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St. Charles at Dusk (House of Crimson and Clover 0.6)

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A father’s threats. A tragic accident. Unanswered questions. Oz Sullivan has finally moved past the tangled web surrounding his brief, but intense, relationship with the young, impetuous Adrienne Deschanel. Through his family, and successful career as an attorney, he has forged a tranquil predictability.

Then Adrienne unexpectedly emerges, with no memory of the life she onc
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Paperback, 474 pages
Published September 2011 by CreateSpace
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Linda
Here's the thing...the book was good, and up until 60% of it, I didn't see any errors in writing, but towards the latter half of the book, there were missing or extra words which was distracting. Especially given the writing style of the author. The book had a slow, almost dark feel to it. The suspense was good, but also felt like it dragged on a bit. Perhaps because it was based in the South in the New Orleans area or because of the secrets and issues of the characters...either way, I had a har ...more
Amanda N Richardson
Because most people like to know this before purchase: This book has 364 pages, and is one of those books that feel much longer; but in a good way. I didn't want to put the book down.This book was great. I'll start by saying that I fell in love with the main character Oz within the first few chapters. The author, whom by the way is a very talented author put her heart and soul into not only the book but the characters themselves.
The details were great on the setting. She really did her research
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Stephenee
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
* I received a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. *

OMG, I instantly fell in love with the characters, the story, the love triangles, the mystery, the drama....ok so I loved every aspect of the book! I started backwards and read book 2 first, but I didn't feel as if this made any difference in understanding the story. If anything it helped me to understand the characters better and to like them even more. I felt for Adrianne as she lost her memory, I felt for Oz as he continued
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Becket
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In ST. CHARLES AT DUSK, Cradit writes about New Orleans with a passion that reminds me of a young Anne Rice in her novel Feast Of All Saints. Cradit’s novel, however, is set in the contemporary Crescent City.

Personally, I try to visit New Orleans about once a year. But I have not had a chance to do that this year. I miss the city greatly. Reading Sarah's novel brought me back to my old stomping grounds instantly. It was an entirely accurate portrayal of New Orleans’ atmosphere; I could feel sme
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Marsha
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
St. Charles at Dusk by Sarah M. Cradit is a powerful, compelling book. I was hooked just inside the first chapter. This is the first book that I have read by Sarah Cradit and I fully enjoyed the story line and writing style. The characters are solid and consistant, although a bit nuts. Although this is a prequel, it can be read as a stand alone...lots of HEA. Flashbacks and flash forwards, a terrific way to tell a terrific story. And a sneak peak into the next story at the end, genius marketing. ...more
Debbie
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
St. Charles at Dusk is the prequel to Sarah Cradit's House of Crimson and Clover series and it is great. There are twists and turns that you don't see coming. Once you pick it up it is hard to put down. I read it in one afternoon. The characters are believable. The storytelling is first rate. Pick up your copy today, you will not be disappointed.
T.
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written story. I enjoyed the narration and the way the story was built by moving back and forth in time. Quite a few twists and turns in the plot to keep you guessing. Lots of detail and character development. An enjoyable read.
Sophia
This book was part of the Red Hot Lovers boxed set I was reading and I enjoyed yet again the thrill of picking up a new to me author and series and diving right in. This was a dark and delicious blend of old-style Southern Gothic Romance with a hint of paranormal. The setting of the Southern Louisiana plantations, bayou, and New Orleans was a perfect backdrop for this forbidden tale of romance and dark secrets.

I was getting a prequel story as part of a series, but happily, it stood alone just fi
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Marie
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
St. Charles at Dusk is a layered story of love, deceit and mystery. Ms. Cradit is an artful storyteller, willing to take risks. The two pivotal characters are Adrienne and Oz, two young people who dramatically fall in love, against their parents' wishes, and then embark on a journey that takes them (and the reader) on a dark ride through mystery and secrets.

The novel is mainly set in New Orleans, and the author does a wonderful job of making you feel that you are there with Oz and Adrienne as t
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Nick
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
(Book received from the author in exchange for an honest review)

I’ll start this review with the good.

