- Paperback: 426 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 28, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1466349794
- ISBN-13: 978-1466349797
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 109 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,945,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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St. Charles at Dusk: A Crimson & Clover Lagniappe Paperback – September 28, 2011
"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
St. Charles at Dusk was a 2014 ABNA Quarter Finalist
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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Personally, I try to visit New Orleans about once a year. But I have not had a chance to do that this year. I miss the city greatly. Reading Sarah's novel brought me back to my old stomping grounds instantly. It was an entirely accurate portrayal of New Orleans' atmosphere; I could feel smell all those familiar scents, hear those mockingbirds, feel the rain on my skin. It was good to be back!
The narrative is stylized with a Dickensian finesse reminiscent in Great Expectations. Cradit finely weaves together a tale of romance between her two heroes, Oz and Adrienne. Oz was an entirely sympathetic character; I could completely relate to his yearning for Adrienne. She, on the other hand, is a character brimming with the delicious irony of a love-interest riddled with internal struggles; I could relate with her very well also. Theirs is a wonderful coming of age story about the journey of self-discovery in the people we live with and love.
Skillfully crafted, ST. CHARLES AT DUSK is a novel I highly recommend. It's wonderful storytelling.
That awkward moment when you realize you have read every single book in a series except the prequel....
How I have gone so long without getting this book read, I don't know. But, better late than never. I actually found this book whetted my appetite and made me want to start the series all over again. I wish I had the time to do that. A little binge reading of this series would be awesome!!
This is the story of Oz and Adrienne. The two were once lovers but a series of tragic events separated them. Adrienne disappeared and Oz married and had a child, his life a success, with a high profile career, big house, the works. But, tragedy strikes once more and Oz will find his heart once more lies in the hands of Adrienne Deschanel.
Adrienne is somewhat of an enigma. She disappears and reappears, is kind of loopy and kind of spooky. I never knew what to make of her really. She was just a teenager when she began her affair with Oz, much to the dislike of their families. It seemed maybe the adults were right in this case and Oz remembers Adrienne as a summer romance, but of course he is only trying to downplay his real feelings for her. But, he must maintain a certain professional distance with Adrienne in order to help her.
I loved the atmosphere created in this novel, the strong Gothic slant, the forbidden love, the paranormal undertones and of course New Orleans! The deep history of these families and the life long connections all set the stage for the family saga that you simply have to check out. The characters in this series are very vividly drawn, the possibilities are endless and you will never figure out what's coming next. This is a very strong introduction to the series and I highly recommend it even if you have already read some of the other books in the series. This book will enlighten you on so many little tidbits of information and bring you an even greater understanding of things that came later. If you have not started this series I recommend starting with this book mainly because of the historical details and because it is important to know the complicated history between Adrienne and Oz in order to process the events that transpire later on in the series.
Overall this one is gets 5 stars!!
St. Charles at Dusk is the love story of Oz and Adrienne. It was awesome and heartbreaking. A story of tragedy and devastation. I love Oz, he's such a good, sweet, sensitive man. I highly recommend this story!
She was the least attractive of the Deschanels. She wasn't ugly, but never really caught Oz's eye, until one day...she had become a young lady and he an older man. Talk about taboo! But when they did get together, the love was like nothing hollywood could even write. But just like real life, their love was not meant to be, and faced many challenges to stay together.
Take a journey through the streets of New Orleans and follow the hearts of two lovers as their lives get torn apart. I dare you not to cry, laugh, and feel like cheering as you read this incredible love story. But the story does not end here. Oh no! There are many more books to follow. The best part of this one, it is a prequel to one of the coolest, most exciting, non-stop mystery with The House of Crimson and Clover series. You will get lost in the power, the ancients, and the Empyreans. But don't take my word for it! Go read them!