Replacing Gentry

Replacing Gentry

by Julie N. Ford


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Replacing Gentry by Julie N. Ford

When Marlie attends a cadaver ball at Vanderbilt Medical School, she does not expect to actually see any cadavers. Or, that a strange apparition would issue her such a chilling message. Despite the cadaver's warning, a year later Marlie is married to Tennessee State Senator, Daniel Cannon, and living in a plantation-style mansion with two step sons. Add to the mix her growing suspicion that something is amiss with the death of Daniel's first wife, Gentry, and newlywed Marlie is definitely in over her pretty Yankee head.

What begins as an innocent inquiry into her new husband's clouded past, ends with Marlie facing a dangerous conspiracy.

A modern twist on the classic Gothic romance novels like Rebecca and Jane Eyre, Replacing Gentry follows Marlie's precarious journey as she seeks to learn the truth about the man she married.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937178314
Publisher: WiDo Publishing
Publication date: 03/11/2013
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

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Replacing Gentry 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
I honestly did not know what to expect from this book when I started it. I enjoy mysteries, and I have always been a fan of the story "Rebecca." For the first third of the book, I figured that I would give it a four-star rating. It had a pretty good story, was well-written, and the mystery was somewhat intriguing. But it was nothing too special. Yes, I could see where it had some similarities to "Rebecca." Woman marries a guy she hardly knows and walks into the middle of what becomes an increasingly strange situation. But I felt it was missing something. All that changed about a third of the way into the book! All of a sudden, the action and mystery became much more intense. Everything was told from Marlie's perspective so many of the facts were missing. The genetic issues really gave me pause--no spoilers; you need to read that for yourself. I was not greatly intrigued with Marlie, and every page I read became more eerie and filled with suspense. I had a few things correct concerning my suspicions, but for the most part, I was floored with the conclusions!  I can highly recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries. Rest assured that there is no profanity nor sex scenes. In fact, the book is extremely moralistic in nature, and I am happy to report that this story ends as it should. I definitely will be looking for more by this author. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
kherbrand More than 1 year ago
  I did enjoy this book and read through it rather quickly.  I liked Marlie, though she did sometimes seem a little more impulsive than was good for her at times.  To me, Daniel didn't seem sincere and was easily manipulated by about everyone he came in contact with.  He marries Marlie and then sort of abandons her at his house with his boys - without much guidance as to what she was to do with them, or with the house.  Strange things have been happening to Marlie since she met Daniel - cadavers talking to her, people giving her similar warnings and knowing things about her that they couldn't possibly know.  About midway through the book the action starts to pick up and I started racing to get to the end.  There were some weird twists and you really have to pay attention so that you don't miss the important clues.  If you are a fan of Gothic romance, you might want to give this one a try - it does have more of a modern feel though.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I had a bit of a hard time getting into this one, but once you do. It is very action packed, and you never see what is coming next. When a young woman, Marlie, falls for a handsome Senator from TN, she doesn't realize what she is getting into. Some things were out in the open, like 15 year old twin step-sons. You will chuckle at how she deals with them. Her over powering new Sister-In-Law, Cooper. I think I would have locked the doors. Then there is Cooper's husband!! When you think you know what is going to happen....nope! Some of it is so very scary, be ready for a chilling ride. The saying "I see dead people", rather applies here, or not? The story is told from Marlie's perspective, and I wouldn't trade places with her. If you enjoy action mysteries...enjoy! I received this book through I Am A Reader, Not A Writer Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
HBMoore More than 1 year ago
Julie Ford is definitely an author to watch. I've enjoyed her other books, and this one deviates from those in genre. Replacing Gentry is an intriguing suspense about a woman named Marlie who marries Daniel, a man with a mysterious past. But mysterious doesn't begin to describe it. Marlie finds herself facing a web of secrets as she learns more about her husband's late wife. Julie's writing is a pleasure to read, and her characters are skillfully drawn. I love the quirks and uniqueness of the southern setting. The plot of Replacing Gentry is based loosely on the novel Rebecca (by Daphne Du Maurier), one of my favorite mystery writers. Without giving away any spoilers, you'll have to read this one for yourself, and you'll become a fan quickly.
Friz4 More than 1 year ago
I was drawn to Replacing Gentry by the cover and the book blurb. This story has a little bit of everything-secret groups, ghosts, romance, mystery. Although having so many elements left some room for polish, I found the story to be intriguing. The main character, Marlie, had a tendency to be drawn to people or situations that often lead to trouble. I didn't always love or understand her choices, but her determination and desire to make the best of her situation made her quite likeable. Replacing Gentry is a fast read with twists and turns that kept me guessing on some aspects of the story right up until the end. There is some swearing, mention of sex (both marital and extramarital), and discovery of violent crimes.