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After losing her father and nearly losing her life when their ship sank off the coast of Cornwall, Adelaide Hampton Parke is faced with a terrible dilemma. Her stepmother has demanded that they immediately set sail for New York but the very idea of stepping foot on board another ship and facing the uncertainty of a Transatlantic crossing leaves her paralyzed with fear. Not After losing her father and nearly losing her life when their ship sank off the coast of Cornwall, Adelaide Hampton Parke is faced with a terrible dilemma. Her stepmother has demanded that they immediately set sail for New York but the very idea of stepping foot on board another ship and facing the uncertainty of a Transatlantic crossing leaves her paralyzed with fear. Not to mention that her relationship with her stepmother is contentious at best and she's been given only six months to return to New York and find herself a husband or be put out of the family's Park Avenue home to make her own way in the world. Salvation comes, unexpectedly, in the form of a telegram from Eldren Llewellyn a Welsh lord and the sole owner of a mining empire. He'd partnered with her father in multiple business ventures, and upon the man's death, proposed to Adelaide in order to spare her the ordeal of returning home in her stepmother's less than tender care. But as she travels to his remote estate in Snowdonia, Adelaide comes to realize that his ancestral home, Cysgod Lys, literally the Shadow Hall, is filled with secrets and dark things she cannot name. Fear is her constant companion and she begins to wonder if her new husband is her savior... or her doom. **** Please note that this is a true trilogy. It isn't three interconnected stories, but one story told over the span of three books. Each book can be read as a complete story on its own, though it will help to read them in order. They will be published in fairly quick succession at about eight weeks apart. The standard length for a novel is 45,000 words to 90,000 words. This series, when complete, will be 150,000 words in total. That was simply too much for one book and that is why it is being told in parts. Thank you. ****


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After losing her father and nearly losing her life when their ship sank off the coast of Cornwall, Adelaide Hampton Parke is faced with a terrible dilemma. Her stepmother has demanded that they immediately set sail for New York but the very idea of stepping foot on board another ship and facing the uncertainty of a Transatlantic crossing leaves her paralyzed with fear. Not After losing her father and nearly losing her life when their ship sank off the coast of Cornwall, Adelaide Hampton Parke is faced with a terrible dilemma. Her stepmother has demanded that they immediately set sail for New York but the very idea of stepping foot on board another ship and facing the uncertainty of a Transatlantic crossing leaves her paralyzed with fear. Not to mention that her relationship with her stepmother is contentious at best and she's been given only six months to return to New York and find herself a husband or be put out of the family's Park Avenue home to make her own way in the world. Salvation comes, unexpectedly, in the form of a telegram from Eldren Llewellyn a Welsh lord and the sole owner of a mining empire. He'd partnered with her father in multiple business ventures, and upon the man's death, proposed to Adelaide in order to spare her the ordeal of returning home in her stepmother's less than tender care. But as she travels to his remote estate in Snowdonia, Adelaide comes to realize that his ancestral home, Cysgod Lys, literally the Shadow Hall, is filled with secrets and dark things she cannot name. Fear is her constant companion and she begins to wonder if her new husband is her savior... or her doom. **** Please note that this is a true trilogy. It isn't three interconnected stories, but one story told over the span of three books. Each book can be read as a complete story on its own, though it will help to read them in order. They will be published in fairly quick succession at about eight weeks apart. The standard length for a novel is 45,000 words to 90,000 words. This series, when complete, will be 150,000 words in total. That was simply too much for one book and that is why it is being told in parts. Thank you. ****

30 review for House of Shadows

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    'After losing her father and nearly losing her life when their ship sank off the coast of Cornwall, Adelaide Hampton Parke is faced with a terrible dilemma. Her stepmother has demanded that they immediately set sail for New York but the very idea of stepping foot on board another ship and facing the uncertainty of a Transatlantic crossing leaves her paralyzed with fear. Not to mention that her relationship with her stepmother is contentious at best and she's been given only six months to return 'After losing her father and nearly losing her life when their ship sank off the coast of Cornwall, Adelaide Hampton Parke is faced with a terrible dilemma. Her stepmother has demanded that they immediately set sail for New York but the very idea of stepping foot on board another ship and facing the uncertainty of a Transatlantic crossing leaves her paralyzed with fear. Not to mention that her relationship with her stepmother is contentious at best and she's been given only six months to return to New York and find herself a husband or be put out of the family's Park Avenue home to make her own way in the world. Salvation comes, unexpectedly, in the form of a telegram from Eldren Llewellyn a Welsh lord and the sole owner of a mining empire. He'd partnered with her father in multiple business ventures, and upon the man's death, proposed to Adelaide in order to spare her the ordeal of returning home in her stepmother's less than tender care. But as she travels to his remote estate in Snowdonia, Adelaide comes to realize that his ancestral home, Cysgod Lys, literally the Shadow Hall, is filled with secrets and dark things she cannot name. Fear is her constant companion and she begins to wonder if her new husband is her savior... or her doom.' __________________________________ 2.5 stars rounded down to 2 stars. House of Shadows is the first book in Chasity Bowlin's Victorian Gothic Collection trilogy. The author put a disclaimer clarifying that this book is meant to be a triligy and that the story is told over the course of three books. But a more accurate discription is that she chopped one book up into three parts and is now trying to pass them off as seperate books. This book doesn't have any clear ending, you can't even call it a cliffhanger, there was just no need for the book to end. I am very disappointed by this, I should have listened to the other reviews that made this claim. But I decided to give the author the benefit of the doubt and believe the disclaimer, but she has misrepresented. I wanted to read this book because I love the creepy atmosphere of a good paranormal historical fiction book. And it had a suitably creepy vibe, especially on the moors, but at other times it was pretty predictable, which took away the creep-vibe factor. But I was genuinely enjoying it, but the "cliffhanger" totally ruined this for me though I wish the book wasn't passed off as a three book thrilogy but for what it actually is becuase then this wouldn't have been as disappointing when the story cut off abrubtly. I can't justify paying for multiple books just to finish what should have only been one book. So therefore I will not be continuing with the second and third book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Coco.V

