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Publisher's Summary

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

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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.

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Summer Island, Maine

What made the experience of listening to The Storm and the Darkness the most enjoyable?

The fact that it kept me interested and wanting to know more about this family and particularly this island experience for Ana.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

What does LC Kane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the 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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

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  • sheryl
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  • 01-31-16

very good story

Would you consider the audio edition of The Storm and the Darkness to be better than the print version?

can't say since I have not read the ebook

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Storm and the Darkness?

the way Ana was wondering about the old light house

What does LC Kane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

yes I did enjoy the way the characters voices changed

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no

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3.5 Mystery Star's

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.

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Fantastic

Where does The Storm and the Darkness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 25

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that it kept me interested and wanting to know more about this family and particularly this island experience for Ana

What about LC Kane’s performance did you like?

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

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No extreme reactions, just an overall good book.

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher

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Fantastic!

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!

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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes. Liked the narration by LC Kane.

Have you listened to any of LC Kane’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

LC Kane did a great job narrating the various characters in the book.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

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

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A book like no other

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

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I loved this book!

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.

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Good read, kept me interested

What did you love best about The Storm and the Darkness?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

Same as above. It was a great story and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

Which character – as performed by LC Kane – was your favorite?

the performance of Ana was wonderful.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reactions, just an overall good book.

Any additional comments?

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."