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The Storm and the Darkness (House of Crimson and Clover 0.8)

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Librarian's Note: this is an alternate cover edition for ISBN 13: 9781490589480

Ana Deschanel has made a terrible mistake. The only chance of protecting the other people involved is to flee New Orleans, the only home she has ever known, for the quiet solitude of Summer Island.

Summer Island, Maine (population 202) is not the tranquil escape Ana imagined. The locals are dista
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Paperback, 356 pages
Published 2013 by Createspace
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Ionia
Jul 08, 2013 Ionia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I expected great things from this author. I read her blog often and I know how intelligent she is, but this truly astounded me. I don't think I was prepared for how well this book flowed from her pen, nor how easy it was to lose yourself in it.

I love the way the chapters in this novel are arranged. You get the opportunity to learn about the characters individually and build a relationship with them before moving on to the main portion of the story. I enjoyed the gentle introduction to the chara
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Christopher Rice
*REVIEW REPUBLISHED FROM 'CHRISTOPHER & ERIC'S FAVORITES' AT THE DINNER PARTY SHOW. http://thedinnerpartyshow.com/2015/03...

I loved this book. I repeat. I loved this book! Yes, it’s part of a larger series about two sprawling, intertwined families. But don’t let that deter you. It works as a riveting standalone. I downloaded it during my book tour last year and immediately found myself devouring it in airport waiting areas or on bumpy commuter flights or pretty much anyplace I was standing s
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Brandy Rivers
Aug 03, 2013 Brandy Rivers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story was just as good, even better than the first.
The characters are real and they have their flaws. She brings you into her world and let's you see what makes these people tick. You get to see a turn for the darker side between Ana and Jon. I loved Flynn. And Oz, I still love Oz, but maybe not as much as I had. The jury is still out on Nic. He's got his share of issues, but each character has their share.
I can't wait for the next book. I want to see who Nic winds up with and why.
Patty
Jul 05, 2013 Patty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a woman who has never made an emotional connection with anyone.

Ana Deschanel comes from a wealthy family, she also has a special talent for healing although she considers it more of a curse than a talent.
This is a story of a woman struggling to find out who she is.
After leaving her home in New Orleans she goes to stay at her home in Maine. The home is located on Summer Island, a home that faced Casco Bay, an inlet in the Atlantic Ocean. She inheritated the home from her
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Felicia Tatum
Nov 30, 2013 Felicia Tatum rated it it was amazing
Wow...Sarah M Cradit blew this book out of the ballpark! Ana, Finn, and Jon are an amazingly messed up trio, and of course, my heart always has belonged to Nic. I absolutely loved this book and read it in one night. I can't wait to read more of this world and learn more about these people I've come to love.

Wonderful book!
Kristy Feltenberger
* I received an advanced reader copy of The Storm and the Darkness by Sarah M. Cradit, which is the sequel to St. Charles at Dusk. The Storm and the Darkness may be read as a stand alone but I’d recommend that St. Charles at Dusk be read first because this is a phenomenal series. (I’m already looking forward to reading the trilogy, The Illusions of Eventide, in 2014, and the following three books in the series after).

The Storm and the Darkness is told by various characters with the focus on Ana
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Teri
Jul 12, 2013 Teri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, I have to comment on the cover of this book - it's gorgeous and the imagery is an excellent portrayal of the story. I was initially drawn in by the premise of this book - haven't we all, at one point or another, imagined living on a quiet island, away from the stress of everyday life? Second, although I haven't read the first book in this series, St. Charles at Dusk, I had no problem diving into this book and understanding what was going on.

The author does such an amazing job of letting t
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Stalking
Aug 11, 2013 Stalking rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the 2nd in the series but you do not necessarily need to read the first (but you would miss out on an amazing story) to understand what is going on here. The author does a magnificent job bringing her characters to life. The descriptive genius of her first book carries over to this one. You can feel as though you have known these people and the places they've been. I absolutely adore Sarah's writing style and her remarkable talent. Huge kudos out to the creator of the cover as well ...more
Pam
Oct 13, 2013 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to win this book here on Goodreads. It has complex characters and twists and turns that you don't see coming. This is the story of Ana. A girl unlike any other. She is highly intelligent. She does what she can to keep a wall between herself and others except for Nicolas. Her close dependence on her cousin Nicolas and his on her is what she has come to depend on. She decides its time to go off by herself and spend time deciding what to do with her life. To bring herself out of ...more
Tammy Hall
Sep 02, 2013 Tammy Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was terrifyingly terrific! The Storm and the Darkness is in one of my favorite genres to read. I was captivated by the entire story! Ana left not knowing who to trust and no where to turn made for and excellent plot. The plot thickens as winter arrives and it just continues into a blizzard of scenes that leave you breathless. I am completely in awe with this series. My heart is hoping beyond all hope that there is more to come as my mind races thinking this can't be the end. Sarah Cra ...more
Marinda
Jun 30, 2013 Marinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Storm and the Darkness is a very well written fast paced story, I couldn't put it down.The characters are well thought out and come to life on the page. The main character Ana comes to Maine to try to start a new life, but coming from the south she's not ready for the way the locals are cold and distant to her. She seems to only make one friend, the caretaker Alex Whitman. Then she becomes friends with Finn St.Andrews and tries to be friends with his reclusive brother Jonathan. An accident a ...more
Shelby
Jan 28, 2014 Shelby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Storm and The Darkness is an exceptional read. The author, Sarah M. Cradit, skillfully weaves together romance, mystery, and the paranormal into a work of literary gold.

