The Vespertine (Paperback)
|Author: Saundra Mitchell|
|A 19th-century historical romance set in Victorian Baltimore about Amelia van den Broek, whose prophetic dreams have made her the talk of high society, and whose love for an artist distinctly outside of the social circle threatens her place in it.|
From the Publisher:
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.
Setting a paranormal romance in Victorian Baltimore, author Saundra Mitchell has created a rich world that combines staid balls and dresses with unpredictable and exciting supernatural events. Sixteen-year-old Amelia van den Broek, a newly arrived Maine native in search of a husband, finds herself swept up into the social whirl of 1889. Enjoying society, dressing up, and gossiping with her cousin Zora, Amelia begins experiencing waking dreams at sunset, Vespers. They turn out to be predictions of future events, and as word spreads of what Amelia can do, everyone wants to know what their future has in store. At the same time, she secretly falls for Nathanial, an artist who is a deeply inappropriate romantic choice. But is Nathanial more than he seems? However, when Amelia's visions grow disturbing, and terrible things happen, people start to question her intentions.