Nocturne for a Widowby Amanda DeWees
Sybil Ingram is at a crossroads. Once she was the toast of the London stage, but by 1873 her draw isn't what it used to be, and her theater troupe is foundering. When her trusted mentor asks her to take the blame for his financial misdeeds, Sybil sees no choice but to retire from the life she loves and move to America to marry New York
Widowed on her wedding night!
Sybil Ingram is at a crossroads. Once she was the toast of the London stage, but by 1873 her draw isn't what it used to be, and her theater troupe is foundering. When her trusted mentor asks her to take the blame for his financial misdeeds, Sybil sees no choice but to retire from the life she loves and move to America to marry New York City hotel magnate Alcott Lammle. But her path to happiness is cut short when Lammle dies suddenly-and in financial ruin.
Widowed, penniless, and unable to return to England, the determined diva sets out to stake a claim on Brooke House, an eccentric neo-Gothic manor in the wilds of the Hudson River Valley. She soon finds, however, that a ghostly presence wants her gone. Even worse, her claim is challenged by the most insolent, temperamental, maddeningly gorgeous man she's ever met: Roderick Brooke, a former violin prodigy whose career ended in a dark scandal.
Soon it's a battle of wills as Sybil matches wits-and trades barbs-with Roderick, feeling herself increasingly drawn to him despite her growing suspicion that there is a connection between him and the entity that haunts Brooke House. But an even greater threat arises in the form of the mysterious, powerful queen of local society, Mrs. Lavinia Dove. For reasons that Sybil can't imagine, Mrs. Dove is determined to oust Sybil from her sphere . . . and the lengths to which she will go are chilling indeed.
By turns mysterious and moving, sparkling and spooky, Nocturne for a Widow follows a spirited heroine through adventures in life, love, and death. From the colorful theatrical world of 19th-century London to the American wilderness, Sybil's travels will test her mettle-and her heart.
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If you love Gothic Romance, then you’re in for a treat! Nocturne for a Widow has the best elements of a gothic, with twists and turns and spooky moments that will delight you. But it also has comedy and a cast of entertaining secondary characters. One of my favorite aspects of this book is the heroine. Instead of being a naïve, simpering, sheltered young woman with “Don’t go in there!” moments, Sybil Ingram is smart and sassy and determined to have things her way. The hero isn’t shabby, either. Roderick Brooke is a world-class musician whose gift has been quelled by a traumatic injury. The way the two of them spar will keep you turning the pages. With ghosts and a séance and a surprising villain, Nocturne for a Widow is a can’t-miss read for fans of Gothics. Miss DeWeese may very well be the next Daphne du Maurier.
Amanda DeWees write terrific gothics and this is my favorite so far. The heroine, Sybil Ingram, is delightful, funny, and determined. The hero is beautiful and broody (think Rufus Sewell). Their romance sizzles, as does the suspense. It has a spooky, haunted house, as befits a good gothic, and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. I really enjoyed this book. The writing is exceptional.
It took a bit to get going but once it did...well done. Love the haunting, love interest, spooky house...the whole Gothic adventure. Will read the next adventure.
I love this author and I usually love her books. But I will be very honest with this review. It took me forever to read this book. I just had no interest, the book/story did not hold my interest at all. Ms. DeWees is an excellent author, and writes extremely well. This book however felt like it drug on and on, I felt that there was some unnecessary descriptions and rambling on. The story is complicated. Sybil was a very strong character, and I loved her. I enjoyed the banter between her and Roderick. But sadly, I am not a fan of this book. I still however look forward to the next book this author releases.