    🎁 FREE on Amazon today (1/6/2019)! 🎁 Blurb: After losing her father and nearly losing her life when their ship sank off the coast of Cornwall, Adelaide Hampton Parke is faced with a terrible dilemma. Her stepmother has demanded that they immediately set sail for New York but the very idea of stepping foot on board another ship and facing the uncertainty of a Transatlantic crossing leaves her paralyzed with fear. Not to mention that her relationship with her stepmother is contentious at best and sh 🎁 FREE on Amazon today (1/6/2019)! 🎁 Blurb: After losing her father and nearly losing her life when their ship sank off the coast of Cornwall, Adelaide Hampton Parke is faced with a terrible dilemma. Her stepmother has demanded that they immediately set sail for New York but the very idea of stepping foot on board another ship and facing the uncertainty of a Transatlantic crossing leaves her paralyzed with fear. Not to mention that her relationship with her stepmother is contentious at best and she's been given only six months to return to New York and find herself a husband or be put out of the family's Park Avenue home to make her own way in the world. Salvation comes, unexpectedly, in the form of a telegram from Eldren Llewellyn a Welsh lord and the sole owner of a mining empire. He'd partnered with her father in multiple business ventures, and upon the man's death, proposed to Adelaide in order to spare her the ordeal of returning home in her stepmother's less than tender care. But as she travels to his remote estate in Snowdonia, Adelaide comes to realize that his ancestral home, Cysgod Lys, literally the Shadow Hall, is filled with secrets and dark things she cannot name. Fear is her constant companion and she begins to wonder if her new husband is her savior... or her doom.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Candace N

    House of Shadows by Chasity Bowlin is the first book in a 3 part instalment. Usually I’d have an issue with that, I hate waiting for the next book but I have absolutely no regrets with this one. The story wowed me from the VERY beginning. The writing is brilliant! The way everything is so perfectly described, it felt so very real. Gothic romances don’t usually get my heart beating and my blood pumping but this one did, absolutely hair raising! It was like I was right there, it sucked me right in House of Shadows by Chasity Bowlin is the first book in a 3 part instalment. Usually I’d have an issue with that, I hate waiting for the next book but I have absolutely no regrets with this one. The story wowed me from the VERY beginning. The writing is brilliant! The way everything is so perfectly described, it felt so very real. Gothic romances don’t usually get my heart beating and my blood pumping but this one did, absolutely hair raising! It was like I was right there, it sucked me right in. The story is wonderfully paced and never a dull moment. The story and the characters are unbelievably compelling and well developed. It is very suspenseful and had me on the edge of my seat. The characters are fantastic, I can’t wait to know more about them and see how this all pans out. I’m completely rooting for them. Truly, I can’t praise it enough. Let the countdown commence!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kat Tolle

    WHAT A PAGE TURNER! House of Shadows by Chasity Bowlin is Book 1 in The Victorian Gothic Collection. This is not a standalone but book 1 in a 3 book series. Good thing will come to those who wait. This victorian paranormal is so well written that the hair on my arms stood up. Charity has such an amazing imagination and her characters, Adelaide and Eldren are just so good together. I just can’t wait to see what happens next and why! This story is very original and I am just intrigued by it. It is WHAT A PAGE TURNER! House of Shadows by Chasity Bowlin is Book 1 in The Victorian Gothic Collection. This is not a standalone but book 1 in a 3 book series. Good thing will come to those who wait. This victorian paranormal is so well written that the hair on my arms stood up. Charity has such an amazing imagination and her characters, Adelaide and Eldren are just so good together. I just can’t wait to see what happens next and why! This story is very original and I am just intrigued by it. It is also very easy to read and follow. This story has a ship that sinks, dark shadows, voices, ghosts, hauntings, haunted moors, madness, alcoholic, evil, viciousness, death, guilt, marriage of convenance, understanding, rescue, but does it have love? I will just have to wait for book 2 and 3 to find out. In the mean while I highly recommend reading this book!! It is truly haunting and great!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    poppie

    Disappointing as there isn't much of a story so far. Not really interested enough to read the rest of the collection. Disappointing as there isn't much of a story so far. Not really interested enough to read the rest of the collection.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    Oct 17th 1898 "Because they didn't find father's body until this afternoon." November 1st 1898 Her father was lost after all, taken by the sea. She prayed still that his body might be recovered, but so many were lost that night only a few short weeks ago that hope for such a thing was dwindling. Okay. So on October 17th Adelaide says that her father's body was found 'this afternoon' so WHY, on November 1st is she still praying for it to be recovered?? It made no sense to me. And from Oct 17 to Novemb Oct 17th 1898 "Because they didn't find father's body until this afternoon." November 1st 1898 Her father was lost after all, taken by the sea. She prayed still that his body might be recovered, but so many were lost that night only a few short weeks ago that hope for such a thing was dwindling. Okay. So on October 17th Adelaide says that her father's body was found 'this afternoon' so WHY, on November 1st is she still praying for it to be recovered?? It made no sense to me. And from Oct 17 to November 1st is fourteen days - not ' a few short weeks' Sloppy writing, sloppy editing, sloppy proofreading. I gave up at 4%.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Zena

