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Cleopatra's Needle by [Lanham, Carole]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 610 KB
  • Print Length: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Immortal Ink Publishing (28 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M7OJ4V8
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9bf314c8) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
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HASH(0x9bc32f78) out of 5 stars "A Spell-Binding Story!" 8 Nov. 2014
By Frank Tibbetts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The time is the late 1800's, set against a backdrop of beautiful, grassy, Brythonic territory. Iago Godwyn and Lilabet are childhood sweethearts that have been raised together since birth. Iago's father, "Unc" Mael, is discontented living his life in Wales and itches for a better life in America. Iago and Lilabet soon find themselves ripped apart as Mael finally decides to sail away.

During the fourteen years that separate them, Lilabet thinks of nothing but being with Iago and disconnecting herself with her highly superstitious father. After Unc Mael's death, Iago finally sends for her. Before any words are hardly spoken between them, Iago marries her straight away and whisks his fresh bride to her new home: 'Watersplash'. Lilabet's heart melts when she discovers the entire house has been built in her memory...but somehow, Iago seems distant and far away from her.

Old Mrs. Blevins stands in a shadowy corner as Lilabet enters the house. Startled, Lilabet cannot help but stare at her grotesque, scarred appearance as the melted, one armed woman introduces herself...Lilabet feels all but welcome.

Iago, still distant, wants to court her properly before consummating their marriage. Strange dreams of murder and 'Moonstone" cause Lilabet to find herself sleepwalking at night. Although she is finally with her true love, Lilabet feels the charming boy she once knew no longer exists. Finally, Guilt overcomes Iago one afternoon and he begins to tell Lilabet of horrible things he has done in order to survive in America.

Next door to 'Watersplash' is a rickety house called 'Cleopatra's Needle', where three resplendent, red-headed witches once lived: Gwendraith, Meriel, and Bethan Vevay. Noticing strange red markings and pentagrams about the place, Iago tells Lilabet of their witchcraft. As they enter Watersplash, Iago becomes enraged at red markings that have been painted on his own door and takes off, leaving Lilabet with Old Mrs. Blevins.

Iago returns home in a drunken stupor. He attempts to make love to his wife but finds that he is impotent. The next morning, the remaining witch, Bethan Vevay, is found murdered at Cleopatra's Needle with an axe in her head. Iago is arrested for her murder. While the police are searching for clues, Lilabet knows Iago is innocent and finds Meriel's diary. She opens the tattered book and begins to read of the horrors and spells they have put upon Iago over the years. The witches have been controlling him all along...using him as their puppet of personal vengeance and sexual gratification.

"A circle drawn around a house
Formed with blood of one white mouse.
Grape Root to turn a stomach sick.
Three kisses to make the Grape Root stick.
A sip of Rose and Madmen's Cleave
Ensures a man may never leave."

Readers, this novella is only 63 pages long. Words cannot begin to express the depth of Mrs. Lanham's vivid and detailed description of the "Old World". She has done the impossible and miraculously compressed an epic novel into 63 short, yet extraordinary pages. Honestly? I find it extremely difficult to read books about "the-olden-days" at present, because I think most of them are boring and I don't find them believable. But this author proved me wrong. She etched it out perfectly with her talented writing and said, "I told you so!"

My favorite part of this thriller was reading Meriel's appetizing diary... and of course the ending. Sometimes, things aren't always what they seem to be...

Poetic and superbly written, I hope you'll find book as enjoyable as I did. This gifted author definitely receives a five-star rating.
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HASH(0x9b625918) out of 5 stars Bewitching! 19 Nov. 2014
By Mike Norris - Published on Amazon.com
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Young lovers, estranged by time and space between the Old World and the New, are reunited after years of dreaming of a new life together in the land of opportunities. But their rekindled love and a hasty marriage falls short of expectation when the new husband is accused of a gruesome murder on a neighboring turnip farm, hauled away to prison before the childhood memories of he and his bride have even been refreshed. It would appear that solving the mystery of the murder will be left entirely up to that stranger immigrated to a strange land that is the new bride, as well as unravelling her broken husband's peculiar fixation with the murder victim, who happened to be a witch--with two sisters.

I've long been a fan of Carole Lanham's work, and Cleopatra's Needle exemplifies (as all her books do) her rare talent for toying with the dark side of young love affairs, with the worst fantasies of women, and the weaknesses of men. Her characters are loved by their creator, and are thereby masterfully brought to life as sympathetic nymphs with secret obsessions, forever shifting the balance of power on one another, their roles of dominance and submission, while retaining every ounce of their innocence until the curtain is at last drawn back.

A must read!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b62581c) out of 5 stars Carole Lanham Does It Again! 30 July 2014
By Jonathan L. - Published on Amazon.com
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After I read “The Reading Lessons” by Carole Lanham earlier this year (it remains one of my favorite novels), when I saw she released her new work “Cleopatra’s Needle” I purchased it right away. Once again she doesn’t disappoint. This is a novella, and the second book in my 47 years that I purchased and finished reading in the same day.
Iago and Lilibet are childhood friends in Wales. Iago moves to America with his father when he is 10 years old. They kept in touch, still thinking of each other through the years. Suddenly, Iago asks Lilibet to come join him in American if she wants to, and she does want to, and they marry right away.
But Iago has some secrets he hasn’t told her about. He has been involved with a trio of red headed witch sisters, and Lilibet’s life is about to get complicated.
Carole Lanham has a wonderful style of writing. Definitely a literary feel, but she’s not over the top with it. As with “The Reading Lessons” it’s just the perfect blend of writing that clearly lifts it above and beyond many contemporary authors. “Cleopatra’s Needle” is a super fast page turner, very enjoyable. It has an old familiar feel to it, yet also a fresh newness. I highly recommend it. I loved it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b552ad4) out of 5 stars Worth a read. 11 July 2015
By Deborah D. MacArthur - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I read this novella in an anthology of many stories and this one stood out. I found that it kept my interest and had some interesting twists. I will read more from this author.
HASH(0x9b552bc4) out of 5 stars Rich, Magical Read 27 Jan. 2016
By Coreena McBurnie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I read Cleopatra's Needle as part of a larger collection called Pandora. I was happy to find this novella in the collections and thoroughly enjoyed it, even though I didn't know what it was going to be about.

Cleopatra's Needle was well written and compelling. It is a charming tale of Lilabet and immigrants to the USA in the 1800s and magic. I really felt for her character, and love books dealing with witchcraft. And, of course, twists -- and Cleopatra's Needle has a good one.

Lanham's writing is engaging and rich -- she packs a lot in this short novella.
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