The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell
Release Date: March 7 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Received from: NetGalley
Rating: 3.5 STARS
Cover Thoughts: L♥VE. She is fleeing from something and well I just love it. And her dress is beautiful
It’s the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. However, a forbidden romance with Nathaniel, an artist, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him.
When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia’s world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she’s not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.
Review: I am honestly not sure what to make of this book. It was definitely different. Saundra Mitchell writing is beautiful. But the story, I don't know. I am very confused by it. I loved Zora as a character, she was crazy, bold and the things she does for her time are well... bold and crazy. Amelia.... well I am not sure, I feel like I didn't get to know her as a character, I don't know who she is. She became those she hung out with, quiet and meek when she lived with her brother. Bold and Loud when with Zora, and when Nathaniel comes in the picture giddy with what he does. Their love, I am not sure but it didn't feel real, it felt like infatuation. Oh and Nathaniel is a complete surprise, at least parts.
I really liked the book, but it felt incomplete. Thanks Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for allowing me the chance to read it.