    Fabulous Gothic Romance! This is the first of a trilogy, meaning that books 2 and 3 continue the story. And what a story this is! All the characters are well constructed and the story is just amazing. Exactly what I expect from a Gothic Romance, lots of unexplainable and weird happenings and the two main characters falling in love with each other. I listened to a promotional copy of the audiobook and the two narrators, Lillian Yves and Vincent Lee Grayson have just blown me away. Seriously, I think Fabulous Gothic Romance! This is the first of a trilogy, meaning that books 2 and 3 continue the story. And what a story this is! All the characters are well constructed and the story is just amazing. Exactly what I expect from a Gothic Romance, lots of unexplainable and weird happenings and the two main characters falling in love with each other. I listened to a promotional copy of the audiobook and the two narrators, Lillian Yves and Vincent Lee Grayson have just blown me away. Seriously, I think this is one of the best pair narrated audios which I have listened to so far. Well matched voices, superb expression and even a bit of eery background thrown in at appropriate moments. So, we have a fabulously written story by Chasity Bowlin and a really powerful audio. I am definitely recommending this one! My review is based on my thoughts and impressions of the audiobook version and it is given voluntarily.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    So far, so good! The rising menace in this book, with its very likeable H/h, batshit relatives, and uber-bitches that one wants to kill, makes for a satisfying read. I may expand on this review more after I read the second book. Suffice it to say that I'm really enjoying this. I love Bowlin's writing! *This is sort of cliffy, but also note that the next two books that complete the story are already out, so the reading experience isn't interrupted. So far, so good! The rising menace in this book, with its very likeable H/h, batshit relatives, and uber-bitches that one wants to kill, makes for a satisfying read. I may expand on this review more after I read the second book. Suffice it to say that I'm really enjoying this. I love Bowlin's writing! *This is sort of cliffy, but also note that the next two books that complete the story are already out, so the reading experience isn't interrupted.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ravenous eReader Book Blog

    This was a venture into uncharted territory. I knew what to expect from a romance, but a Gothic, regency romance? Normally my reading tastes run dark/contemporary (without the raunchy, graphic love scenes). In this case, the synopsis put a check mark in all the right boxes--a little dark, some suspense and mystery. Plus, it was hard to pass up a freebie. I'll admit, after I one-clicked this title, questions came to mind. Will this be the same as depriving myself of greasy, yummy regular potato ch This was a venture into uncharted territory. I knew what to expect from a romance, but a Gothic, regency romance? Normally my reading tastes run dark/contemporary (without the raunchy, graphic love scenes). In this case, the synopsis put a check mark in all the right boxes--a little dark, some suspense and mystery. Plus, it was hard to pass up a freebie. I'll admit, after I one-clicked this title, questions came to mind. Will this be the same as depriving myself of greasy, yummy regular potato chips for dry, fat free ones? Will I only get through chapter 1 and wish I'd never gotten the book? I'm happy to report that I wasn't totally disappointed but there's always a BUT...so, on with the story. Adelaide lost her beloved father in a tragic ship wreck. As if grieving for him wasn't enough, her evil step mother, the new person in charge of the family estate, presented to Adelaide the conditions of a marriage settlement that must be fulfilled: Adelaide must marry an affluent man or she will not get a generous inheritance. Adelaide, who was traumatized by the ship wreck, would rather eat nails than board another vessel to return home with her step mother. She called upon the assistance of her father's confidant and attorney, Lord Eldren Llewellyn. The gracious attorney professed to marry Adelaide so she could obtain her part of the inheritance. Most damsels in distress would consider a handsome, single, wealthy and intelligent business man to be an answered prayer, right? Well...Adelaide isn't Cinderella and there's no glass slipper, folks. Eldren had staunch stipulations of his own. Not only would Adelaide be forced to live in a childless marriage (for reasons I won't disclose here) she'd also have to deal with a bigger problem than that pesky ole step mother she left behind. The creepy Llewellyn estate doesn't seem to like Adelaide. Shadows and maddening screams filled the dark hallways. Voices whispered sinister threats in her ears. Not even sleep gave her the peace she sought. Okay, that's all fine and dandy but what about the book's characters? Despite Adelaide's privileged upbringing, (I can't stomach heroines born with silver spoons or are raving beauties) I found myself mildly sympathizing for her. Come on, who wants to be married to a handsome man who won't have sex with you? Pushing that little problem aside, I thought Eldren was immediately likable. However, I won't go into the details of why I took a liking to this character--it's more fun to find out for yourself. I won't spoil the rest of the story for you. This first book in the series was a strong beginning. Usually, my ravenous reader tendencies won't allow me the patience to start a series. This ole girl wants a complete story in ONE book. And I'm not alone in my frustrations because the author made a statement (on the Amazon page) that she made the story arc into three books because otherwise, one book was be much too big. News Flash Authors: there's no such thing as a book that's too big!!! Unfortunately, I'll have to reign in my ravenous tendencies to purchase the next book. (Grrr, did I mention I despise a series?) Hopefully this author won't make me regret it. Stay tuned for more... MY RATING SYSTEM is based on how much caffeine I needed to consume to get though the next morning after reading the book. It is as follows: Double shot of espresso (book was great...couldn't put it down all night long) Single shot of espresso (book was good...moderate sleep deprivation the next morning) Extra cup of regular strength (book was okay...only needed one extra cup of coffee) Regular strength (no problem trading the book for lights out) Decaf (not my cup of 'tea or coffee') THIS BOOK IS RATED THREE STARS = EXTRA CUP OF REGULAR STRENGTH.

