Dark Splendor by Andrea Parnell

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She crossed an ocean to find a new start in life.
Instead, she was caught in web of danger, seduction, and deceit...

At Serpent Tree Hall, nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted—including the man she loves.

Lovely young Silvia Bradstreet comes from London to an isolated estate off the coast of colonial Georgia to be an indentured servant. But a far different fate awaits her. Clothed in finery and pampered like a queen, she finds herself a pawn in the devious schemes of Wilhelm Schlange, master of Serpent Tree Hall, as he manipulates the family members who hope to inherit his vast fortune.

Haunted by ghostly dreams and threatened by the island's deadly secrets, Silvia cannot trust her own senses, nor anyone around her. Most of all, she dare not trust her growing passion for Schlange's nephew, handsome sea captain Roman Toller. His lips move like a hot flame over her flesh and draw the very breath from her body. She wants to believe Roman cares for her, but how can she be sure? Is he Silvia's only hope of escaping her dark fate—or is Roman leading her to destruction?


“An entertaining blend of eerie shadows and romantic interludes. An excellent Gothic romance.”
—Publishers Weekly

“A beautifully written, lyrical—almost poetic in the narrative—book! . . . If you appreciate a great story and the true beauty of words that are put together the way they should be, you will love DARK SPLENDOR.

“The grand Gothic Romance could never be better represented than in DARK SPLENDOR.”
—Affaire de Coeur

“A tantalizing blend of suspense and sensuality, with all the thrills and chills that lovers of the Gothic enjoy.”
— Romantic Times Rave Reviews

About the Author

Andrea Parnell is the award-winning author of ten novels, short fiction and articles, with more than one million copies of her books in print. Her works include Gothic, Western, and other historical and contemporary romances. Several of her books have been set in her home state of Georgia. Andrea has received both the Maggie and Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice awards for her writing, and is a member of Novelists, Inc. (NINC) and past president of the Georgia Authors Network. She is fond of cats, travel, overgrown gardens, and old houses with lots of crooks, crannies, and interesting shadows.

Publisher's Note

Dark Splendor was previously published in a 1986 paperback edition by NAL. Dark Splendor is approximately 90,000 words.

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Published June 24, 2011 by Trove Books. 288 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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