The Lady in Yellow: A Victorian Gothic Romance

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The Lady in Yellow: A Victorian Gothic Romance!
A young governess gets her first job in a stately home in the wilds of Yorkshire, only to discover that the family she serves suffer from an ancient, bestial curse.
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About Alyne de Winter

Alyne de Winter is an author of Gothic Mysteries and Occult Thrillers featuring tormented beauties, eerie settings, night religions, secret histories…
After years of drawing and painting, by a fluke ended up as an English major. She wrote and published award-winning poetry but always wanted to write fiction. The stories did not come to her until she went to Europe, then they flooded in and still haven't stopped.
She loves the tradition of the writer establishing themselves with short stories while building the novels, so you will find many short stories on her page. The short story requires intensity of focus, economy of language (so every word must be effective) and must keep the plot lines tight. She likes to think of the short story as poetry's second cousin.
Major influences: Grimms' Fairy Tales, Complete Works of Shakespeare, Angela Carter, Tanith Lee, Daphne du Maurier,Charles Dickins, Anne Rice, Theophile Gautier, Edgar Allen Poe, the films of Barbara Steele and other 1960s horror films. (Not a gore fan) Religion, History, costume, Ancient dance and folk cultures, and witchcraft.
The Gothic novel has always been a love letter to the past, a grieving for lost beauty and an elegy to the soul.

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Review by: Lori Brandenburg on Nov. 14, 2012 : (no rating)
I have yet yet to read this since I have been sick...but I am looking forward to reading..I will update my review when I feel better and get to read the book plus this a super busy time of the year for me. I will try to read the book this weekend.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Review by: Carmen Aim on Sep. 9, 2012 :
Imaginative, if rather gruesome plot. The romance seems to spring out of nowhere, however. Well-written, in general, but an editor's assistance would improve.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Review by: Helen Landalf on July 18, 2012 :
A great Victorian gothic story. The author does such a wonderful job of creating a sense of mystery and evoking the eerie setting. A page turner!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Review by: anjay on May 12, 2012 :
This was a very good Victorian gothic short story. The mystery develops in such a way to keep the reader reading just to find out the final resolution to the plot. I greatly enjoyed this and stayed up later than usual reading it.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
Review by: cheryl marie on May 7, 2012 :
Alyne de Winter is a brilliant writer whose gorgeous, sensuous imagery manifests through a crisp, poetic voice. Fresh, creative ideas and storylines with a gothic twist and a rich knowledge and understanding of the classics, fairytales, fables, love stories, the occult, and fantasy. The Lady in Yellow is delicious fun. Sink into your favorite cushioned chair with a box of chocolates, a good reading light, and a free hour or two, and enjoy! Thanks Alyne - You've done it again!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: John Holwerda on May 5, 2012 : (no rating)
I liked the book overall. The setting was appropriate to the plot. Some parts were. A
Little weak in regard to the children. But the other strengths of the book made up fo it. It was a good read.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Ruth Radin on May 3, 2012 :
This book was an intriguing idea. However, the characters were not well developed and the plot could have been more developed.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Review by: theresa tran on May 1, 2012 :
This was a nice novella. A mix of gothic and paranormal. Nice read.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Tiffany Cole on May 1, 2012 :
"In this novella of Victorian Gothic Romance, young Veronica Everly takes a position as governess to a pair of identical twins. She never dreamed she was to join a family of werewolves, or that she would fall in love with her handsome employer, Rafe de Grimston. When Rafe makes her promise to redeem them, she is faced with an agonizing choice."

Above is the official summary of the book, and it is exactly what The Lady in Yellow is about. Most books understandably have to leave out a lot in their summaries, definitely when there are many sub-plots, but the only thing not covered in this summary is perhaps the mystery surrounding Rafe de Grimston's wife - as it happens, that mystery is part of what it'll take for Veronica to redeem them...

Hold on, let me back track to the beginning. I'm getting ahead of myself.

The story starts with Veronica sitting in an agent's office, being interviewed for the position of governess. In spite of the agent's consistent warnings that the Grimston twins can be very difficult and that the twins will have a hard time accepting her after the mysterious death of their beloved mother, Veronica remains confident that she can handle them. After all, Veronica was once the governess for a mad child. She's even prepared to handle the intense amount of responsibility that comes along with raising children whose father is often away for months at a time.

Finally, the agent gives her the job. The moment she meets the twins at the beautiful, far-off Belden House, Veronica's confidence is put to the test. The twins are pale and green-eyed, androgynous, and act as though they are one human split into two. They are known for being elusive and secretive. Sometimes they disappear right before your eyes, but they always come back. Mrs. Twig, the housekeeper, is as secretive as the twins. Though the mother's death is perhaps the largest mystery, it's certainly not the only mystery.

The moment the agent said that the twins would have a hard time accepting a governess in their mom's place, I instantly thought of the Sound of Music, just a much darker version that has werewolves and lacks music. The plot is tried and true: Initially, the kids will start off disliking the governess and the father will be too busy to be bothered with either the governess or the children, but the governess is so charismatic, kind, and pretty that they all come to love her in the end.

The Lady in Yellow has been selling pretty well. I'm sure this plot is part of the reason why, and adding supernatural creatures to the mix makes it that much more appealing.

This novella is full of description and action. I wouldn't say that the description or action jumps out at you and holds on, but it is well done and concise. The story goes along fairly fast. It isn't bogged down in exposition, though that sometimes comes at the cost of description being simplistic. My main problem with The Lady in Yellow was Veronica's characterization. Sometimes she simply didn't come across as a real person to me. In the beginning, a lot of her reactions seemed to have no depth. Her emotions and reactions did get more relateable as the story went on, but there were still points where I couldn't help but think, "She's taking all of this very easily for someone completely unfamiliar with the supernatural."

Not being able to fully grasp her or Rafe's characterization did make the romance seem as though it happened very fast, but a lot of romances happen quickly. I wouldn't call this a story flaw, though. I just have complicated romance preferences.

The Lady in Yellow is a short, fun, and pleasurable read. I enjoyed the adventures and the Victorian Gothic aspects. Over at Smashwords, one can set their own price for The Lady in Yellow. That's also something I don't see often. I'd recommend this novella for anyone into romance, werewolves, and/or the Sound of Music.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: katy planchette on April 13, 2012 :
Wow! Loved it. Suspenseful and sensuous. About to read it again.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: karesa smotts on April 12, 2012 :
good story. would recommend for those who enjoy a little grimm mystery...
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
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