When Marlie agrees to attend a cadaver ball at Vanderbilt Medical School, she did not expect to actually see any cadavers. Or, that a strange apparition would issue her a chilling message.
Despite the cadaver's warning, Marlie is married a year later to Tennessee State Senator, Daniel Cannon, and living in a plantation-style mansion with two step sons. Add to the mix her growing suspicion that something is amiss with the death of Daniel’s first wife, Gentry; and newlywed Marlie is definitely in over her pretty Yankee head.
What begins as an innocent inquiry into her new husband’s clouded past, ends with Marlie in the midst of a dangerous conspiracy.
A modern twist on the classic Gothic romance novels of Rebecca and Jane Eyre, Replacing Gentry follows Marlie’s precarious journey as she learns the truth about the man she married.
Marlie never planned on falling in love with Daniel Cannon. She just felt drawn to him from the first moment she laid eyes on him. He must have felt the same way, because he couldn't stand to let her get on her plane to head home to California. One year later, Marlie and Daniel get married. Marlie realizes on the day of their wedding that she doesn't fit into Daniel's life or world. He is a State Senator for the state of Tennessee, and he lives in an amazing house, with his twin sons from his first marriage. She is a social worker from California, and she's kept the secret of her first marriage from Daniel. Little does Marlie know that Daniel is also keeping secrets from her. It's in the early newlywed stage of her marriage that she realizes that his friends, relatives and close associates never wanted him to marry her, and they warn him about her repeatedly. Soon Marlie realizes that something is wrong with the story about Gentry, his first wife's death, and she knows that she must find out what before it tears all of their lives apart.
This book was really not what I was expecting. I read Julie Ford's book, Countdown to Love, last year and it's more of a light-hearted romance. There is romance in this book, but it's a much darker story. There are cadavers brought back to life, apparent ghosts, and plenty of peril for Marlie. I did like the book, the plot was suspenseful and keeps you wanting to figure out what will happen next, with plenty of twist and turns. I didn't see the ending of this book coming at all! I liked the characters too, Marlie is a bit flawed but seems pretty normal compared to Daniel's sister Cooper. This was a fun book to read, now I kind of want to know just what happens next for Marlie and her family!
There were a few swearwords in this book, it's definitely not for young teenage readers.
I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, any opinions are all my own.
Replacing Gentry will be released on April 9th
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Author Julie N. Ford
Julie N. Ford graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Political Science and a minor in English Literature. In addition, she has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama. Professionally, she has worked in teaching and as a Marriage & Family Counselor. She is the author of two women’s fiction novels, The Woman He Married and No Holly for Christmas, published in 2011. In addition, she wrote a romance/chick-lit novel, Count Down to Love, also published in 2011. Count Down to Love was a 2011 Whitney Award finalist. Her next novel, Replacing Gentry, is due for release April 9th, 2013.
Currently, she lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, two daughters and one hedgehog.
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