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The Storm and the Darkness: The House of Crimson & Clover Series Prequel (The House of Crimson and Clover) Paperback – June 6, 2013
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"With impeccable pacing, Cradit shifts effortlessly between various points of view, demonstrating superb psychological insight and a compassion for even her most damaged (and frightening) characters. Her talent for creating atmosphere rivals Daphne du Maurier. This is modern Gothic with fierce smarts."- Christopher Rice, Bestselling Author of The Heavens Rise
"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
"Cradit's writing is poetic prose. She knows her narrative and her voice. She clearly writes with confidence in herself and in her story. I love her storytelling style!"- Becket, Bestselling Author of The Blood Vivicanti
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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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******Disclaimer- I do not give away the story line so that I don't spoil the book. I just feel that something's are better read than told!*****
This book is the 2nd in the series but you do not necessarily need to read the first (but you would miss out on an amazing story) to understand what is going on here. The author does a magnificent job bringing her characters to life. The descriptive genius of her first book carries over to this one. You can feel as though you have known these people and the places they've been. I absolutely adore Sarah's writing style and her remarkable talent. Huge kudos out to the creator of the cover as well, it is beautiful and perfect for this book! Sarah M. Cradit is THE author to watch!
And while we are busy learning about Ana's soul-mate of a best friend and cousin, Nicolas, along with the rest of her mysterious extended family, we also discover that the tiny island town Ana has chosen for refuge isn't as peaceful and sleepy as we thought. A local fisherman soon catches Ana's eye, and threatens to knock her off the wagon of trying to escape her love 'em and leave 'em cycle of behavior. Then there is the unjustifiably rude and antisocial town vet - the fisherman's brother - who seems like he has it in for her from the get go, but in all honesty, may be more of a kindred spirit than Ana would ever care to admit. And let's not leave out the house caretaker and town oddball, Alex, who goes out of his way to make Ana feel at home when the rest of the town is giving her the cold shoulder treatment they feel she deserves as a silver spoon outsider.
But not everything is as it seems in Summer Island, Maine. If Ana isn't careful, she could very well end up being the victim of another of the islands mysterious "accidents". Does Nicolas know Ana well enough to tell when she's truly in trouble? The converging story-lines make for a thrilling end to the first installment of this very promising series.
The characters are real and they have their flaws. She brings you into her world and let's you see what makes these people tick. You get to see a turn for the darker side between Ana and Jon. I loved Flynn. And Oz, I still love Oz, but maybe not as much as I had. The jury is still out on Nic. He's got his share of issues, but each character has their share.
I can't wait for the next book. I want to see who Nic winds up with and why.