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Oxford Whispers [Kindle Edition]

Marion Croslydon
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WINNER OF THE INDIEREADER DISCOVERY AWARD (ROMANCE) 2013!

"Oxford Whispers is a haunting tale about the power of history, heritage and love." IndieReader Approved, 4.5/5 stars

"I'm team Rupert all the way!" Pink Fluffy Hearts
"This was a very good debut novel, and a great New Adult romance!" For The Love of Film and Novels
"Madison was a doll, Rupert was a REAL guy, emotions, problems, guilt, morals, honor, and a son of a gun of a father." Amazon Review

Madison LeBon is dead set against the dead.
Her fresh start at Oxford University is a brand new beginning. She finally has a chance to turn the page on her psychic powers and cumbersome voodoo heritage. Snakes, dolls, ghosts, and spirits: Farewell…
Not quite.
When the tragic lovers in a painting—the subject of her first history class—begin to haunt her, she must accept her gift before life imitates art. The lovers warn her against their own nemesis, a Puritan from the English Civil War. Unfortunately, said nemesis is now going all homicidal on Madison.
College becomes more complicated when she falls hard for Rupert Vance, a troubled aristocrat and descendant of one of the characters in the painting. With the spirit of a murderer after her, Madison realizes that her own first love may also be doomed…

FALL IN LOVE FOR THE FIRST TIME... AGAIN

{New Adult Paranormal Romance}

About the Author

Marion's parents are terribly disappointed with her... They wanted her to have a serious job, providing financial stability and social standing. For years, she really tried to make them happy; she studied hard, got into top schools, graduated with honors and found a high-achieving job... For everyone around her--friends, family and arch-enemies alike--Marion was the typical Type-A personality. What they didn't know was that, deep down, Marion was miserable. She never wanted to be a top executive, brokering deals in New York, London or Tokyo while crossing time zones dressed in designer power suits. Marion wanted to be... a ROMANCE WRITER. She wanted to spend her days in that good ol' tracksuit of hers, in front of her laptop, popping down Oreos like there was no tomorrow. She wanted to fall in love with a different man each time she wrote the first line of a new book (while being happily married to the most handsome man in Great Britain). That's exactly what Marion does these days, and it makes her incredibly happy. She loves to share these happy vibes, talk book crush, fictional boyfriends and sexual chemistry with like-minded people. And because she spends most of her days on her own deep inside her writing cave, you are welcome to come and say "hello" from time to time. Just to make sure she doesn't sink into insanity. Her friends, family and arch-enemies (there are quite a few) will be forever grateful for your help. That's where you can find her: *www.marioncroslydon.com *www.twitter.com/mcroslydon *www.facebook.com/marioncroslydon *www.youtube.com/user/marioncroslydon.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 556 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0957282400
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Carlux Publishing; 2 edition (18 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0091UKP0K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #265,263 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Marion loves to share happy vibes, talk book crush, fictional boyfriends and sexual chemistry with like-minded people. And because she spends most of her days on her own deep inside her writing cave, you are welcome to come and say "hello" from time to time. Just to make sure she doesn't sink into insanity.

Her friends, family and arch-enemies (there are quite a few) will be forever grateful for your help.

That's where you can find her:

Website: www.marioncroslydon.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/mcroslydon

Facebook: www.facebook.com/marioncroslydon

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A painting of a wounded Cavalier is the inspiration for this book and the story weaves itself between 17th century England and modern day Oxford, where student Madison LeBon finds herself entwined in a lover's tragic tale. With supernatural abilities inherited from her voodoo family, Madison has to battle with the intrusions of the past into her Oxford world and her own passion for a new love.
I loved reading about Oxford and Croslydon skillfully intertwines the past and present. Fans of Deborah Harkness will enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting love story 3 Nov 2012
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Oxford Whispers is a real page turner. I highly recommend this hugely enjoyable book. The characters come to life and the author's descriptions of Oxford tempt you to want to go and visit this city. I like the historical aspect and also the painting that the story was based on. Right now you can see the painting at the Pre- Raphaelite exhibition at Tate Britain - awesome! Can't wait for the second part of this
trilogy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oxford Whispers - A 5 Star Page Turner 14 Feb 2013
By Ginny
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This is one of the best books I've read in ages. The author is an amazing writer who studied at Oxford University and has the ability to transport the reader to that amazing place such that both the characters and the setting come to life throughout the pages. It's an incredibly well researched book which is both spooky and romantic! I loved it and can't wait for the second instalment in the adventures of Maddie. Highly, highly recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars So romantic! 25 Oct 2012
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I loved this book. It was like getting back in time and being 21 again...in love for the first time. The plot is awesome. Rupert is hot..and Madison is so smart. Can't wait for the sequel.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  54 reviews
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy fantastic romantic mystery 9 Oct 2012
By CarrieRogo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Madison LeBon has spent her life trying to be something other than what she is. Her fear of her family's voodoo curse and psychic abilities makes her decide to isolate herself from anyone. If she doesn't have friends, no one will ever learn about her crazy family and her own weird abilities. As a result, she is sheltered, innocent, and still a virgin at the age of 21.

