St. Charles at Dusk

St. Charles at Dusk

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by Sarah Cradit
     
 

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Dive into the secret, ancient, powerful world of two New Orleans families, the Deschanels and the Sullivans...

From USA Today bestselling paranormal author Sarah M. Cradit comes St. Charles at Dusk. This novel is a Crimson & Clover Lagniappe (Series Bonus Story) in the bestselling witches family saga, The House of Crimson & Clover, and can be enjoyed as a standalone

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Dive into the secret, ancient, powerful world of two New Orleans families, the Deschanels and the Sullivans...

From USA Today bestselling paranormal author Sarah M. Cradit comes St. Charles at Dusk. This novel is a Crimson & Clover Lagniappe (Series Bonus Story) in the bestselling witches family saga, The House of Crimson & Clover, and can be enjoyed as a standalone novel, or a complement to any of the books in the series.

A father's threats. A tragic accident. Unanswered questions. Oz Sullivan has finally moved past the tangled web surrounding his brief, but intense, relationship with the young, impetuous Adrienne Deschanel. Through his family, and successful career as an attorney, he has forged a tranquil predictability.

Then Adrienne unexpectedly emerges, with no memory of the life she once led. Her desperate attempt to flee the confusing and dark influences in the bayou instinctively propels her to the one face for which she has a name. Oz's world is once again turned upside down, as he must decide how to help her without losing himself entirely.

Set amidst the lush and vibrant backdrop of New Orleans, St. Charles at Dusk tells the story of Oz and Adrienne; of forbidden love, and startling heartbreak.

The House of Crimson and Clover Series:
Volume I: The Illusions of Eventide
Volume II: Bound
Volume III: Midnight Dynasty
Volume IV: Asunder
Volume V: Empire of Shadows
Volume VI: Myths of Midwinter

House of Crimson & Clover Series Prequels:
The Storm and the Darkness
Shattered

La Famille Lagniappes (Character Bonus Stories):
Flourish: The Story of Anne Fontaine
Shame: The Story of Jonathan St. Andrews

House of Crimson & Clover Lagniappes (Series Bonus Stories):
St. Charles at Dusk: The Story of Oz and Adrienne
Surrender: The Story of Oz and Anasofiya
Fire & Ice: Remy & Fleur Fontenot
Dark Blessing: The Landry Triplets
Pandora's Box: Jasper and Pandora Broussard
The Menagerie

Box Sets:
Lagniappes Collection I
The House of Crimson & Clover Volumes I-IV

And many more to come...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466349797
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/2011
Pages:
428
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author

Sarah is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Paranormal Southern Gothic series, The House of Crimson & Clover, born of her combined passion for New Orleans, family sagas, and the mysterious complexity of human nature. Her work has been described as rich, emotive, and highly dimensional.

An unabashed geek, Sarah enjoys studying subjects like the Plantagenet and Ptolemaic dynasties, and settling debates on provocative Tolkien topics such as why the Great Eagles are not Gandalf's personal taxi service. Passionate about travel, Sarah has visited over twenty countries collecting sparks of inspiration (though New Orleans is where her heart rests). She's a self-professed expert at crafting original songs to sing to her very patient pets, and a seasoned professional at finding ways to humiliate herself (bonus points if it happens in public). When at home in Oregon, her husband and best friend, James, is very kind about indulging her love of fast German cars and expensive lattes.

Connect with Sarah:

Official Website: http://www.sarahmcradit.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/houseofcrimsonandclover
Google +: google.com/+SarahMCradit
Twitter: @thewritersarah

