Willowwind is a lovely Civil War era bed and breakfast that sits on a hill above an ancient cemetery filled with Civil war graves and strange stone sculptures made long ago by a woman once feared to be a witch - perhaps once murdered by the townspeople for being one.
Willowwind is run by a loving couple, Adrian and Caroline Stone, and welcomes guests every weekend.
But since Caroline's beloved father, Edward Winter, died and was buried in that cemetery, Willowwind is also haunted. Haunted by a long dead Civil War era vampiress, Lilith, who believes the man, Adrian, is her reincarnated soldier/lover and will do anything to have him, body-heart-and soul, for her own again, no matter how many she must kill to have him. But Adrian's wife, Caroline, along with the help of the ghost of her dead father, will do anything to make sure that doesn't happen.
A bed and breakfast with a Civil War cemetery haunted by a vampire/witch who is out of her time. Story moves along smoothly and characters are clear and strong. One might also call it a historical romance with a chilling twist!
BLA is an audio performer who shows his ability to delineate the characters well.
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I thought this was a good book, but I think that listening to the audio hampered my enjoyment a bit. I listened to the Audible audio version, but I had a hard time with the narrator because he sounded very stilted (almost robotic), all the female characters sounded the same, and his pronunciation of words like "escape" as "excape" bugged me. I don't I think I will actively search out books by this narrator again. The story itself sounded really interested. There were ghosts, magic, and vampires. I like the idea of a civil war vampire feeding on entire battlefields, but falling in love, trying to change herself, and that love surviving the ages. It has the makings of a good story, but I just couldn't enjoy it as much with the narration. Maybe I'll give it another try on my Kindle.
This audio book turned out to be a bit different than I expected. My expectations of a Civil War based story rapidly turned into a lot of Vampire/Ghost/Thriller. But I enjoyed it!!
I liked the bed and breakfast setting. The author did a tremendous job of fully developing secondary characters that were guest at Willowwind.
Even though, it was definitely outside my preferred genre I found it to be a page turner. It was an interesting and engaging read.
The audio narration was definitely an asset to the reading experience.
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I really enjoyed this book. It was an interesting take on a vampire themed book. Witchcraft, ghosts and the civil war....a not so bad combo. The characters were well drawn out and likeable. My only issue is the narrator. He actually did a good job with the exception of the female characters. He actually made supposedly intelligent women seemed dull-witted. It almost made it a bit difficult for me to continue listening but I'm glad I did. It was a very entertaining book.
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I listened to the audible version of this book,twice.I paid more attention the second time and really liked it.Bed and Breakfast owners Adrian and Caroline have suffered the loss of Carolines Father.They disrupt a vengeful spirit while digging his grave in the old civil war cemetary on their land.This 'Woman in Crimson' was once a resident of this house and doesn't understand why she isn't at present.She wreaks havoc throughout the neighborhood.Can she be stopped?We'll see!
Narrator Bryan L Anderson does a wonderful job with most of the voices.Sometimes there is a lull and a character seems a bit brain dead,but all in all he does a good job.
"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast or MalarHouse dot com"