It’s the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. However, a forbidden romance with Nathaniel, an artist, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him.
When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia’s world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she’s not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.
I don't usually read many historical type books, but this one was too beautiful not to read. I'm glad I got it! It was elegant, dark, and swoon worthy. I loved it.
The characters were amazing. I loved the interaction between Amelia and Zora. They had a great 'sister' chemistry. I liked how they danced between being proper girls and being 'wicked.' It was a lot of fun to watch them. And then there's the relationship between Amelia and Nathaniel. Oh Nathaniel; he just draws you right in. I loved him and all his secrets. The interaction between Amelia and Nathaniel wonderful, so scandalous and sweet.
I really enjoyed how Amelia's 'talent' played out in the book and the rewards/consequences of it. It didn't overshadow the other aspects of the story but it didn't get pushed on the back burner either. It had the perfect blending of historical and paranormal.
The whole plot and pacing of this book was really well done. I think I read this in a day and half. I didn't want to put it down! The writing was gorgeous and the ending was so intense. I was left wondering how exactly things would pan out up until the last page! This is a definite read if you like historical type books, and even if you don't you should still give it a chance. It was beautiful!