When Marlie agrees to attend a cadaver ball at Vanderbilt Medical School, she did not expect to actually see any cadavers. Or, that a strange apparition would issue her a chilling message.
Despite the cadaver's warning, Marlie is married a year later to Tennessee State Senator, Daniel Cannon, and living in a plantation-style mansion with two step sons. Add to the mix her growing suspicion that something is amiss with the death of Daniel’s first wife, Gentry; and newlywed Marlie is definitely in over her pretty Yankee head.
What begins as an innocent inquiry into her new husband’s clouded past, ends with Marlie in the midst of a dangerous conspiracy.
A modern twist on the classic Gothic romance novels of Rebecca and Jane Eyre, Replacing Gentry follows Marlie’s precarious journey as she learns the truth about the man she married.
This book was nothing like what I expected. It is a murder mystery full of intrigue and secret societies. I loved every moment of it and read it straight through in one evening. I have really tried to avoid mysteries in recent years because they always seem to be so boring and obvious. If I can tell how the book will turn out not even a quarter of the way through the book, then why bother reading it? I loved how Julie Ford make each of the characters seem so full and real. They were all so well fleshed out and endearing. (Well, some of them were obnoxious and evil but you get the gist of it.) I appreciated the Batman reference. Kudos to Ms. Ford on that one. I think there should be nerdy Easter Eggs in EVERYTHING. Also, the esteemed Ms. Ford is a fellow hedgehog owner. We love our hedgehog so it was cool for me to see that. All in all this book was great. Highly recommended.
Author Julie N. Ford
Julie N. Ford graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Political Science and a minor in English Literature. In addition, she has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama. Professionally, she has worked in teaching and as a Marriage & Family Counselor. She is the author of two women’s fiction novels, The Woman He Married and No Holly for Christmas, published in 2011. In addition, she wrote a romance/chick-lit novel, Count Down to Love, also published in 2011. Count Down to Love was a 2011 Whitney Award finalist. Her next novel, Replacing Gentry, is due for release April 9th, 2013.
Currently, she lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, two daughters and one hedgehog.
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