First Line Friday — The Vanishing At Castle Moreau

31 Mar

Happy Friday! Today I am featuring the deliciously creepy newest offering from Jaime Jo WrightThe Vanishing at Castle Moreau. If you like gothic ghost stories, you need to check this one out!

Here’s the first line:

When I was a little girl, my father would often come to my bedside after my screams wakened him in the night.

A haunting legend. An ominous curse. A search for a secret buried deep within the castle walls.

In 1870, orphaned Daisy François takes a position as housemaid at a Wisconsin castle to escape the horrors of her past life. There she finds a reclusive and eccentric Gothic authoress who hides tales more harrowing than the ones in her novels. As women disappear from the area and the eerie circumstances seem to parallel a local legend, Daisy is thrust into a web that could ultimately steal her sanity, if not her life.

In the present day, Cleo Clemmons is hired by the grandson of an American aristocratic family to help his grandmother face her hoarding in the dilapidated Castle Moreau. But when Cleo uncovers more than just the woman’s stash of collectibles, a century-old mystery and the dust of the old castle’s curse threaten to rise again . . . this time to leave no one alive to tell the sordid tale.

Award-winning author Jaime Jo Wright seamlessly weaves a dual-time tale of two women who must do all they can to seek the light amid the darkness shrouding Castle Moreau

Jaime Jo Wright, multi award-winning author–including the Christy and Daphne du Maurier awards–is a coffee-fueled and cat-fancier extraordinaire. She has entwined her life with the legendary Captain Hook, residing serenely in Wisconsin’s rural woodlands. Her literary vocation involves penning chilling Gothic tales, a baffling change from that of Austenites, with a strong preference to the master of dark, Edgar Allan Poe. Two mischievous urchins adorn their family, who keep their mother on her toes – providing an exhilarating amount chaos.

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9 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Vanishing At Castle Moreau”

  1. Sarita@MoreToDiscover March 31, 2023 at 9:39 am #

    Looking forward to this one!

  2. Jody @ I'm Into Books March 31, 2023 at 9:41 am #

    Sounds like a good read. Have a great weekend, Beckie 😊

  3. Nicole Santana March 31, 2023 at 6:17 pm #

    I’m currently reading and LOVING My Phony Valentine by Courtney Walsh.
    “If we’re going to look like a couple and convince people we’re really together, we’re probably going to have to kiss.
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    • rbclibrary March 31, 2023 at 6:59 pm #

      Her books are good. Happy reading!

  4. Cindy Davis March 31, 2023 at 6:42 pm #

    I am looking forward to this one! Will be looking for your review! Have a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary March 31, 2023 at 6:58 pm #

      Thanks! You too!

  5. Paula Shreckhise April 1, 2023 at 9:31 am #

    Moreau is up next for m3 later today!
    My first line comes from a brand new one coming up by KimberleyWoodhouse: 26 Below
    Chapter one
    50 above Zero. October 1–2:00 p.m. Fairbanks
    First official day on the job as Emergency Center director, and Darcie Phillips found herself wanting to play hooky.

    • rbclibrary April 1, 2023 at 12:51 pm #

      Can’t wait for that one!

  6. Danielle Grandinetti April 3, 2023 at 9:27 am #

    I pre-ordered this one and am looking forward to reading it!

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