When she earns a place at Oxford to complete her Master's, Madison takes a chance and becomes closer to a few people assuming the distance will protect her. Unfortunately her ancestors resided in Oxford and their lingering influences send Madison into a tailspin of paranormal activities. She discovers a pair of individuals in a well known painting is based on people who are part of her ancestral line and that their story is still unfinished. Entwined with their own history is the vindictive spirit bound and determined to punish them for their "crimes". This spirit latches onto Madison and sees her as her ancestor, Sarah and as such she must be killed. Madison must unravel the secrets of her past and that of the figures in the painting to stop the vengeful spirit.

I liked Madison. She had a spunkiness to her that I felt showed her personal strength. As a relative innocent to romantic relationships she is immediately smitten with Rupert Vance or Earl Boy as she likes to call him, but doesn't want to succumb to the attraction. His attitude and behavior turns her off but their ancestral connection keeps bringing them together. Madison is constantly battling her heart and her brain when it comes to Rupert. She wants to believe he cares for her but his actions consistently demonstrate otherwise.

I was not a fan of Rupert Vance the entire book. I wanted to like him. Rich, good looking, intelligent...what's not to like? But his childish behavior and constant battles to find his father's approval made him weak and annoying. I hated how he treated Madison. In his efforts to "protect her" from his horrible family and the expectations that went along with it, he was no better than his arrogant ass of a father. The revelation of his own personal demons and guilt over a tragic event in his past redeemed him somewhat but I'm not sure I want to see Madison and Rupert continue as a couple in the next book unless his attitudes adjust.

The story overall was engaging. Croslydon wove together bits of history with her own fictional events quite well. There were layers upon layers of intrigue and secrets and as each bit was uncovered it made me want to keep turning the page. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

4 out of 5 stars.
I recieved a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic, Mystery, and Romance! 5 Oct 2012
By Juliette Sobanet - Published on Amazon.com
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What a fun debut novel by an amazingly talented new author! Oxford Whispers tells the story of an intelligent young woman who is trying to swear off her past, but as the author so brilliantly reminds us, your past will always catch up with you. I absolutely loved the way the story immerses us in the world of beautiful Oxford, while also bringing to life the vivid story of the star-crossed lovers in the painting. It is the collision of these two worlds, the mystery that follows, and the sweet romance that make this novel shine. Can't wait to read the next book in the series!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect mix of everything 22 Feb 2013
By bethany f - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I received a copy from the author Marion in exchange for an honest review. Even though it took me a little to get to reading this, I wasn't at all disappointed. Oxford Whispers is not exactly what I expected. This book has the perfect mix of everything. Mystery, Angst, Suspense, Romance, Paranormal, and straight up STEAMY moments! I was a little confused in the beginning chapters, but I quickly got over it and could not put this book down, despite my efforts and need of sleep.

Madison LeBon wants nothing to do with her familys history. She wants a normal life, so she tries her hardest to ignore the paranormal and sets off to Oxford after Yale. Madison thought she had gotten away from it all, until the painting. Visions start happening of the people in the painting, and the woman just won't let her go. Rupert, the sexy Crew guy... sees Madison for the first time and it's all over for him. He has to have her. Rupert just doesn't realize exactly how hard he's gonna have to work to get her, let alone keep her.

This novel has a story within a story. A lot of times that's hard to do. Marion did such a brilliant job transferring from one story to the next. The imagery was fantastic, I felt like I was with Madison, at Oxford. The historical aspect of this story was a beautiful bonus.

Marion really put some work into this novel. The perfect blend of Contemporary and Paranormal Romance. Researching the painting [The wounded Calavier by William Shakespeare Burton] and coming up with not one, but two love stories. I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out that who I thought was the "bad guy" wasn't, and I did not at all expect it to be who it really was! I seriously can't wait for the release of her next novel in the Trilogy, Oxford Shadows.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings 28 Nov 2013
By What the Cat Read - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I’ll be honest and say that I had serious mixed feelings about this book. There were aspects of it that I liked, and some aspects that got under my fur and dampened my full enjoyment of it. This is an example of where my mileage as a reader can, and does vary from everyone else.