Oz, the narrator, is a fantastically realized character who manages to be both likable and relatable despite his privileged upbringing. Oz becomes romantically involved with Adrienne while the latter is still underage; he questions and reflects on this situation constantly, enabling the reader to root for the relationship despite the rather iffy details of it. His character and development were c
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Echo
St. Charles at Dusk is an angst filled love story that spans many years. I loved it. Sarah M. Cradit is quite simply an incredibly gifted writer, with an ability to write that leaves me stunned. Throughout this novel I felt like I was reading a love letter, to New Orleans, to the Deschanel family, to Oz and Adrienne themselves. It was beautiful and wonderful and heartbreaking, all of the things that I love in a good story.

What spans the years is the relationship of Oz and Adrienne, the complicat
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Shawn Verdin
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**REVISED REVIEW**

I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of the revised St. Charles at Dusk. While I loved the first version, I really loved the newer version. Cradit took out verbiage, tightened it up and left us with the same great story, only better.

St. Charles at Dusk is Southern Fiction at its finest! With her first book in The House of Crimson and Clover Series, Sarah M. Cradit managed to create a timeless story of romance, mystery, intrigue and just the right about dysfunctional family
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Julie
St. Charles at Dusk by Sarah M. Cradit is a 2011 publication.

That awkward moment when you realize you have read every single book in a series except the prequel....

How I have gone so long without getting this book read, I don't know. But, better late than never. I actually found this book whetted my appetite and made me want to start the series all over again. I wish I had the time to do that. A little binge reading of this series would be awesome!!

This is the story of Oz and Adrienne. The tw
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Kristy Gillespie

“The feeling I had from seeing that look gave me butterflies, only roller-coaster caliber. It was a way Janie had never been able to make me feel, but I had always wished she could so that I could associate that feeling with her instead of this girl that no I no longer wanted to feel that way about.” –Oz

St. Charles at Dusk tells the tale of southern gentleman Oz Sullivan and his love for his best friend’s younger sister, Adrienne Deschanel. Although Oz knew Adrienne since she was a little girl,
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Shelley
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
****Revised Review****

I really fell in love with this story and Oz Sullivan in the first edition of this book and did not see any way to improve the story set out before me. I was both right and wrong! This new edition keeps the same heart wrenching love story of Oz and Adrienne. They are a perfect couple who suffer from terrible timing. You can feel the honest emotions from Oz as he struggles with trying to make the right decisions and following his heart. Adrienne suffers not only unavoidable
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M.B.
Jun 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I was given a free copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review*

I have to admit I struggled a little with this book simply because I felt confused by the switching time frames and POVs, but I completely understand why the book is written in this way.

The story itself was extremely visual and as someone who has always wished to visit New Orleans, it often felt as if I were there, yet sometimes the descriptions were too detailed and I felt a little bogged down with information.
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S.K. Nicholls
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: southern-fiction
St. Charles at Dusk, the first book in The House of Crimson and Clover series, is a compelling and engaging story of young love set in the charm and beauty that is the seductive city of New Orleans, surrounded by the mystery of Louisiana swampland. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for good Southern Fiction or romance that is constructed with real substance. I have lived in the Deep South most all of my long life, visited New Orleans and the surrounding area frequently, and Sa ...more
Deon
Jun 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
I do not typically read romance, save an addiction to Anne Rice in my youth. I want to put that out there, so you know where the review is coming from. There are tropes and expectations in any genre, and not being used to this one, I was surprised how easily I was able to slide into this story. The characters are rich and interesting, the story unfolds in an unusual but ultimately satisfying style, and all in all, I ended up really enjoying the read.

Now more specifically, it took me a bit to rea
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Chené
Mar 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guest-reviewer
Kendall's Review:
I must say, after reading "St Charles at Dusk" from cover to cover, I was left wanting more. I am glad this is not a stand alone.

Characters: 3/5

The characters are colourful, each in their own unique ways and each bringing dramatic twists to the unraveling romances, scandals and tragedies.

Janine: Sarah painted a dreary, wet and somber day, as to be expected on such a day of sorrow. I must admit I wanted to know more about Janine and her daughter Naomi.

Oz or Colin Sullivan: To me
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Cathy Ryan
3.5 stars

Oz Sullivan was 21 and totally infatuated by Adrienne Deschanel despite the fact she was only 16 and the sister of his best friend. They began a love affair aided by Nicolas, Oz’s friend and Adrienne’s brother, who lets them meet at his home. That is, until they were discovered by Adrienne’s father and she was forbidden to see Oz again.

