Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Master of Whitehall - book review


After the brutal murder of her parents, Katelyn Corbin, a thoroughly modern twenty-one year old college senior, faces the prospect of restarting her life. After arriving in Charleston, Katelyn meets James Dubois and soon falls madly in love with him. He is a handsome young widower and wealthy patron of her school with an old world aristocratic bearing. She is deeply intrigued by this mysterious man who lives alone in the beautifully restored colonial plantation of Whitehall Manor. 

But James is not the man she thinks he is. Dark secrets begin to come to the surface. Katelyn soon begins to develop a series of unsettling questions about her new love. She begins searching her own soul for answers, forcing her to question whether or not to continue their relationship. 

Katelyn confronts James with her questions and His confirmation validates her fears that he is indeed the man she fears him to be. His revelations shock her, forcing her to acknowledge things about herself and her world that she never thought possible. She discovers that old folklore and fairy-tales are real in a world where vampires live and love side by side with humans. 

Katelyn realizes she must make a choice. Does she continue her relationship with James, becoming a vampire herself and living with him forever, or does she walk away, remain human and live without him … is she really strong enough to make either choice? 

The Epic Saga of The Master of Whitehall is a timeless love story set in historic Charleston, South Carolina.

4 Stars

Vampires and Romance? I'm in!!

I love a good vampire story, especially one with a girl like Katelyn! And James, HELLO!

The pace of this book was slow, but not in a bad way. There is rich history, lessons, warnings, love, conflict, etc. This book has it all. This story unwinds as it goes, draws you in and then makes you want more. There are so many things I want yet. I wasn't ready for this story to be over. All of the characters were unique, just like everyday people. :-)

I was put off by the insta-love between Katelyn and James. But that is me. I wanted the wooing of Katelyn, the courtship of an old time gentleman.  Without that, it didn't make me like James less.  I'm just a wooer. That being said, I like what James and Katelyn had, it fit.

It's taken me awhile to write the review because I fell in love with this book and will reread this book. I've already suggested it to my vampire loving friends and will do so again and again. I've also recommended it to my romance/history friends because it can fall into that bucket too. This is a grown up vampire story, not a child's book.

So why a 4 star and not a 5 since I loved this book. There were parts for me that were unnecessary, they didn't add to the book. There was also the immaturity of Katelyn and Lexi. They are in college, no high school girls. But other wise I did enjoy the book.

I'm ready for book #2 - Lexi's turn??

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