Then Adrienne unexpectedly emerges, with no memory of the life she once led. Her desperate attempt to flee the confusing and dark influences in the bayou instinctively propels her to the one face for which she has a name. Oz’s world is once again turned upside down, as he must decide how to help her without losing himself entirely.
Set amidst the lush and vibrant backdrop of New Orleans, St. Charles at Dusk tells the story of Oz and Adrienne; of forbidden love, and startling heartbreak.
This review is hard for me to write. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book. The writing itself was good, it flowed well and I didn't find any issue with that. The problem I mostly faced was, despite the flow, it was overly descriptive. Because of that, I just found it really hard to keep reading it. I had to push myself to continue, even though the overall story was interesting - the way it was presented took me out of it.
Out of all of the characters, Angelique was my favorite. Without spoilers, it is not because I liked her - not in the least. But because she was the one that was the easiest to understand, and seemed the most real. I wanted to like Adrienne, because of how she was before the accident. She was a character I really liked, was interested in, and enjoyed. After it, though, she just wasn't believable. Then there's Oz... I don't really know what to say about him. Sometimes he made sense, the rest of the time I didn't know what the hell was going on.
I would suggest a content editor to help this story. It has potential but it isn't quite something I would recommend to anyone, unless they're a devourer of books.
There were some things about St. Charles at Dusk that I liked, but there were other things that I didn't really like from a reader's perspective. The book itself, from a technical standpoint, was written well, but on the other hand, there were several things that kept me from getting into the story as much as I would have liked.
First, I didn't feel any real emotional connection to the two leads – Oz and Adrienne. They felt flat from a relational standpoint, and I didn't think they had any true chemistry between them in their relationship. Secondly, there were certain things that seemed to be repetitive, with certain events taking place many times over the course of the story. There is one character that stood out, and that's Angelique. In my mind, she was the most memorable just because of some of the things she did.
As far as what I felt was done well: I liked the chapters where Oz was reminiscing about the past. In my mind, those were some of the best chapters in St. Charles at Dusk. I also loved the fact that the setting of the book was in New Orleans, and I want to visit the city some time.
Overall, I think there were some things that were done well, but other elements kept me from really becoming involved as a reader in the events of the book. I give this book a 3/5 platypires.
* I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for a honest review*
Before I go into details, I want to say overall, I enjoyed St. Charles at Dusk by Sarah M. Cradit. It was not really my type of reading material but all in all I did enjoy it. With that said, I have to admit that I had a little trouble following the story line with the switches in time frames and POV.
Sarah does an excellent job in the description of places in New Orleans and I most definitely want to see some of them if I ever get a chance. However, at times, I felt like I was reading a tour guide, with too much detail.
Oz and Adrienne are the main characters. I liked Oz, liked not loved, and thought he was a nice guy but he seemed a little wimpy to me because of the self doubt. I get it. He is worried about the age difference between him and Adrienne but make a decision all ready. His self doubt is commendable and honest but annoying at the same time. I was not the biggest fan of Adrienne. I could not connect with her. She is likeable but a little uppity for my taste. She is not a down to earth kind of gal.
The story line however is interesting with all the twist and turns. Some of the back story was drawn out and a little unnecessary and I still have questions that never got answered but overall I liked it.
St. Charles at Dusk by Sarah M. Cradit receives 3 out of 5 Platypires.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sarah lives in the Pacific Northwest, but has traveled the world from Asia to Europe to Africa. When she isn't working (either at her day career, or hard at work at writing), she is reading a book and discovering new authors. The great loves of her life (in order) are: her husband James, her writing, and traveling the world.