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.
THE VESPERTINE immediately lured me into its pages with Amelia's feelings of abandonment. I wanted to know the cause behind her despair. And so it began -a journey in the past as I embarked alongside Amelia as she discovered a whole new world full of life outside of her small town. The anticipation of what was to come as Amelia set out to land a husband and make friends had me turning the pages nonstop.
Mitchell captured the beauty within the setting of 1889 with crisp writing and beautiful imagery. I could see how Amelia was enamored with the city of Baltimore. The characters in this book are well- crafted, capturing the essence of that time period. Amelia's friendship with Zora was a highlight of this book as these two were always up to mischief. From the moment of Amelia's first vision to her meeting of the mysterious and captivating Nathaniel, I was swept into a whirlwind of Amelia's life as she tried to make sense of her newfound ability.
Historical fiction is my second favorite genre behind paranormal/fantasy and Mitchell combined the two to make THE VESPERTINE an impeccable read. I have high hopes for this series. I couldn't have imagined how things would play out for Amelia. I can only hope that the next installment is even more impressive.
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