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St. Charles at Dusk 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could have been a great story had the author stopped and finished 1 train of thought before moving on to another. Where some parts were dragged out to my boredom, other parts did not give near enough information that the story Really Really could have used.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story, but found myself getting hung up frequently on grammatical errors, run-on sentences and unlikely story lines-- the worst of which are the incredibly young ages of the characters and some pretty convaluted dialog. It was also never clear what Angelique's real relationship to Adrienne's family is, a glaring oversight considering the important role she has in the story. With proper editing, though, I think this book could be a winner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was slow at the beginning. Had a difficult time keeping up in the beginning but at the end it came together rather fast. (SADLY). :{ Although the ending was really nice I must rate it a three for the first 20 or more chapters that were boring. I pushed myself to finish this book. Really glad I did. But it really did not grab my attention till the end.
CnelsonCN More than 1 year ago
St. Charles at Dusk by Sarah Cradit had me hooked from the first page and took me on a ride of love and loss that I will not soon forget. I have never read a book that described the setting and location as well as this one. It was as if I was walking beside Oz and Adrienne on St. Charles and after finishing this story I have added New Orleans as a must visit destination in the near future. Every character was perfectly developed by Ms. Cradit and each page gave the reader a little closer look inside the thoughts and workings of each person. Oz was by far my favorite character in the book and I think every woman wishes for a little of his type of passionate and committed love in their life. St. Charles at Dusk gave me the perfect glimpse of the world that Sarah Cradit created and I look forward to reading the remaining books in the House of Crimson and Clover series.
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
St. Charles at Dusk by Sarah M. Cradit is a powerful, compelling book.  I was hooked just inside the first chapter.  This is the first book that I have read by Sarah Cradit and I fully enjoyed the story line and writing style.  The characters are solid and consistant, although a bit nuts.  Although this is a prequel, it can be read as a stand alone...lots of HEA.  Flashbacks and flash forwards, a terrific way to tell a terrific story.  And a sneak peak into the next story at the end, genius marketing.  I cannot wait to delve into the next volumes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a story of the progressions of the relationship between Colin “Oz” Austin Sullivan a semi successful lawyer working in his families practice in New Orleans and the daughter of a wealthy merchant family Adrienne Deschenel.  We first meet both of them at Colin’s wife Janie’s funeral, him in the depths of his grief and Adrienne lurking in the shadows waiting for the right moment to emerge and greet Colin.  This short meeting segways into an almost immediate flashback into time to the distant aftermath of an accident that killed what Oz believed to be the entire Deschenel Clan, later are we to learn that Adrienne survived the wreck and is known to be missing.  This first flashback lays the ground work for these two families, introducing us to Oz’s mindset and seeming obsession with locating Adrienne.  From this introductory flashback we are taken even further back in time to a period when the families were newly minted friends – developing the beginning of Oz’s obsession with the Deschenel girls…it is through this obsession and the familial relationship that the foundation of the story is laid. The reader is then brought rushing back into the present to a town about two hours from New Orleans into Adrienne’s adopted life.  We find she’s been living with another family consisting of the Matriarch Angelique, a young woman named Anne and Jesse – who for the most part has taken care of Adrienne and even fallen in love with her, and she has accepted his proposal for marriage.  This segment begins with Adrienne dreaming about the accident; along with other tidbits of what she thinks is her previous life.  She reaches out to Oz because she believes me may be a link to her past under the guise of wanting to resolve her estate and possibly visiting New Orleans to regain some of her lost memories.  From here the book continues to jump back and forth in time in an effort to establish how present events have been affected by past events. However, it is this constant back and forth through time that makes the story extremely difficult to follow initially the flashbacks are longer, several chapters, which pull the reader in, but then when you are thrown back into the present the momentum of the story immediately stalls and the reader finds themselves starting all over again.  It was not until I was well over half way through the book that I figured out what was doing and the author’s stream of thought.  The story itself is beautifully written, and the concept is very romantic – Oz and Adrienne falling in love very young and forces outside of them always tearing them apart only to have them come back together several times over at various points in their lives lends itself to more realism as it pertains to how some relationships work out.  You find yourself latching onto the characters and more than once wanting those like Angelique and Adrienne’s Stepmother, Cordelia, to get their come uppance for the pain and evil they’ve inflicted on these families.  I found myself rooting for Oz and Adrienne hoping they would find a way to work through their issues to once again come together in the end for their happy ending.  However, the constant jumping around in time left me wishing the book was ordered differently.
MelannieS 24 days ago
Sarah M. Cradit masterfully shares the captivating and beautiful story of Oz and Adrienne in St. Charles at Dusk. . All I can say is "Wow!" I thought I knew Oz and Adrienne's story. Boy, was I wrong! How can one couple experience unthinkable heartbreak and survive? Truth is, they may survive, but they'll never be the same. And neither will this reader. St. Charles at Dusk ripped out my heart, tore it to shreds, then pieced it back together. Oz and Adrienne's imprint will remain with me for years to come.
