Love this book, set in the era when seonces were huge this is the story of a woman who has moved mountians to get her and her loved ones to a safe happy place in their lives and the man who threatens to take it all away, because of money because as we all know money no matter what era we live in has the possiblilty to bring great happiness or great saddness. definately worth reading over and over again this book would be a great first read if you have never tried this author. or a must read for anyone who is already a fan of her work
In 1881, attending séances to speak with dear, departed friends and loved ones is considered a fashionable outing in New York City, and no medium is more popular than the mysterious Countess Lovaenya and her sister, Czarina Renski. But the countess is hiding more than her secrets for calling forth the spirits: she feels compelled to conceal her real identity (Lavinia Murphy) as well as her origins and those of her siblings in order to build a life in New York. But just when Lavinia thinks she has found financial security for her makeshift family, the bitter, illegitimate son of a wealthy client targets "the countess" as a means of taking revenge against his hated, mad father.
To protect her family, Lavinia enters into an uneasy bargain with the powerful, dark Edward. Wary of the undeniable attraction between them, she struggles to cope with the bargain she has struck, but her experience with contacting the spirits hasn't prepared her for the dark specters that haunt Edward. Fraught with pitfalls and roadblocks, the path to Edward's heart is a rocky one, and Lavinia has reason to wonder if a heart even exists beyond the darkness of his bitter soul. But Edward needs Lavinia in ways his past experience has left him unable to verbalize, until a crisis forces him to confront his demons and make a choice that will affect them both forever.