Title: Beyond Dusk: Anne (House of Crimson and Clover 0.5)
Author: Sarah M. Cradit
Published Date: August 27, 2013
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Following the death of her dominating mother, Anne Fontaine decides to leave the bayou to reconnect with her estranged half-sister, Adrienne Deschanel. Her hope is to forge a relationship with Adrienne that was not possible when her mother was alive. Secretly, she also hopes to find out if her extraordinary supernatural talents are shared by anyone else.
When Nicolas Deschanel gets wind of Anne’s presence, he suspects that she is one of many con artists after his sister’s money. Not knowing that her story is true, he engages in a game of cat-and-mouse with her, deciding to have a little fun.
Eventually, circumstances find both of them back at the Deschanel family seat, Ophélie, where secrets and stories come to life.
Beyond Dusk is the second book in the House of Crimson and Clover series by Sarah Cradit. It is a crisply written novella that ties up a few loose ends from book one, St. Charles at Dusk.
This series is best read in order to appreciate how the story unfolds. In Beyond Dusk, we learn more about Anne Fontaine and a her mother Angelique. Anne’s upbringing by a domineering mother clearly impacts her self-worth, but with her mother dead and buried, she now has the freedom to learn more about her biological father and the interesting traits she has inherited from his gene pool. To say more would spoil the read.
The novella is short which makes the concise writing all the more impressive. It provides an interesting peak into both the Deschanel and Fontaine families that I’m sure will come to play in later books. The Deschanel skepticism is all too present and the weird, slightly uncomfortable situation it creates was fabulously written.
I have thoroughly enjoyed all three of the books in the series that I have read, and Beyond Dusk has made me hungry to continue on with the series.
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