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Sarah M.Cradit- St.Charles at Dusk

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“The feeling I had from seeing that look gave me butterflies, only roller-coaster caliber. It was the way Janie had never been able to make me feel, but I had always wished she could so that I could associate that feeling with her instead of this girl that no I no longer wanted to feel that way about.” –Oz

 

St. Charles at Dusk tells the tale of southern gentleman Oz Sullivan and his love for his best friend’s younger sister, Adrienne Deschanel. Although Oz knew Adrienne since she was a little girl, he didn’t truly notice her until she was sixteen, but from that point on, he could see nothing else. From the start, their relationship is destined to fail. Oz is five- years- older, Adrienne’s father is a powerful man who will do anything in his power to keep them apart, and (for what I see as the main cause) for whatever reason, Adrienne doesn’t feel worthy of being loved. She is her own worst enemy and therefore sabotages their relationship better than anyone else could.

 

St. Charles at Dusk is an emotional rollercoaster for the reader, with blissful highs when Oz and Adrienne are together, and devastating lows when they’re apart. The first time they part, Adrienne’s father, step-mother, and three sisters are found dead in a swamp but Adrienne’s body is never found. It’s as if she vanished in the Louisiana bayou. When she returns to New Orleans, three years later, she has no recollection of her past. Once again, she disappears and Oz is forced to move on. He marries a woman named Janie and he loves her, but it’s not the passionate love that he feels for Adrienne- the kind of love that leaves lasting footprints on your heart no matter how much sand you cover them with. After Janie dies, Adrienne appears, and once again Oz is forced to face a past he so desperately wants to forget, but the past has away of coming back, (or rather, never leaving in the first place) especially when it involves your first love.

 

St. Charles at Dusk is a hauntingly beautiful tale, one that will linger in your heart long after you finish the last page. This is by far one of the best books that I’ve read this year and I cannot wait to read the sequel in this amazing series!

 

 

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  2. Sounds amazing, especially because I live in the south right now. Can’t wait to check it out!

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