Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Blog Tour: Replacing Gentry by Julie N. Ford + Giveaway

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Replacing Gentry

When Marlie agrees to attend a cadaver ball at Vanderbilt Medical School, she did not expect to actually see any cadavers. Or, that a strange apparition would issue her a chilling message.

Despite the cadaver's warning, Marlie is married a year later to Tennessee State Senator, Daniel Cannon, and living in a plantation-style mansion with two step sons. Add to the mix her growing suspicion that something is amiss with the death of Daniel’s first wife, Gentry; and newlywed Marlie is definitely in over her pretty Yankee head.

What begins as an innocent inquiry into her new husband’s clouded past, ends with Marlie in the midst of a dangerous conspiracy.

A modern twist on the classic Gothic romance novels of Rebecca and Jane Eyre, Replacing Gentry follows Marlie’s precarious journey as she learns the truth about the man she married.

My thoughts: I was captivated by the cover of this book, which was the main reason why I wanted to read this. I had no clue as to what kind of book I was in for (I didn't read the whole synopsis). I was hooked right away and came to enjoy myself quite a bit.

I was surprised how many elements this book had: slight romance, suspense, ghosts, mystery, and drama. Right away this book reminded me of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. Like in Rebecca, the heroine Marlie entered a marriage where she barely knew the man, was thrown into an upper-class world, felt the disapproval of the people around her, was always compared to the first wife, and there was a big secret behind the first wife. I found these elements intriguing as how it all came together at the end.

Also, I found myself quite frustrated when reading Replacing Gentry. The emotions that Marlie went through as a new bride, who was ignored by her husband and criticized by the new people in her life, were very apparent to me. I wanted to yell at her to get herself out of her situation and tell her that she deserved better. The constant threats and undermining that she went through really got to me. I had to stop reading a few times to let my anger dissipate a bit. Is this a bad thing? No. I think Julie N. Ford did a fabulous job in bringing these emotions out, which sets the tone of the story. So, I did not mind it as much as I thought I would.

I quiet enjoyed this book. I liked the mystery behind it and the sudden changes of my emotions. I rate this book:

Author Julie N. Ford

Julie N. Ford graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Political Science and a minor in English Literature. In addition, she has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama. Professionally, she has worked in teaching and as a Marriage & Family Counselor. She is the author of two women’s fiction novels, The Woman He Married and No Holly for Christmas, published in 2011. In addition, she wrote a romance/chick-lit novel, Count Down to Love, also published in 2011. Count Down to Love was a 2011 Whitney Award finalist. Her next novel, Replacing Gentry, is due for release April 9th, 2013.

Currently, she lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, two daughters and one hedgehog.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you Vonnie for this great review! I'm so pleased you enjoyed the story.
    Julie N Ford