Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling
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When the nanny to the young Darrow boys is found mysteriously murdered on the outskirts of the village of Blackfield, Charlotte Markham, the recently hired governess, steps in to take over their care. During an outing in the forest, they find themselves crossing over into The Ending, "the place for the Things Above Death," where Lily Darrow, the late mother of the children, has been waiting. She invites them into the House of Darkling, a wondrous place filled with enchantment, mystery, and strange creatures that appear to be, but are not quite, human.
However, everything comes with a price, and as Charlotte begins to understand the unspeakable bargain Mrs. Darrow has made for a second chance at motherhood, she uncovers a connection to the sinister occurrences in Blackfield and enters into a deadly game with the master of Darkling—one whose outcome will determine the fate of not just the Darrows but the world itself.
Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling is a Victorian Gothic tale about family ties, the realm beyond the living, and the price you pay to save those you love.
Publishers Weekly Review
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I read A LOT. Any genre will do. The choices are cheap, convenient, and almost endless in this digital download era. I never write reviews though because who cares what I think? But since there are no written reviews yet, I thought I'd put my two cents in for anyone considering spending $1.99 on this book. I haven't even finished it yet, but I would recommend it even after the first chapter. ANYONE can get published these days, so it's rare to find a writer with a fresh voice, clever style, and a story that you haven't already read in original and knock-off form. But with Charlotte Markham, I can honestly say I don't know how it will end. Any predictions I've made so far have been wrong. Whether you are someone who spends $20 on a vampire book or digs into James Joyce for free, this book belongs on your shelf!