The Violet Hour
Allegra Teagarden, a musical prodigy, flees her father’s dominance and abuse while touring in pre-civil war Charleston, South Carolina. Plagued by depression over her mother’s suicide during their previous visit, she escapes in an effort to piece together the details behind her mother’s mysterious demise.
Down to her final coin, Allegra happens on Charleston’s Fancy, the first southern amusement park, which is searching for musicians for its orchestra. At first, the park seems her salvation; but she quickly realizes she has traded the dominance of her father, for the even more terrifying madness of the owner, Silas.
And more secrets.
Allegra meets the dashing Brighton LeFroy, Fancy’s engineer and pyrotechnics master. His shabby clothing cannot conceal the brilliant mind beneath. The musician’s whisper he is a witch, is obsessed with storms, and is rumored...to fly. And despite the danger, despite her own misgivings, Allegra is inexplicable drawn to him.
She ventures to his reclusive home on Fire Isle during a thunderstorm and together they seek to unravel an ancient mystery.
About the Author
Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism.
After running away from her controlling and abusive father, Allegra tries to make a new life for herself in Charleston. Weird things start to happen in connection to a young man named Brighton. Despite the warnings from her friends, Allegra is drawn to him and wonders if he can help unlock the mystery of her mother’s death.
The Violet Hour by Brynn Chapman was not what I expected. I expected something along the lines of a historical novel, meaning, nothing supernatural or magical would occur. But I quickly found that that was not the case. In fact, some of the strange things happening in the book could only be explained by something earth does not contain in real life. The mystery of what the magic was kept me interested throughout the book.
The beginning of The Violet Hour confused me a little. In the first chapter, the tale was told through brief glimpses scattered over several months. I understood most what was going on, but had little background into the characters to base their actions off of. But, the confusion cleared up in the next chapter or two and I had no problem reading the rest of the book.
Bright and Allegra’s romance was interesting. Their secrets kept them from getting to know each other well at first. Once they decided to trust one another, sometimes because they had no other choice, their relationship took off. There were some arguments, as in any relationship, but it was refreshing to see that they did not get hung up on the problem but instead quickly forgave and moved forward with their relationship.
The Violet Hour was not exactly my normal read, but I found I enjoyed it and would recommend it to others.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.