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"Heartstopping Gothic Romance"

WHISPERS OF GOODBYE is Ms. White's second novel and every bit as compelling as her first, the RITA nominated - IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON, a historical time travel set during the Civil War Era. Ms. White seems to have found her niche in American historical romance.

Following the Civil War, Catherine deClaire Reed ponders what is to become of her life. Her young son, Jamie, had drown in the sea surrounding their island home while her husband had been away fighting the war. Robert had returned to find both his son and his home gone. The grief had led him to take his own life. Alone with her anger and her hunger, she cannot see beyond her current circumstances. Yet she finds that her own character is too strong to take the route that Robert had.

A note from her older, married sister, Elizabeth, gives her purpose. The cryptic letter indicates that Cat's sister is terribly afraid of something, and wishes for her sister to visit her home in Lousiana to help her.

Having no where else to go, Cat makes the journey from Saint Simons Georgia, to her sister's home in the conveyance Elizabeth had sent for her. Just short of Whispering Oaks Plantation, bad weather overcomes them.

When John McMahon, Elizabeth's husband happens upon the wreckage of the carriage. He first believes it's passenger to be his wife who is now missing. Though the resemblance between the two sisters is remarkable, he realizes his mistake immediately. Catherine appears to be a kind and caring woman, while Elizabeth had been selfish and unhappy with a tendency to make others as miserable as she.

John wishes to find her for the sake of their child, but makes it clear that he would not miss her otherwise. He advises Cat to go back home, but Cat is not about to leave without learning of her sister?s fate.

John?s small daughter takes to Cat as she never had to her mother, but the little girl bears such a strong resemblance to little Jamie that it breaks Cat?s heart to look at her. Young Rebecca is as much of a mystery as her father, but Cat soon finds herself intrigued with both of them. They seem to need her as much as she needs them. Then Elizabeth is found dead. It appears that she had taken her own life, but Cat isn't so sure.

John had revealed that it had been her father's description of his younger daughter, Cat, that he'd fallen in love with seven years ago, only to find Cat little more than an enchanting child when he arrived at their home seeking her hand. He had offered for her older sister Elizabeth instead. Because of their strong resemblance, he?d hoped that she would share Cat?s character as well. She had not. Full grown, Cat is everything he had ever dreamed of, and Cat has fallen in love with him as well. She wants to believe him, be his loving wife and a mother to his daughter, but he keeps too many secrets, and there are two many mysteries within his malevolent household. Someone is trying to scare her away, and there is evidence which leads her to believe that her sister was murdered.

Who is the killer and what was their motive? Can Cat trust a man who will not trust her with his secrets, even though she loves him with all her heart?

Another Keeper! Karen White has a one-in-a-million voice that simply mesmerizes readers from page one. I was immediately immersed in this tale and found it nearly impossible to put down. WHISPERS OF GOODBYE has it all, sympathetic characters (one even feels for the villain of the piece), mystery, intrigue, heart stopping romance, and yep even a touch of voodoo - both good and evil. Well it is Lousiana after all . Wonderful, gripping, highly recommended. If you have yet to try Gothic Romance, WHISPERS OF GOODBYE is a good place to start.

Copyright 2001

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted October 8, 2001

SUMMARY

WHISPERS OF GOODBYE is the story of Catherine deClaire Reed, alone in the world with nothing left to fear, and John McMahon, a man from whom Catherine unwillingly seeks protection, but who is intent on hiding a very dark secret.

Set against the backdrop of a Louisiana sugar plantation, admidst the humid air and cloying Spanish moss, Catherine must fight her growing passion for John to uncover the secrets he hides. But will her discoveries release her from her darkest nightmares or threaten her very life?

 

Whispers of Goodbye
by Karen White

Leisure Books (Candleglow)
October 1, 2001
ISBN #0505524554
EAN #9780505524553
368 pages
Paperback
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