Thursday, August 29, 2013

Beyond Dusk: Anne (A House of Crimson and Clover Novelette) 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.

I have a serious love for Sarah Cradit's House of Crimson and Clover series, and this was the perfect little morsel to follow up the last book!  We see Nicolas being a little mischievous when he comes up with the idea to "play" with the people who are trying to cash in on his sister Adrienne's memory loss.  He is being protective and enjoying himself at the same time.

We see  Anne Fontaine come to see the only sister she has ever met.  Anne has a powerful family "gift", she has the ability to manipulate plants.  Everyone has a gift, most are benign, but Anne's is crazy powerful.  She demonstrates this on Nicolas when his playing goes too far.  Nicolas, seeing what she is able to do, also starts to see the family resemblance in her and takes her to their aunt.  She confirms what Nicolas already knows, this is his half sister as well.

I have to say it was the perfect way for this story to continue, I enjoy reading Sarah's work and I find that every time I enter her world of Magi, I am more and more impressed.

I give this 5 Novella lipsticks!


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