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Beyond Dusk: Anne

(House of Crimson and Clover 0.7)

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  192 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
Following the death of her dominating mother, Anne Fontaine decides to leave the bayou to reconnect with her estranged half-sister, Adrienne Deschanel. Her hope is to forge a relationship with Adrienne that was not possible when her mother was alive. Secretly, she also hopes to find out if her extraordinary supernatural talents are shared by anyone else.

When Nicolas Desch
Paperback, 114 pages
Published August 28th 2013 by CreateSpace (first published August 1st 2013)
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2.5 stars rounded down to 2 stars!

To quote my friend Colleen, "I must confess myself... disappointed."

I am supposed to be reading an anthology full of Romance novel firsts: the beginnings of 14 different Romance series. So I am not sure what the fuck to call Flourish. As you can tell by the title/heading, Flourish is NOT the first in a series - it's something like the 6th story in this damn series. I had NOT A FUCKING CLUE the import of anything that happene
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Anne is a Deschanel, even if she never grew up knowing anything about her father or the rest of her family, she shares one special bond with them, she is gifted. When her gift scares her she tracks down Adrienne, the only family member she knows, to try and understand what is happening. Nicholas is tired of people trying to take advantage of his family ever since the miraculous return of Adrienne Deschanel. When Adrienne’s husb
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: unique, novella
I received a copy of this story from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Sarah M. Cradit shines with Beyond Dusk: Anne by not only showing her talent at telling a good story but also at being an incredibly good writer. It was an interesting novella, that kept me hooked all the way thru. The way that it's written with edges of the supernatural combined with the normal - I love it.

When Anne arrives in town seeking out her sister Adrienne she doesn't expect money or anything more than famil
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beyond the Dusk: Anne by Sarah M. Cradit is a novelette and part of the Crimson & Clover series.
This story focuses on The Fontaines in New Orleans. Anne Fontaine Deschanel has arrived in New Orleans in search of her sister, Adrienne.
Anne and Adrienne had not parted on the best of terms. All Anne wants is to reconnect with her sister again. She is aware of a brother named Nicolas, but they've never met. So, when Oz informs Nicolas that yet another person is claiming to be related to Adrienne
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Cradit has written in a novelette what many authors try to accomplish in a full novel. Having already encountered her characters in her inaugural novel ST. CHARLES AT DUSK, I thoroughly enjoyed her new novelette BEYOND DUSK. It shed a wonderful new light on the character of Anne.

In this novelette, Cradit did what Anne Rice did with Lestat. The vampire was not the hero of Interview With the Vampire; but he has been the hero of subsequent books. Cradit has done the same. Her character Anne i
S.K. Nicholls
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: southern-fiction
I recently had the honor of being gifted a copy of “Beyond Dusk: Anne” in exchange for an honest review. Having read “St. Charles at Dusk”, being much impressed, looking forward to “The Storm and the Darkness” as a book to read soon, I was eagerly anticipating “Beyond Dusk: Anne”. I have read a few novellas and was very glad to see that the author gave enough backstory from St. Charles at Dusk without rewriting that novel. I tend to resent that when authors are less than creative with their nove ...more
Patti Hall
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
This is the first time that I have read any of Sarah M. Cradit's House of Crimson and Clover Series. The new novelette, Beyond Dusk: Anne, has turned me into a fan.

Anne's story is quite capable of standing strong on its own, but be forewarned; you will still want to read all that came before, and all that comes after. This story revolves around Anne, yet gathers tendrils of a past filled with romance, mystery, drama, and a bit of paranormal magic from opposing sides of her family. Place is also
Brian & Tara
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Written as an accompaniment, or epilogue, to Sarah Cradit’s first novel, “Beyond Dusk: Anne” surprisingly stands very nicely on its own. The end is satisfying with full resolution of open questions, and promises of future fun.

While the characters will be richer if you've read “St. Charles at Dusk,” or even “The Storm and the Darkness,” prior consumption isn’t required. Those who know and adore Nicolas from Sarah’s Crimson and Clover series will love him even more. Anne develops beautifully. Eve
Breezy *Lover of all things Alpha Male*
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Cathy Ryan
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-romance
Adrienne Deschanel ‘came back from the dead’ after being missing for three years following the accident which killed all the members of her family except for her brother, Nicolas. Since her return a year ago they have been inundated with calls from people claiming to have been a part of Adrienne’s previous life. Oz Sullivan, now Adrienne’s husband, is also the Deschanel’s lawyer and is dealing with the unwanted attention.

