Light on the Veranda

Light on the Veranda

by Ciji Ware
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Light on the Veranda by Ciji Ware

PRAISE FOR A COTTAGE BY THE SEA:

"An intriguing, enticing, complex, and romantic novel that will keep readers up long into the night."
Rundpinne

A secret may hold for a hundred years...
and then it's time for the past to take revenge

Daphne Duvallon vowed never to return to the South years ago when she left her philandering fiance at the altar. Now family has called her back to Natchez, Mississippi, a city as mysterious and compelling as the ghostly voices that haunt her dreams.

From a time when the oldest settlement on the Mississippi was in its heyday and vast fortunes were made and lost,
Daphne begins to uncover the secrets of an ancestor whose fate is somehow linked with her own. In a compelling and mesmerizing tale, now Daphne must right the wrongs of the past, or follow the same path into tragedy...

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:

"A richly rewarding read brimming with local color, humor,
sexual tension, environmental issues, and even a fun glimpse into the world of jazz bands."

"Ware's weaving of a contemporary story along with history of a hundred years past, and the accuracy and detail she brings into the story are fascinating."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402222733
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 650,076
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.31(d)

About the Author

Ciji Ware is an Emmy Award-winning journalist with tremendous media savvy and charisma in addition to being an author of historical fiction novels. She has appeared on the Today show to promote her books, and continues to be highly involved with her own projects in the television and film industries. She lives with her husband in San Francisco.

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A Light on the Veranda 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
"A Light on the Veranda" by CIJI Ware was good read. The story took place in Natchez, Mississippi. It was very long, detailed and I thought the story was very well presented. The characters focusing on the past and the present really were simply amazing in the way it was presented. The authors' details were simply off the chart making this story a very fascinating read. I liked the way the author presented Daphne Duvallon and Sim Hopkins both having emotional problems that they had to work through and in the end ....you just have to read to find out for yourself! I really enjoyed the historical romance in this story. This story has many twist and turns and even some ghostly scenes that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Just when you think the story in going one way, another obstacle will be presented and you are off on a another different ride. You will have to keep up with this ride because it really takes off in different directions but in the end it comes together as a good read. "A Light on the Veranda" was a story rich in the history of Natchez, Mississippi and if you are up for a good read of humor, romance and environmental issues you will love this read. I would definitely recommend this book as a good read.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
A LIGHT ON THE VERANDA by Ciji Ware is an interesting historical romance set in Natchez, Mississippi. A sequel to Midnight on Julia Street with reappearing characters.A hundred year old secret may hold the past and the future for Daphne Duvallon. She is called back home to Natchez,Mississippi and drawn into the past.As secrets are revealed with haunted dreams,sexual tension builds between Daphne and Simon,wrongs of the past needs to be righted,romance blossoms,and secrets are revealed. Will a family is drawn closer or fall further apart due to secrets of the past. Ms. Ware knows how to weave historical with contemporary to create a great read. With a complex plot that is multilayered,and characters who are humorous at times,and very serious at others how can you go wrong with “A Light On The Veranda”. A must read for anyone who enjoys historical romance,with a mix on contemporary,the heyday of Mississippi,old South, strong characters,and past meets present with a ghostly haunting. Received for an honest review from Net Galley and the publisher. Details can be found at Sourcebooks Landmark,an imprint of Sourcebooks,Inc,the author’s website,and My Book Addiction and More. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR,My Book Addiction and More
Guest More than 1 year ago
An ardent fan, having read Cottage By the Sea, Island of the Swans, and especially Midnight on Julia Street (set in New Orleans & our introduction to Daphne Duvallon), I am thrilled with Light on the Veranda! Ware's weaving of a contemporary story along with a parallel story and history of a hundred year's past, and the accuracy and detail she brings into the story are fascinating. A chat line said her next book will be set in San Francisco. Please write faster, Ciji Ware!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just got done reading A Light on the Veranda and found it a wonderful story full of details of life in the antebellum south, the life of both classical and jazz musicians in New York and New Orleans all tied up with a ribbon of a 'modern' romance set in the historic City of Natchez, Mississippi. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. If you haven't read any of Ciji Ware's books, you are missing out on a 'good' read. I can't wait for her next book to be published!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy historical romance fiction, A LIGHT ON THE VERANDA is a must read! Even if you've never been to Natchez, you'll feel like you are there as you read about the main character, Daphne Duvallon as she abruptly changes her life style and occupation. The story has many twists and turns, even a ghost or two.....Just as you think you know what is going to happen,another obstacle stands in the way of future happiness for Daphne. You will love the rich history of Natchez, the story and the characters in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As someone who's spent considerable time in the book's setting, Natchez, Mississippi,I found A LIGHT ON THE VERANDA an honest reflection of this unique town lost in time. It's an engrossing and entertaining novel with a dual story structure effortlessly blending past and present as Ms. Ware escorts the reader into unexplored territory of both history and the heart. Definitely not a frothy romance novel, VERANDA is a totally satisfying read brimming with local color, humor, sexual tension and a fun glimpse into the world of jazz bands.
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KLucas More than 1 year ago
A Light on the Veranda is the sequel to Midnight on Julia Street. I love Ciji Ware’s books and this was no exception. Both books are set in New Orleans and revolve around the Duvallon family. While Midnight on Julia Street was about brother King, A Light on the Veranda is sister Daphne’s story. Ciji Ware’s books are always well written and center on a strong female character in historic settings. A Light on the Veranda is no exception and while it is set in present day New Orleans, much of the story takes place through flash backs to the city in the 1800’s. The historical information in the book provides great background, without distracting from the overall story. After being publically humiliated when she leaves her groom at the altar, Daphne retreats to NYC and her position as a classical harpist in the orchestra. After two years, when her brother calls requesting her presence at his wedding, Daphne is still unsure about returning to New Orleans. As fate would have it, she finds herself out of a job and in Natchez attending his wedding. Jobless, she decides to stay on with her Cousin Maddie in a falling down, ruin of a plantation house. To earn money, she takes on gigs in a few of the local mansions for receptions and weddings. This is where she meets Simon Hopkins, bird watcher extraordinaire (who of course has his own story). As Daphne’s story unfolds, Ciji Ware weaves in several sub plots including environmental issues, jazz and its influence in the south (be prepared for her transformation to a sexy jazz harpist – bustier and all), a mystery set in the past and of course a love story. One of my favorite authors, I love how Ciji Ware intertwines several seeming unrelated story lines, culminating in a wonderful ending that brings them all together. After reading Midnight on Julia Street, I rushed out to purchase A Light on the Veranda. This is a great read and I highly recommend both books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in with saphira. Rain lays down on her bed with saphira laying next to it. The girl falls asleep to saphiras humming