Whispers of Goodbye

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Remember the wonderful gothic romances of Victoria Holt and Rebecca duMaurier? The woman in peril and the dark, brooding hero? They were set in remote places like Cornwall or Devon, and the heroine was always an even match for whatever evil lurked in the dark corners of the old mansion on a hill.

With the advent of Dorchester's new and wildly successful Candleglow line, we have been invited to return to a favorite genre. But far from the ...
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Overview

Remember the wonderful gothic romances of Victoria Holt and Rebecca duMaurier? The woman in peril and the dark, brooding hero? They were set in remote places like Cornwall or Devon, and the heroine was always an even match for whatever evil lurked in the dark corners of the old mansion on a hill.

With the advent of Dorchester's new and wildly successful Candleglow line, we have been invited to return to a favorite genre. But far from the mist-covered cliffs of Cornwall, I have brought my own gothic tale to the swamps of Louisiana, where shadows and bad gris-gris lurk and where all is not what it appears to be.

Whispers of Goodbye is the story of Catherine deClaire Reed, alone in the world with nothing left to fear, and John McMahon, a man from whom Catherine unwillingly seeks protection, but who is intent on hiding a very dark secret.

Set against the backdrop of a Louisiana sugar plantation, amidst the humid air and cloying Spanish moss, Catherine must fight her growing passion for John to uncover the secrets he hides. But will her discoveries release her from her darkest nightmares of threaten her very life?
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Karen White, who made her debut with her paranormal time-travel romance In the Shadow of the Moon,, creates a darkly dramatic gothic romance for Candleglow. Tragedy has shadowed Catherine deClaire Reed's life. The War Between the States ruined her home and left her penniless -- and she has lost both her husband and her young son. When she receives a letter from her beloved sister Elizabeth, whom she hasn't seen since Elizabeth's marriage to a Yankee before the war, she's eager to open it, hoping it will remind her of happier times. She's chilled by the desperate plea within that longed for letter: a message begging Catherine to come to the Louisiana plantation Whispering Oaks, because Elizabeth is desperately afraid. By the time Catherine arrives, however, Elizabeth has disappeared, and it soon becomes clear that deadly secrets linger at her sister's southern home. As Catherine struggles to discover her sister's fate, and protect Elizabeth's child, she must decide who to trust among the strangers who surround her -- with only her heart as her guide.
Deb Stover
"With a soulful flavor and story layers as rich and mysterious as the darkest chocolate, Whispers of Goodbye crowns Karen White as the newest Queen of Gothic Romance! Long may she reign!"
Diane Burton
"If you loved Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney, and Daphne duMaurier, you'll love WHISPERS OF GOODBYE…Karen White captures the rhythm and language of the classic gothic romance. Be prepared to shiver."
Scribes World Reviews
Leslie Tramposch
"Another keeper! Karen White has a one-in-a-million voice that simply mesmerizes readers from page one."
PNR Reviews
Lynne Perednia
"Karen White breathes new life into a subgenre many once thought long gone. Had I but known gothic suspense could be this well done, I would have brought extra candles."
CompuServe Romance & Mystery Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780505524553
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Series: Candleglow Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 6.94 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen White
Karen White
Karen White is the author of eight previous books. She lives with her family near Atlanta, Georgia.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2004

    Yes!

    Catherine 'Cat' deClaire Reed had recently lost her son, due to drowning, and her husband, due to suicide. Even though the war was over, the Yankees made sure she had little left. Her only living relative was her sister, Elizabeth, who married John McMahon seven years before and left. Cat had not seen her since. So when out of the blue, Cat received a letter from Elizabeth begging her to come quickly, Cat did! ................... Upon reaching Whispering Oaks in Louisiana, Cat learned that Elizabeth had disappeared. She also learned that she was an aunt! Rebecca was about five years old and full of secrets about the voices that whisper to her at night. Rebecca also enjoyed spying on people and learning more secrets. She was open, loving, and Catherine grew to love her as her own. ............... When Elizabeth was found dead, rumors blamed the husband, John. But Cat knew well enough by then that Elizabeth had changed and NOT for the better. Cat no longer recognized the woman people described to her. She knew too that John would never have murdered his wife. ..................... Someone, or possibly more than one person, were now out to harm Cat, the new mistress of Whispering Oaks, and little Rebecca. Everyone had dark secrets, nothing was as it seemed, and the swamps could be deadly! ............... ***** Oh, how I adore Gothic Romances! This one is pure bliss to those, like myself, who enjoy indulging in gothics. Beautiful woman, dark and dreary background, and a man that is mysterious, dangerous, and in love with the heroine. Perfect! .................. I stayed up late to finish this one. I found myself unable to sleep until the last page had been turned. Author Karen White has created the perfect 'old time' gothic with the 'modern' happily-ever-after ending that readers of today crave. Highly recommended reading! I can hardly wait for this author's next gothic release! *****

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    200 Proof Gothic

    Her son died and her husband accuses her of their child¿s death. He refuses to share his grief with her or allow her to mourn. Robert adds to Catherine Reed¿s distress when the former Confederate soldier kills himself. Stunned by her husband¿s actions and still mourning her losses, Cat endures strike three when she receives an urgent message from her older sister Elizabeth McMahon to come immediately. Since the two siblings have not communicated during the recent Civil War years, the note is not only a shocker, but Elizabeth is unaware of Cat¿s losses. Still Cat runs home to the family plantation. <P>At Whispering Oaks, Cat learns her sister is missing and her brother-in-law John seems unconcerned. When Elizabeth¿s corpse is found, a non-mourning John simply asks Cat to marry him for the sake of her niece Rebecca who he insists needs a caring adult female in her life. Reluctantly, Cat agrees, but when she returns from her honeymoon, she begins to hear the whispers of doubt about her new spouse. <P>WHISPERS GOODBYE is a perfect novel for those readers who enjoy an old fashioned Gothic romance. The story line is 200 proof Gothic with a foreboding tone and whisperings in and around mansion, a dark mysterious hero, and a doubting damsel in distress. Though often over melodramatic, the plot grabs the reader with its twists and turns that Karen White cleverly ties together in a stirring but stunning climax. Sub-genre fans will really like this tale. <P>Harriet Klausner

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