Anne Fontaine was born in a cabin in the bayou. When her mother dies she se
Michele Breaux-Rowley
A breathless 40 pages, was it really only 40 pages? Sarah put so much into this short, that I really did feel like I read a full book, and it left me craving more more more.
I was introduced to Anne in St. Charles at Dusk and while I really did not care for her character, I was sort of ambivalent toward her. Now I am totally rethinking it. We saw her unleash a fury that left me breathless and slack jawed. She is going to be formidable! I want to go back and reread Dusk to see if those feelings s
Shawn Verdin
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Having not read the two full-length novels in this series, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this novelette. I had a really good gut feeling about it though. Yes! I love it when my gut is right! I was pretty much sold at New Orleans, supernatural powers and a home named Ophelie. Oh, but there is so much more! Written to compliment the House of Crimson and Clover series, Beyond Dusk: Anne did a fine job at drawing me in, introducing me to the characters with no confusion and hooking me bait ...more
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this novelette as a gift in exchange for an honest review. This was the first book I had read from Sarah M. Cradit and it will definitely not be the last. With descriptive dialogue and interesting characters this novella whispers of a wonderfully enchanting series of interconnected novels and after reaching the end leaves a reader wanting more.

In this short novella Anne Fontaine travels from the bayou to forge relations with her half-sister Adrianne. Anne is not the only person to cl
Pamela Beckford
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don't normally read short stories or novellas. I was reminded of that reading this engaging was just too darn short. I wanted more. Greedy I know. But the characters created in the series are so well thought out and described that I just want to know them even better. I feel like I'm part of their lives, even if it is a relationship looking in from the outside.

This story enhances the series, but you wouldn't have to read the series first necessarily. I do think the novella makes mo
Katie Cross
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was my first read of Sarah Cradit's work, and I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Sarah left very good first impression on me as a writer. She was clean, with a solid manuscript and good characters. Beyond Dusk is a novelette at around 10,500 words. In that very short space, she created a very moving plot line. It's hard to find self-published authors with a very real talent for word usage and little to no mistakes.

While I won't recap the story here, it ties in with a fe
S.E. Felida
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion, so here it goes:

I Haven’t had the pleasure of reading one of Sarah M. Cradit’s books before, but after reading this novelette I can honestly say that I am so going to read more of the House of Crimson and Clover series, the story of Anne was so well written and so intriguing that it made me want to find out more about the Deschanel’s and the Fontaine’s. Anne always knew that she was different and in this novelette she finds o
Papi Z.
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC for an honest review.

A short continuation of the House of Crimson and Clover series, and a wonderful addition at that. This was the first book of Sarah’s that I have read, an oversight I will quickly rectify.

Clean copy, well written through out with zero typos and errors that I found. Characters that are developed well, emotionally, physically, and dialogue is on point.

As usual, I dislike strongly a lead male character. Nicolas Deschanel is an absolute jackass to me. I am reser
Papi Z.
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A short continuation of the House of Crimson and Clover series, and a wonderful addition at that. This was the first book of Sarah’s that I have read, an oversight I will quickly rectify.

Clean copy, well written through out with zero typos and errors that I found. Characters that are developed well, emotionally, physically, and dialogue is on point.

As usual, I dislike strongly a lead male character. Nicolas Deschanel is an absolute jackass to me. I am reserving my dislike until I have completed
Brandy Rivers
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of the House of Crimson and Clover series that Sarah has written. The short brought us a new twist, and I no longer hate Anne. In fact, I'm kind of hoping she will get her own full length book sooner or later because she has become a very intriguing character.

