St. Charles at Dusk (House of Crimson and Clover 0.6) by Sarah M. Cradit #TuesdayBookBlog #bookreviews @TheWriterSarah

A father’s threats. A tragic accident. Unanswered questions. Oz Sullivan has finally 25471052moved past the tangled web surrounding his brief, but intense, relationship with the young, impetuous Adrienne Deschanel. Through his family, and successful career as an attorney, he has forged a tranquil predictability.

Then Adrienne unexpectedly emerges, with no memory of the life she once led. Her desperate attempt to flee the confusing and dark influences in the bayou instinctively propels her to the one face for which she has a name. Oz’s world is once again turned upside down, as he must decide how to help her without losing himself entirely.

Set amidst the lush and vibrant backdrop of New Orleans, St. Charles at Dusk tells the story of Oz and Adrienne; of forbidden love, and startling heartbreak. –

For whatever reason, I somehow missed reading this book in The Crimson and Clover Series, so some aspects were a little surprising, while others were very enlightening.

From the other books, I gathered Oz and Adrienne’s path hadn’t been without bumps along the way, but I never knew their whole story until now.  Bumps is definitely an understatement.  Adrienne as a teenager was fun to read – a keen intellect, strong ideas, free-spirited, and someone who knows her own mind.  I also gained a better understanding of Oz and his family history.  The occasional scenes that included Nicolas were just icing on the cake.

The vivid descriptions of New Orleans made me realize it’s been far too long since I visited.  That being said, sometimes the book was overly descriptive and pulled me from the story and while I understand the need for the different time frames, it was confusing in some chapters.  As this book was published four years ago and I’ve read all subsequent books in this series, I have the advantage of seeing how this author has grown and progressed in her writing.

As always, I highly recommend this series, but reading the books in sequence.  I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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