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Not all romances are fairytales.

In 1877, Katherine Demure, brimming over with discontentment, is swept into the arms of the mysterious Viktor von Strassenberg who is newly arrived from Europe with dark rumors preceding him. Hoping to find love and adventure, she instead becomes the centerpiece of a mystery that will take generations to unravel.
The responsibility falls into the hands of her granddaughter, ...
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Overview

Not all romances are fairytales.

In 1877, Katherine Demure, brimming over with discontentment, is swept into the arms of the mysterious Viktor von Strassenberg who is newly arrived from Europe with dark rumors preceding him. Hoping to find love and adventure, she instead becomes the centerpiece of a mystery that will take generations to unravel.
The responsibility falls into the hands of her granddaughter, five times removed, who has no inkling as to the origins of her strange name or the reason she has no connection to her family. All that changes and begins to unravel when she makes the mistake of being found.

From Refracted Light Reviews:
Wright's formatting of this book is part of what makes this book so “un-put-downable.” (Yes, you can quote me....lol.) She switches the story's POV chapter to chapter (first person for Rocky and third person for Katherine) and masterfully keeps the mystery moving through both storylines, revealing just enough to make sense of both stories, and often leaving you with mini cliffhangers until that heroine's next chapter. I've read some books recently where the shift between narrators is just a confusing mess; however, this is never a problem in Filter and the shift between narrators/timelines is one of this story's greatest strengths. Another aspect of the shifting POVs that I absolutely LOVED was that each POV was written to the period of the narrator. I absolutely hate when period pieces sound too modern day, but Wright has expertly tailored each girl's POV to their respective times.

I don't want to give anything away in this story, but Filter is a dark gothic romance and to me evokes a little Bronte, and some other authors that I won't mention for fear of revealing too much..... Wright really has created something original and lovely with Filter. (June 2011)

It’s a dark mystery that encompasses three families, the von Strassenbergs, the Demures and the Drexlers; secrets, betrayal, romance and tragedy abound. Gwenn artfully navigates multiple narrators as they tell their stories over several generations and as their experiences begin to form a cohesive picture of the secrets that surround these three families. It’s fascinating. It sucks you in. And while not a paranormal book, it does have elements of the gothic and strange. (December 2011)

From BunnyCates.com:
Filter is book one of a series, and thus the beginning of the story. In this installment we are following two timelines of events: the late 1800s and present day St. Louis. Told through alternating P.O.V. we meet the 1800’s young Katherine, and we also meet present day Rocky. Normally, I am not a fan of the alternating point of views in a book. It usually ends up distracting from the story instead of enhancing. However, in Filter, the author has written the p,o.v. transitions with such skill that the story just flows through the changes. I can’t imagine it being written any other way.I have to admit, I loved the Katherine/Viktor storyline (picture me saying “Veek-tor”, lol). There, I admitted it. I can no longer deny that I enjoy romance. *sigh* What has happened to me?! Katherine, a prominent St Louis attorney’s sickly headstrong daughter. Viktor a foreign Dr/Scientists sickly and handsome son. Meet. Sparks. Parents forbid them to be together. Ahh, young love.
Rocky’s storyline: A headstrong orphaned teen, who flees to St. Louis on the hopes of finding her own path (and a promise of wealth through an unlikely bloodline). She is strong, independent, and smart. Usually. And “the Third”. OMG, *swoon*… yes, “the Third” makes my toes curl and my face to girl giggle…haha.
How they are connected is a mystery, and the story is basically page after page of adventure as we try to fit together the pieces of the puzzle. The story is dark, gothic, romantic, and tragic.
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Editorial Reviews

Amazon and Goodreads - Davina Dell
I very much enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to my friends (in fact i already have). Being someone who enjoys history I liked that such an interesting story could also be historically correct. It is clear that the author put alot of time, heart, and soul into this book and her hard work payed off. I couldnt wait to read the next chapter just to see how the story unravelled and how all the different pieces fit together. All in all this was a great book & i cant wait for the nxt
Goodreads - Ila S.
Initially, I was hesitant to read a book intertwining two plots at once, because it could potentially become confusing. The author flawlessly mixes these two components of the book and it becomes so suspenseful and unlike anything I have ever read before. The writing felt so true to the time period and I felt so attached to the characters of both stories...All I can say is that it is brilliantly dark, and one of the most fascinating romances I have ever read!
Goodreads - Rebecca W.
Oh. My. God. I didn't really know who Gwenn Wright was before reading this, but wow. This book was fantastic! When it first started out, based on the back I was thinking this must be some new vampire-crazed author, and slighty regretted the choice to read it. But NO. This book was great! I couldn't put it down, and even stayed up WAY past my bedtime last night finishing it.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012882028
  • Publisher: Gwenn Wright
  • Publication date: 6/20/2011
  • Series: The von Strassenberg Saga , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 856,854
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Gwenn Wright studied Criminal Justice, Political Science, History, and Business Management and Marketing before falling in love with video editing. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Media while, as a single mom, juggling her own business and raising her three little boys. She is now happily married to her high school crush and is hard at work on book 2 of The von Strassenberg Saga.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

    ABSOLUTE MUST-READ!!!

