I am pleased to announce you the new release of REUTS Publications and the work of a talented author, who combines the love of "Beauty and the Beast" with the mystery of "Jane Eyre". The "Rose Master" is a story of pain, love and forgiveness! I hope to enjoy it just like I did!
The day Anne Tinning turns seventeen, birds fall from the sky. But that's hardly the most upsetting news. She's being dismissed from the home she's served at since she was a child, and shipped off to become the newly hired parlor maid for a place she's never heard of. And when she sees the run-down, isolated house, she instantly knows why:
There's something wrong with Rosewood Manor.
Staffed with only three other servants, all gripped by icy silence and inexplicable bruises, and inhabited by a young master who is as cold as the place itself, the house is shrouded in neglect and thick with fear. Her questions are met with hushed whispers, and she soon finds herself alone in the empty halls, left to tidy and clean rooms no one visits.
As the feeling of being watched grows, she begins to realize there is something else in the house with them--some creature that stalks the frozen halls and claws at her door. A creature that seems intent on harming her.
When a fire leaves Anne trapped in the manor with its Master, she finally demands to know why. But as she forces the truth about what haunts the grounds from Lord Grey, she learns secrets she isn't prepared for. The creature is very real, and she's the only one who can help him stop it.
Now, Anne must either risk her life for the young man she's grown to admire, or abandon her post while she still can.REUTS - Goodreads
Gothic novels always held a mysterious part on my selves. The "Rose Master" was my first book of the genre and I was not disappointed. Emotional, deep in Victorian style as also the mystery of both the Lord and the manor, the author manages to capture both the sense of the era and the characters' struggles.
We have Anne. She is a young servant who is sent to work at Roesewood Manor. Despite the secrets which lurk, literally on every corner, she is strong, confident on her work as also shy. I liked her witty attitude and the way her feelings envolved during the passing of the plot.
Then, it's Lord Grey. His name matches the mood, since he is a fine example of a tortured soul, who struggles with the choices he made and the past which haunts him. I will not say anything about *ahem* his... skills but despite his appearance he is determinated.
The setting fits the cover and the feeling Valentina tries to pass on the reader and the ending is truly satisfying, with the fleeting feeling of a new book and more adventures for Anne and August. I will be waiting eagerly for more from Valentina since her writting is really promising. :D
Author Guest Post
Manors and their Secrets: The Gothic Novel
Victorian England has always fascinated me. I was raised on a diet of Gothic fiction of all sorts, but the ones that stayed with me have always been the English novels like Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Rebecca and a host of others.
I think what caught my attention, more than anything else in these novels, was the intimate atmosphere that the author created. In all the novels I’ve ever loved, there is a real sense of place. In most cases, this means a wonderfully spooky manor. For me, the scarier the manor and the more secrets it holds, the better. Think of Jane Eyre’s Thornfield Hall, with its whispers and forbidden rooms, or Manderley and its caretaker. There is something about sitting with these novels and reading about the oppressive atmosphere that the heroine (as it usually is a woman) is slowly submerged into.
In The Rose Master, I wanted to give a nod to all of these wonderful classics that made my childhood such an exciting and chilling experience. With Rosewood Manor, I tried to bring in all of those elements: secrets, oppressive atmosphere, isolation, and, of course, a sense of impending danger.
Although the Gothic novel has become less common than it used to be, it still has its devoted fans and you can count me firmly as one of them. It is probably my favorite genre to read and definitely my favorite genre to write. I hope that The Rose Master can bring to its readers the sense of delicious fear that a Gothic novel is supposed to create.
Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time she has either reading or writing. She also watches over a veritable army of pets, including her five, very spoiled, snakes. Her works have appeared in numerous publications and her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Web. She lives in Miami, Florida.