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The Lady in Yellow: Victorian Gothic, Supernatural Romance by [de Winter, Alyne]
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About the Author

Author Bio: Alyne de Winter is an author of Gothic Mysteries and Occult Thrillers featuring tormented beauties, eerie settings, night religions, secret histories... Under the influence of Grimm, she wrote her first story at eight years old. After years of drawing and painting, by a fluke ended up as an English major. She wrote and published award-winning poetry but always wanted to write fiction. The stories did not come to her until she went to Europe, then they flooded in and still haven't stopped. She loves the tradition of the writer establishing themselves with short stories while building the novels, so you will find many short stories on her Amazon page. The short story requires intensity of focus, economy of language (so every word must be effective) and must keep the plot lines tight. She likes to think of the short story as poetry's second cousin.

Major influences: Grimms' Fairy Tales, Complete Works of Shakespeare, Angela Carter, Tanith Lee, Daphne du Maurier,Charles Dickins, Anne Rice, Theophile Gautier, Edgar Allen Poe, the films of Barbara Steele and other 1960s horror films. (Not a gore fan) Religion, History, costume, ancient dance and folk cultures, and witchcraft. The Gothic novel has always been a love letter to the past, a grieving for lost beauty and an elegy to the soul.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3313 KB
  • Print Length: 600 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: House of Winterspells (6 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WGRXO6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #414,112 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tired with all the more contemporary paranormal romance stories I picked this up based on the book characterisation as a Victorian Gothic Romance. And I wasn't disappointed. Especially in the beginning the book has a nice "old fashioned" (in a good way) feel to it. The supernatural doesn't jump at the reader (and characters) on the first page and isn't all that in your-face. In fact I would have liked it kept even more mysterious and hidden for longer, as some of the hint dropping (for the reader, not the main character - Veronica) was a bit heavy.

But this leads to another thing I enjoyed. Despite the fact that the clues for me as a reader were obvious (aaaa, there's a warewolf in the castle!), Veronica ignores it. And it might seem counterintuitive, but it was refreshing to see a character that doesn't go from "oh my god warewolves exist", to "hey let me kill some", five minutes later.

I would have liked the romance to be a bit more developed. As it is almost a love at first sight type of thing, and the characters spend more time avoiding each other than together.

Through the story there were little bits of legends and myths mentioned. Really liked the bird gift idea. However there were some elements I felt weren't quite explained and I would have liked to know more about - especially in relation to the other children. And it's a shame as it was a nice twist on the usual warewolf myth.
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(review by Cat, wife of PJ)

A most unusual tale, with references to more familiar tales adding a spooky tinge. I loved the controlled use of apposite vocabulary in this novel - it was carefully planned and some phrases cause an instant image to be projected in the reader's mind.

I was truly disappointed by the American spellings used throughout the book - it is set in Yorkshire; but all the characters 'speak' with American accents once the spelling is American. I found it very hard to get past this annoyance. There are several research errors 'She filled the kettle with water and put it on the copper to boil' (a copper was a wash tub, so this is nonsense); why are they eating haggis in Yorkshire? ; a servant is 'spared the sack' but the phrase wasn't recorded in use until 1869 and in Yorkshire she'd 'get the bag' or more likely 'be dismissed'. It was a huge clue giving the male lead the name 'Rafe', 'frowser' isn't in the English dictionary and there are over sixty typos.

