Oxford Whispers by Marion Croslydon

27 Dec

ImageTitle: Oxford Whispers

Author: Marion Croslydon

Publisher: Carlux Publishing

Published: October 2012

Pages: 324

Madison LeBon is dead set against the dead.

Her fresh start at Oxford University is a brand new beginning. She finally has a chance to turn the page on her psychic powers and cumbersome voodoo heritage. Snakes, dolls, ghosts, and spirits: Farewell…

Not quite.

When the tragic lovers in a painting—the subject of her first history class—begin to haunt her, she must accept her gift before life imitates art. The lovers warn her against their own nemesis, a Puritan from the English Civil War. Unfortunately, said nemesis is now going all homicidal on Madison.

College becomes more complicated when she falls hard for Rupert Vance, a troubled aristocrat and descendant of one of the characters in the painting. With the spirit of a murderer after her, Madison realizes that her own first love may also be doomed…

My Rating: 4 stars

My Thoughts:

As a huge fan of both historical British novels and movies, like the works of Jane Austen, and of the paranormal genre, I really enjoyed this book!

Madison is a Yale graduate studying at Oxford University. She is trying to escape her past that was filled with her crazy Louisianan family, voodoo, magic, and spirits. When she sees a painting at the university, the characters in it begin to haunt her. The story of the star-crossed lovers from the painting enters her everyday life and she begins to realize she has a strange connection with them and also with the young future earl Rupert Vance.

I really loved the part of this book that took place in historical England! The romantic mystery/tragedy of the couple in the painting was beautifully done and even though it was a smaller part of the story, I became absorbed with it! I also enjoyed the paranormal aspect of this book! It wasn’t a typical vampire, werewolf, or witch story but it was a haunting ghost story with a little voodoo! It was excitingly different, unpredictable, and mysterious!

The characters weren’t my favorite part of this story but I still really liked them! Madison was intelligent, spunky, fun, and slightly nerdy, which I loved! Rupert was a bad-boy, swoon-worthy Earl who kind of got on my nerves at first, but as the story progressed and I learned more about his past and his connection with Madison, he really grew on me, so don’t give up on him!

Overall, this was a fun and unique paranormal romance story that I really enjoyed!!

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