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Nection to the sinister occurrences in Blackfield and enters into a deadly game with the master of Darkling one whose outcome will determine the fate of not just the Darrows but the world itself Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling is a Victorian Gothic tale about family ties the realm beyond the living and the price you pay to save those you lov While this book was very beautifully written I lost interest because the purpose was unclear The book was akin to reading someone else s dream once the characters were in Darkling with unclear physics characters intentions who s evil and who s benevolent and purpose what is Darkling and why are Charlotte and the children there what is the causepurpose of the war One event followed another without any clear logic or rules that the reader could follow The political conflict in Darkling that was instigating a war was apparently a major part of the story but it was not clearly defined so there was no clear reason for the fighting and no clear indication on which was the good or bad side or even a general preference to who would win I m perfectly fine with novels not following real life logic but some alternative logic must be followed or the story doesn t make sense I finished it to see if it was all explained in the end but I was disappointed to find out that it wasn t The Numbers Game realm beyond the living and the price you pay to save those you lov While this book was very beautifully written I lost interest because the purpose was unclear The book was akin to Tall man riding. reading someone else s dream once the characters were in Darkling with unclear physics characters intentions who s evil and who s benevolent and purpose what is Darkling and why are Charlotte and the children there what is the causepurpose of the war One event followed another without any clear logic or The 7 Components of Transformative Organizing Theory rules that the The Big Golden Book of Poetry reader could follow The political conflict in Darkling that was instigating a war was apparently a major part of the story but it was not clearly defined so there was no clear NITRO: The Incredible Rise and Inevitable Collapse of Ted Turner's WCW reason for the fighting and no clear indication on which was the good or bad side or even a general preference to who would win I m perfectly fine with novels not following Wild Man Creek (Virgin River, real life logic but some alternative logic must be followed or the story doesn t make sense I finished it to see if it was all explained in the end but I was disappointed to find out that it wasn t

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E children has been waiting She invites them into the House of Darkling a wondrous place filled with enchantment mystery and strange creatures that appear to be but are not uite humanHowever everything comes with a price and as Charlotte begins to understand the unspeakable bargain Mrs Darrow has made for a second chance at motherhood she uncovers a con Just look at this cover I love horror stories and I was fascinated by this one I was really enjoying my reading Unfortunately there was a time in this book that I lost myself because so much was going on and so many characters I got confused The Coquette and the Boarding School really enjoying my Imagimorphia reading Unfortunately there was a time in this book that I lost myself because so much was going on and so many characters I got confused

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When the nanny to the young Darrow boys is found mysteriously murdered on the outskirts of the village of Blackfield Charlotte Markham the recently hired governess steps in to take over their care During an outing in the forest they find themselves crossing over into The Ending the place for the Things Above Death where Lily Darrow the late mother of th Here s the thing if this is a Victorian ish inspired alterna reality then this book rocks However if it is meant to be a Victorian historical with supernatural elements la Henry James then this book is kind of a big fail From the start the setting of the story is fuzzy I just assumed it was Victorian from the cover design and the ghostly mystery but there s nothing specific in the text to place it there and so my reading and review might be totally offReminiscent of DuMaurier s Rebecca at the start from the similar sounding first lines to the heroine s dreams of houses burning and the heavy emphasis on the estate of Everton this novel lacks the chilly tension and creepy mystery that makes Rebecca so fun Boccacino seems fairly enad of Charlotte Markham his governess narrator and Mr Darrow master of Everton but Boccacino doesn t offer the reader enough time to grow enad of them as well and so the inappropriate romance feels foisted and oddThe heroine is a widow her employer a widower Both lost their spouses about a year ago or so both attest to the deep and abiding love they have for their deceased spouses and yet Boccacino inserts a romance novel ish frisson of desire At times our sessions together would only end when the sun threatened to appear over the horizon at others they would continue on untilan accidental touch of one hand against the other charged the space between us with something unspoken and unacknowledged p16 For the rest of the novel Charlotte has a breathless eagerness to be cleaved to Mr Darrow with a few weak protestations that she doesn t want to appear to be a seductress Rather than have a Jane Eyre ish desire for the governess and master to end up together I found myself telling a friend that Charlotte s interest in Darrow and her musings on life at Everton reminded me a bit of The Hand that Rocks the Cradle early on in the story she s uick to imagine herself the mistress of the house simply because she cares for the master s children Were Charlotte our anti heroine this build up would be deliciously wrong but it s clear Charlotte is meant to be sympathetic beautiful and good I could harp on my problems with Charlotte but I won t and I did so in my Goodreads status updates so I ll offer a few comments on the rest of the book Boccacino creates a Victoriana playground for his characters to inhabit the village of Blackfield is uaint uirky picturesue and without class strata the dream world of Darkling is a phantasmagoria ish place of evil knickknacks shifting landscapes and tentacled overlords When I could let go of my aggravation at the historically inaccurate behavior of our heroine I really enjoyed the world building and the creepy atmosphere of the story So needless to say I ve got complicated feelings about this book Despite my complaints however I am eagerly anticipating Boccacino s next novel not sure if one is in the works but if there is If his character development matches his world building then we ll be in for a treat

