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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Vespertine Blog Tour/ Book Review

We are thrilled to be hosting and kicking off The Vespertine Blog Tour! There's a lot of fantastic blogs you'll want to stop by and visit through out the month of March. The tour will be winding down with a LIVE author chat here on MM's and it will end on April 1st on Saundra's site. Believe us, you don't want to miss all that Saundra has planned! We'll be giving away some must have The Vespertine signed swag this month!

Don't forget to collect the different cards that each participating blog has posted on their sites, similar to our's here-

To Be Released on March 7th, 2011
Source- ARC from author/publisher & bought published book
5 stars- It's A Must Have

It’s the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. However, a forbidden romance with Nathaniel, an artist, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him.

When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia’s world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she’s not the seer of dark portents, but the cause (quoted from Goodreads).

A beautiful, rich, Victorian era story that is both haunting and romantic. The Vespertine reads like a classic and has a voice that stays with you long after you read it.

Set in the 1800's in both Baltimore & Maine, The Vespertine quickly made me feel like I was apart of this world. With Saundra's rich, vivid writing I was able to see the world through adventurous Amelia's eyes. Amelia is a character I really enjoyed getting to know. Upon arriving in Baltimore for the purpose of finding a husband, she falls for someone she shouldn't. Which of course makes me like her that much more, as her spunk, and fierce independence are what drew me to her character. Amelia and her cousin Zora become well known upon society for Amelia's gift to see the future. Having visions isn't always a gift, as not all of them are pleasant, nor are they always what Amelia thinks she's seeing.

To match Amelia's character is an equally lovable character who you could deem as swoon worthy with an air of mystery about him. Believe me, Nathaniel Witherspoon will have you swept off your feet in no time and you'll find him just as charming as Amelia does. With Nathaniel there is no second guessing what he's feeling or thinking, as he's very straightforward, something rarely seen during this time period. Maybe it's that streak of defiance, or that you get what you see with him that I admire the most. Both Amelia and Nathaniel stand out as they know their place in society, but they push that envelope, so to speak. I adored the respect he shows to Amelia.There's just something about Nathaniel that I was drawn to and all I can say is you need to read the book so you can meet him for yourself.

There are other great characters that make The Vespertine a highly recommended story, but it's Saundra writing that really captured my attention. She has a talent for detail, no matter how great or small it is and she really brings her story to life. It wasn't hard for me to envision the settings or picture the characters in my mind. Her romance is beautifully written, the lines between Nathaniel and Amelia are brilliant and her plot twists make you wish you could read the pages faster to find out what will happen next.

The Vespertine is a breath taking, intriguing read that will make you feel that you're apart of 1800's Victorian Era. It's forbidden romance, mystery and paranormal elements will leave you both satisfied and wanting more when you're done.


  1. LOVE this story!!! LOVELOVELOVE!!!

  2. I'm reading this right now and really enjoying it :)

  3. Wonderful review! I just finished this one yesterday and, like you said, Saundra's writing is beautiful. Everything came to life for me and so vividly that I felt like I was within the story, instead of simply reading it.

  4. Sophie- I believe all I need to say is Nathaniel *snickers*

    Lindsi- It's a fabulous read!! :)

    Nikki- I completely agree!!!