    Oh my goodness. Run, do not walk, to order this book. Filter is an absolute must-read. I am going to try very hard not to include any spoilers in this review because I can't stand having a book possibly ruined for a future reader!

    The story is so riveting that you can't stop thinking about it as you go about the rest of your daily life. There are authors who know how to end a chapter and then there is Gwenn Wright who practically drives you into the beginning of the next chapter with her skillfull weaving of just the right balance of suspense and revelation! You are simply drawn back to Wright's beautiful descriptions and the completely enthrallling characters if you are ever able to put this book down for any length of time--which I obviously was not able to do since I finished it in about 36 hours. You will laugh and cry and hurt and rage with her characters, who are so completely developed you feel they could jump of the page. Wright's physical descriptions, especially eye color, are so clever and build so much into the reader's knowledge of her characters. You want nothing more than to keep reading until suddenly the book ends and you are dying for more! I simply can't wait for the next segment of the Von Strassenberg Saga!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

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    Haunting and lovely...

    Wow, wow. I loved this book and I need the second book IMMEDIATELY. I'm always on the lookout for great indie reads, and I just can't believe I haven't found this book before now! How have I not heard of Gwenn Wright before I stumbled across Filter a few days ago? She is an incredibly gifted storyteller.

    Filter follows two story lines, that of Rocky Evans, a 17 yr. old girl from present day, and Katherine, a 16 yr. old girl from 1877. Rocky is an orphan from Nashville who lives under the guardianship of a friend of her mother. She's from the "wrong side of the tracks" and grew up trying to make ends meet, dodging rent collectors, and avoiding her alcoholic guardian's increasing and disturbing interest in her. When a young lawyer shows up saying that his firm's been looking for her, Rocky is presented with an opportunity to escape her less than ideal situation and discover the family she's never known.

    Katherine Demure, lives with her wealthy family in 1877 St. Louis, MO. Although plagued by weakness and illness she is a strong, opinionated girl who longs for exciting, novel-like adventures. One evening at a dinner party that her parents' host, she accidentally meets the equally infuriating and captivating Viktor von Strassenberg and begins a journey that will rival even the darkest of gothic romances.

    Wright's formatting of this book is part of what makes this book so "un-put-downable." (Yes, you can quote me....lol.) She switches the story's POV chapter to chapter (first person for Rocky and third person for Katherine) and masterfully keeps the mystery moving through both story lines, revealing just enough to make sense of both stories, and often leaving you with mini cliffhangers until that heroine's next chapter. I've read some books recently where the shift between narrators is just a confusing mess; however, this is never a problem in Filter and the shift between narrators/timelines is one of this story's greatest strengths. Another aspect of the shifting POVs that I absolutely LOVED was that each POV was written to the period of the narrator. I absolutely hate when period pieces sound too modern day, but Wright has expertly tailored each girl's POV to their respective times.

    I don't want to give anything away in this story, but Filter is a dark gothic romance and to me evokes a little Bronte, and some other authors that I won't mention for fear of revealing too much....<wink wink>. Most paranormal-esque YA books are pretty predictable; it can be pretty easy to guess what the schtick is....but I have to say that up until 2/3 of the novel I was kept guessing, wondering what in the world was going on. And I love that! I love being given the opportunity to not know...to develop a couple wild theories on my own. Wright really has created something original and lovely with Filter.

    I would recommend this for older teens due to some heavy thematic elements.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Loved it ! Must read..

    Loved it ! Must read..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Wonderful read!

    Im a st louis native too so I really enjoyed reading the descrptions of the city and could easily relate to a poor girl in the dirty city. Theres so much romance and intrigue that leaves the reader constantly wanting to know more. I purchased book 2 right away!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Enjoyable with reservations

    It's refreshing not to be assaulted by foul language and in-your-face sex laced throughout most modern novels. Great dialogue, although a bit of a stretch for a 17-year-old. Rocky sounds at least ten years older. Loved the interaction with William--a virtuous hero--how rare is that? I wish the author had done a better job proofing for spelling and grammar errors. "Yeah" is not spelled "yea"; ditto for "used to" rather than "use to" and "past" instead of "passed". Also, I don't think the family would have a "motor car" in their garage in 1877. The plot got a little too disturbing for me toward the end. I lapped it up until nearly the end when it got far less believable. But yes, I still do recommend it. Happy reading!

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  • Posted December 22, 2011

    Absolute Must-Read!

