Blog Tour {Review + Giveaway}: Oxford Whispers by Marion Croslydon



Oxford Whispers
book one in The Oxford Trilogy
Marion Croslydon
SOOKIE STACKHOUSE GOES IVY LEAGUE!

Madison LeBon is dead set against the dead. She has vowed to ignore her Voodoo-stamped heritage and the psychic gift passed down through her Louisiana family. The world of the living is where she wants to belong.

But her resolution shatters when the tragic lovers in a painting—the subject of her first history class at Oxford—begin to haunt her. The lovers warn her against their own nemesis, a Puritan from the English Civil War.

College becomes more complicated when Madison falls hard for Rupert Vance, a troubled aristocrat and descendant of one of the characters in the painting. With the spirit of a murderer after her, she realizes that her own first love may also be doomed…

FALL IN LOVE FOR THE FIRST TIME... AGAIN

{Upper-YA/New Adult - Recommended 17+}
   


About the Author
In addition to being an author, I work as an entrepreneur, wife and mother-of-one but spend a good deal of time with books, DVDs and listening to my mp3 player; all for the sake of inspiration, of course.

My debut series, The Oxford Trilogy, has been a blast to write because I can indulge in my favorite types of music: Country and English rock.

My main goal as a writer is to make readers dream bigger and cause their hearts to beat a little faster.Since my writing is all about sharing dreams and stories, I love connecting with fellow readers and authors.



Truth be told the line Fall in love for the first time...again gave me pause because it confused the hell out of me. How could you fall in love... for the first time... again? But I've always been fascinated with Louisiana and her mystical, voodoo heritage so after putting off reading this, as I warred with myself whether I'll write my term paper or read a book, I settled in for a Saturday afternoon sprawled on the floor.

Most of the story didn't take place in Louisiana. It took place in Oxford, England where Madison was taking her graduate degree after graduating from Yale. Yes, our girl is smart and eager to escape the abilities she inherited from her grandmother and the dead that came with it. But as she settled into a new chapter of her life, she finds out that she could escape from the spirits... and this time, it's personal.

Madison and Rupert's love story was one of the believable love stories I've read. Although there was an immediate attraction and Madison acknowledged the fact that there was something there, she resisted with all her might since despite Rupert's apparent gorgeousness and the bad boy image all over him (not to mention he's an earl's son), his rakishness, arrogance and altogether rude personality made her turn away from him. See, not all heroine's are going to jump right in and proclaim their undying love to a stranger despite the strong pull of their connection. I was also glad that Rupert and Madison were not flawless, that they did not make excuses for the flaws of the other and worked throughout their issues and acknowledged each other's imperfections.

The story was good and I enjoyed reading it. I liked reading the story of Sarah, Robert and Peter and how it unfolded throughout the story as it was interlaced and placed in the right places in the main story of Rupert and Madison. I also really liked the mystery of The Wounded Cavalier and its connection to the present. One time, I was so sure who Peter was in the present but when he/she nyahaha, I won't tell who Peter was was revealed, it was someone I did not expect. 

And now, I await for Oxford Shadows to take me to the bayou.


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