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Perilous Confessions (The Possession Chronicles Book 1) by Carrie Dalby – Review by Maura Harper

Perilous Confessions (The Possession Chronicles Book 1)Perilous Confessions by Carrie Dalby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I did not read the full title of this book before diving in. Only after reading it did I see that it is “Southern Gothic” that was a new phrase to me, so I had to look it up… As described in the “Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature” – “Southern Gothic is a mode or genre prevalent in literature from the early 19th century to this day. Characteristics of Southern Gothic include the presence of irrational, horrific, and transgressive thoughts, desires, and impulses; grotesque characters; dark humor, and an overall angst-ridden sense of alienation.”

I am not a fan of “historical romance” because typically it’s all lords and ladies and the degradation of women (in the most subtle ways). “Southern Gothic” might be the way for me to get around my lackadaisical reaction to the genre.

This was a multi-layered story that built upon itself as the story unfolded. There is great world-building and character development. Each character was well explained in their role and certain characters (I’m looking at you, Opal) morphed as the story continued. It is dark and dense in it’s telling. It is also extremely detailed and I could visualize the clothing worn and the looks given.

While it’s still not my favorite genre, it gave me a new appreciation of the style.

Review by @mauraharper

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Perilous Confessions (The Possession Chronicles Book #1) by Carrie Dalby – Review by Angela Hayes

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Perilous Confessions is the first book in The Possession Chronicles by Carrie Dalby. This is a fantastic historical romance with a definite Gothic feel to it- there is plenty of drama, secrets, intrigue, passion, guilt, and lots more.
This story is only the second story that I have read of Ms. Dalby’s, and I was intrigued to see what she had in store for us, with this first book in a new series. I love the way Ms. Dalby is able to build vivid images with her words, bringing her story and characters to life and allowing us, the readers to fully immerse ourselves in the story. Her attention to detail is second-to-none!
The characters were really well crafted- given their own complex personalities that gave them believability. I always enjoy anything historical, if it’s done well- which this book certainly was. I am quite looking forward to the rest of the series now!

Thank you, Ms. Dalby!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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Perilous Confessions (The Possession Chronicles Book 1) by Carrie Dalby – Review by Sheri Schrader

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Perilous Confessions by Carrie Dalby is the first book in The Possession Chronicles. This is a story set in the Edwardian Era and tells the story of Lucy Easton. She is wanting to be a writer and has some difficult choices to make. She also meets Alexander Melling who has an interesting past. Can the two of them look past the difficulties?
This is a well-written book that I was engrossed in from beginning to end. I really enjoy historical fiction and this was really enjoyable. I liked the characters and the storyline. I am looking forward to where this story goes in future books. There was a lot of attention to detail which added to the story.

Review by @sherimichelle1

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Perilous Confessions (The Possession Chronicles Book 1) by Carrie Dalby – Review by Tracy Wilkin

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Perilous Confessions is book one in the Possession Chronicles by Carrie Dalby. I haven’t read anything by this author, so reading this book was a new and exciting experience.

Lucy and Alexander fall love and it is a tale for the ages. I love reading the whole romance process from many years ago. From the courtship, to the marriage, to the rest of their lives together, and all the trials and hurdles along the way. Alexander had his demons to slay, and Lucy had to decide if he was worth the extra effort it may take to build that forever with him.

Carrie Dalby has a style that captivates and dazzles the audience. Attention grabbing intensity and drama male this story hard to put down. 4 stars.

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Perilous Confessions (The Possession Chronicles Book 1) by Carrie Dalby – Review by Emily Walsh

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ByCarrie Dalby
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Perilous Confessions (The Possession Chronicles Book 1) by Carrie Dalby was an engaging, detail tale, full of raw emotions, ups downs, and of course love.

My first read by this author ,I was pulled in right from the first page and was hooked until the last. It’s been a long time since I have read such a pulling and captivating historical fiction. Rich with detail and a multi layered plot, this book was not only well balance it was as close to perfection as one could get.

This was just the book I needed to refresh my reading pallet. With all the contemporary romances I have been reading, I was starting to get irked by the littlest of things, a good sign that a change was in order. This book not only washed away that cloud of unease, it made me fall back in love with romance. I was so engaged with this tale that when it was over I felt a little sad, that I had to leave these wonderful multi layer, complex characters behind. I felt so connected to them, close, like a friend, like I was with them every step of the way, (even if they didn’t listen to a thing I said… god people these days.) The smooth writing and seamless transitions, ensured I was kept in the story, making sure that my mind had no chance to wander. That level of talent is something else, and I will be definitely adding this author to my watch list.