  • Paperback
  • 296
  • Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling
  • Michael Boccacino
  • English
  • 06 October 2019
  • 9780062122612

10 thoughts on “Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling

  1. says:

    35 starsThis book had so much potential If you saw my status updates you'll know how excited I was for it when

  2. says:

    This was a strange one Don't read this book if you Like historical accuracy This book was set in the past no cl

  3. says:

    Here's the thing if this is a Victorian ish inspired alterna reality then this book rocks However if it is meant to be a Victorian historical with supernatural elements à la Henry James then this book is kind of a big fail From the start the setting of the story is fuzzy I just assumed it was Victorian from the cover design and the ghostly mystery but there's nothing specific in the text to place it there and so my reading and review might

  4. says:

    POSTED ORIGINALLY Fangs Wands and Fairy Dust Charlotte Markham and the House of Darklingby Michael BoccacinoPaperback 320 pagesPublisher William Morrow Paperbacks An Imprint of Harper CollinsOriginal edition July 24 2012File Size 5 KBPrint Length 320 pagesPublisher Harper Paperbacks; Original edition July 24 2012Sold by HarperCollins PublishersDisclosure E Galley provided by writer without expectation No remuneration was exchan

  5. says:

    This was one of those oh I wish there were a 45 rating booksWhen I started I thought it would be Rebecca or Jane Eyre esue genteel widowed governess in a remote manor home with a recent widower and his two sons But shortly into it I realized there was a serious dose of Jonathan Strange hereWe open with the murder of Nanny Prum A witness swe

  6. says:

    Just look at this cover I love horror stories and I was fascinated by this one I was really enjoying my reading Unfortunately there was a time in this book that I lost myself because so much was going on and so many characters I got confused

  7. says:

    I have never thought about reading a slightly lighter Lovecraftian tale told within the confines of a Victorian Gothic novel It's not something that I even considered before but now that I've read it I'm slightly confused as to the reason why nobody thought of doing this before Now when I say Victorian and Gothic I'm still speaking of terms of being slightly lighter None of the thematic elements really dominate the stru

  8. says:

    While this book was very beautifully written I lost interest because the purpose was unclear The book was akin to reading someone else's dream once the characters were in Darkling with unclear physics characters' intentions who's evil and who's benevolent and purpose what is Darkling and why are Charlotte and the children there what is the causepurpose of the war One event followed another without any clear logic or rules that the reader

  9. says:

    Charlotte Markham the newly hired governess to young James and Paul Darrow finds herself taking on additional responsibilities when

  10. says:

    Initial reaction Wicked twisted dark and delicious This was a wild rideOverall review I loved this book so much Boccacino

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