They had found her unconscious on a lonely stretch of beach along the Cornish COast a beautiful stranger cast up from the seaNow half out of her mind with fever and confusion, she found herself an unwilling guest in the gloomy old mansion of the mysterious Mr Hawks whose wealth and power no one dared to defyOnly Hanna, the superstitious housekeeper, foresaw that the girl s presence meant trouble I see bad things, I see death in the fire, she said Hawks laughed at her But she was right horribly, terribly right


10 thoughts on “Karamour

  1. StacyLynn StacyLynn StacyLynn StacyLynn says:

    This book got off to an exciting enough start.However, I soon came to loathe 90% of the characters The men were horribly cruel and ruthless The women seemed to be desperate, blithering idiots.Where are the decent men with good hearts Where are the strong, intelligent females that usually surface somewhere inside the vintage gothic romance Disappointed with this read, the mystery was so so You can find a full review at my blog This book got off to an exciting enough start.However, I soon came to loathe 90% of the characters The men were horribly cruel and ruthless The women seemed to be desperate, blithering idiots.Where are the decent men with good hearts Where are the strong, intelligent females that usually surface somewhere inside the vintage gothic romance Disappointed with this read, the mystery was so so You can find a full review at my blog


  2. EuroHackie EuroHackie says:

    3.5 stars A surprisingly decent read, considering its basically a cheap dimestore gothic novel.The first half sets up the story nicely Enid Garth is a beautiful young woman who has lived a heretofore hardscrabble life After losing her parents at a young age, she was sent to an orphanage, where she gathered enough education to set herself up as a governess It is while she is employed by Lord and Lady Dunsan that she returns to the Cornish coast The Dunsan yacht is wrecked during a horrible s 3.5 stars A surprisingly decent read, considering its basically a cheap dimestore gothic novel.The first half sets up the story nicely Enid Garth is a beautiful young woman who has lived a heretofore hardscrabble life After losing her parents at a young age, she was sent to an orphanage, where she gathered enough education to set herself up as a governess It is while she is employed by Lord and Lady Dunsan that she returns to the Cornish coast The Dunsan yacht is wrecked during a horrible storm, and Enid is the sole survivor She is rescued and taken to the nearby village of Goat s Head to recover, and the local lord is called to help.Daniel Hawks is a man with a shadowy past He has taken care not to be seen around Goat s Headthan is absolutely necessary, preferring to hole up at his estate, Karamour, where he lives with his young children, his mistress of six years, and a handful of servants, whom he brought over with him from his former life in the West Indies Hawks basically takes one look at Enid and decides she must be cared for at Karamour, so he takes her with him, much to the consternation of pretty much everyone in town.When he brings Enid to Karamour, his housekeeper Hanna takes one look at her and knows that if she stays, she will bring nothing but trouble to the Hawks family She refuses to nurse Enid, so Hawks brings in another villager, Mrs Whipple, to do the job.Mrs Whipple lives by herself, eeking out an existence as a midwife and keeping a lodger on the side Her lodger is Leigh Rainey, the local schoolmaster or at least, someone posing as a schoolmaster It s heavily hinted that Hawks is not the only point in this sordid triangle to be keeping secrets, even before all of those secrets are laid bare.Turns out that Hawks made his fortune in the slave trade, and he married the daughter of a plantation owner in the islands, who died when their youngest child was still in nappies Unfortunately, Enid bears a striking resemblance to Hawks s dead wife, and he quickly becomes obsessed with her His mistress, Nancy, is full of rage and jealousy at this, and is determined to get Enid out of the house, one way or the other.Meanwhile, Rainey is doing his best to strike up a friendship with the man he believes is the leader of a smuggling ring, Jeremy Keen He s casing the beach one day when he sees Enid running away from the surf as if the hounds of hell were at her heels, so he escorts her back to Karamour, which only earns him Hawks s immediate wrath Slowly but surely a love triangle emerges between Hawks, Enid, and Rainey, with forces playing against each of them.The book kinda falls apart in the second half, mostly because it works too hard for the twist on the usual Cornwall smuggling ring bit While I appreciated this variation on the theme, it was clumsily done I also appreciated the fact that Enid was well aware of how dangerous Hawks was and pretty much did everything in her power to get away from him no Stockholm syndrome for her I didn t really buy her romance with Rainey, because it happened way too fast, but I suppose in times of heightened danger, emotions feel stronger than they normally would.There is a huge climactic scene in a blizzard to end the book we learn of Rainey s true intentions view spoiler he is a special inspector for Scotland Yard investigating a colleague s death hide spoiler , all the bad characters get their due, and there s even a hastily added HEA to round out the romance All in all, not a bad read It s definitely the best gothic romance I ve read in a long time, for whatever that s worth


  3. Maddy Maddy says:

    Sometimes you just want a cheesy gothic romance novel I wasn t even sure what time period this was set in until they mentioned slaver ships Fun times I was pleasantly surprised that La Heroine didn t end up with Heathcliff Wannabe who is in fact an abusive douche and Nancy deserves better , though I wasn t exactly excited by Mr Schoolmaster Actually Undercover Detective Did they have undercover agents in 1865 Who cares Did the author change her mind half way through writing about who the Sometimes you just want a cheesy gothic romance novel I wasn t even sure what time period this was set in until they mentioned slaver ships Fun times I was pleasantly surprised that La Heroine didn t end up with Heathcliff Wannabe who is in fact an abusive douche and Nancy deserves better , though I wasn t exactly excited by Mr Schoolmaster Actually Undercover Detective Did they have undercover agents in 1865 Who cares Did the author change her mind half way through writing about who the hero would be Maybe My pet theory is that Ariadne Pritchett is a pseudonym for a straight guy or lesbian because few straight ladies are that obsessed with writing about their heroine s boobs I am, of course, too lazy to google the author