  10. 5 out of 5

    iread

    House of Shadows by Chasity Bowlin is the first in her new Victorian Gothic Collection. It is a cliffhanger, so if you don’t like that don’t buy it. But you will be missing out on a true gothic gem. I don’t usually read Gothic romances, but this one has me wanting more from Ms. Bowlin. I read it in four hours - just couldn’t put it down. I love the hero and the heroine. Lord Eldren Llewellyn, Earl of Montkeith resides in a mansion in Wales that is plagued by a dark curse. When his American busin House of Shadows by Chasity Bowlin is the first in her new Victorian Gothic Collection. It is a cliffhanger, so if you don’t like that don’t buy it. But you will be missing out on a true gothic gem. I don’t usually read Gothic romances, but this one has me wanting more from Ms. Bowlin. I read it in four hours - just couldn’t put it down. I love the hero and the heroine. Lord Eldren Llewellyn, Earl of Montkeith resides in a mansion in Wales that is plagued by a dark curse. When his American business partner dies, the man’s daughter is left alone and in need of help. Llewellyn offers her marriage and she accepts. Adelaide Hampton Park has no idea what danger she is walking into when she accepts Lord Llewellyn’s proposal. But she soon discovers an evil plaguing his family. I can’t wait for the next installment!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Darlene Bell

    Disappointing There was a glaring error at the beginning where it was stated the father's body had been found, then several pages later that his body was never found. The disappointment , however, is that it has all the feel of an unfinished book. It says, " to be continued, " but simply ends at a climax in the action. I've read about 2 dozen books on my Kindle Fire over the past 4 months (pandemic distancing and such going on) and this is the first to disappoint. I won't look for the next volume Disappointing There was a glaring error at the beginning where it was stated the father's body had been found, then several pages later that his body was never found. The disappointment , however, is that it has all the feel of an unfinished book. It says, " to be continued, " but simply ends at a climax in the action. I've read about 2 dozen books on my Kindle Fire over the past 4 months (pandemic distancing and such going on) and this is the first to disappoint. I won't look for the next volume. I feel cheated.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kari Maass

    Loved it This is book one in a continuous series of 3. The story line is a mix of supernatural and historical romance. While I usually don’t enjoy continued series books, this reminds me of supernatural romances by Nora Roberts. The storyline is really good and I can’t wait for the next installment!

  13. 5 out of 5

    J.T.K. Gibbs

    Read this in two days, it is that engaging. I can't say the end is satisfying, but there are subsequent books to the series, so there is hope. Read this in two days, it is that engaging. I can't say the end is satisfying, but there are subsequent books to the series, so there is hope.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This isn't the genre I normally read. I started it before realizing that. I decided to go ahead and read all 3 books in the trilogy. Adelaide had lost her father in a drowning and her step-mother left her in England, knowing one. She went to Lord Eldren Llewellyn, a friend of her father, who offered to marry her. The story is twisted through his castle that is haunted from past generations. There was some seances and hearing voices. A moor filled with dead spirits. Eldren's mother, brother and s This isn't the genre I normally read. I started it before realizing that. I decided to go ahead and read all 3 books in the trilogy. Adelaide had lost her father in a drowning and her step-mother left her in England, knowing one. She went to Lord Eldren Llewellyn, a friend of her father, who offered to marry her. The story is twisted through his castle that is haunted from past generations. There was some seances and hearing voices. A moor filled with dead spirits. Eldren's mother, brother and sister-in-law live there also, with a houseful of servants. I would have given it a higher rating if it had been to a proof-reader before printed. Missed spelled words, time errors (she had been there two nights, then later in the paragraph it says it was her first day). The story seems to be written in haste and not a lot of thought put into it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I'll start out saying I'm miffed at reviewers who are trashing this book because of its cliffhanger ending. I almost didn't read because of the way they painted this book -Everyone was complaining of the "cliffhanger" and talking as if this book is a trap like all of those books that are actually only a few chapters to hook you and then leave you hanging - it is a FULL book, and yes it does end with the mystery unsolved because it is a typical trilogy. To give it one star and complain of how the I'll start out saying I'm miffed at reviewers who are trashing this book because of its cliffhanger ending. I almost didn't read because of the way they painted this book -Everyone was complaining of the "cliffhanger" and talking as if this book is a trap like all of those books that are actually only a few chapters to hook you and then leave you hanging - it is a FULL book, and yes it does end with the mystery unsolved because it is a typical trilogy. To give it one star and complain of how the story is continued in the next book is like complaining that Harry Potter doesn't completely finish off Voldemort in the first book...or really that any series that isn't filled with standalones doesn't, you know, stand alone. How sad is it that people are angry that they can get this full length book for FREE and to finish the trilogy they have to buy the trilogy for about $3 ? Language: Little-some brief profanity. Violence: Moderate to little-They mention violent things that have happened ( past abuse and the terrible history of the house), but the characters only experience paranormal threats until near the end where there are a few violent scenes ( fairly brief and not gory ). Sex: Little-there are 2 or so kisses and and short discussions, anything more physical is off screen. WARNING: I just finished the series, and while the first one is clean, the sex becomes progressively more graphic later =( , So, don't be lulled into a false sense of security by the first book. I'm pretty annoyed. Series: Not a standalone. The Amazon blurb says that the books can be read out of order, and that is not true at all-it follows the same main characters and the events are chronological, so if you were to read it backwards it not only wouldn't make sense but it would spoil the mystery. It starts out a little rushed and over-explainy, but quickly builds into a great gothic mystery romance. The horror in it is reminiscent of "The Haunting of Hill House" ( moreso the 1963 movie version than the book or the later adaptations). I was surprised at how scary and low-key intense the haunting in this book is. It strikes a great tone and is more on the suspense side than the slasher side. It contains the typical Victorian romance elements: Broody hero ( who, happily in this one, is in no way an abusive jerk like you see in many of these books), strong heroine, power-driven society villainesses, mad family members in the attic (or tower), and overall I feel that it was pulled off very well. The mystery had ( and still has since I haven't read the next book yet) me on the edge of my seat. Synopsis: Adelaide survived the terrible accident that claimed her father. Now, her grasping step-mother is taking the inheritance and leaving Adelaide to fend for herself. When Adelaide contacts Lord Eldren Llewellyn, her father's former business partner, he offers her refuge in the form of marriage. With few other choices, Adelaide accepts and travels to his Welsh Estate Csygod Lys ( Shadow Hall). She soon realizes that something dark haunts the manor, with the moors whispering evil and the halls filled with threatening shadows. The family and land has a history of violent madness, and Adelaide comes to find that once the house begins to haunt you, it won't stop even if you leave.

