Gothic Spring

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Victorine Ellsworth knows something about the death of the vicar's wife...but what? Is she the killer? Or the next victim? GOTHIC SPRING is a journey into a mind that is unraveling. Victorine is a young woman poised at the edge of sexual awakening and cursed with more talent and imagination than society will tolerate. The conflict between her desire and the restrictions that rule her life lead to tragic circumstances. "GOTHIC SPRING'S vivid and intimate prose skillfully ushers you into another time, place and ...
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Overview

Victorine Ellsworth knows something about the death of the vicar's wife...but what? Is she the killer? Or the next victim? GOTHIC SPRING is a journey into a mind that is unraveling. Victorine is a young woman poised at the edge of sexual awakening and cursed with more talent and imagination than society will tolerate. The conflict between her desire and the restrictions that rule her life lead to tragic circumstances. "GOTHIC SPRING'S vivid and intimate prose skillfully ushers you into another time, place and soul, only to trap you there until the very last word." - S. L. Stoner, author, Sage Adair Historical Mysteries
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984542499
  • Publisher: Koho Pono, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/24/2012
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Novelist Caroline Miller finished her first novel, a fictionalized memoir called HEART LAND, early in 2009. GOTHIC SPRING, her second novel, was published later that same year. It is is a classic page-turner centering on a talented young woman who is tormented by her passions, the repressions of her live, and the mysterious death of the vicar’s wife. This novel is being reissued in print format by Koho Pono and is available as an eBook. Caroline's third novel will be published in 2012.

Miller is a prolific member of PEN. Her short stories have thrilled readers in publications such as "Children's Digest", "Grit" and "Tales of the Talisman". One of her short stories, UNDER THE BRIDGE AND BENEATH THE MOON, was dramatized for radio.

Caroline holds a B.A. and M.A.T. degree from Reed College and graduated with an M.A. with honors in Literature from Northern Arizona University. She is also a talented painter whose silk pieces have been shown in Portland art galleries and featured in juried exhibitions.

Caroline headed the Portland Federation of Teachers. She taught English at both the high school and university level. She headed the Portland Federation of Teachers and is enshrined in Oregon’s Labor Hall of Fame.

During her tenure as an elected member of the county commission of Multnomah County, Oregon, Ms. Miller strongly advocated for the need for government and individuals to cooperate to provided educational and community services. She also served a term as one of the original METRO councilors.
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  • Posted May 13, 2010

    Good for Book Club Discussions

    Gothic Spring - a romance, mystery novel, a thriller? Author Caroline Miller is not telling us for sure. The setting, time period? Guilt, innocence? Lots of clues, the readers must draw their own conclusions. This is truly an interactive little book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2009

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    mesmerizing

    What a journey! I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2009

    A must read.

    This Gothic (mistery) lets you the reader discover the who, what, where and when. And it has a suprise ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Gothic Spring

    I very much enjoyed the plot, characters, and the writing style. Caroline's use of vocabulary and sentence structure are delicious. Gothic Spring takes the reader on an exciting and surprising journey.
    I do not like the cover however, as it appears juvenile and does not speak to the depth of the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

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    My review: Gothic Spring by Caroline Miller is a historical Got

    My review:

    Gothic Spring by Caroline Miller is a historical Gothic novel. Gothic spring is excellently written and Caroline Miller is exceptionally good of describing the surroundings and characters she has created. I am not a very big fan of Gothic novels, but I really enjoyed Caroline Miller's work! Definitely a book for lovers of historical and Gothic novels!

    Regarding the plot and characters:

    It is true, that Gothic Spring takes you into a mind that is disturbing and captivating. The heroine of the book, Victorine is a young woman who seems very innocent, but that is only what you see in the surface. She also likes to see people hurt, she is plotting and annoyed by the limits of her time.

    I really liked Victorine and her persistence and intelligence, but there are much darker sides of her which keep surprising you throughout the whole story.

    You meet other characters, which are controversial, the vicar, whose death is nothing what it seems and a young man Jeremy, who also have things to hide.

    Generally:

    Gothic spring by Caroline Miller gives you very good settings and pictures of the era. The dialogue is minuscule, but right to the point. The characters seem real with both good and evil in them, so the proportions are very nicely balanced. Great book!

