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Monday, April 11, 2011

The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell

"It’s the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. However, a forbidden romance with Nathaniel, an artist, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him.

When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia’s world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she’s not the seer of dark portents, but the cause."- GoodReads.

Hardcover, 293 pages
Published March 7th 2011 by Harcourt Children's Books
Source: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt via NetGalley. 

This was a stunning novel. From the cover to the last page I was hooked. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres to read and I this one is now on my favorites list.
Saundra Mitchell has amazing story telling skills.  The writing was beautiful and so very appropriate for the time period.

I thought, because of the description, that it was going to be a lot more paranormal, but the paranormal stuff didn't start actually happening into a little ways into the book. There were little things here and there at first, but mostly it was introducing you to the time period and how proper young ladies and gentlemen of that time period were supposed to act, which I loved.
I absolutely adore that time period. Especially the balls and the dresses. How amazing those must have been.

The characters were all wonderful too. Even the mean or annoying ones were great because they were time period perfect.
And the romance was so sweet. Nathaniel was such a mysterious and intriguing character. I loved when he was present. Such a scene stealer. Though I loved his character, I loved Tom as well. He was so sweet and gentlemanly, especially when it came to Zora.

And the ending! Oh during the last few chapters I could not breath. I was on the edge of my seat and kept saying "Oh my gosh, that did not really happen!" to myself.
Even though there is a second Vespertine book, I'm pretty sure that it's not going to be about Amelia. She might make an appearance in it but from the description it sounds like it is going to be about another character from this book. If you haven't read this one I wouldn't suggest reading the description of the second though. You don't want any spoilers.
I am very excited and cannot wait for The Springsweet. 
If you love, or even just like, historical fiction, romance, and a little bit of paranormal thrown in, read this book.

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