PREPARE TO BE SPELLBOUND. BARBARA FRANCES' LONG-AWAITED THIRD NOVEL, “SHADOW'S WAY,” TAKES YOU TO THE COASTAL, DEEP SOUTH, WHERE THE PAST AND THE PRESENT MINGLE IN A GOTHIC TALE OF INSANITY, MURDER, AND SEXUAL INTRIGUE.
Prepare to be spellbound. Barbara Frances' long-awaited third novel, “Shadow's Way,” takes you to the coastal, deep South, where the past and the present mingle in a gothic tale of insanity, murder, and sexual intrigue.
You'll meet the beautiful Elaine Chauvier, former actress and proprietor of Shadow's Way, her family's antebellum home; the esteemed Archbishop Andre Figurant and his fallen identical twin, Bastien; newly arrived Ophelia and Rudy, here to explore their Chauvier roots and their ties to Shadow's Way; and the mysterious Madame Claudine. Under a veneer of piety and graciousness, i.e., the questions: What is good? What is evil? What is reality?
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping tale of intrigue, torment and love!
This story had me going from the moment I started reading it and couldn’t put it down. I was so sad on some parts and especially pleased that vengeance was not worth it. So many interesting characters and the plot is so deep. I loved how it dealt with very difficult topics.
M. M. Bishop Award-winning author and poet
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED THIS SOUTHERN GOTHIC HORROR MYSTERY.
Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2020
I received this book as a gift from my niece, and cannot thank her enough.
Ms. Francis’ novel Shadow’s Way, had me enthralled from page one, it kept me reading until so late into the night that I used a flashlight in order not to wake my husband.
I’ve always enjoyed reading gothic tales, but this one went beyond most that I had read. The synopsis was correct, past and present mingled and left me on the edge of my seat. Was G – G – Daddy a real paranormal experience or a figment of Elaine Chauvier’s imagination, which got worse as she sunk deeper into insanity?
I loved the various characters that Ms. Francis brought into play as needed to heighten the story. They were well rounded and interconnected in ways that one has to keep reading to get the full picture.
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