and so is the contemporary Simon. Those of you who read my reviews know I like honorable heroes, and the modern Simon is one of the best. Utterly masculine, strong and yet vulnerable, protective but not patronizing, Simon is a spectacular hero. He's also gorgeous, which doesn't hurt. *g* Lucky Daphne.
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(3.5 stars) This is a "stand-alone" sequel to "Midnight on Julia Street", with some overlapping characters, and falls in time not long after the events of the other book. Daphne has been asked to come to Natchez, MS to play her harp at her brother's wedding. In doing so, she loses her job with her New York chamber orchestra and her former lover and conductor threatens her that she will never work in the city again. Adding to her discomfort at the wedding is that she will have to deal with her "magnolia" mother who is still angry with her for walking out of her wedding to Jack who was cheating on her with her friend. She meets a photographer/author, Sim Hopkins who is writing a book on Audubon. When they both have the experience of a harp playing itself in two different locations, they have an immediate connection. Legend has it that the harp is played by an ancestor of Daphne's with the same name. Daphne is dismayed to find out that Jack is in town, now working for an oil company who would like to place a toxic dump near the local bird sanctuary. As Daphne tries to figure out a new life for herself, she has dreams, both waking and sleeping, about the past that seem to be almost real, focusing on the sad past of her namesake. She must deal with her past relationships in order to move forward. This was an interesting mix of historical story and contemporary along with some romance.
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