The House of Crimson and Clover ~ A La Famille Lagniappes

  • CC1St Charles at Dusk 
  • Author: Sarah M Cradit
  • Published: September 2011 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Mystery/Romance
  • three-half-stars
The revised edition of this book was supplied as an ARC by the author in return for an honest review.
Oz Sullivan was 21 and totally infatuated by Adrienne Deschanel despite the fact she was only 16 and the sister of his best friend. They began a love affair aided by Nicolas, Oz’s friend and Adrienne’s brother, who lets them meet at his home. That is, until they were discovered by Adrienne’s father and she was forbidden to see Oz again.
Adrienne’s parents intervened further and decided to take Adrienne and her sisters away on holiday.  Oz and Adrienne made plans to elope.  Before they could take their plans further the family lost their lives in a tragic accident. Her father, mother and sisters, all dead, but Adrienne’s body was never found.
Three years pass and Oz is an attorney in the family firm. His life is turned upside down when he learns Adrienne has been found but with no memory of her life before the accident. He’s reluctant to open old wounds but finds himself drawn into the unfolding drama.
The first quarter or so of the book was slightly confusing due to the storyline flashbacks, time frames and different points of view, I think because they were quite long and detailed and, if I’m honest, hard to grasp initially.
The writing is very descriptive and makes New Orleans come alive and the pictures in my head of Oz’s cottage were lovely. I want to live there! Sometimes during the story I found it quite hard to like Adrienne, she came across as quite selfish and childish more so than when she was younger.
It’s a story of love and loss with overlapping aspects of mystery and deception. The threads of the story were woven together well and once I was drawn in I enjoyed it a lot.
  • Flourish
  • Author: Sarah M Cradit
  • Published: October 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • four-stars
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review
 Adrienne Deschanel ‘came back from the dead’ after being missing for three years following the accident which killed all the members of her family except for her brother, Nicolas. Since her return a year ago they have been inundated with calls from people claiming to have been a part of Adrienne’s previous life. Oz Sullivan, now Adrienne’s husband, is also the Deschanel’s lawyer and is dealing with the unwanted attention.
Anne Fontaine was born in a cabin in the bayou. When her mother dies she sets out for New Orleans in the hopes of meeting her sister again and finding out more about her background and the strange power she possesses.
A very interesting and engaging story that gives more of an insight into Anne’s character and her place in the family.  I like the introduction of the paranormal aspect and as with the first novel, this one is very well written and beautifully descriptive and has a lot of depth for such a short story.
  • Surrender
  • Author: Sarah M Cradit
  • Kindle Edition sold by Amazon Digital Services
  • four-half-stars

At sixteen, Anasofiya Deschanel is terrified at the notion of sharing herself with anyone. Rather than face that fear, she hides behind her books and imagination, where her heart feels safe.Secretly, Oz Sullivan’s heart has always belonged to Ana. Fearful of scaring her, he chooses instead to pursue girls who are nothing like him, leaving him empty and unfulfilled.Circumstances find them miserable at their junior prom, after problems with their respective dates. Ana and Oz must decide if they’re willing to surrender their fears, and leap forward into the unknown.

The teenage Anasofiya Deschanel feels adrift, scared of letting anyone get too close. She’s uncomfortable with intimacy and feels awkward with her peers. The only people she feels comfortable with and close to are her cousin, Nicolas, and Oz Sullivan, a close friend of both Ana and Nicolas since they were children.

If anyone could understand, it would be him, although no-one would ever really know the intricacies of Ana’s mind. Not even her.

Even though this story is about Ana and Oz as teenagers their characters have a depth and charm. It’s a lovely story, giving more insight into the complicated character that is Ana Deschanel and gives an inkling of why she and Oz made their choices, good or bad, in later life. It was interesting to see the dynamics of the relationships between the young Ana, Oz and Nicolas. 

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