I read a lot of Gothic novels in my younger years, but drifted away from the genre. The recent trailers blasted all over television for the Johnny Depp/Tim Burton's take on Dark Shadows made me think I needed to go back to a genre I enjoyed so much. To that end I've kicked off my revisit of Gothic novels with Lisa Greer's Secrets of Summerspelle and I'm losing sleep from the need to see what happens next. Now I get to blame Lisa for my sleep depirvation!
Can Ezra English and Jane Wintersmith break the curse from the past that shadows
Summerspelle and find love?
After finishing her graduate degree in history, 24 year old Jane Wintersmith
travels to her Alabama cousin’s family estate, Summerspelle. She relishes the
opportunity for summer employment and archival work, and she meets Linton
Collins, a budding local photographer who helps take her mind off a failed love
affair. A find in the cupola room of the house unleashes an old secret of rage
and obsession that threatens to destroy Jane even as it binds her to Ezra
English, a handsome but troubled local professor of history.
The passion between her and Ezra is frightening, and Jane wonders if it is
real or only linked to the house. Jane must tease out the difference between
love and obsession if she is going to find happiness and put the past to rest
with Ezra’s help.