tpolen More than 1 year ago
For whatever reason, I somehow missed reading this book in The Crimson and Clover Series, so some aspects were a little surprising, while others were very enlightening. From the other books, I gathered Oz and Adrienne's path hadn't been without bumps along the way, but I never knew their whole story until now. Bumps is definitely an understatement. Adrienne as a teenager was fun to read - a keen intellect, strong ideas, free-spirited, and someone who knows her own mind. I also gained a better understanding of Oz and his family history. The occasional scenes that included Nicolas were just icing on the cake. The vivid descriptions of New Orleans made me realize it's been far too long since I visited. That being said, sometimes the book was overly descriptive and pulled me from the story and while I understand the need for the different time frames, it was confusing in some chapters. As this book was published four years ago and I've read all subsequent books in this series, I have the advantage of seeing how this author has grown and progressed in her writing. As always, I highly recommend this series, but reading the books in sequence. I received a copy on this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Enjoyed
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A little to scary
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A short prequal which was ruined by plot spoiling reviewers. Some reviews were longer than the prequal. The prequal was just okay. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A review is normally short and sweet...you like the story, the author's style or you don't like the story, the author's style...and there are 5 stars for your rating....This was a very interesting story with a good cast of characters. Almost anyone can enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a prequel to the House of Crimson and Clover series. It is set in and around New Orleans. It is the story of Colin (Oz) Sullivan and Adrienne Deschanel. It starts in the present with the death of Oz's wife and then goes  back in time to explore the when and how of Oz's and Adrienne's relationship. Along the way, the history of the Deschanel family and their plantation home, Ophiele, is uncovered. As the story moves forward in time, the mysterious disappearance of Adrienne, after her family's tragic accident, unfolds as Oz and Adrienne have  interspersed interactions. This book can be read as a stand alone book; it is quite satisfying and there is not a huge cliff-hanger at the end. There is reference to the special gifts that some of the Deschanel family have, but overall, there is nothing paranormal or mystical in this book. I previously read In The Storm and The Darkness, and I had anticipated  that this book would illuminate some of Storm and Darkness' mystical aspects. I did not get that out of the book--probably a problem with reading books out of order and preconceived notions on this reader's part. The main characters in the story are well developed, however, I would have appreciated more exploration of Adrienne's brother, Nicholas, and parents, Charles and Cordelia. The book was fast paced, and the toggling between time periods was interesting (and not hard to follow). I liked how the author used characters reminiscing to give the reader more background information. I did find some of the characters and their behavior disconcerting. I can understand Angelique's behavior  (no details as that would spoil the read), but I do not understand the complicity of her children. At times Adrienne's behavior didn't make sense to me, however that did add to her character being perceived as confused, torn, naive and greatly impacted by her accident and amnesia. All in all, I truly enjoyed this book. It was not what I anticipated, but it was good. With this reading, I'm motivated to re-read In the Storm and The Darkness and then continue with the rest of the Crimson and Clover series. ***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. 
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I had a hard time figuring out what this book was REALLY about. Some may enjoy it. I found it very slow and TMI. With a good editor and some more intrigue it could be a good book. I started to quit reading it several times but decided it might get better. It didn't, but I DID finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was well written at least a 4. However it was sad and emotional. Not encoueaging me to readthe series. The hero was a little to emotional for me. A guy who falls in love so often and is depressed when relationships fall apart. That brought the rating down for me. He's too sappy. Great love story though.
Shelby_Mead More than 1 year ago
St. Charles at Dusk is the amazingly well written story of Oz and Adrienne. It is a story full of joy, and heartache, friendship, and most of all, love. We, the reader, get to know them as they go from acquaintances, to friends, to lovers, and then back around again. This book is the prequel to the House of Crimson and Clover series and your first introduction to the amazing characters, the opulent backdrop that is so vividly detailed you could open your book and step right on to the streets of New Orleans, and this fabulous author whose awe inspiring talent knows no limits. Seriously, once you open a Sarah M. Cradit novel, there is no closing it until you've reached the last page. I felt many emotions while reading this book. Frustration towards Adrienne, pity and love for Oz and his efforts, anger towards Adrienne's bayou family, pure happiness as I ran down the street in the rain... You feel it all and you can see it all right along with the characters. That is one of my favorite parts of this book and this series as a whole. The great writing really brings it to life for you. St. Charles at Dusk is a quintessential love story that you'll want to read again and again. But don't stop there. Make sure you buy the rest of the books in this series too. You will love them all!
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Allthingsbook-ReviewRL More than 1 year ago
4 Stars This book Captivates you from the start. I was unable to put it down for long. Every character was expertly developed and she has a well developed plot. There is romance, suspense & intrigue, mystery, and history all packed into one powerful novel. This book will leave you anticipating the next one in this series.