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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2015 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in historical romantic mystery and suspense!
Can a curse strike twice in a woman's life? In 1854, 17-year-old chambermaid Clara Crofton was dismissed from Gravesend Hall for having fallen in love with Richard Blackwood, the younger son of the house. Alone in the world, Clara found a tenuous position as a seamstress, but she always blamed the Gravesend curse for the disaster that had befallen her - and for Richard's death soon after in the Crimean War.
Now, more than 18 years later, Richard's twin, Atticus, seeks out Clara with a strange proposal: If she will marry him and live with him as his wife in name only to ease the mind of his dying father, Atticus will then endow her with a comfortable income for the rest of her life. Clara knows that he is not disclosing his true motives, but when she runs out of options for an independent life, she has no choice but to become Atticus' wife.
For Clara, returning to Gravesend as a bride brings some triumph...but also great unease. Not only must she pretend to be a well-born lady and devoted wife to a man whose face is a constant reminder of the love she lost, but ominous portents whisper that her masquerade brings grave danger. "This house will take from you what you most treasure," her mother once warned her. But the curse has already taken the man Clara loved. Will it now demand her life?
Learn how Clara's thrilling story unfolds in With This Curse, an addictive Victorian romantic suspense novel by Amanda DeWees. Listeners who enjoyed DeWees' acclaimed gothic novel Sea of Secrets as well as those who love Victorian mystery and traditional gothic romance alike will be captivated by this strong yet vulnerable heroine and her suspenseful journey through the perils of heartbreak, danger, and love.
©2014 Amanda DeWees (P)2015 Amanda DeWees
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4 out of 5 stars
By RueRue on 05-17-16

So romantic !

A delicious gothic romance ! The writing is witty and eloquent, and the narration is perfection. Just don't look too closely at some of the gaping plot lapses, and let the romance and prose work their magic.

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4 out of 5 stars
By omnireader on 06-03-15

Entertaining Gothic Listen

I have been reading some rather dark stories lately so With This Curse was just the thing to counteract that. I read TONS of gothics as a young adult so it's a genre I have a lot of affection for. This one does not disappoint with an upright heroine, a cursed house and a hero who is a refreshing change from the mysterious dark stranger type so usual in gothic romances. I also liked the fact that the heroine was considerably older than the usual, with much more life experience. I had the story "twist" figured out long before our heroine though and that is my only quibble about the story.

Elizabeth Klett's narration is excellent with an impeccable British accent. It was a very enjoyable story, well told by her.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Inishowen Cailin on 02-13-16

Loved it

Would you listen to With This Curse again? Why?

I'd definitely listen to this book again and I can't wait to listen to the sequel.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Carol C. Buckley on 10-20-15

Most enjoyable listen

I really enjoyed listening to this book, good story and well read, will be looking for more books by this author

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