With some good proof-reading this could be an outstanding novel. I'll look forward to seeing more from this author.
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Loved this book. It was reminiscent of the darker fairy tales by Brothers Grimm -a gothic extravaganza that kept me reading well into the night. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Eyre with werewolves!! Yum!!! 1 Feb. 2014
By catlover - Published on Amazon.com
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Well, Veronica is not really Jane Eyre, but like Jane, she is a friendless, gentle, orphaned girl brought up in harsh surroundings and forced by poverty into the role of governess in the household of a handsome, brooding widower on the lonely moors of 19th century England. The Lady in Yellow is a wonderful, deeply satisfying story of loss, faith, and redemptive love. It is both gothic love story for the modern reader, and gothic mystery, with a bit of fairytale and a dose of horror. I would expect nothing less of this writer. And yes, there are werewolves, in a richly imaginative Grimm-like unfolding of innocence coming to terms with dark forces. The story revolves around a naive and lovely but somewhat gauche young woman, Veronica Everly, who arrives at Belden House on the moors of Yorkshire to take up employment as a governess for twin eight year olds, with her few meagre dresses, and a heart full with sad memories but also hope. In her dove grey wool and scrubbed hand-me-down dresses, Veronica feels invisible as a wren in the presence of the polished, larger-than-life Rafe de Grimston, who is obviously mourning the death of his stunningly beautiful wife who loved to dress in yellow. A series of strange and disturbing glimpes into the mysteries surrounding Veronica's employer, the twins, and the late Lady Solvay de Grimston begin to percolate, and as the plot thickens and the dark secrets of Belden House begin to come to light, the reader will find the pages almost turning themselves in the rush to find out what happens. Beautifully imagined and beautifully written, The Lady in Yellow has "classic" written all over it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you'll like this book 25 July 2014
By Kay Ellis - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're looking for mystery and suspense, you'll like this book. Set in the Victorian period, the main character, Veronica Everly, takes the position of governess to twins in the wild Yorkshire countryside. From the beginning, you get the sense that something is not right at Belden House. The twins are quite odd, macabre even, as is their father, the enigmatic Rafe de Grimston, whom Veronica finds herself attracted to even as she fights her attraction. His wife died two years ago under mysterious circumstances and he now appears to be involved with a mysterious lady from France. If you like gothics, The Lady in Yellow has the spooky setting and mystery of a gothic novel, plus a paranormal twist!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a little like The Others meets Rose Red and Dark Shadows 7 Aug. 2014
By Rachel - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a little like The Others meets Rose Red and Dark Shadows, set in a mansion supposed to rival the Vanderbilts. A classic gothic supernatural story. Suspenseful without blood and gore, and romantic without graphic or explicit details, and a page-turner to the n-th degree if you like the eerie, suggestive, suspense of evil lurking in the shadows. I found myself double checking my doors while reading at home alone at night. A most surprising find. I wanted to read it as soon as I found it, and was hooked by the end of the first chapter.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This One 27 Sept. 2014
By Library Systems - Published on Amazon.com
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Written in the tradition of literature's Jane Eyre, The Lady in Yellow stands out among the many Gothic novels in the genre. With a fresh twist on a timeless tale, the decadence of this Victorian story starts with the cover art that captivates. From page one the author's mastery of prose excites, hints that a magical world is about to unfold one delicious page at a time. Readers take heed: this is not an ordinary run-of-the mill tale with a weak heroine that cowers in the face of danger. This story is bold and exciting and quite frankly, difficult to cast aside for any length of time. I took my Kindle everywhere I might be able to snag a few moments to read. Twists and turns, werewolves, vampires, and ghosts intertwine in a creepy English locale. The Lady in Yellow is fantastical tale of the occult, a journey some may prefer not to take. But for those who dare to take a chance on a unique tale, the ride is sweet, suspenseful and immensely satisfying along the way.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply blown away! 8 Oct. 2014
By Niyati Mavinkurve - Published on Amazon.com
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I can't begin to say how much I have loved this book. Every bit of it.

The story starts off in a very Sound of Music like scene where Veronica, who never fits in with the nuns, is looking out for a job and is sent to Belden House.

Now, this house is a place where lot of misgivings happen. Old and ancient spirits roam and secrets are rife. And there are no answers. Why are the children so weird? What is that unexplained tolling bell? Why does Veronica have blackouts? What is the mystery surrounding Sovay, the twins' mother? Amidst all this maelstrom, can Veronica stop her heart from doing something foolish? When nobody gives her answers, can she find out the secret to the twins' eccentricities and uncover the secret of the Lady in Yellow?

When Veronica wouldn't get the answers she wanted, I would be confused too. The housekeeper Mrs. Twig displayed the classic signs of how to NOT deal with a problem. We all HATE dealing with problems, or getting into arguments. And so we AVOID. And that only exacerbates the original problem. I am glad Veronica persisted in her quest for the truth.

Indeed, like the book itself makes an analogy, Rafe de Grimston reminded me of the Beast from Beauty and the Beast with his brilliant blue eyes.

What do I even say about Sovay? What a character!!! Sent shivers down my spine every time she entered the picture. The children made eccentric characters and as the story progressed, I was really surprised to note that I enjoyed reading about them. I loved reading about their quirks and I was waiting to uncover the mysteries which were hidden in this place.

To say I was hooked to the story, is a gross understatement. I was reading this book everywhere I went.

I have absolutely enjoyed this book. I really recommend anyone and everyone to go for it!
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