With This Curse
Can a curse strike twice in a woman's life?
I was a seventeen-year-old chambermaid in 1854 when the Gravesend curse tore my life apart. I was dismissed from Gravesend Hall for having fallen in love with Richard Blackwood, the younger son of the house, and was forced to make my way alone in the world as a seamstress. The curse dealt its cruelest blow when Richard...more
It has everything you would expect from the genre; a dark old mansion with strange inhabitants, an overall atmosphere of menace, a mystery, danger, love and betrayal. I was enthralled with the story from start to finish. I enjoyed the slow romance between Atticus and Clara. The ...more
The story crawls. The words are endless. The twists are telegraphed. And the heroine/narrator... STFU. Her holier-than-thou attitude + unswerving devotion to some transparent asshole she worked for 18 YEARS AGO is beyond the pale. I wanted to punch her in the face every time she started spewing about Richard's perfection & their thwarted wuv, because rich young rakes looove to marry impertinent, cow-eyed housemaids. *eyeroll* No doubt she learns the truth abo ...more
It's on offer as December 2015, so you might want to check it out.
The sequel seems even worse, so I'll stay clear.
Amanda DeWees elegantly avoided those problems with her stylish Gothic romance/mystery "Sea of Secrets." Her latest book, "With This Curse," ...more
I liked many things about the book, but there were a few things I disliked as well.
At one point, I felt it was a lot of rambling. But I know there were a lot of details needed to make the reader understand the story.
I felt the injustice of Clara being sent away from Gravesend, and the injustice of her own mother not believing her and at least making a small stand in her honor. The loneliness she felt on her own at the young age (young to us now, but an adult in tha ...more
that Clara still felt so much "love" for Richard after 18 years had passed and especially when their relationship had happened when she was a nieve girl of 17. Supposedly Clara was supposed to be an intelligent, resourceful woman but when it came to Richard, she seemed incredibly stupid.
This was such a fun read. I honestly could not put it down—there was much "multitasking" on my part, and my poor children had early bed times for those couple of days I was reading it. Sadly, this poor author just cannot keep up with my appetite for her books (cruel of me, since she has released 5 and a short story in the last 2 years—go, buy them all).
Dewees has such a great knowledge of the time period and her setting. Her enthusiasm for the subject is evident in her descript ...more
I'm not going to bother summarizing the story, as anyone can get that from goodreads or an online bookstore, but I wanted to highlight that if anyone has avoided this book out of fear it could be a bodice ripper, its nothing of the sort. "With This Curse" is more of a Gothic love story with the lurking elements of mystery, hints of supernatural, murder, dece ...more
The story is intriguing with the mystery of an old curse, but there are some great developments and turns in the plot to keep the interest and the curiosity up throughout.
Much is not what it seems when our heroine Clara enters a marriage of c ...more
Yes, as always I will not summarize the book. YOU REALLY HAVE TO READ IT!
This gothic romance was beautiful. I love the genre, I love the time it plays in. I just loved everything about it.
The characters were all (except one... grrrr) likable and very believable.
And of course, if it would have been up to me the book could have gone on for several more chapters.
Amanda DeWees has a distinguished way, pulling me i ...more
I picked up this book to follow along with the Smart Bitches book club. That didn’t happen due to a technology glitch, but still so happy I read it.
It’s classified as romantic suspense and described by some as gothic, though I did not find it nearly as scary or suspenseful as anticipated. (I thought the second book in this series fit the gothic theme much more).
Our heroine, Clara, was dismissed from her position as a made after falling in love with the master’s son Richard, whom she learns die ...more
Gravesend Hall is a mansion seeped in history and tragedies with a curse that affects not just the residents but even the servants. Clara as a naive 17 yr old falls in love with the master of the house Richard and is sent away in disgrace, 18 yrs later she's back as the mistress of the hall but as a wife to the twin brother Atticus. The relationship slowly grows in strength with trust, respect ...more
Fantastic way with words - felt the suspense and questions build throughout. In some ways it reminded me of Victoria Holt. Did not see the identity of the "villian" but the author did not cheat - there were foreshadows of the identity.