Overall if you haven’t guessed, I give this book my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval.

Happy Reading

-Review by @eawalsh

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Perilous Confessions (The Possession Chronicles Book 1) by Carrie Dalby – Review by Heather Lovelace

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Historical romance/fiction is one of my absolute favorite genres and this book definitely did not disappoint. The author does a beautiful job weaving this tale, skillfully pulling the reader in the walk beside the characters on the journey they take. Rich and vivid detail – I felt like I was walking through the pages and living the experiences with them. A wonderful book and one I highly recommend others jump into. I cannot wait to continue reading this series and more from this author.

Reviewed by @heatherlovelace

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Perilous Confessions (The Possession Chronicles Book 1) by Carrie Dalby – Review by Bobbi Wagner

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of my favorite historical romance books, I have read in awhile. I enjoyed how Lucy and Alex made me feel as if I was right there in their story. Their story is an emotional roller that goes from one feeling to another. Their chemistry is off the charts. As Alex starts revealing himself to her, will she decide it is just to much for her? I kept hoping they would get their happy ending but you will have to read this book to find out! I highly recommend their story.

Review by @bjwagner
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Perilous Confessions (The Possession Chronicles) By Carrie Dalby – Review by Laura Furuta

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Perilous Confessions (The Possession Chronicles Book 1)
By: Carrie Dalby
5 out of 5 stars

The story Perilous Confessions (The Possession Chronicles Book 1) by Carrie Dalby is a historical fiction romance book. It is a story that pulled me in from the beginning and I found myself lost in the pages. I enjoyed reading about the character of Lucy Easton. Lucy is a young woman who is driven to become a writer. She is beautiful, intelligent, and strong. She also has found herself deeply attracted to Alexander Melling. Alexander is a young lawyer who has deep feelings for Lucy. She takes his breath away. He is also someone who has a past. The feelings between these two are strong and I could feel the passion/desire that they felt for one another. There is flirting and bantering that goes back and forth between them. Will Alexander’s past be the undoing of their relationship? What does the future hold for Lucy and Alexander? Read this book to find out. I found myself getting caught up in the romance and life that Lucy lives. Lucy is a character that I grew to care about with each chapter that I read. From the highs to the lows, my emotions went up and down the entire time I was reading this story. There are other characters that you are introduced to and I enjoyed reading about the part that they play in the story. The story has both romantic and emotional dialogue. It is a story that I would recommend reading.

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Perilous Confessions (The Possession Chronicles Book 1) by Carrie Dalby

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Genre: Southern Gothic
Page Count – 458 pages
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Lucy Easton, an aspiring novelist, will do anything to help boost her chances at publication—including betraying her family. But when she crosses paths with the charismatic Alexander Melling, her aspiration for success pales in comparison to the attraction she feels towards him.

Alexander is a young lawyer from a powerful family, striving to free himself from his father’s shadow. The more time he spends with Lucy, the more desperate he becomes to shed the secrets of his past—a past which can destroy the both himself and the woman he’s falling in love with.

While Alexander struggles with his past sins, Lucy must decide whether loving him is worth risking her own safety…and her heart.

From gossip magazines to gleaming Mardi Gras balls, Lucy and Alex navigate the Edwardian era in the Deep South with both passion and guilt.

~ AMAZON ~

Carrie Dalby, a California native, has lived in Mobile, Alabama, since 1996. She’s published several non-fiction articles in national and international magazines, served two terms as president of Mobile Writers Guild, worked as the Mobile area Local Liaison for SCBWI from 2012-2017, and volunteers with Metro Mobile Literacy Council’s annual Young Author events. When Carrie’s not reading, writing, browsing bookstores/libraries, or homeschooling, she can often be found knitting or attending concerts.

Two young adult novels, Fortitude (historical) and Corroded (contemporary), were published by Anaiah Press’s Surge imprint. Fortitude is listed as a “Best Books” for kids with Grateful American Foundation for its historical accuracy and being an engaging read for fifth through tenth graders.

Her current project is a historical Gothic family saga for adults, The Possession Chronicles. The first book in the series, Perilous Confessions, releases January 8, 2019 from Bienvenue Press.

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