May 10, 2013

Blog tour: Oxford Whispers

Title: Oxford Whispers
Author: Marion Croslydon
Publisher: Carlux Publishing
Publish Date:  08 October 2012
Pages: 324
ISBN:  9780957282407
Source:  for blog tour
Genre:  YA, paranormal, romance
Series:  The Oxford Trilogy
Other books in series:  Oxford Shadows
Other books by author:  No Reverse (12 August 2013)
Rating: liked

Madison LeBon is dead set against the dead.

Her fresh start at Oxford University is a brand new beginning. She finally has a chance to turn the page on her psychic powers and cumbersome voodoo heritage. Snakes, dolls, ghosts, and spirits: Farewell…

Not quite.

When the tragic lovers in a painting—the subject of her first history class—begin to haunt her, she must accept her gift before life imitates art. The lovers warn her against their own nemesis, a Puritan from the English Civil War. Unfortunately, said nemesis is now going all homicidal on Madison.

College becomes more complicated when she falls hard for Rupert Vance, a troubled aristocrat and descendant of one of the characters in the painting. With the spirit of a murderer after her, Madison realizes that her own first love may also be doomed…

How would you react if your family has history of going crazy from interacting with ghosts?  That is the history of Madison LeBon.  She has always tried to stay away from this; distancing herself from what has troubled her family.  That is why she went to Yale and then to Oxford University in England.  Up until then, she has had a few interactions with ghosts.  When she got to England, she made friends in Ollie and Pippa, who introduces her to Rupert.

At first glance, Madison is turned off by Rupert because of his playboy ways.  She avoids him when he talks to her.  This works until Jackson McCain, her tutor and boss, pairs them up for study partners.   This job with Jackson is helping her to figure out what is happening in Oxford.  She is drawn to this painting, The Wounded Cavalier by William Shakespeare Burton and to the characters of Sarah, Robert Dallembert and Peter Perkins.   Even though she is seeing visions of Sarah and what happened in her time, it isn’t until the warning that “Peter will kill you” that she takes it seriously.  What happened between Sarah, Robert and Peter?  Will Madison stay to her initial feelings toward Rupert?  Is Madison in danger?

At first this book was a little difficult to get into the rhythm of it.  It would switch between Madison’s and Sarah’s time.  Once I got reading a little, it got better.  I liked how Madison didn’t want to accept her heritage and the gifts that her family had.  It’s difficult to be different and Madison had seen the repercussions of this first hand.  I also liked that she didn’t like the jock right away, or she didn’t want to admit to anyone that she did.   Madison didn’t want to trust anyone with her secret in fear that they would shy away from her. 

Rupert had his own struggles.  He struggled with his father.  He said his father couldn’t stand him.  They constantly butted heads.  He struggled with the grief of losing his mother; then to have this “American Girl” come in and throw him for a loop.  I liked that Rupert wasn’t perfect and he never pretended to be. 

This people that “haunted” (I use that term loosely) Madison were centered on a painting.  I love art and that made me like this book even more. After reading the synopsis for Oxford Shadows and discovering it was centered on music, I think that would enjoy that book also.

Click on the photo for the complete listing of the blog tour for Oxford Whispers and Oxford Shadows

In addition to being an author, I work as an entrepreneur, wife and mother-of-one but spend a good deal of time with books, DVDs and listening to my mp3 player; all for the sake of inspiration, of course.

My debut series, The Oxford Trilogy, has been a blast to write because I can indulge in my favorite types of music: Country and English rock.

My main goal as a writer is to make readers dream bigger and cause their hearts to beat a little faster.

Since my writing is all about sharing dreams and stories, I love connecting with fellow readers and authors.

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