  16. 5 out of 5

    MJ

    2.5? Colour me torn. I really like CB’s HoaD and when I saw this one, I snapped it up. While I was reading I was thinking that the ideas great, but it’s not really going anywhere. (CB has really good speed for HoaD). Then I realised I was almost at the end and couldn’t imagine how it was going to be wrapped up so quickly... turns out it wasn’t. It’s a cliffhanger for a trilogy! I’m pissed because I was given no warning and might have chosen not to dip in if I knew I had to buy multi books to find 2.5? Colour me torn. I really like CB’s HoaD and when I saw this one, I snapped it up. While I was reading I was thinking that the ideas great, but it’s not really going anywhere. (CB has really good speed for HoaD). Then I realised I was almost at the end and couldn’t imagine how it was going to be wrapped up so quickly... turns out it wasn’t. It’s a cliffhanger for a trilogy! I’m pissed because I was given no warning and might have chosen not to dip in if I knew I had to buy multi books to find out the end. Then again, I did love HoaD, so I may have. Anyway, now I’m left with a choice of not finding out what happened or spending money on two books I had no knowledge or intent for. And on top of that was the exceedingly slow writing in book one that makes me feel like it was just being dragged out. Now I am solidly against serial/chapter books for the aim of selling the more by holding the story hostage. It drives me up the f’ing wall. But, while I do get the feeling there was filler and drag here for the purposes of leaving story for the next books, I don’t feel like the author is doing it as a rip off. I haven’t read the other books yet, and I’m not entirely sure I’m going to - although I do want to know what happens. My personal feeling at this point is they definitely could have been condensed with writing and editing. Maybe the next books are jam packed, but this one wasn’t. Grrr. Hate getting to the end of a book like that! *** Ok, I’m back. I just read the reviews on GR’s for bk2&3 and while none of them told me what happened, they were enough to confirm my fears. With a good editing, it didn’t need to be a trilogy. There were also continuity issues that I don’t think I would have expected from CB after HoaD, but it’s been a little while since I read it. If there were similar issues in that one, I loved the story and characters enough to forget them. As well, it sounds like PoS fizzes at the last post. And there’s no clear idea of how their lives went after the end. So no, pretty sure I won’t be wasting money on the others. 0120

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Look. I'm aware that romance tends to be an escapist genre for most people and that many of the tropes that frustrate me are ones that other readers enjoy. That's fair - YKINMKATO. But I simply could not enjoy this book because of the way the author handled the themes of sexual and domestic violence and the mental illness of some of the characters. There were lots of harmful stereotypes involved (some of which, to be fair, are inherent in the gothic genre), but I took particular umbrage at the w Look. I'm aware that romance tends to be an escapist genre for most people and that many of the tropes that frustrate me are ones that other readers enjoy. That's fair - YKINMKATO. But I simply could not enjoy this book because of the way the author handled the themes of sexual and domestic violence and the mental illness of some of the characters. There were lots of harmful stereotypes involved (some of which, to be fair, are inherent in the gothic genre), but I took particular umbrage at the way the narrative set up physical and sexual abuse as something that the characters were not really responsible for (they were possessed/evil/driven to madness!); the way the FMC is blamed for the MMC's attraction to her (she tests his restraint by Existing While Sexy! isn't he a miraculous and amazing dude for not raping her at any given opportunity!) but is generally not treated by the text (or the MMC) as having real sexual agency of her own; and the way madness was portrayed as a convenient threat to the heroine without the narrative *ever* bothering to interrogate why this was, or to apply her experiences to the literal madwoman in the attic and invest her with any kind of depth at all (everyone knows the mentally ill are just frothing-at-the-mouth violent at all times, right???). I get that there was some hand-wavy justification for parts of this (the "evil entity" that possessed the house, and so forth), but even allowing for that, the story would have been vastly more engaging to me if the author had treated the themes they chose with more depth and understanding, rather than as fun window-dressing. The book would also have benefited from a more stringent proofreader, and as others have said, the way the story was divided into 3 different books was frustrating, especially since I didn't know that going in. I got the first part as a freebie, but while I do want to know what happens to the characters, I'm not particularly interested in continuing because of the issues above. Not recommended.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tanja Glavnik