After St. Charles at Dusk, I really didn't like her much. This story gave me a reason to rethink my instant dislike of her character. And of course I love Nicolas even more. I can't say too much more without giving anything aw
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Novellete = Teaser.
This is the first of Sarah's works I have read, and I'm currently kicking myself for it. I thoroughly enjoyed this read, and will definitely make a point of promptly tearing through the others. At the very least it was entertaining, clever and even bit saucy. I had absolutely NO IDEA what to expect when I sat down to it but I nearly broke the down arrow on my computer trying to read more. The story piques your interest straight away, and within 3 pages you are committed. I was
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
It was too short. I think that is the best compliment I could give this story, it is far too short. I am a Fontaine fan (maybe I need to come up with a clever nerdy title for my people), and have been looking forward to seeing more Anne, but just as enjoyable was getting to know Nick better, and the intriguing introduction of Aunt Colleen. I was really satisfied with the end of St. Charles at Dusk's love story, but this novelette has acted as an appetizer, and now I am anxious to see where the n ...more
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This novelette was given to me by the author for an honest review. This novelette gives an insight into the side of the Deschanel family we briefly met in The Storm and The Darkness. This is the story of Anne, the bastard child of Charles Deschanel and how she decides to travel to New Orleans to find her sister and meet her brother. Even though this is a very short story it delves deeply into how dysfunctional a family can be and how much some people want to belong. I totally enjoyed this story ...more
Lynn Schlanger
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
And the story continues.....
We finally get to begin to understand Anne, her life in the bayou and what has sculpted the demur, shy Anne we've come to know. Under her mother's thumb Anne was forced to simply comply. Now that her Mother has passed, Anne can begin to explore who she is and what she was meant to be. Will her Dechannel family embrace her and help her grow or draw the bridge to another outsider trying to weddle their way into the wealthy family?
As always I enjoyed Sarah Cradit's stor
Magen McMinimy
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having not read any of the novels in The House of Crimson and Clover, this short tells me that I have been missing out. With saying that I also want to add that I didn’t find myself lost as I dove into this story.
I adored the characters, even Nicholas and the game he tried and in my opinion failed at playing. Epic fail. Cradit has woven incredible depths into her characters in a short amount of time and I am curious to learn more about the world she is building and what I missed in the Novels l
Colleen Everly
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this story as part of an anthology: Dauntless Indies a collection of shorts.
This little short story was very good loved it. I loved it when she first meets her brother very comical and embarrassing situation. I also loved how she was getting her powers and didn't know how to control them, that would be very frightening. This story was very well written and being that I hadn't read anything from this author I am happy to say I am looking forward to reading more of her works.
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So, I have not read anything by this author and come to find out, this little blurb is part of a series. Now because of this little 58 page book I need to know what else happens. This is well written, drags you in throws you around and *Poof* all done, very disappointing, but the good news is there more!! So I am off to check out this new to me series cause I have to know more! Very intriguing if I don't mind saying so.
Briana Vedsted
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Beyond Dusk: Anne" is a splendid short story. I am very impressed by the amount of detail put into every single page. I almost felt like I was there, seeing the beautiful scenery and smelling the flowers. Anne and her brother, Nicolas, were both very realistic characters and described in a way I could see them both very clearly.
Reading this really makes me want to read the other two books from author Sarah M. Cradit!
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of Beyond Dusk: Anne in exchange for an honest review. This novelette is a tightly woven story of Anne Fontaine, a secondary character from Sarah M. Cradit’s first novel St. Charles at Dusk. The novelette picks up several years after the point where St. Charles leaves off. Anne Fontaine is Adrienne Deschanel's half-sister and in St. Charles, she’s a slight figure, a sad and lonely young woman who deserves to be more than just a complication to Adrienne’s own efforts to reg ...more
Cianna Sunshine & Mountains Book Reviews
Just wonderful! This short novelette is perfect. It gives you just want you need, no more, no less and doesn't leave to floundering around for more story, and wishing there way less story. Sarah weaves a perfect amount of story here, and leaves you feeling content and having a whole new outlook. Not many authors can go back and craft a story around a different character and make it tie in as beautifully as Sarah did with this one. If you are a fan of the previous books, you'll have no trouble lo ...more
Kristy Gillespie
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beyond Dusk: Anne is A House of Crimson and Clover Novelette which may be read as a stand alone. However, the series is fantastic and once you read one of the books in the series, you’ll surely read them all.

This novelette tells the story of Anne Fontaine, Adrienne and Nicholas Deschanel’s half sister, who travels to New Orleans to meet with Adrienne. Unlike her half siblings who reside in an exquisite plantation home, Anne grew up in a shack in the Louisiana bayou. Now that her mother is dead a
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“But Nicholas had no room for practicality when there was fun to be had. There was no one as capable of taking a seemingly innocuous situation and turning it into a raving adventure.

Jane. What a boring, and obviously fake, name. This oughta be fun.”
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