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Dark Prelude (Dark Splendor 0.5)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  124 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
A chance encounter offers lovely young Silvia Bradstreet an escape from her miserable life in London. The Eastwind sails for the American colonies in two weeks. If Silvia chooses to accept the offer of a mysterious benefactor, she must be ready to risk her life for a chance at freedom.

A novella-length prequel to the sexy Gothic romance novel Dark Splendor. Siliva's dark fa
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Published June 22nd 2011 by Trove Books
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Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Author Andrea Parnell recreates a convincing 1750s London, where a mysterious stranger offers a poor girl the chance to escape her fate, and rich sons battle and drink together, just for fun. Details entice the reader and make the patchwork of dark streets, gloomy houses, and docks, seem vividly real. Dialog is convincing, and characters, apart from the mysterious brothers, are nicely three-dimensional. The novella is a prequel to a longer tale, and it’s clear the brothers will become more real ...more
Sarah Mac
Three chapters which would have been better served by being attached to Dark Splendor itself, rather than as a teaser ebook. These chapters do clarify a few points which were never satisfactorily explained in the full novel, & their lack made the DS opener all the more murky, so there's that. I'm not sure if these were originally part of the DS manuscript & cut away by editors, or whether the author jotted them down later -- but either way, the novel should have begun here rather than to ...more
Kay Bolton
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
Well, I'm glad I snagged this as a freebie!

Actually, in this instance not because of the writing, which from the very short example of it, was just fine and dandy.

Having thought about it ..... if I paid the current price of 77p I would feel more that a bit cheated, as this piece of literature is no more than half a prologue. True, the author has provided a good "hook in", but there is absolutely no conclusion or satisfaction in reading it, other than to decide that it might be wroth seeing where
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I'm hooked. I have to know what happens next in Silvia's life. Have to know.

This prequel follows Silvia, a young woman who lives with her Uncle Hollister. He's a terrible drunk, steals from her and treats her poorly, and Silvia is tired of living only to maintain his home. She's unhappy, but she doesn't know what to do about it.

Uncle Hollister sends her out into the cold night to buy meat from the butcher so she can prepare him a good meal, and Silvia takes her time as she's not in a hurry
Danielle Forrest
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have no idea where I found this book or why I chose to download it. It's not my usual genre, but a period piece and a prelude to a historical romance at that (my least favorite genre).

That being said, this novella was amazing. Parnell created Silvia's world with an unencumbered flare for detail. I easily immersed myself in her world - a world I could practically see, it was so clear. The characters were engaging and likable. The scenes were real, smooth, and pulled the reader into the moment,
Tanya Goodwin
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Historical romance/suspense set in London, to be trite, is not my usual cup of tea. But Dark Prelude definitely kept me reading. I am invested in the character, Silvia Bradstreet, and am anxiously following her voyage via ship from England to a new life in the colonies, the obstacles she encounters, and I trust will continue to encounter in the continuation, Dark Splendor (already on my "to read" list), and the romantic choices and complications that await her. No spoilers here, because you real ...more
Lynn Thompson
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a short story that continues on to the novel Dark Splendor. Adventure/Romance

Sylvia is tired of living her life under her drunk uncles thumb and wants to find a way out of her miserable existence. One afternoon good fortune falls into her lap when she sees a notice posted for passage paid bond servants. She is sorely tempted to run away to the new colonies and seek a better life, but can she do it? She has nothing left in London besides her drunken uncle, but if she leaves she won't even
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really liked Dark Prelude. I enjoy most things European and with the book being set in the 1700's in London, that was right up my alley. I was drawn in by the writing, characters and plot. I loved the story and read eagerly to find out the mystery that awaited Silvia. As is indicated by the title, I did not discover the mystery, as this work is a prelude to Dark Splendor. The book left me hanging, wanting more. It did its job. I am hooked and can't wait to find out what fate awaits Silvia in t ...more
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Reading this will get you to buy the full story, but you will be beyond pleasently surprised with that too. I recomend this prelude, but its not needed to fully enjoy Dark Splendor. Nitpick: St. Nick is a term never used in England at that time, its always Father Christmas. St Nick is an Ameican term. It took the reality away for me, details are important, especially in period pieces. You will enjoy this one though.
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I tend to read more current day erotica, but decided to expand my readership by selecting the prelude to Dark Splendor. I was not disappointed, and can't wait to begin reading Dark Splendor now.

The Prelude is short, but sets the stage very well. The scenes were descriptive enough I could imagine myself in that time period in walking beside Silvia watching what she was experiencing.
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is supposedly a prequel to a novel length book about the girl in the colonies. The prequel itself was rather dark, but well paced, exciting and interesting. You actually learned some new stuff about her background story and how she came to be on the ship sailing for the colonies, as well as her new beau.
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
This could be the beginning of a great series but through events so far it could become rather steamy.
This would not be recommended to Young Adults but it is written fairly clean.
It is in an old England setting and involves those intending to embark a voyage to the colonies.
I enjoyed the prelude and can only hope the next in the series is cleanly written.
I really didn't understand this novella. It felt rushed and it ended really abruptly. Maybe it would make more sense if I read the first book in the series, but I'm not sure I want to after reading this novella. It didn't really set me up to be excited for the series.
Wanda Hartzenberg
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
A truly nice easy read that got me invested in the characters and their plight.
I loved the historic setting and the main protagonists are well enough crafted that the reader is soon engaged in the story.
Really a nice fast read.
Dec 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Will consider reading the rest of the series. Like the attention to detail and building atmosphere
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: free-ebook
This was a freebie for my Kobo but it hooked me! It's more than a romance story . . . there's a mystery and I'm intrigued enough to read the next book to find out is going on!
Jul 29, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked it. But it had are difficult time holding my interest. Definitely intrigued me to wanting to read the first book of this series.
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Dark Prelude is just a taste of Dark Splendor. It's not required for the story but is sure to draw you in!
Aug 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
They call this a prequel...I'd call itr a prologue.
That's it nothing else.
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm hooked and buying the novel now!
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