- Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Love Spell (May 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0505524163
- ISBN-13: 978-0505524164
- Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.7 x 2.7 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,455,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Justine keeps both his past and much of his present a secret. Servants eventually tell Madeleine of Justin's parent's mysterious deaths, but he never alludes to them. A dinner conversations gives indication of his dangerous occupation when away from home. In addition, Justine does not believe that Madeleine's strange dreams result from any ghostly specters. Rather, he blames her geographical change and adjustment to marriage. As past and present meld for Madeleine, however, the possibility of danger mounts.
While the path is predictable, the journey is pleasant, as two narratives link the traitorous past to the dangerous present in Penelope Neri's MOONSHADOW. Neri's narrative borrows from all the classic gothic techniques to present a surprisingly light-hearted read, maintaining its gothic roots despite its light, sensuous treatment. Indeed, ghosts walk, dreams tell of the past, and betrayal lurks where least expected, but the truly frightening elements seldom appear, leaving the reader with a delightful, slightly offbeat, yet highly entertaining read.
Her arrival at her husband's home seems eerie to the frightened woman as she begins seeing ghosts, especially of victims of Justin's ancestors. The visits while awake and asleep increase when Justin goes off to work for his government and assist the French nobility escaping the terror. When he returns, he scoffs at her sightings until he realizes that someone, living or dead, wants to murder his wife. Justin willingly risks his own life to try to keep his beloved safe.
Penelope Neri provides her readers with an exciting ghostly historical romance that never slows down until the truth is revealed. The story line haunts the reader with its Gothic late eighteenth century isolated feel as the audience spookily hears the MOONSHADOW with every turn of the page.
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