    Of course this would be a semi-cliffhanger book. OF COURSE. I might have known from the amount of pages that I could see on my Kobo reader, but I was hoping against hope - still, this does mean more reading for me, if nothing else! I don't usually read Gothic stories, mostly because I find heroines in them very silly and completely unrelateable. Adelaide, on the other hand, was VERY relatable in the sense that she had just suffered through a traumatic experience (with the sinking ship and her fath Of course this would be a semi-cliffhanger book. OF COURSE. I might have known from the amount of pages that I could see on my Kobo reader, but I was hoping against hope - still, this does mean more reading for me, if nothing else! I don't usually read Gothic stories, mostly because I find heroines in them very silly and completely unrelateable. Adelaide, on the other hand, was VERY relatable in the sense that she had just suffered through a traumatic experience (with the sinking ship and her father's death), was basically kicked out by her stepmother, and had nowhere to go but to contact the one person she knew was her father's friend, Eldren Llewellyn. Of course with a name like Llewellyn, you know there's bound to be something more there. Weren't there old Welsh princes called Llewellyn? Anyway, Eldren's trying to be a gentleman and a knight in shining armour, but his armour is kind of rusted and his horse is a bit more like Don Quixote's mount than anything else. His family's had a long and horrible history with madness, the entire house is dead set against them (the physical house I mean, not the servants!) and now he's dragged Adelaide into this, unknowingly. To top it all off, he seems to think it's a brilliant idea to keep his insane mother (or at least, tormented to the brink of insanity mother) in the same house, which you just KNOW is recipe for disaster. The book in general reminded me a lot of Jane Eyre, probably because of the woman locked away, the semi-brooding lord of the manor, and the countryside, but Jane Eyre definitely wasn't dealing with an ACTUAL entity that would've wanted her dead! Adelaide's very brave for staying on, in my opinion. I'm curious to see more about this Llewellyn curse, how it doesn't seem to affect some people even though they hear and see things too, which goes against the principle of 'if you hear it you will go mad', and how it's going to all be resolved. Next book, if you please!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cj

    I received this book from Bookbub, for free. Recently, I have read books that have been marketed as, "thriller..." When, the reality IS they where disappointing suspense types of books. This one, says it a Gothic Victorian Romance. Not, that I have a clue what that is suppose to entail? But this, reads like a thriller. It was very good. I liked it much. I thought I was going to rate this five stars, but did not because of the ending. I understand, it was written that way, because this is a colle I received this book from Bookbub, for free. Recently, I have read books that have been marketed as, "thriller..." When, the reality IS they where disappointing suspense types of books. This one, says it a Gothic Victorian Romance. Not, that I have a clue what that is suppose to entail? But this, reads like a thriller. It was very good. I liked it much. I thought I was going to rate this five stars, but did not because of the ending. I understand, it was written that way, because this is a collection of tales. As far as romance goes, there is plenty of emotional push and pull (attraction). But not so much, on the detail of the marriage bed. Maybe, I expected too much? I have read historical setting before, and thought for sure we'd get something more than him looking at her. Seeing her completely vulnerable. Nope, nothing there. Saying this... makes me wonder if I should have rated three stars? If I think of this book as a thriller, then oh yeah... it got me. If I think of this book as a romance, then it leaves a lot to be desired. And No, I don't want to read the other books to get there either. Would I recommend this book? It was well written. If you like things such as Victorian fashion, (society of) titles & stations, and the good old fashioned horse & carriage. The details was there. The book can transport you, and frighten you (which, is exciting). But romance, I did not find. Just the idea of attraction. And an honorable agreement, between a young lady and her father's business partner. This would disappoint, if all you desired was romance.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Pansy