Adrienne’s parents intervened further and decided to take Adrienne and her sisters away on holiday. Oz and Adrienne made plans to elope. Before they coul
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Lara Girdler
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Initially it was the constant back and forth through time that made this story extremely difficult to follow, with each one of the flashbacks several chapters long, which pull the reader in, but then when you are thrown back into the present the momentum of the story immediately stalls and the reader finds themselves starting all over again. It was not until I was well over half way through the book that I figured out what was doing and the author’s stream of thought. The story itself is beautif ...more
Papi Z.
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The beginning to the Crimson and Clover series, please do start with this book. I have read them out of order, and my life is less for not doing them as they were intended.

Finely crafted clean copy, I have come to expect nothing but excellence from Sarah, and this book did not disappoint. No typos or errors of any kind that I could find.

Setting is beautifully laid out, makes me want to go to New Orleans now and experience it for myself. Once again, a must have for me is the ability to slip on th
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Papi Z.
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The beginning to the Crimson and Clover series, please do start with this book. I have read them out of order, and my life is less for not doing them as they were intended.

Finely crafted clean copy, I have come to expect nothing but excellence from Sarah, and this book did not disappoint. No typos or errors of any kind that I could find.

Setting is beautifully laid out, makes me want to go to New Orleans now and experience it for myself. Once again, a must have for me is the ability to slip on th
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Shelby
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
St. Charles at Dusk is the amazingly well written story of Oz and Adrienne. It is a story full of joy, and heartache, friendship, and most of all, love. We, the reader, get to know them as they go from acquaintances, to friends, to lovers, and then back around again.

This book is the prequel to the House of Crimson and Clover series and your first introduction to the amazing characters, the opulent backdrop that is so vividly detailed you could open your book and step right on to the streets of N
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Andrea
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** I received this book in exchange for an honest review**
I began St. Charles at Dusk without a single clue as to what I was getting myself into. I had not read the synopsis nor had I read any of the books in the series previously. I was blown away. Normally I plow through a book with a vengeance because I cannot get enough. This time, however, I chose to savor and nurture my read.

St. Charles at Dusk is an amazingly powerful story of friendship, family, sacrifice and love. Set amongst the beau
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One-Click
Audiobook - Narration, LC Kane, Really Good. Good pacing, nice southern drawl, good storytelling.

This story was really different to me. It was a heartbreaking romance, but also very much a mystery. It takes place in different time periods and moves back and forth through those times, giving you background that relates to what's happening in the modern day.

I have to admit that I was kind of lost in the beginning and had to go back and listen again (but at least I wanted to listen again). I didn't
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Tracey Smith
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an intricately woven tale of life, love and loss. St. Charles is so rich in detail that at times I felt almost lost in it. I had to learn to trust the author to bring me back on point when the plot was progressing. It is not by any means a quick read, it has layers and depth and requires a great deal of attention to keep up with the shifting time frames, flash backs and alternating perspectives, which I came to love. This book is definitely one that is about the journey rather than the c ...more
Charissa Nelson
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
St. Charles at Dusk by Sarah Cradit had me hooked from the first page and took me on a ride of love and loss that I will not soon forget. I have never read a book that described the setting and location as well as this one. It was as if I was walking beside Oz and Adrienne on St. Charles and after finishing this story I have added New Orleans as a must visit destination in the near future. Every character was perfectly developed by Ms. Cradit and each page gave the reader a little closer look in ...more
Brian & Tara
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Key Plot Elements: Enduring love aged well beyond its calendar years; Mystery; Drama; rich details about New Orleans and the surrounding area; light touches of paranormal; adult content.

In this prequel to her House of Crimson & Clover series, Cradit introduces us to a cast of characters who are so real I caught myself scolding them, aloud, more than once. From a love story perspective, its twists, turns and heartbreak is reaffirming... we have all hurt someone we love. The mystery is decepti
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Michele Breaux-Rowley
Thank you Sarah for taking me home! From the bayous of Abbeville, to the plantations of River Road, and on to the music, sights and smells of the French Quarter and Garden District, the descriptions were on point, the prose lovely, and the story, oh the story...

The story of Oz and Adrienne is almost Shakespearean in its tragedy, yet has a Bronte-esque feel at its conclusion. Complemented throughout with wit and humor, it is a tender and sad love story. It is a story of true and lasting love, two
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“Because you are afraid that only the sight of your daughter's pain can bring you sadness over Janie's death.” 4 likes
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