I loved the plot of this book. Madison’s investigation of the history of the painting, her coming to accept her heritage and powers, and the blending of past and present kept me engaged and reading long into the night. There was enough mystery and intrigue within the plot to hold my interest, and the paranormal aspect fit nicely with the general tone and feel of the story. Plus, the fact that the book is set in England, Oxford itself to be exact, was a major bonus!

Croslydon did a terrific job of shifting between events in the past and events in the future. Both points in time had clear, focused voices, so there was no confusion on when we were time-wise in the story. And during those moments where the past blended into the present it was still easy to differentiate between both points. Croslydon also did a wonderful job at leaving me guessing about Peter’s real identity in the present. While some might say that it was rather obvious, I kept bouncing between three potential individuals, and I enjoyed every minute of the guessing, murr!

What I didn’t enjoy were the main characters. Believe me when I say, I tried desperately to like them, but I simply couldn’t do it. I was automatically turned off on both Madison and Rupert less than a third of the way through the reading. And sadly once I lost my appreciation for them, I couldn’t get it back. Madison’s initial coldness and brusk attitude towards Rupert in the beginning rubbed my fur the wrong way. Here’s a guy she doesn’t even know and yet she’s completely being rude to him for no reason whatsoever. I was actually rather appalled by her behavior initially, and then when she suddenly started having feelings towards him, I was taken aback by the change of character tone.

The same holds true for Rupert. My first initial reaction towards him was spoiled rich boy with issues. At one point when Madison walks away from him at the start of the book, he automatically assumes that she’s a tease and is playing hard to get. Not once does he consider the possibility that she might not actually be interested in him. Sorry, totally turn off for me there, and a sure-fire way for me to lose all respect that I might have towards an individual. Halfway through the story I began to tolerate the characters, but by that point the damage had already been done. I simply didn’t like them. That being said, I really enjoyed the scenes involved Sarah and Robert. These two characters were wonderful, and even Peter, as crazy as he was, was an improvement over Madison and Rupert.

As far as the sex scenes go, I found them to be alright, and while I’ve heard some people say that they were graphic, I wasn’t bothered by them. If anything, I found the scenes in this book rather mild compared to some of the stuff I’ve read in other genres. But that does make me want to point out that this is considered New Adult, meaning it’s marketed for the 17+ crowd. Please bear this in mind should you opt to get a copy for yourself.

Overall, I have to give this book three paws and a tail wave of appreciation. My dislike of the main characters aside, there was enough going on story-wise to keep me interested. I wanted to discover how everything was connected, and I actually wanted to see whether the characters could redeem themselves in my eyes. Since this was the first book of a trilogy, I must applaud Croslydon for creating a truly intriguing story. And as surprising as this may sound, I’m curious to see what will happen in the second book, Oxford Shadows, once it comes out. After all, who can resist a story that involves the Tudors? Murr!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting paranormal romance/mystery 8 May 2014
By Cindy DeGraaff - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was a little hard to put into a "category" because it's a romance between two college students but their modern relationship is overshadowed by the ghosts of one that took place in the 1600's between their ancestors. The characters are complex and interesting and the plot revolves around the heroine's research into a relatively obscure painting that she's using for her Master's level work at Oxford University. The painting belongs to the family of an Earl whose son is also an Oxford student, and despite their widely different backgrounds, the two are drawn together, just as their ancestors were. And just as back then, there is a jealous villain willing to go to any lengths to prevent their happiness.

Madison comes from a single parent home on the Louisiana Bayou and her grandmother is a Voodoun priestess, from a long line of "gifted" women with abilities to speak to the dead, and Madison is no different, despite her Yale and Oxford education. Rupert is the son of an English nobleman who has a terrible relationship with his father, is on the rowing team, has lots of emotional baggage but not so great grades, and who was not at all likeable at first. As she becomes more deeply involved in the story of the lives of the people in the painting, more threatening things happen to Madison. She also becomes Rupert's tutor and they become closer which causes strange things to happen to him also. Can they solve the mystery and stop history from repeating itself?

There is some sexual content, violence and mild profanity in this story. This book is the first in a series of Oxford mysteries with a paranormal twist from this author.

Heat factor moderate.
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