    This was one of the very best books I have ever read. You may think I'm exaggerating, but you would be wrong. I believe I drew many puzzled stares when I finished this up at the airport last week and was visibly outraged that I had reached the end. This was an incredibly well-planned novel, and I am eagerly (but not patiently) awaiting Book 2 of The Von Strassenberg Saga. You will not be able to anticipate the next turn the story may take. You become emotionally invested in the protagonists. I read it in about 4 hours because it was painful to put it down. PLEASE read this because you will NOT regret it!!

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  • Posted December 22, 2011

    Absolute Must-Read!!

    This was one of the very best books I have ever read. You may think I'm exaggerating, but you would be wrong. I believe I drew many puzzled stares when I finished this up at the airport last week and was visibly outraged that I had reached the end. This was an incredibly well-planned novel, and I am eagerly (but not patiently) awaiting Book 2 of The Von Strassenberg Saga. You will not be able to anticipate the next turn the story may take. You become emotionally invested in the protagonists. I read it in about 4 hours because it was painful to put it down. PLEASE read this because you will NOT regret it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    Great

    I loved this book, but i cant find part two does anyone know where to buy it at?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011

    Good

    Well written light book

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    One of the best new books I've read in a while.

    A terrific story, the characters are full and exciting. I did not want to put this book down. I loved the twist of jumping between the past and the present and the way it makes you want more, you will really have a hard time waiting for the next book. I definitely found a new author to follow. You will never regret having bought this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2011

    Exceptional-must read!

    Amazing! This is the best book I have read in a long time. It is one of those books that I want so badly for my friends to read, just so I can discuss the plots, twists and potential theories with someone! It is so compelling and had my heart racing the whole time! There were times that I would stop to catch my breath after an incredible plot twist! This is a remarkably brilliant debut novel that is so uniquely written that it becomes nearly impossible to put it down. I am generally one of those people that can predict the twists and turns of a plot, yet this story kept me guessing until the last few pages. What was so remarkable about the book, was that it followed two characters from different centuries simultaneously. Initially, I was hesitant to read a book intertwining two plots at once, because it could potentially become confusing. The author flawlessly mixes these two components of the book and it becomes so suspenseful and unlike anything I have ever read before. The writing felt so true to the time period and I felt so attached to the characters of both stories. In a time when readers like myself are becoming bored with the same supernatural characters fashioned in a new way, this book was such a refreshing breath of fresh air. It is actually hard for me to review this book because I don't want to give anything away! All I can say is that it is brilliantly dark, and one of the most fascinating romances I have ever read! The description in the book is so vivid that I actually felt like I was watching a movie as I was reading it. I can't wait for the next in the series! Highly recommended!

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This is a wonderful novel by Ms. Wright. The story line holds you from the beginning of the book till the very end. The characters are very well developed. I look forward to the next book in the saga and have definitely found a new author to follow.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

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    Book Review: Filter

    This book is way more than the description even hints at. A storyline depicting two very different and yet the same teenager and living in two different centuries. While, I had an idea how they were connected, how the story played out was a pleasant surprise.

    Our present day heroine is Rocky Evans. Her mother died during childbirth living her with the only man she knows as a father, even if he's the furthest thing from it. When a young lawyer finds her on the streets of Nashville claiming she's the girl they've been looking for, it's just enough to make the decision to leave. While waiting for the results of the DNA test, she gets a taste of the life that just might be hers. And if along the way, she learns a little bit about the love she's never really had, well what's the harm in that.

    Our other point of view is Katherine. She lives in the late 1700's in St. Louis. Her family is wealthy, which of course means she lives a life of privilege. She's also considered weak and generally unhealthy, so she spends a lot of time in bed reading. She longs to have the life she reads in her books. When she meets Viktor, she finds a kindred spirit, although she finds him infuriating at first.

    The story changes view points with each chapter, but it does so flawlessly. Rocky's story hints at a darker side but it's Katherine's story that truly takes over as the highlight of this book. I wasn't expecting it to be so dark and haunting. There are so many things going on inside of Viktor's home, that its worth discovering for yourself.

    While I did find the book engaging, it was a little slow and drawn out in places. Rocky seems a little bit shallow for all she's gone through. But, maybe it's just the novelty of the new life presented to her and it will were off. There was also a lot of unanswered questions in Katherine's story. I'm hoping they will be addressed in the next installment!

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

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    Dark Romance, Family Saga

    ***Book Description via the author
    Typically I DO NOT comment on my work, but there is no description listed here....Well Barnes and Noble has caught up but I can't figure out how to delete this now that the product description is listed.
    ******
    In this darkly romantic family saga, Rocky Evans searches for a way out of her stepfather's self-inflicted poverty. Just weeks before graduation, with a plan to go anywhere the alcoholic slug of a man wouldn't find her, a car pulls up alongside her on the dark streets of Nashville. The young attorney in his flashy car speaks cryptically of the family she never realized she might have.

    In a fast paced, heart wrenching first installment of The von Strassenberg Saga, Rocky Evans begins on her journey to unearth the roots of her family tree. What she will learn is there is a reason some roots are best left deeply buried.

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