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  • Posted May 25, 2012

    “Gothic Spring” is set in a country village on the m

    “Gothic Spring” is set in a country village on the moors in a similar setting to the “At Home in Mitford” books. They also concern a local vicar, but that is where the similarities end. “Gothic Spring” is a dark coming of age story about a girl who is born in the wrong era and with a temperament or personality that is not able to be managed typically due to her poor health. As a result she lives in her head and books. This literary and solitary life gives way to ideas that are not suitable to her position or life. In another era or in a different life where work or duty kept her mind and body busy things might have turned out differently. However, as a result of her imagination, situation, and being taken advantage of by someone who should have been protecting her, she is led or pushed down a road to madness.

    Those who love her see do not see it coming until it is too late as her circumstances conspire to keep her secrets. Unfortunately one straw too many pushes her past the brink.

    This story subtly draws you in until you find yourself totally under its spell. The madness is woven in so finely that it is with surprise that you realize how far it has gone and it is too late for redemption. The rich imagery allows the reader to “see” the village, the people, and the slow fateful end.

    I give this book 4 out of 5 clouds.

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

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    GOTHIC SPRING by Caroline Miller is a gothic historical romance.

    GOTHIC SPRING by Caroline Miller is a gothic historical romance. It is written with vivid descriptions of the era,place,and with characters who will capture your heart and soul. A dark look into a self-aborbed,adultery,violence,and a gothic tale of betrayal and love with tragic consequences. “Gothic Spring” is a young women’s journey into sexual awakening,her imagination,and the conflict that follows her,a vicar,his wife,and young Jeremy. A fast paced story that shows the dark side to life and love.A haunting Gothic story. Anyone who enjoys historical fiction and gothic romance will enjoy “Gothic Spring”. Received for an honest review from the author/publisher.Details can be found at Koho Pono,LLC, the author’s website,and My Book Addiction and More.

    RATING: 4

    HEAT: Sweet: No sex or scenes of physical intimacy except some kissing. No graphic violence or profanity.

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

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    A maiden aunt, a new Vicar with a book and secrets, and a curiou

    A maiden aunt, a new Vicar with a book and secrets, and a curious, precocious young lady. Gothic Spring will grab you from page one....the setting, the time period, the charming, small town, and the storyline are very alluring. The storyline was focused on Victorine and her relationship and fascination with the Vicar and a secret she just knows he has and secrets they both will eventually share.

    Victorine, the main character, has an air about her that makes her likable for her intelligence and her persistence. You will dislike her for her insistence, her false innocence, her trouble making, her desire to hurt people, her cunning ways, and her way of risking anything to get what she wants....nothing short of deceit. Despite her negative traits, I was thoroughly taken by her as was everyone in the small, gossip-laden town of Braxton, and I wanted to see what she would do next to get what she wanted. She always did get what she wanted while she also ruined lives.

    Each character in the book is fascinating and very well developed so that you can perfectly visualize their clothing, their feelings, and their facial expressions. The characters were profound, and they all had great depth especially Victorine and the Vicar's wife. She and Victorine definitely were at odds and both prodded and prodded until they found the information they were looking for even though Victorine always came out the victor with her sly nature and way of turning things around for her benefit. Every character seemed to have something hidden and churning under their politeness.

    Once I began reading, I didn't want to stop. Once you are nearing the end, you will just want more and more. Ms. Miller is a powerful, eloquent writer. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves an evil heroine, an English setting, and an unforgettable, splendid ending. My rating is a 5/5....oh did I enjoy this book. :)

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  • Posted May 4, 2012

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    Eloquently haunting Gothic story

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    The vicar's wife, Eva, is dead. Was it an accident? Or was it foul play? Who knows more than they are willing to admit? The shady vicar Flemming, Jeremy - the grocer's son, or Victorine - a young woman suffering from bouts of epilepsy? Will this small bucolic English village find the truth before another victim's life is taken?

    Review:

    It has definitely been awhile since I have read a modern book reminiscently styled like those of Emily Bronte and Jane Austen. I am a sucker for Jane Eyre and Northanger Abbey - the language, the time period, and the remarkably detailed landscapes - so I knew I was going to be interested in Gothic Spring as soon as I read the back cover blurb. Caroline Miller has a way with words, her characters and dialogue are sophisticatedly simple, yet highly effective. Victorine and Jeremy's personalities are well-developed, leading the reader into the darkness of their inner convictions and desires. The story is eloquently haunting, full of lurking shadows and fateful twists that irrevocably bind the characters. I cannot go into the plot-line or I will spoil it, but it reminded me of classic Gothic era literature with undertones of a darker shade. I am eager for more books by this author! Love the new cover art! Recommended for historical fiction/ Gothic era literature lovers.

    Rating: On the Run (4.5/5)

    * I received this book from the author () in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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