on July 2, 2016 :
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I really like the way that A.F. Stewart tells a story. The characters are fleshed out to where I can really connect with them. The writing is smooth and easy to follow. I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend this book to all lovers of paranormal fantasy.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
on Nov. 15, 2015 :
Gothic Caravan is a captivating story of confusion, help, acceptance and love offered. Growth through pain and the realization of untenable relationships gives the strength to change in Five Acts, an Opening Night, an Intermission and Denouement.
The main character, Althea, escapes from a situation unremembered though horrendous, is befriended by an attractive young man, Byron, and taken back to his families' encampment where she is welcomed, made comfortable, and endowed with a means to liberate herself from her life situation. Unable to fully assimilate this gift of personal growth, Althea flees, returning to that repressed life. Punished, she relives the horror of her loss. When Byron appears at her window, she finds the strength to confront her abuser and free herself.
The first sentence of Opening Night snared my interest. The vivid imagery, the believable characters, and the building suspense kept me entranced.
Another riveting story By A.F.Stewart. Well done.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on April 7, 2014 :
Gothic Cavalcade, by A. F. Stewart, is a dark, scary story with twists full of magic and light. Coolly disturbing, it starts with a mysterious carnival and a frightened woman. But who is this “Mother” who sends Byron to tempt the stranger in? And what dark initiation awaits?
Clever misdirection keeps the reader guessing as Althea gets to know the Family. Their generosity clearly hides a secret, and dark fears loom. But love is blossoming too, against a backdrop of Althea’s own secrets. And choices can change the view.
I enjoyed this story’s short complex path and gentle hints of mythology. Filled with great characters, it presents a true masquerade and reveals surprising hope behind some of its masks.
Disclosure: I can’t remember how I got this ebook, but I do wish I’d read it sooner. I really enjoyed it.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on March 22, 2013 :
An interesting story, a cross between gothic romance and horror.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)