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The first three books of the best-selling Victorian Gothic Collection in one volume! 

House of Shadows

After losing her father and nearly losing her life when their ship sank off the coast of Cornwall, Adelaide Hampton Parke is faced with a terrible dilemma. Her stepmother has demanded that they immediately set sail for New York, but the very idea of stepping foot on board another ship and facing the uncertainty of a transatlantic crossing leaves her paralyzed with fear. Not to mention that her relationship with her stepmother is contentious at best, and she's been given only six months to return to New York and find herself a husband or be put out of the family's Park Avenue home to make her own way in the world.

Salvation comes, unexpectedly, in the form of a telegram from Eldren Llewellyn, a Welsh lord and the sole owner of a mining empire. He'd partnered with her father in multiple business ventures, and upon the man's death, proposed to Adelaide in order to spare her the ordeal of returning home in her stepmother's less-than-tender care. But as she travels to his remote estate in Snowdonia, Adelaide comes to realize that his ancestral home, Cysgod Lys, literally the Shadow Hall, is filled with secrets and dark things she cannot name. Fear is her constant companion and she begins to wonder if her new husband is her savior...or her doom.

Veil of Shadows 

Newly married, Adelaide Llewellyn is struggling to find her place in her distant husband's life and in his ancestral home of Cysgod Lys. Surrounded by bitter enemies, lies, and the dark secrets that have haunted his family for generations, there is much to be feared. But the danger she faces is as much from the living as the dead.

There are dark and unnatural things lurking within the walls of Cysgod Lys and on the moor that flanks it. They've made their presence and their power known to her. But Adelaide will not be ruled by fear, and she will not simply give in to it. She means to fight for her home and for her husband, no matter what may come.

Passage of Shadows

The plots, schemes, and machinations at Cysgod Lys, from both mortal and immortal sources, are coming to a head. But as the ancient evil maneuvers to fully become a part of the living world and Frances struggles to extricate herself from a situation of her own making, Eldren and Adelaide, with the help of Lord Mortimer and Madame Leola, are hatching schemes of their own. Buoyed by new confidence in her previously latent abilities, Adelaide has a plan that may finally offer them peace, freedom, and a chance for true happiness together.

Fighting something that has no true form, something that can take the shape of anything and anyone, something that potentially sees and knows everything, is next to impossible. The closer they get to the final battle, the higher the stakes become. But Adelaide is determined because she isn’t just fighting to win...she’s fighting for love.

©2019 Chasity Bowlin (P)2020 Chasity Bowlin

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a gothic treasure!

I loved these audiobooks from the first to the last page! I didn't want it to end, a gothic treasure ! I couldn't stop listening...the storyline was strong & the characters enticing. it draws you in. I highly recommend this audiobook/book. lastly I must say I enjoyed the narrators; excellent job!

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Excellent story! Lamentable narration from Yves.

Chasity Bowlin’s story did not disappoint- it was exactly the sort of well-woven, traditional gothic romance I had been seeking. This was the first of her work I’ve encountered, but I’ll be reading more. Her turn of phrase is lyrical and moves the story forward, and I fairly binged this trilogy. Mr. Grayson’s storytelling is thoughtful and captivating. I would seek out more audio with his beautiful baritone performance. Lillian Yves, however, chomps on her words unnaturally and creates a jarring experience with the awkward inflection of a novice stage performer. Speeding up to 1.2x made it slightly less distracting. Since she narrates the majority of Bowlin’s novels, I will be seeking them in print, instead.

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Wonderful story with beautiful duet narration!

My wife and I listened while traveling to a much needed getaway . We got to our destination and usually we stop listening to a story after a long drive, until we begin our return trip. Not this one. We had to keep listening. Our view from the nearly empty resort overlooked a foggy forest which enhanced this lovely paranormal story for us. The story of a young American woman travelling abroad in Victorian times to find hatred, horror, and love, was beautiful and done in a wonderful duet narration. I'm not always a fan of special effects in audiobooks, but there was just enough, not over done, and done very well.
I highly recommend listening to this collection, even if your not overlooking a spooky forest.

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A lot to listen to

It was good for listening to before bed. I was not satisfied by the end. There were still, what I felt were loose ends. I guess it could spawn off more books as the author mentioned. I got this book set from the narrator and this is my honest and voluntary review.

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enjoyable Victorian gothic

I'm in my 50's and many of the first 'big person' novels that I ever read were gothic romances (e.g., Victoria Holt) that my mother had on our bookshelves at home. So I really felt a strong sense of nostalgia as I was listening to this audiobook which made it more enjoyable for me. Lots of red herrings, uncertainty over what the main antagonist would do next, and a truckload of other gothic tropes that help immerse you in the mood and tone of the story.

Spoiler paragraph ahead: The only quibble I have plotwise is based completely on the fact that I'm a big fan of Anne Rice's 'Mayfair Witches' novels. There's a fundamental plot element in this (Bowlin) story that is pretty much identical to the fundamental plot element in that (Rice) series. I felt that Anne Rice explained the significance/context of her fundamental plot element more effectively than Bowlin did here, so the plot suffers a bit here by comparison. But when all is said and done, this was an enjoyable story that did a great job of distracting me while on my exercise bike. There were moments when I was on the edge of my seat, there was some spiciness in the romantic scenes, the 'bad guys' were serious threats to the 'good guys', and the author was able to describe the world effectively enough that I felt like I was witnessing everything firsthand.

I felt a bit less enthusiastic about the narration. I really liked that there were male and female narrators, because otherwise great audiobooks become almost unbearable when narrators don't do other-gender dialogue well. My personal opinion was that the male narrator was awesome and the female narrator was awesome when performing nearly all of the female character voices. But I really didn't like her exposition (non-dialogue) voice - it was exhausting to listen to because it sounded perennially borderline hysterical. A bit too dramatic. I also thought that the wicked stepmother voice was maybe a bit more exaggerated than believable. Anyway, I had to restart the audiobook three times because I wasn't sure that I wanted to listen to the female descriptive narration. I ended up increasing the playback speed significantly as a result. This is my subjective opinion, though - most of the female characters were voiced really, really well in dialogue scenes, so I know the narrator is talented. It's just that the main female explanatory voice that she chose to use for this story was my least favourite thing about this audiobook.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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creepy paranormal

The voices, expressions, and creepy sound effects added to my enjoyment of this compelling storyline. This is an engrossing dark paranormal mystery thst I couldn't stop listening to. I rooted for the main characters to escape and overcome the evil forces. I was happy Warren got a backbone and a chance for a good life.. Good conclusion. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrators brought it to life.