Miramont Castle, built in 1897 and mysteriously abandoned three years later, is home to many secrets. Only one person knows the truth: Adrienne Beauvier, granddaughter of the Comte de Challembelles and cousin to the man who built the castle.
Clairvoyant from the time she could talk, Adrienne's visions show her the secrets of those around her. When her visions begin to reveal dark mysteries of her own aristocratic French family, Adrienne is confronted by her formidable Aunt Marie, who is determined to keep the young woman silent at any cost. Marie wrenches Adrienne from her home in France and takes her to America, to Miramont Castle, where she keeps the girl isolated and imprisoned. Surrounded by eerie premonitions, Adrienne is locked in a life-or-death struggle to learn the truth and escape her torment.
Reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, this hauntingly atmospheric tale is inspired by historical research into the real-life Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs, Colorado.
©2015 Elizabeth Hall (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
The author needs to do a lot more research. The correct form of address for people in France was completely wrong. The distances people went for minor jobs were impossible. You don't send someone 500 kilometres to send a telegram. Aa fairly good story but the ending was flat.
I was disgusted to see mention of the real family. Mud sticks and this family are now marked.
The narrator needed to learn the correct pronunciation of french words.
This has to be one of the worse books I have ever listened to . I really tried and I even forced myself to complete it as I kept on telling myself something would happen .
"Just not good."
The story was thin, the writing was repetitive and expected. The climax was dull and I just didn't buy it.
The pace lagged and was predictable.
I have no issue with the narrator - she can only read what was written.
Not really. The epilogue didn't save it.
I hate it that you sell these books at a less than credit price so I buy them for cash and then can't return them. You lose credibility when you promote books like these.
"A Ghost's story"
I will probably revisit this novel in the future. Its unique in that it is a ghost's story. Not about the haunting itself but about the life before its after life.
I was actually confused about this being a ghost story. This is the story of Adrienne's fictional life in the Miramont Castle in Colorado. She had a complex life of happy memories of a wonderful grandfather, loss, abusive relatives and her abilities as a clairvoyant and how her perceptions molded her life.
The interactions of her with the grandfather.
I was very sad for the abuse she had to endure. I wanted horrible things for the characters who were hurting her.
I recommend this for a listen. Narration was well done and the story plot did well also. I usually rely heavily of reviews left here and in this case I ignored the negative notes and took a chance. I was pleasantly surprised and you maybe too. Give it a try.
Reminiscent of Bronte's classics like Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.
Not for everybody, but great first book.
"They chose the wrong person to narrate this story."
It's hard to say. I really didn't like the fact that the main character was so powerless to change events in her life because she valued obedience over her own safety. However, I realize that many women of the time held the same attitude, so it was probably not out of place to write a character with such a weak mindset.
Perhaps. It depends on the story.
Her tone sounded far too light and uplifting, almost as if she was reading a young adult or children's novel. It just didn't go well with the content of the story.
For the most part, yes.
The story was interesting, but I felt disappointed and deflated at the end. I felt angry because there really wasn't any retribution for the her cousin and aunt. I recognize that perhaps I'm just used to modern stories with stronger female characters and a sense of justice at the end of the story. :-)
"I HATED this book!!!"
I am not sure who would enjoy evil winning over good. Two very weak females, the mother and the main character. Very deceiving summary on what the book is supossed to be, which is what made my buy this.
Actually, the narrator is what kept me listening.
All of it.
Wont even try any other books by this author.
"Slow first half, then picks up"
I felt like the first 1/2-2/3 of this book was long, boring, pointless "details", and could have easily been condensed to half of what it was. It doesn't even pick up and get interesting until the main character heads to America.
The rest of the book was good, and I definitely didn't see coming what happened. I'd suggest this as a read if you get it free or on sale. Definitely not worth full price!
"Moody, depressing, but haunting!"
I certainly didn't like this book, but it has stuck in my mind for the past week, and I had trouble stopping the audio while I was listening to it! Miramont Castle is open for tours, and it has a depressing, strange atmosphere, that certainly explains the inspiration for this novel. During the tour, the docent told of a maid that committed suicide in a little room on one of the upper floors, and retold many strange incidents that might indicate a haunting, so that was obviously the basis for the novel. The book also has a haunting, bleak atmosphere. If you are looking for a happy story, or one that has any uplifting or positive aspects, this is not a book for you! I read it because I have never been able to get the depressing atmosphere of Miramont out of my mind. Now I have a depressing book to add to that memory. Worth reading? Maybe...generally, it seemed to be well-written, and had complex characters. The portions that spoke of New Mexico and Colorado seemed to be a little like a travelogue - for example, I'm not certain why the story of the miraculous stairway at Loretto Chapel was included. I'm not certain that I recommend this one!
I was disappointed to find pedophilia and rape so prominently featured in what I expected to be a castle ghost story. Also much time was spent in the back story that really never went anywhere. I'd have been more satisfied if the author had left out all that creepy (not in a good ghost story way) religious pedo stuff. Stuck it out til the end hoping for some payoff that absolved the storyline, but no. I do not recommend this book at all... to anyone. Ever.
"Audiobook would not sync with the book I purchased"
I paid for the audiobook and only the free trial part works. This is the 2nd audio book in a row that does not work after paying for it!
"Didn't even finish."
A different narrator. The narration of this book was beyond awful. I will never buy a book read by this narrator again. Her light and fluffy tone ruined the book. Her reading as the child was simply terrible. Hands down the worst book I have ever listened to because and owing solely to the terrible narrator.
Nothing by this awful narrator, for certain! Probably an Agatha Christie.
It could have been done by someone else completely. The narrator ruined the book.
I'm actually making a note of the narrator so I don't buy anything read by her ever again.
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