Dark Garden by Jennifer Fulton ~ Book Review by Ameliah

Dark-Garden-CoverTitle: Dark Garden

Author: Jennifer Fulton

Publisher: Bold Strokes Publishing

Cover Artist: Sheri (graphicartist2020@hotmail.com)

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/16/2009

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Fiction, Lesbian, Lesbian Romance, Romance

Blurb:

Two sworn enemies who can’t resist each other. Something has to give.

The Blakes and the Cavenders have been going at it since 1870 and Vienna Blake keeps up the family tradition, gunning for the Cavenders at every opportunity. All the same, she’s shocked when Mason Cavender confronts her in her office and accuses her of murder. Vienna has the stunningly sexual Mason thrown out by security, but she can’t rid herself so easily of her powerful, instant attraction to the woman she’s been groomed since childhood to destroy.

Last in a long line of “Cursed Cavenders,” as the media describes them, Mason has just walked away from the small plane crash that killed her brother. Now in charge of her family’s crumbling business empire, she suspects sabotage and believes beautiful, ruthless Vienna Blake is responsible. Fearing for her life and grieving for her brother, Mason hires a private investigator to get evidence she can take to the police. She is frustrated when the man finds nothing but makes the bizarre suggestion that she hire a psychic to undo the “curse” on her family. He gives her a name. Phoebe Temple. Phoebe’s dreams have always centered on the victims of crimes, but lately they have taken her night after night to the same dark garden where a reclusive, sorrowful woman walks her Doberman. She isn’t surprised when the woman steps from her dreams into her life, asking for help.

Exposing family secrets always comes at a price. With passion and family honor in the balance, Mason is willing to pay her dues. But can she persuade Vienna to accept a truce before it’s too late? Dark Garden brings together two powerful women who must confront the past if they want to seize the future.

My View:

Family Feud
Vienna is now the head of her father’s business. Her Aunts serve on the board of directors and her cousins work for her. They don’t like Vienna having control and are not too quiet about it. Then there’s this whole obsessive fixation the Blakes have going on with the Cavaders. Mason is the last of her line. Her brother was killed in a plane crash and she blames Vienna. Now the Cavenders are deeply in debt and the Blakes are pushing for Mason to sell her home and finish them once and for all. There’s the night that Vienna can’t remember, but everyone else can, and no one will talk about. Will Vienna really hurt the only woman she’s ever really loved? Can they step away from the ill will that has been pushed onto them since birth, or is it just truly too late?

I am an admirer from Ms. Fulton’s from reading many of her other books. While this is the 3rd in a series it is also a fine stand alone.

I enjoyed the story. Mason and Vienna were engaging, complex and strong characters. If only Vienna would tell her family where to go! I was really rooting for each of them and caring came easily. They both had so much charisma and were doing their best to make things as normal as possible in a very complicated situation.

The book is technically sound. The characters in the storyline are good and the flow is great. However, I did feel that the ending came too soon. There was questions that didn’t get answered and I some situations that didn’t get settled that I had hope would have. On the other hand, the lack of these answered allowed me to finish the story in my own imagination which can be a lot of fun. Also, by not answering some of these things she leaves an opening to the start of another book. It is a great read and I recommend it highly.

Links

Dark Garden on Goodreads
Bold Strokes Publishing
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
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