The Vespertine (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mar 7, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 304 pages
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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.

This book features a teaser chapter from Saundra Mitchell’s third novel, The Springsweet.

  

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From the first line the lyrical prose flow beautifully. - LibraryThing
The ending brought it up to about 3.5 stars for me. - LibraryThing
I loved the plot of this book. - LibraryThing
Saundra Mitchell's writing is absolutely stunning. - LibraryThing
I really thought the premise was interesting. - LibraryThing
Mitchell's prose is gorgeous. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Ceilidhann - LibraryThing

Starting off with the positives, I thoroughly enjoyed the prose. It was enjoyable to read and didn’t feel overdone or pretentious. With such period settings, especially when written in 1st person, it ... Read full review

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User Review  - sensitivemuse - LibraryThing

This was an okay book. Certainly not the best, but it had it’s moments where it did engage me as a reader. The book had some gothic overtones and the setting of the story (which was Victorian but in ... Read full review

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Contents

KestrelsBaltimore MarylandSpring 1889
13
OakhavenBroken Tooth MaineAutumn 1889
137
KestrelsBaltimore MarylandSummer 1889
143
OakhavenBroken Tooth MaineAutumn 1889
283
Acknowledgments
295
The Springsweet Sample Chapter
297
Back Flap
311
Back Cover
312
Spine
313
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About the author (2011)

Saundra Mitchell is a screenwriter and author. Her companion novels The Vespertine, The Springsweet, and The Elementals have been praised for their rich historical settings, evocative language, and heart-pounding romance. Her debut novel, Shadowed Summer, was a 2010 Edgar Award Nominee, a Junior Library Guild selection, and an ALAN Pick. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and her two children. Visit her website at www.saundramitchell.com.