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The glittering and bright regency society of Montserrat, a Caribbean Island, exists only because of the miserable toil of some. The accepted unjustness of it jars Miss Emmeline Durrant who arrives from Boston to be a companion to a Mrs. Thornton, but being alone in the world, it is an opportunity she cannot afford to pass up. Even so, her welcome proves less than earnest a The glittering and bright regency society of Montserrat, a Caribbean Island, exists only because of the miserable toil of some. The accepted unjustness of it jars Miss Emmeline Durrant who arrives from Boston to be a companion to a Mrs. Thornton, but being alone in the world, it is an opportunity she cannot afford to pass up. Even so, her welcome proves less than earnest and secrets emerge from every shadowed corner as she takes up her new position at the Rose Hill plantation. Dark deeds and intents are suspected everywhere, especially from the neighboring landowner, a Lord Cresswell, who Emmeline’s patroness despises with vitriolic hatred— a man whose features are as dark and foreboding as Mrs. Thornton claims his heart to be. Bright sunshine over the sugarcanes masks the insidious fear of the people who forcibly work the fields, and their malcontent resentment. Unease over the dark religion and curses haunt even the lavish ballrooms where Montserrat society meet and mingle.


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The glittering and bright regency society of Montserrat, a Caribbean Island, exists only because of the miserable toil of some. The accepted unjustness of it jars Miss Emmeline Durrant who arrives from Boston to be a companion to a Mrs. Thornton, but being alone in the world, it is an opportunity she cannot afford to pass up. Even so, her welcome proves less than earnest a The glittering and bright regency society of Montserrat, a Caribbean Island, exists only because of the miserable toil of some. The accepted unjustness of it jars Miss Emmeline Durrant who arrives from Boston to be a companion to a Mrs. Thornton, but being alone in the world, it is an opportunity she cannot afford to pass up. Even so, her welcome proves less than earnest and secrets emerge from every shadowed corner as she takes up her new position at the Rose Hill plantation. Dark deeds and intents are suspected everywhere, especially from the neighboring landowner, a Lord Cresswell, who Emmeline’s patroness despises with vitriolic hatred— a man whose features are as dark and foreboding as Mrs. Thornton claims his heart to be. Bright sunshine over the sugarcanes masks the insidious fear of the people who forcibly work the fields, and their malcontent resentment. Unease over the dark religion and curses haunt even the lavish ballrooms where Montserrat society meet and mingle.

30 review for The Curse at Rose Hill: a regency Caribbean gothic romance

  1. 4 out of 5

    Watching

    An interesting romance filled with suspense and just plain good writing. Although I did not realize until the end, this is the second book of Camille Oster's I have read and enjoyed. The first was the Haunting at Hawke's Moor which I also recommend. The Curse at Rose Hill starts with the heroine, Emmeline, on the deck of a ship entering the port of a Caribbean island where she has been hired as a companion. We journey with her through her introduction to the island of Montserrat with it's hot hu An interesting romance filled with suspense and just plain good writing. Although I did not realize until the end, this is the second book of Camille Oster's I have read and enjoyed. The first was the Haunting at Hawke's Moor which I also recommend. The Curse at Rose Hill starts with the heroine, Emmeline, on the deck of a ship entering the port of a Caribbean island where she has been hired as a companion. We journey with her through her introduction to the island of Montserrat with it's hot humid weather, strange terrain, unusual people and their customs and most difficult of all her introduction to slavery. All is not well at Rose Hill, starting with her employer 's unwarranted dislike, angry slaves, multiple accidents and an unbearable air of restlessness and superstitions. Fortunately, Emmeline finds the possibility of love with her neighbor, Lord Cresswell, but first she must work through her doubts and his strange behaviors. I highly recommend this book. The author has learned how to be descriptive without being taxing or boring. I enjoyed the way she described the the island's environment, the houses and the emotional state of the characters. Just plain good writing.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Squeaky

    I typically like Camille Oster books- nice easy and engaging read, with gothic overtones. This on was a miss for me... the story was hindered by Emmeline's inner soliloquy- she had no one to talk to, no one to discuss her tones or her sentiments. So lots and lots of repetitive - oh is he bad, or is he good, etc. It was tedious with the action (story, and romance) happening in the last few pages of the book. Sorry this one is a miss for me. I typically like Camille Oster books- nice easy and engaging read, with gothic overtones. This on was a miss for me... the story was hindered by Emmeline's inner soliloquy- she had no one to talk to, no one to discuss her tones or her sentiments. So lots and lots of repetitive - oh is he bad, or is he good, etc. It was tedious with the action (story, and romance) happening in the last few pages of the book. Sorry this one is a miss for me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Angie (Literary Labors)

    Camille Oster has such a talent for making the settings of her books come alive.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jade

    This book ok, I was expecting a bit more from the plot.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dani Angel

  7. 5 out of 5

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  8. 4 out of 5

    Nancy A. Lawson

  9. 5 out of 5

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  10. 5 out of 5

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  11. 4 out of 5

    monica rowe

  12. 5 out of 5

    Judy Adams

  13. 5 out of 5

    mary sanford

  14. 4 out of 5

    jean saylor-jones

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    Linda Wooley

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rochelle

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sallie Brown

  18. 5 out of 5

    Denise Addison

  19. 5 out of 5

    kml75

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Do you

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kitcatscratch

  22. 5 out of 5

    Julie Collins

  23. 4 out of 5

    BEATRICE

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Petty

  25. 5 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kari

  29. 4 out of 5

    Geraldine Shadian

  30. 4 out of 5

    Janet Shields

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