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Two star-crossed lovers in the English Civil War
A painting with haunting powers
A murderous ghost back for revenge
BLURB: Fall in love for the first time… Again
Madison LeBon is dead set against the dead. She has vowed to ignore her Voodoo-stamped heritage and the psychic gift passed down through her Louisiana family. The world of the living is where she wants to belong. But her resolution shatters when the ill-fated lovers in a painting—the subject of her first history class at Oxford—begin to haunt her. The lovers warn her against their own nemesis, a Puritan from the English Civil War.
In misty present-day Oxford, Madison embarks on a quest to unravel the secrets of the past and understand her personal bond with the painting. To protect herself, she must learn to accept her gift before life imitates art, in all its tragedy. College becomes more complicated when she falls hard for Rupert Vance, a troubled aristocrat and descendant of one of the characters in the painting. With the spirit of a murderer in hot pursuit, Madison comes to realize that her own first love may be doomed…
Based on a real Pre-Raphaelite painting, Oxford Whispers is full of romance, drama and suspense.
Romantic historical fiction
Heat level: 2
Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
Review by Anita:
This story opens with a painting, ‘The Wounded Cavalier’ by William Shakespeare Burton, a Victorian Romantic artist. Madison LeBon, a post graduate from Louisiana studying history at Oxford University is not only entranced by the characters in the painting, she is obsessed by it.
When she is offered a research job by her tutor, she jumps at is as it gives her a chance to find out if the painting was done from life with real characters. Characters who visit her dreams and waking hours with messages, and longings she does not understand. Throw into the mix is Pippa, a party girl friend, Dr McCain, her handsome tutor, and an aristocratic would-be boyfriend, Rupert Vance, and the scene is set for ancient mystery and modern romance.
Madison apparently possesses voodoo ‘powers’, passed down through the women in her family. She has little control over how or where these flashbacks into another time take place, and as they grow stronger, and more menacing, her fears grow. She confides in her tutor, who seems to understand these powers and encourages her to learn to control them – which rang alarm bells for me right there.
The story kept my interest throughout, though at first I was confused about where and when I was supposed to be as Madison is ambushed by her flashbacks and ghosts with no warning. The authentic ‘Southern’ language and patois is authentic [I assume] and adds colour, but tends to spill over into conversations between the English characters- no Englishman calls his mother ‘Mom’! However this story characters mixed with the Puritan, her Cavalier love and the jealous rival is one which endures.
Anita Davison is a Historical Fiction Author whose latest release, ‘Royalist Rebel’ a biographical novel set in 17th Century England, is being released by Claymore Books in early 2013 under the name Anita Seymour.
ABOUT MARION CROSLYON:
I am a true citizen of the world. I was born in West Africa, grew up in the South of France, and studied in Vienna, Paris, Berlin, Cape Town, and Oxford before finally settling down in London. This wide variety of cities has provided lots of inspiration for my writing. Talk about culture exposure!
In addition to being an author, I work as an entrepreneur, wife and mother-of-one but spend a good deal of time with books, DVDs and listening to my mp3 player; all for the sake of inspiration, of course. My debut series, The Oxford Trilogy, has been a blast to write because I can indulge in my favorite types of music: Country and English rock.
My main goal as a writer is to make readers dream bigger and cause their hearts to beat a little faster. Since my writing is all about sharing dreams and stories, I love connecting with fellow readers and authors.