This book has it all. Characters that are so well written they could easily step out of the pages of this book and exist in the real world, a storyline that will keep you reading from cover to cover and such vivid detail that you feel as if you are a resident of Summer Island yourself.

I loved every page of this book and I wi
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Diana Wigle
Jul 15, 2013 Diana Wigle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read! I loved the suspense, and the characters were very well-crafted. Sarah devoted each chapter to revealing each character's point of view in the story. You really understand who each character is and what they are thinking. The story moves along at an exciting pace. I didn't find myself skimming over any parts, like I've done many times during drawn out descriptions of scenery or characters in other books. The books ends leaving you wanting more, so I cannot wait to read the next insta ...more
Pamela Beckford
Jul 25, 2013 Pamela Beckford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the first book, but made the faulty assumption the second book would be the same. There was so much intensity in the book. I loved how the author had everything so well thought out and planned...and it all made sense and worked! This was a great book. The series is very good and I can't wait for the next book. I highly recommend this book
T.
Dec 30, 2013 T. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good suspense and a great storyline. The protagonists are not the typical ones you want to love, but anguished characters with problems that unfold with some complexity as the story progresses. Not my favorite location, but well told and gives us some deeper glimpse into Ana. Can't wait to read Nic's story. I'm liking that guy!
Mark
Aug 14, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Christie R.
Jun 30, 2014 Christie R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! The author has phenomenal writing abilities and always delivers. Her books are so great they can "stand alone" or be read together in a "series" and the reader is able to follow along easily. This book was brilliantly written, detailed and was everything you expect in a book! Prepare to fall in love with her characters and take a journey of a lifetime with them. This is one of the reasons I enjoy reading Sarah Cradit's works of art. From Ana (the beautiful girl that ...more
Carrie Cunningham
I received this book from Sarah in return for an honest review, and just have to say thank you so much!

The Storm and the Darkness takes place in Summer Island, Maine. Where everyone knows everyone, gossip abounds and those that only visit in their summer homes are frowned on. Population 202, Ana Dechannel thinks it's the perfect place to run to when her life turns into something she can't face any longer.

Raised in New Orleans, daughter of Augustus Dechannel- Media mogul and billionaire- Ana has
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Danyca
May 22, 2014 Danyca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sarah M. Cradit is a brilliant author. She has a way of telling a story that pulls readers in. This book is told from different viewpoints of the characters. It is easy to understand and helps the story flow. It is full of mystery, suspense and romance with a touch of paranormal. I love the way we get to know the characters strengths and weaknesses, we get to see them as human and not some great heroes without any flaws.

Ana is a complex character with a dark side. She is written in a way that r
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Stephenee
Feb 09, 2014 Stephenee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
* I received a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. *
This book contains just the right amounts of romance, mystery and paranormal elements and the story just blends and flows so naturally. I enjoyed reading this book from start to finish and didn't want to put it down, that's how compelling of a story it is. I enjoyed the way the characters were introduced, the back story on all of them and the way that the past brings them together for the future. I felt like I was on the island
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Carrie
Jul 10, 2013 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from Sarah in return for an honest review, and just have to say thank you so much!

The Storm and the Darkness takes place in Summer Island, Maine. Where everyone knows everyone, gossip abounds and those that only visit in their summer homes are frowned on. Population 202, Ana Dechannel thinks it's the perfect place to run to when her life turns into something she can't face any longer.

