Replacing Gentry by Julie N. Ford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Contemporary fiction/suspense/romance
Book Description: When Marlie agrees to attend a cadaver ball at Vanderbilt Medical School, she did not expect to actually see any cadavers. Or, that a strange apparition would issue her a chilling message.
Despite the cadaver's warning, Marlie is married a year later to Tennessee State Senator, Daniel Cannon, and living in a plantation-style mansion with two step sons. Add to the mix her growing suspicion that something is amiss with the death of Daniel’s first wife, Gentry; and newlywed Marlie is definitely in over her pretty Yankee head.
What begins as an innocent inquiry into her new husband’s clouded past, ends with Marlie in the midst of a dangerous conspiracy.
A modern twist on the classic Gothic romance novels of Rebecca and Jane Eyre, Replacing Gentry follows Marlie’s precarious journey as she learns the truth about the man she married.
My thoughts: The book is described as being a modern twist on Rebecca and Jane Eyre. That had me intrigued. I have read both and was wanting to see what Julie Ford could do with the adaptation.
I went into the story thinking I had a pretty good idea of how it would go. Mystery in a marriage, secrets, danger, all of the descriptors that come to mind when considering the classics. While "Replacing Gentry" did have all of them in it, there was more to the story that I wasn't expecting.
Marlie is from California and surprises everyone with her quick decision to marry a state senator from Tennessee. She quickly learns that the societal culture is different. There is a new set of rules that she is expected to learn and master. She has a tendency to bluntness and roots for the lower class. This is not approved of with her new acquaintances.
There is also the matter of trying to live up to the expectations. She constantly feels the comparison to her husband's late wife, Gentry. There is a mystery surrounding Gentry that Marlie is determined to figure out.
I enjoyed the story and was astounded at some of the situations in the book. It all fell together nicely.
Author Julie N. Ford
Julie N. Ford graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Political Science and a minor in English Literature. In addition, she has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama. Professionally, she has worked in teaching and as a Marriage & Family Counselor. She is the author of two women’s fiction novels, The Woman He Married and No Holly for Christmas, published in 2011. In addition, she wrote a romance/chick-lit novel, Count Down to Love, also published in 2011. Count Down to Love was a 2011 Whitney Award finalist. Her next novel, Replacing Gentry, is due for release April 9th, 2013.
Currently, she lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, two daughters and one hedgehog.
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