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"Beneath a Scarlet Sky" by Mark Sullivan
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This one takes place at Dante's world-famous porcelain glass works in Maryland where chief designer Florian (in mask on the cover) is the focal point of a lot of angst. He also happens to become a thrilled partner in a whirlwind romance with Dieter, a count from Germany who has come to Maryland carrying a big surprise for Florian, whom he meets in the wetlands where Florian gets so many ideas for his designs.
The fact that Florian is a virtual prisoner of his truly nasty mother and brother, and stays around only to protect his stepsister Ella, is a somewhat convoluted jumping off point to portray this as a Cinder-fella story. Nah. This turns out to be a combination of insta-love, misunderstandings, tragedy, treachery and some nasty fun which holds your attention because you know how it might wind up and flash a happy grin when the Epilogue confirms that.
All through this the St. Giles community, headed by Dante and Beau, figure neatly into the tale and you hope there's another tale coming from this talented author who keeps coming up with surprisingly detailed tales of artistry which give credence to the romances surrounding them.
Florian is an artist at a porcelain studio, painting mostly birds, but in his spare time he paints on canvas whatever he imagines. His works sell well and he has gained international fame. He’s even received awards from organizations and when one of those associations comes to town to present an award to the company he works for plus a medal for himself, Florian’s life takes a drastic turn he never dreamed would happen.
The problems for Florian are in his home. His stepmother and brother are irrational beyond words. His stepsister Ella has been so cowed by her mother that even Florian thinks Ella is “slow” and must be cared for like a young child. His stepmother shrilly requires that everything be done for her, although everyone except her works outside the home. She is an awful woman.
Deiter, or Count Deiter, comes to town from Germany to present the award and medal to the company and Florian. His gentle, understanding ways cause Florian to fall in love, even though Florian knows Deiter’s stay is short term and nothing permanent can come of a relationship with Deiter.
Florian’s brother Jeremy also works for the porcelain company and does such a poor job that he is eventually fired. When Jeremy blames Florian for his troubles the sparks are lit under an unimaginable conflagration that leads to destruction of many things and people.
When it is time for Deiter to return to Europe a solution to the problem of leaving Florian behind as well as a future for Ella, leading to several happy ever afters and at least one person reaping what he sowed. This is the second book of the St. Giles series but can be read as a stand alone novel. I loved this book and look forward to more stories.
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