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Summary

Sophie's world is shattered when disaster bankrupts her family. She's still reeling from the news when she's offered an unexpected solution: Mr. Argenton, a wealthy stranger, asks for her hand in marriage.

Marrying Mr. Argenton will restore her family's fortunes and save them from scandal, but condemns Sophie to a life in Northwood, a vast and unnaturally dark mansion situated hours from civilization.

Sophie struggles to adjust to her new position as mistress over the desolate house. Mr. Argenton's relatives are cold, and Mr. Argenton himself is keeping secrets. Even worse, the house is more than it seems.

Mr. Argenton's young cousin, Elise, draws terrifying images. Doors slam. Inhuman figures slink through the forest surrounding the house. A piano plays in the middle of the night. Blood drips from the ceilings.

Sophie is inevitably pulled towards the terrifying truth: Northwood's ancient halls are haunted by the family's long-dead ancestors. The malevolent spirits - produced by grisly deaths - resent her intrusion into their home.

Trapped in Northwood and desperate for an escape, Sophie's fate is further complicated as she finds herself irrevocably drawn to the tall, dark-eyed man she married. She suspects her feelings are returned, but Mr. Argenton is hiding the truth about the house - and his secrets are so dangerous that they might just be unforgivable.

©2016 Darcy Coates (P)2016 Darcy Coates

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mediocre love story

I usually love Darcy Coates, but found this very disappointing. more of a love story.

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good, but implausible

well, it’s hard to say much about this book except that it’s pretty implausible. What’s this? A magic candle that goes out and lights itself again? That’s just one of its flaws. It’s kind of corny and predictable throughout but there’s plenty of action. The love scenes are a bit pathetic in my opinion mind but well, it passed a few hours at least.

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Entertaining, if slight, gothic romance

This is an atmospheric, gothic novel. It is well read by the narrator. The story is a little slight, it’s not at all clear why our heroine falls in love with her arranged marriage husband and she shows a shocking lack of anger at the dark secrets his family reveal. Some of the plot reveals are a little too convenient. However, overall it’s enjoyable as a light read. I’m not sure it has enough substance to sustain a second book.

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  • Debra R. Bianchi
  • 27-04-17

Too much romance for my taste.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who enjoy a good romance would love this book. It has a lovely ending with a nod to the next series.... I love that.
I personally am not a romance novel person. The other two books I have read from this author did not have a romantic theme so I was surprised.
Also, the main character drove me nuts, simpering perhaps?

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  • Moonliterider
  • 26-07-18

Great Narrator,and good story, but,,,,

Call me a reader who likes stories to have their ends all tied up by that final page. So, I was disappointed in that very brief final chapter. Maybe this is just how the author writes all of her books? This was my first purchase from this author and I really enjoyed the suspense and the quality of the romantic interest in the characters. I think the imagination does far more for us, than vivid, in your face physical encounters. So, I did enjoy this book. But, I could have done without the epilogue! I wasn't happy with that chosen ending at all. I will probably try one more from this author, hoping it's not something that repeats itself in other storylines. I hope it doesn't. The narrator did a great job and I could see the progression of the main characters maturity throughout the story. I would like to hear her narrate more stories in the fiction genre.

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  • Cat Scanlan
  • 21-12-16

Engrossing

It's not the best book ever written, but it was highly entertaining and I enjoyed it. I'd say it was about the same quality as a melodrama like "Dark Shadows".

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  • Kimberly Sutkin
  • 17-10-20

creepy-good, but WTF heroine

Seriously Darcy, your strong, intelligent, brave heroine trusts the wrong people, stands up to the wrong people, and I question a lot of her decisions. She's annoyingly helpless, but it's been fun watching her almost bite it over and over again. I would recommend this book for creepy scary fun.

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  • Kayla Hancock
  • 18-04-20

Great

The story was great. Couldn’t put it down. The only thing that bothered me was the narrative was a little off from the book. I followed along with my book and some things were different. Mostly small things. Over all I am please. Definitely recommend.

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  • mkm1217
  • 26-03-18

Just alright

Needs a new narrator! Her normal voice is fine but when she tries to do other characters it’s just bad! Listening to this after Crimson Peak there are some similarities and I like the villain but not the zombies...... not sure if I’ll continue with the series.

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  • Melisa Love
  • 05-04-19

Better than expected

Almost lost interest a few times, then it picked up. Now I'm eager for the next in this series. After reading reviews about the ending not wrapping things up, I was glad to see it was only the first.

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  • Angelbaby
  • 20-01-19

The Secrets

Poor Sophie, she has been offered up to Mr. Argenton by her father when a disaster happens and he looses all his fortune. In order to make sure her family doesn't suffer Sophie agrees to go with Mr. Argenton and be his wife, but when she gets to Northwood, where Mr. Argenton lives she starts to notice strange things happening that have her questioning her sanity. It is a struggle to adjust to her new life, but in the middle of it all she falls in love with Mr. Argenton and that strong love she has for him will not only help her draw the house secrets out of Mr. Argenton but it will also save her life. This is a pretty good book, I listened to it all in one sitting.

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  • Angela Tucker
  • 15-11-18

fantastic

this was a well written novel full of twists and turns. I very much enjoyed listening.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-12-18

Ridiculous and Annoying

Could hardly finish this book. The "My Dear" was soooooooo annoying I thought of not finishing several times, unfortunately I already paid for it. Will Not be reading the sequels!!

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