Raised in New Orleans, daughter of Augustus Dechannel- Media mogul and billionaire- Ana has
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Echo
Jul 10, 2013 Echo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Wow. Mystery, magic, suspense that even made me slightly jumpy, family and just enough romantic intrigue to keep me well, intrigued :) The writing is fabulously done, I loved how Sarah M. Cradit tells a story. Being able to be in the heads of a multitude of characters I found myself liking everyone that I was reading about. Although, I have to admit the bad guy really did creep me out and I started to get very concerned about what was going to h
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Ashleigh Swerdfeger

The Storm and the Darkness is a very apt title. It is an engaging tale of Ana Deschanel and how her life connects to the other characters. It is a story of dealing with life's idiosyncrasies and the fallout of one's actions (or inaction). Ana goes to Maine to get away from her current life. She remains in close contact with her cousin, Nicholas and her father Augustus. On the Island, she meets two brothers. Jon is solitary and misunderstand. Finn is the more charming brother.

As the story prog
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Lynn Schlanger
Aug 11, 2013 Lynn Schlanger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Ana runs way to New Orleans she is 't necessarily ready for what she runs into! Can a girl from New Orleans have what it takes to survive a snow storm?
When Ana takes a fall she gets help from the least likely person. The person Ana puts her trust in, turns out to not be who she thought he was. Can her New Orleans family handle Ana being away?
Ana decides she needs some time away, to put her life in order. She's hiding a secret that could destroy everything. She tries to make it on her own o
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Katherine
Aug 13, 2013 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
~~~REVIEW~~~
The Storm and The Darkness by Sarah M. Cradit

The Storm and The Darkness by Sarah M. Cradit is a contemporary romantic thriller with a paranormal twist. The story follows Ana Deschanel as she runs away from a terrible mistake in New Orleans and goes to her family home on Summer Island. On Summer Island she is an outsider and she has trouble making friends with the cold and distant locals. Alex Whitman, the house's caretaker, is her only friend there. Until she meets Finn St. Andrews.
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Julie
Jul 18, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

This novel is part of series but can certainly be read as a stand alone.

Ana has fled her beloved New Orleans for Maine. The circumstances are vague in the beginning as why Ana needs to have this time to herself, but we know it was something huge.
There is a home on Summer Island that has been in Deschanel family and she decided this was good place to go to put some distance between herself and what happened back home.
Ana has alw
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Shawn Verdin
Nov 21, 2013 Shawn Verdin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Riveting Stars!

I’m going to say this very simply. I loved THE STORM AND THE DARKNESS!

Ms. Cradit has successfully written another book that I can call a favorite. The story centers on Ana Deschanel, cousin to Adrienne and Nicolas Deschanel both of whom we are introduced to in the first book in The House of Crimson and Clover series, St. Charles at Dusk. Ana leaves New Orleans for the solitude of Summer Island, Maine after making an awful mistake. New Orleans and Summer Island could not be an
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Breezy *Lover of all things Alpha Male*
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Anasofiya Deschenal leaves her hometown running away from all of her friends and family, along with a couple secrets. She moves to Summer Island, Maine in hopes to start a new life. Her only ties back home she keeps in contact with is her dad and her best friend, Nicolas.
When she arrives on the island she meets the caretaker Alex Whitman that has been taking care of the home, her father passed down, while no one has been there. Alex becomes her salvation and shows her how to get
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✰  BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
I received a copy of The Storm and the Darkness from the author for an honest review.

Firstly, I have not read the first book in this series (St Charles at Dusk) and it is not necessaryto have read it, however I will go and read it at a later date

Anasofiya (Ana Deschanel) has never been able to make a connection with anyone, and after making some questionble personal decisions in her life, she ups and moves away from her family in New Orleans to the house she inherited on Casco Bay in Maine.

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Sarah is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Paranormal Southern Gothic series, The House of Crimson & Clover, born of her combined passion for New Orleans, and the mysterious complexity of human nature. Her work has been described as rich, emotive, and highly dimensional.

An unabashed geek, Sarah enjoys studying obscure subjects like the Plantagenet and Ptolemaic dynasties, and settling de
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Other Books in the Series

House of Crimson and Clover (6 books)
  • The Illusions of Eventide (House of Crimson and Clover, #1)
  • Bound (House of Crimson & Clover #2)
  • Midnight Dynasty (The House of Crimson & Clover #3)
  • Asunder (House of Crimson & Clover #4)
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“Jon is my darkness. To accept him is to accept that part of myself, and if I do that, I'll never be rid of it. He would accept the things about me that I desperately want to change. I would slip deeper and deeper into the dark recesses of my own mind, and so would Jon.” 5 likes
“The pillow whistled across the room and smacked him in the face. Nicolas smiled, satisfied. If he was going to die, this was the man he wanted to die beside.” 4 likes
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