Dark Prelude

Rated 4.80/5 based on 5 reviews
A chance encounter offers lovely young Silvia Bradstreet an escape from her miserable life in London. The Eastwind sails for the American colonies in two weeks. If Silvia chooses to accept the offer of a mysterious benefactor, she must be ready to risk her life for a chance at freedom.

A novella-length prequel to the sexy Gothic romance novel Dark Splendor. Siliva's dark fate starts here.
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About Andrea Parnell

Always a romantic, Andrea Parnell enjoys creating characters whose passions for life and for matters of the heart run deep. When she isn’t at work on a novel or learning the inroads of social media, she is taking a walk in the woods, tending her flowers or enjoying the serenity of a cup of tea on the patio.

Andrea is the author of eleven novels, along with short fiction and articles. Her works include historical and contemporary tales of romance, adventure, and intrigue. Her books have received the Maggie, Romantic Times Reviewers Choice, and other awards.

Andrea lives in Georgia with her husband and several cranky but indispensable cats.

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Review by: Sheila Deeth on April 3, 2015 :
Author Andrea Parnell recreates a convincing 1750s London, where a mysterious stranger offers a poor girl the chance to escape her fate, and rich sons battle and drink together, just for fun. Details entice the reader and make the patchwork of dark streets, gloomy houses, and docks, seem vividly real. Dialog is convincing, and characters, apart from the mysterious brothers, are nicely three-dimensional. The novella is a prequel to a longer tale, and it’s clear the brothers will become more real as history reveals their motivations.

Scary scenes of threat and escape accompany Sylvia’s flight, with nicely drawn details of the problems of running in a long skirt. Meanwhile, pleasing humor adds depth and intrigue.

The novella ends, at least in my copy, with excerpts from longer works, nicely advertising the author’s writing skills, and enticing readers to purchase more books. Occasional typos might have marred my enjoyment, but they’re probably fixed by now, and anyway, the storylines have got me thoroughly hooked. I would love to read more. (Can I download some time first please?)

Disclosure: I found that it was free and decided to try it.
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Review by: Evelyn Sagrado Rodziewicz on Feb. 23, 2013 :
Really good. I wish I could get the next book.
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Review by: Doris Holmes on Sep. 13, 2011 :
okay, I'm hooked...I'll buy the next book. Good read.
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Review by: Rikki K on Aug. 13, 2011 :
Excellent hook to get you to purchase the full novel. Worked on this fish. :)
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Review by: Andrea Bersanini on Aug. 6, 2011 :
Draws you in and you can't stop reading! This was my first taste of Andrea Parnell's writing and I can't wait to continue the story in 'Dark Splendor'! I tried 'Dark Prelude' because it was free and I've definitley added this author to my must read list. You fall in love with her characters even in this short prelude and I'm looking forward to more!
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