    I cut my teeth on Gothic romance. Victoria Holt to be specific. Loved her. Read everything by her I could get my hands on. Still keep a print copy of her Mistress of Mellyn in my personal library. So when I saw this title, well, I had to read it. For the most part, it was everything I remember an old Gothic novel to be. Dark and scary. There is the Welsh Moors with winds and spooks. The crazy woman in the tower. Of course the handsome aristocrat with secrets galore and the young miss who finds h I cut my teeth on Gothic romance. Victoria Holt to be specific. Loved her. Read everything by her I could get my hands on. Still keep a print copy of her Mistress of Mellyn in my personal library. So when I saw this title, well, I had to read it. For the most part, it was everything I remember an old Gothic novel to be. Dark and scary. There is the Welsh Moors with winds and spooks. The crazy woman in the tower. Of course the handsome aristocrat with secrets galore and the young miss who finds herself destitute and dependent on his good graces. All there. Kept me frantically flipping pages to see what will happen next until . . . The next installment comes out the end of December. I have it pre-ordered, but I understand there is also a third. This is a trilogy in every sense of the word. The story is not complete. It doesn't end on a cliffhanger, per se, but we definitely know there is more to the story. I knew this going in, so I really cannot complain. I will get the rest of the story and complete it, though I may wait until the entire thing is released before continuing to read it. Leaving you with fair warning. If you are okay, with installment reading, you will love this. If not, wait until it is completed, then read it. I believe you will love it. It is everything a Gothic novel should be, except finished at this point. Hence only four stars rather than five. I look forward the the rest of the story.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    I was really enjoying this book, it was different a good plot, great descriptions for the nightmare scenes. This book showed great promise, it went a bit over the top with the evil presence I have never heard of an evil presence actually being able to cause bodily harm itself, although the fear induced actions the evil spirit made them do is very believable. But, what change this for me from a 4/5 star book was the abrupt end. Apparatus there is a book 2 and 3 that I will most likely never get t I was really enjoying this book, it was different a good plot, great descriptions for the nightmare scenes. This book showed great promise, it went a bit over the top with the evil presence I have never heard of an evil presence actually being able to cause bodily harm itself, although the fear induced actions the evil spirit made them do is very believable. But, what change this for me from a 4/5 star book was the abrupt end. Apparatus there is a book 2 and 3 that I will most likely never get to read that concludes the story. This is one of my pet hates, if a book is part of a trilogy it should state this clearly in the title Part 1 of 3. So the reader knows they need to get all three books before they start reading. My personal preference would be for the books to be sold as a complete box set as book one is pointless with out the rest of the story, it is left do incomplete and not even in a happy moment. So frustrated as the actual literature was good and one of the better books I have read recently. But, ending a book like this no matter how good does not inspire me to buy the next book, quite the opposite.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Toby

    Unread shelf project 2020: book 43. Okay. I am in love. This was such a dark gothic story of the sort I’ve been craving for MONTHS. Adelaide was a fun character, one that I did feel connected to despite not seeing a whole lot of character development until 50% (or so) through the book. Eldren was also a character I enjoyed, and his sense of honor was refreshing after encountering a lot of men in books like these who are fully bought into the patriarchy, women are just meant for bearing children, e Unread shelf project 2020: book 43. Okay. I am in love. This was such a dark gothic story of the sort I’ve been craving for MONTHS. Adelaide was a fun character, one that I did feel connected to despite not seeing a whole lot of character development until 50% (or so) through the book. Eldren was also a character I enjoyed, and his sense of honor was refreshing after encountering a lot of men in books like these who are fully bought into the patriarchy, women are just meant for bearing children, etc. And the first book is free on Kindle. The story is continued in the next two books, though, and while the first book does not end on a cliffhanger per se, it does not wrap up all (or really any) of the story. But the author is super forthright about this so it’s more forgivable than it would be had she not addressed the fact that the story is told over 3 books. Definitely going to get the next two in the series so I can finish it up. It does have a strong paranormal/supernatural element which I actually like. Ugh, So good and SO dramatic! 😩😍

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lori D

    Wow. Just wow. This story had me almost biting my nails and turning the pages as quickly as I could to see what happened. Gothic Historical romance at it's best that pulled me into the setting and characters and I could almost feel the fear and unknown. Adelaide had really no where to turn. On a ship crossing the ocean to England from New York, the ship sinks and somehow she and her horrible stepmother survive while her father perishes. This sets the story of the evil stepmother who will get eve Wow. Just wow. This story had me almost biting my nails and turning the pages as quickly as I could to see what happened. Gothic Historical romance at it's best that pulled me into the setting and characters and I could almost feel the fear and unknown. Adelaide had really no where to turn. On a ship crossing the ocean to England from New York, the ship sinks and somehow she and her horrible stepmother survive while her father perishes. This sets the story of the evil stepmother who will get everything and leave Adelaide nothing but her dowry. Desperate she reaches out to her father's business partner Eldren. The story takes off from here with so much that happens including secrets and forces beyond all control. Prepare to be captivated as Chasity Bowen takes you on a tale that will stay on your mind awhile. I cannot wait until the second and third part of this story to be published and find out what happens in this wonderful page turner!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    AF Michael

    AWESOME Read! This book wasn't at all what I expected...it may have started out that way and the part where the two people who decide to marry actually end up loving each other happily - nice treat, but whoooo...all the rest was an unbelievable and breathtaking ride. I loved it so much...I purchased book 2 and started reading immediately and once I got done with two, I ordered 3 and read it. By the end of the third book, I felt wonderfully sated - the way one feels at the end of a truly splendid AWESOME Read! This book wasn't at all what I expected...it may have started out that way and the part where the two people who decide to marry actually end up loving each other happily - nice treat, but whoooo...all the rest was an unbelievable and breathtaking ride. I loved it so much...I purchased book 2 and started reading immediately and once I got done with two, I ordered 3 and read it. By the end of the third book, I felt wonderfully sated - the way one feels at the end of a truly splendid meal in good company. Chasity Bowlin has a new fan in me. For anyone new to Goodreads - finding books thru good reads, and I do like to find free ones as I am on a thin budget and 25 miles from the local library - you won't be disappointed by the choices. This was a free choice and I really hate being disappointed in a book, especially when I've paid money to read it. This choice was a real boon and one you shouldn't miss, even if you have to pay a couple of bucks to read it on your Kindle or E-reader! Thanks Chasity Bowlin! I look forward to more of your work.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Facemaker01

