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April 12, 2018

Review: Dark Surrender by Erica Ridley

by MK French

Violet Whitechapel fled her teaching position when she killed in order to save a student from predation. Without anywhere else to go, she accepted the position of governess for a child that has "sun sickness," where any sunlight caused severe burns and blisters on the skin. The superstitious villagers had thought the girl was a monster, but Violet grows to love her and her taciturn father in spite of her determination not to be close to anyone ever again.
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Dark Surrender
August 2015; Intrepid Reads; 978-1939713469
ebook, print (356 pages); gothic romance
This is definitely an interesting way to set up Violet and Alistair's meeting and interactions. It's awkward in the beginning, but their relationship develops and deepens over time, which was a joy to read.

Violet's own background of deprivation and abuse helps her connect with Lillian, Alistair's daughter, and the two grow close. Their interactions are actually very beautiful and touching to watch, and seeing Lillian blossom is wonderful.

Both Violet and Alistair have their differences, in part due to their station and past experiences, but they do mesh very well together.

The ending is a bit rushed compared to the very careful setup and development, but I can forgive that. Violet and Alistair get their happily ever after, and Lillian has a caring family able to keep her safe.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever.

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