In ST. CHARLES AT DUSK, Cradit writes about New Orleans with a passion that reminds me of a young Anne Rice in her novel Feast Of All Saints. Cradit's novel, however, is set in the contemporary Crescent City.
Personally, I try to visit New Orleans about once a year. But I have not had a chance to do that this year. I miss the city greatly. Reading Sarah's novel brought me back to my old stomping grounds instantly. It was an entirely accurate portrayal of New Orleans' atmosphere; I could feel smell all those familiar scents, hear those mockingbirds, feel the rain on my skin. It was good to be back!
The narrative is stylized with a Dickensian finesse reminiscent in Great Expectations. Cradit finely weaves together a tale of romance between her two heroes, Oz and Adrienne. Oz was an entirely sympathetic character; I could completely relate to his yearning for Adrienne. She, on the other hand, is a character brimming with the delicious irony of a love-interest riddled with internal struggles; I could relate with her very well also. Theirs is a wonderful coming of age story about the journey of self-discovery in the people we live with and love.
Skillfully crafted, ST. CHARLES AT DUSK is a novel I highly recommend. It's wonderful storytelling.