There are terrible secrets from generations past buried at Maidenwood. Medical student Julie Newcomb has returned to her family's decaying plantation—the site of so many painful childhood memories—to tend to her tyrannical grandmother, felled by a stroke. The fire of malevolence still burns in the cruel, despotic matriarch's eyes—yet, for Julie, a faint spark of redemption and second chances flickers in this hated, haunted place. But her hope—and her life—are seriously threatened by a nightmare reborn . . . and by the grim discovery on the lonely road to Maidenwood of the earth-browned skeletons of a mother and child.
This came to me as a recommendation by my friend Jenn and I really enjoyed it. I liked the flow and I liked the subject matter. The end was a wee anticlimactic and the "hero" was a bit of a jerk. Funny, I just found out today that Barbara Michaels and Elizabeth Peters were the same person! I read an Elizabeth Peters book not too long ago and the male lead was a real jerk too. I wonder if all her men are like that? That could get old fast, but I am anxious to read another one of her books!
I am using this for romantic suspense.
A special thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Linden Malegarde has returned home to Paris from the United States where he lives with his partner. It has been years since his family was all together. They have reunited for the patriarch's birthday; Paul is celebrating a milestone and is turning 70.
The City of Lights is on the verge of a natural disaster when the Seine bursts and it floods the city. Paris is as fragile as the Malegarde family's relationships—each member is trying to balance the delicate family dynamics. Paul is a world-renowned arborist that only seems to have eyes for his grove of trees. Lauren is his American wife who is determined to make the weekend a success. Tilia, the blunt oldest child has an 18-year-old daughter Mistral who is adored by her uncle Linden. Colin is Tilia's much older spouse, an elegant British art dealer that can no longer hid his drinking problem.
And that leaves Linden. He has never been comfortable in his own skin and never feels settled having grown up as an American in France, and a Frenchman in the US. His relationship with his father has always been off. Even though he is a successful and in demand photographer, he feels that he will always be a disappointment to his parents.
Bound by tragic events, the family must fight to remain united as secrets unfold and their greatest fears surface.
Set in Paris during a rainstorm, this gorgeous, haunting work was captivating from start to finish.
de Rosnay's writing is elegant, hypnotic, and incredibly moving. The story is profound and intense, yet soft and beautiful. I devoured this book in one sitting and would highly recommend.
I'm reading this one for the 'Suspense' square, but it would also fit 'Southern Gothic'.
I enjoyed the buddy read from a couple of years ago where we read Michaels' Ammie, Come Home, so thought I'd read another of her books this year.
At the moment we're still at the scene setting and character introduction stage. Dilapidated old house, overgrown gardens, crotchety matriarch, a broken love affair.... well, you get the picture.
I think I'm going to enjoy this one.