    I originally disregarded this story due to being spread over three books. Once I learned that the story was simply split into 3 sections over 3 short books, I decided to indulge. This Gothic novel has it all. Dashing MC who 'rescues' the female character by marrying her. There is a younger brother with a beautiful but sly and evil wife and a mad mother. Evil entity and stuck spirits haunting the moors round out the supporting characters. The storyline emcompassing the three books plays out over a I originally disregarded this story due to being spread over three books. Once I learned that the story was simply split into 3 sections over 3 short books, I decided to indulge. This Gothic novel has it all. Dashing MC who 'rescues' the female character by marrying her. There is a younger brother with a beautiful but sly and evil wife and a mad mother. Evil entity and stuck spirits haunting the moors round out the supporting characters. The storyline emcompassing the three books plays out over a few months, which appeals to me. Eldren and Adelaide are a lovely couple and complement each other beautifully. Adelaide is surprisingly strong and is able to bring Eldren around to her way of thinking. Aside from a few spelling errors, the story is well-written and easy to read. I read the three books over 24 hours, The story is fast paced, with enough scary incidents to keep the momentum going. I thoroughly recommend reading this novel

  26. 5 out of 5

    Judi Easley

    Yes, I agree, that this trilogy was dragged out and should have been edited and condensed into one good sized book. However, I have read the whole thing simply because I wanted to know how they handled the evil presence in the house and did they get their HEA. I also agree that the book has proofreading issues that need to be addressed. The characters are interesting, if not too deep, in spite of what they each have been through. It's not until the second half of the third book that they start i Yes, I agree, that this trilogy was dragged out and should have been edited and condensed into one good sized book. However, I have read the whole thing simply because I wanted to know how they handled the evil presence in the house and did they get their HEA. I also agree that the book has proofreading issues that need to be addressed. The characters are interesting, if not too deep, in spite of what they each have been through. It's not until the second half of the third book that they start interacting as people, as they reach the limit of their fear and start thinking about living. The storyline is fabulous. This is definitely a dark Gothic tale, not just a paranormal story. Its a tale of a cursed family lineage and a young woman manipulated by fate to break the curse. I loved some of the things the author came up with. I simply wish the project had been edited and proofed thoroughly. Recommended with caution.

  27. 5 out of 5

    J

    This is the first in a true trilogy and while paranormal isn't my usual read. this one captured my attention. This read/listen takes the reader on a wild ride of sorrow, suspense and mystery. Adelaide is left with little options after a tragic accident claims the life of her father. Left with little to no options she agrees to wed a man much older who she's only met once. But secrets lie within. The narration is perfect, I love that its dual which only adds to the magic of this read and the live This is the first in a true trilogy and while paranormal isn't my usual read. this one captured my attention. This read/listen takes the reader on a wild ride of sorrow, suspense and mystery. Adelaide is left with little options after a tragic accident claims the life of her father. Left with little to no options she agrees to wed a man much older who she's only met once. But secrets lie within. The narration is perfect, I love that its dual which only adds to the magic of this read and the liveliness of the characters. While this read does leave with a bit of a cliffhanger it can be read alone. although for me, I can't wait for more! this book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    This is a great gothic murder paranormal story. The characters all have purpose, and the storyline, keeps you tense to put it mildly. A creepy bog, screams in the night, voices speaking curses , a crazy curse, a mad mother, a deceitful enemy, that your not sure is not also possessed, shadows that threaten, murder, and attempted murder, and a hateful step mother, that is just out for money, a young woman who is trying to just stay alive, and her husband who has the lives of all in his care, on hi This is a great gothic murder paranormal story. The characters all have purpose, and the storyline, keeps you tense to put it mildly. A creepy bog, screams in the night, voices speaking curses , a crazy curse, a mad mother, a deceitful enemy, that your not sure is not also possessed, shadows that threaten, murder, and attempted murder, and a hateful step mother, that is just out for money, a young woman who is trying to just stay alive, and her husband who has the lives of all in his care, on his shoulders, and it is just book one. This three book series leaves each book, in a cliff hanger ending....the scares in the stories, and creepy effect gives it a 5 stars.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    I really enjoyed House of Shadows. It was a really easy read with interesting characters. There was enough happening to keep me entertained and it was nice and creepy. A word of warning, it does end on a cliffhanger - I had read other reviews and had Veil of Shadows ready to go. I really enjoyed House of Shadows. It was a really easy read with interesting characters. There was enough happening to keep me entertained and it was nice and creepy. A word of warning, it does end on a cliffhanger - I had read other reviews and had Veil of Shadows ready to go.

  30. 5 out of 5

    LBD

    I had no idea this was the first part of a trilogy (my own fault, for not checking first). And still, it's left me with no urge to read the next book. Which, when a book ends in a cliffhanger, it's a pretty big acomplishment! The writing was okay, but it could have done with way better editing, and I do mean *way better*. Character development made no sense at some points, and the same happened with the romance. I enjoyed the dark atmosphere at first, but even that grated at the end and it had b I had no idea this was the first part of a trilogy (my own fault, for not checking first). And still, it's left me with no urge to read the next book. Which, when a book ends in a cliffhanger, it's a pretty big acomplishment! The writing was okay, but it could have done with way better editing, and I do mean *way better*. Character development made no sense at some points, and the same happened with the romance. I enjoyed the dark atmosphere at first, but even that grated at the end and it had been through so many twists that I still have no idea what it was. I won't be picking up the next book in the series, I'm not even remotely curious.

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