Dive into the secret, ancient, powerful world of two New Orleans families, the Deschanels and the Sullivans....
The Storm and the Darkness is Book 1 of the House of Crimson & Clover Series. It can be enjoyed as a standalone story, or as the first introduction to the series. Don't miss the follow-up novella, Beyond Darkness: Shattered.
Ana Deschanel has made a terrible mistake. The only chance of protecting the other people involved is to flee New Orleans, the only home she has ever known, for the quiet solitude of Summer Island.
Summer Island, Maine (population 202) is not the tranquil escape Ana imagined. The locals are distant and cold, especially her neighbor, the reclusive veterinarian Jonathan St. Andrews. Her only lifeline is the kind but odd caretaker Alex Whitman. Showing up at all the right moments, he warns her she is completely unprepared for a Maine winter. As the first winter storm approaches to whispers of an island shutdown - Ana realizes that she may soon be cut off from the rest of the world.
After a surprising encounter with Jonathan's brother, Finn, Ana finds herself braving the storm to return something to him. Unprepared for the Maine storm, she slips and falls onto the jagged rocks along the shore. The St. Andrews brothers find her in the nick of time, but she remains unconscious. As the storm worsens, the St. Andrews brothers learn there are other, more sinister forces at work closer than they ever imagined.
With no help from the outside world, they must find a way to protect themselves from both the storm, and the growing darkness that looms across the island.
©2013, 2015 Sarah M. Cradit (P)2016 Sarah M. Cradit
In this book, the characters had twists and turns that you don't see coming. This is the story of Ana.. She is highly intelligent. She does what she can to keep a wall between herself and others except for Nicolas. Her close dependence on her cousin Nicolas and his on her is what she has come to depend on.
I am retired & when not sleeping am reading or listening to a book. I multi task so when I am on the computer I always listen to a book.
The fact that it kept me interested and wanting to know more about this family and particularly this island experience for Ana.
I am basically a paranormal reader. This is what led me to want to read this book. The author made the paranormal part intriguing, which always gets me through any book.
L. C. Kane did a fantastic job narrating this audio book. I was captivated with the story because of the many voices that complimented the author's great story line.
Yes, I was lucky to start this audio book in the morning so I finished it the same evening. Just couldn't wait to know how it ended.
can't say since I have not read the ebook
the way Ana was wondering about the old light house
yes I did enjoy the way the characters voices changed
Read/Listen, Review and Recommend!
I wasn’t really sure what it was I was getting in to when I started this book. It looked good and something I would be interested in listening to.
Ok so Ana Deschanel is other worldly. She isn’t just human she has this extraordinary gift of healing only she can only seem to use it on herself.
She is very close with her cousin Nicolas. She didn’t want to leave him but something happens and she feels the need to get away, so she finder herself on Summer Island. Only way to get to the island is threw boat.
She meets some pretty interesting cast of characters. She is kind of stand offish and I think its mostly because she isn’t easy to open up too.
I also think she sees herself differently than others see her. It’s like she has this allure and men kind of flock to her, to no fault of her own. You don't really know who the love interest is and that's what keeps you listening and wanting more, more, more.
I have to admit to being a little confused not by the writing or the narrator just that there is so much going on I have to go back and re listen so I don’t miss things.
This book takes you on a ride with twists and tuners you wouldn’t see coming definitely glad I had the chance to listen/read this book. On to the next in the series..
I need to know more.
I've been a fan of Sarah Cradit for a long time. She's a fantastic writer, who has this uncanny ability to really built a world that's so lush and so real, you honestly believe it's out there, waiting for you. The storm & the darkness was my introduction to her world in eBook form, and I loved it even more in audio form! LC Kane is a brilliant narrator are really brought Sarah's vision to life. I was lost. Entranced in this story and the way to flowed. Fantastic! If you're new to these stories, or a fan of the eBook. This world is worth visiting again. This was a fantastic eBook and I look forward to listening to more of Sarah's world! Outstanding!
Yes. Liked the narration by LC Kane.
LC Kane did a great job narrating the various characters in the book.
At first, I liked the fact the story was told form many various view points.
But at some point, I realized it made it hard for me to connect with the characters.
I listened to book but wasnt 100% involved.
I kept listening because but was looking for that thing that will
The beginning is slow at first. I wasn't quite sure what I was listening to. But, once it got into the main story, I was enthralled! Tears, laughter, heartbreak, fear... It was all spectacularly spread throughout the book. I look forward to reading the novella and next book in the series
I loved this book. It was suspenseful. It was full of flawed characters that the author Sarah M Cradit and narrator LC Kane brought to life. Their feelings and interactions felt so very real. I didn't want it to end. I highly recommend this audio book.
I like the writing style of the author. She kept me engaged throughout the entire book and I enjoyed the slight twist of the plot.
Same as above. It was a great story and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
the performance of Ana was wonderful.
No extreme reactions, just an overall good book.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."
Mindblowing Gothic Fun!
When Ana and Finn have dinner and Alex overhears them talking together... OMG!
The hospital confrontation between Ana and Nick ... All cards on the table!
The conversation between John and Augustus almost made me cry ... And I DON'T cry! So poignant and surreal... Just... Wow.
This series must be listened to (or read) in order. This is the first real book. There are ancillary books that may be listened to (or read) at any time but I suggest leaving them for later! This is THE place to start! I can't wait to listen to Shattered!
Ana has never had a meaningful relationship with anyone really... Except her cousin Nick. They grew up together, from the nursery on, as almost siblings and best friends. Or maybe more... Noone has ever gotten through her outer shell other than him. Not even her father, Augustus, holds a bigger place in her heart. He is her calm, her rock and the only person who accepts her as she is. Too bad she betrayed them all and had to run far away to Maine, and her house on Summer Island, to minimize the damage to her whole world. Being away from him is hard. But they talk every day. At least she has Alex, the faithful and helpful caretaker of her house, to help her out and teach her what she needs to know. Why is everyone so against her? Can she ever win them over? Do they realize she is different from them in the most fundamental way? Who is the guy who always smiles and waves to her? Can she survive the winter alone on the island?
Finn is drawn to the Deschanel girl in a way he doesn't really understand, even as his brother John, is repulsed. But John doesn't like anyone ... So no surprise there. Being a fisherman is his life and all he wants. Or at least that is what he always thought. Having her as their closest neighbor hasn't helped him keep his distance. Should he introduce himself finally? Or leave well enough alone? Is she worth the chance of upsetting the careful order of their lives?
Filled with Southern Gothic themes even while set on a remote Maine island, this paranormal suspense thriller is filled with unconventional romance and plenty of mystery. It is a late coming of age story for the unlikely heroine of this family saga filled with darkness, horror and hope. A truly one of a kind experience that can't missed!
***This series is suitable for adult listeners (or readers) who enjoy dark paranormal fantasy with Southern Gothic mores and conflicted villians (who hide behind kindness) with touches of romance, family secrets and plenty of thrills, mystery, suspense and horror while still allowing for hope :)
***Not for the closed minded or feint of heart***
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