The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell

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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.

This book features a teaser chapter from Saundra Mitchell’s third novel, The Springsweet.


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Saundra Mitchell is a screenwriter and author. Her companion novels The Vespertine, The Springsweet, and The Elementals have been praised for their rich historical settings, evocative language, and heart-pounding romance. Her debut novel, Shadowed Summer, was a 2010 Edgar Award Nominee, a Junior Library Guild selection, and an ALAN Pick. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and her two children. Visit her website at
Published March 7, 2011 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 307 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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12 & up) Pub Date: March 7th, 2011 ...

Mar 07 2011 | Read Full Review of The Vespertine


The year is 1889 and Amelia van den Broek is a slightly backwards country girl who has been sent to Baltimore to experience the city, and hopefully to find a husband while she’s at it.

Nov 23 2011 | Read Full Review of The Vespertine

Teen Reads

Tragedy seems so far away until a terrible accident (seen in a vision by Amelia) changes their lives and decidedly thrusts Amelia into an even more distant world, a world where her one ally is totally unexpected.

Mar 07 2011 | Read Full Review of The Vespertine

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 Book Review I’m not a big history buff, but I do love historical fiction and historical fantasy when it doesn’t push too many facts on me. This one was wonderful! I loved Amelia as an unassuming young woman that was trying to do the right thing and remain true to herself at the same ti...

Mar 09 2011 | Read Full Review of The Vespertine

WAPL Teens

While seeing the future in the setting sun has its benefits, what Amelia sees is not always pleasant, and when a particular vision occurs that bodes death for one of her new friends, and great injury for another, Amelia must decide if disclosing the future will help to avoid disaster or only work...

Aug 06 2012 | Read Full Review of The Vespertine

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