Elizabeth has a wonderful new release today: the Victorian Gothic novel With This Curse by Amanda DeWees, now available at Audible! Amanda writes love stories with a touch of darkness, and With This Curse is an enthralling romance, and a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Awards for 2015. You can find out more at Amanda’s website, and listen to an audio sample at Audible. Elizabeth will also be narrating the sequel to this book, Cursed Once More, later this year. Elizabeth has also done an interview with Amanda on her blog.
Can a curse strike twice in a woman’s life? In 1854, 17-year-old chambermaid Clara Crofton was dismissed from Gravesend Hall for having fallen in love with Richard Blackwood, the younger son of the house. Alone in the world, Clara found a tenuous position as a seamstress, but she always blamed the Gravesend curse for the disaster that had befallen her – and for Richard’s death soon after in the Crimean War.
Now, more than 18 years later, Richard’s twin, Atticus, seeks out Clara with a strange proposal: If she will marry him and live with him as his wife in name only to ease the mind of his dying father, Atticus will then endow her with a comfortable income for the rest of her life. Clara knows that he is not disclosing his true motives, but when she runs out of options for an independent life, she has no choice but to become Atticus’ wife.
For Clara, returning to Gravesend as a bride brings some triumph…but also great unease. Not only must she pretend to be a well-born lady and devoted wife to a man whose face is a constant reminder of the love she lost, but ominous portents whisper that her masquerade brings grave danger. “This house will take from you what you most treasure,” her mother once warned her. But the curse has already taken the man Clara loved. Will it now demand her life?