Publication Date: April 9, 2013
Publisher: WiDo PublishingGenre: Contemporary Romance, Mystery/Thriller
Synopsis (from Publisher): When Marlie agrees to attend a cadaver ball at Vanderbilt Medical School, she did not expect to actually see any cadavers. Or, that a strange apparition would issue her a chilling message.
Despite the cadaver's warning, Marlie is married a year later to Tennessee State Senator, Daniel Cannon, and living in a plantation-style mansion with two step-sons. Add to the mix her growing suspicion that something is amiss with the death of Daniel’s first wife, Gentry, and newlywed Marlie is definitely in over her pretty Yankee head.
What begins as an innocent inquiry into her new husband’s clouded past ends with Marlie in the midst of a dangerous conspiracy.
A modern twist on the classic Gothic romance novels of Rebecca and Jane Eyre, Replacing Gentry follows Marlie’s precarious journey as she learns the truth about the man she married.
Julie N. Ford graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Political Science and a minor in English Literature. In addition, she has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama. Professionally, she has worked in teaching and as a Marriage & Family Counselor.
In addition to Replacing Gentry, she is the author of two women’s fiction novels, The Woman He Married and No Holly for Christmas, published in 2011. She also wrote a romance/chick-lit novel, Count Down to Love, published in 2011. Count Down to Love was a 2011 Whitney Award finalist.
Currently, she lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, two daughters and one baby hedgehog. For more information or see what Julie is working on now, you can visit her at JulieNFord.com.
Like the description says, the best way to describe this book is a modern twist on Gothic-romance classics like Rebecca and Jane Eyre. You will find the mystery, thrill, and marital secrets. There were many facets to this book, many intriguing and captivating, keeping me engrossed within the story and turning pages to find answers. Ford did well with her story development and creating open ends. It was great to read a book that reminded me of quality literature! Not to mention it has a gorgeous cover...love it!
I also enjoyed how Ford was able to surface my emotions through situations and the emotions of Marlie. My heart broke for her and I felt the pain, sadness, and anger of her rejection from her husband and the people around her.
One big thing I did not like was the lack of a true hero. Daniel was pretty lame and just not likable. It kind of made the whole situation feel hopeless. There were also a lot of unanswered questions leaving the end feeling a bit rushed and lingering.
If you're reading Replacing Gentry for the sheer mystery and thrill, then I would recommend it. You will definitely enjoy the eerie and foreboding suspense!
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