The Yellow Lantern by Angie Dicken is a book in the series True Colors, Historical Stories Of American Crime.
Paula here, and thrilled to chat with AUTHOR ANGIE DICKEN!
What is the first time you remember wanting to be an author?
Angie: I have been writing and dreaming up stories since elementary school. When I was ten, I wrote chapters of a fairytale for the little girl I babysat. I'd read new chapters each time I'd babysit. I never thought I'd be an actual author--I went to college for architecture/landscape architecture. But, even then, I would write poetry and stories when I had the chance. :)
Paula: What genre or time period do you most like to read?
Angie: Actually, this has fluctuated over the years. I love reading historical fiction set in Europe or England, but while I am on deadlines for my own historicals, I can usually be found reading contemporary women's fiction. My favorite author right now is Katherine Reay.
Paula: What genre would you like to branch out into?
Angie: Historical Women's Fiction. I have some unpublished manuscripts that dig deeper into heroines discovering their identity in Christ during circumstances specific to the time period.
Paula: How long does it take you to write a book?
Angie: Depending on the book, I can get a rough draft written in 4 to 6 months. I might get it written earlier than that, but I love having plenty of time to really polish and make it shine. Rewriting is an important part of the process. :)
Paula: Do you like writing for novella collections or a novel better?
Angie: I have just finished my first novella for a collection that comes out in March. I have been pleasantly surprised by how fun it is to write a novella. I do love the journey of writing a novel, but I am not opposed to writing more novellas in the future!
Paula: Do you have a question for our readers?
Angie: What is your favorite time period and setting to read about?
Paula: Thanks so much for being our guest, Angie!
Josie Clayton learned the art of healing herbs from her mother. She also told Josie that the symbol of Lilacs is first love. “ Mother told her to always remember her first love — Christ, the Creator and Comforter.”
Josie has always tried to do what is right, even working to get her father out of debtors prison. Now forced into something illegal in order to once again save her father, Josie is conflicted. “She was stuck between two men- one whom she’d loved all her life, and one who stirred something inside her she’d never felt before. Her loyalty to one was an inevitable choice at the expense of the other. How could she choose between affection and her very own blood?”
“Josie walked beneath the shadow of a secret, one that would astound any kind, upstanding soul.”
She goes to work in a cotton mill run by Braham Taylor. Braham is trying to navigate the management of the mill and some troubling family situations.
When Josie is accused of something nefarious, will she be able to clear her name and win back the trust of one she holds dear?
The level of suspense didn’t seem to let up, making for a wonderful gothic tale about grave robbers.
This story never failed to keep my interest. I learned about early cotton mill work and the customs and attitudes of the early 1800’s. The author captured the era through the fascinating descriptions and the believable characters.
*I received this ARC book from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
TRIXI'S REVIEW:“What price will Josie pay for love when her secrets begin to unravel?”
They call them grave robbers, body snatchers or resurrectionists. Those, who after the burial, stole a body in the middle of the night to perform medical procedures, all in the name of research. Or who killed when death was eminent, to quickly fill their need for a fresh body. It’s the unfortunate gruesome piece of our American history that I learned about in The Yellow Lantern. While it wasn’t my favorite subject to read about, Angie Dickens writing was superb and brought this era to life.
It’s a combination of fledgling love, a reluctant heroine forced to fulfill a need, an unaware cotton mill owner hero, and undertones of a gothic nature where you don’t know who to trust or believe. The last half of the book picked up the pace for me as it was a case of I-need-to-know-what-happens-right-now! I can’t say it had me glued to the pages throughout the whole book, but it certainly did at the end when all the pieces came together in a surprising manner.
I’ve only read this book in the True Colors (American Crime) series and I can’t wait to read the others.
*I received a complimentary copy of this from the author and I was not obligated to leave a favorable review. *
The Yellow Lantern is seen as a symbol of light and life and if it is extinguished—Death!
In 1824, Josephine Clayton is considered dead by everyone in her Massachusetts village—especially the doctor she has assisted for several months. Yet, she is still very much alive.
After the doctor’s illegal dealing with his body snatcher to obtain her body, Josephine awakens, positioned as the next corpse for his research. To cover up his crime, the doctor tries to kill her, but Josephine begs to be spared. They strike a deal—Josephine will leave her village and work at a distant cotton mill. All the while, she’ll await her true mission—posing as a mourner to help the body snatcher procure her replacement.
At the mill though, Josephine is praised for her medical remedies among the other female workers, gaining attention from the handsome factory manager, Braham Taylor. Yet, when Braham’s own loved one becomes the prey for the next grave robbing, Josie must make a choice that could put her dark past behind her or steal away the promise of any future at all.
What price will Josie pay for love when her secrets begin to unravel?
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Thursday, August 1, 2019
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