Monday Give Away: THE DARKLING BRIDE
Welcome to Monday Give Away! As the days grow shorter and the air crisp, what could be better than a strong cup of tea and a little gothic atmospehere? (Or a lot of Gothic atmosphere.) This week, I have for you… an ARC of Laura Andersen’s The Darkling Bride.
Here’s the official blurb:
Three generations of Irish nobles face their family secrets in this spellbinding novel from the award-winning author of the Boleyn King trilogy.
The Gallagher family has called Deeprath Castle home for seven hundred years. Nestled in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland, the estate is now slated to become a public trust, and book lover and scholar Carragh Ryan is hired to take inventory of its historic library. But after meeting Aidan, the current Viscount Gallagher, and his enigmatic family, Carragh knows that her task will be more challenging than she’d thought.
Two decades before, Aidan’s parents died violently at Deeprath. The case, which was never closed, has recently been taken up by a new detective determined to find the truth. The couple’s unusual deaths harken back a century, when twenty-three-year-old Lady Jenny Gallagher also died at Deeprath under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind an infant son and her husband, a renowned writer who never published again. These incidents only fueled fantastical theories about the Darkling Bride, a local legend of a sultry and dangerous woman from long ago whose wrath continues to haunt the castle.
The past catches up to the present, and odd clues in the house soon have Carragh wondering if there are unseen forces stalking the Gallagher family. As secrets emerge from the shadows and Carragh gets closer to answers—and to Aidan—could she be the Darkling Bride’s next victim?
For a chance to win my ARC of The Darkling Bride, here’s your question: what’s your favorite autumn read?
The winner will be announced on Wednesday.
Need this for Halloween.
This sounds nice and creepy!!!
I have a soft spot for Jane Eyre this time of year. Can’t say if it’s a fall book, just that the first time I read it was in the fall and it changed me. It’s the first book I truly remember staying up all night reading. Reading at my desk underneath what I was supposed to be reading, etc. I even read it in the dugout of my softball game. (Hey, it’s AZ, too hot to play softball in summer).
Ha…just realized I misspelled my name. It was a Monday. LOL
My favorite autumn read is The Haunting of Maddy Clare. I love all Simone St. James books, but the first is my favorite!
Another Woman’s Husband, Gill Paul…just devoured it!
p.s. I have to say, I am so amused that a discussion about seasonal reads happened spontaneously on last Friday’s Weekly Reading Round-Up! I’d already programmed this post when that went up, and thought, hmmm… clearly, we’re on the same wavelength!
September by Rosamunde Pilcher
This may be odd but I love reading my Autumn cookbook every year!
The opposite of odd! I always get the urge to make butternut squash soup and apple crisp around now-ish….
My favorite autumn read is a good book with a good mystery to it especially around this season.
I love dark historical romantic suspense
I do, too. When ch ones would you recommend?
I love rereading my Autumn cookbook by Susan Branch.
Favorite autumn read is probably Harry Potter. Some Stephen King. Anything you put in front of me really 😂
This year, The Glass Ocean AND The Forgotten Room!
Three Ws love your choices!
I love to get cozy with anything by Jane Austin and a cup of tea. My favorite is Pride and Prejudice.
Congrats, Jamie!! You’re the winner of the ARC of THE DARKLING BRIDE!
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield! Perfect combo of autumn and a little gothic/creepy element.
My fav Autumn read is anything by Lauren Willig.
The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla is a favorite (who doesn’t like a dark, brooding hero who doesn’t seem to be a hero), and I always loved reading Mary Stewart books….
Love Mary Stewart so much!
I love to curl up with a great mystery especially Agatha Christie, Anthony Horowitz, Louise Penny or Sophie Hannah. My favorite time of year! ❤🎃🍂🍁🍃
Drums of Autumn. Hmm. That’s almost too obvious isn’t it?
It’s hard not to think of Stephen King during the fall season. Love to fix a cup of tea and curl up with a good book!
I like to read mysteries, in the fall. Like Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie. Thanks for the chance!
This year several of my favorite authors have new books out or coming out. Susanna Kearsley, Kate Morton, and the three W’s (Willig, White, & Williams). It will be one of these this year soon as I get my hands on the books!! But I can make room for this one too! thanks for the chance and for all your books. Love!!
Kelly Chavez beat me to it! Actually, I do very little rereading. Whatever I am reading at the time is usually my favorite, unless it is awful, like For Whom the Bell Tolls, just couldn’t do it.
The scenes in “Anne of the Island” where they are getting ready for fall and the cooler weather. I have always loved the way Montgomery described the weather by describing the clothes.
Consider the Lily by Elizabeth Buchanan. One of my favorite books!
anything by Stephen King!
Well… considering that I just revisited Frankenstein (scary gothic novel), it might be time for me to revisit Dracula (another scary gothic novel) to see if that one is as cerebral as I remember it.
I don’t usually do seasonal reading (except at Christmas time), so this could be a new thing for me. 😉
As a kid, I loved reading Little House in the Big Woods in the fall. That book is so seasonal because the chores were so seasonal back then. I wanted to live in their house and make butter with them (as I type on my phone in my air-conditioned house).
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is one of my favs.
Irish nobles and Gothic – sounds great. The Haunting of Maddie Clare was great. I’m going to reread a favorite this year – Nocturne by Syrie James.
I enjoy fall themed cozy mysteries this time of year.
First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen is always up there.
Oh my goodness, ALL OF THE SAA BOOKS 🙂
Anything Stephen King!
The Passion of the Purple Plumeria with my book club!
I love to re-read the Barbara Michaels trilogy – Ammie, Come Home; Shattered Silk, and Stitches in Time. I love the creepy autumn ghost story feeling!
I’m looking forward to The Spellbook of Katrina van Tassel, by Alyssa Palombo.
The Air You Breathe by Frances De Pontes peebles
Whatever book on my pre-order list arrives first.
Bring on the mysteries by Alex Kava.
My favorite autumn read is Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury…or a good gothic romance. I have Wildfire at Midnight on my TBR pile for October.
Fall weather brings the Bronte Sisters. ❤️
Love all the tales woe
If I were going to go back and read some favorites instead of reading some new books it would be Karen White’s Tradd Street series. Spooky!
Not much of a rereader but always up for a cozyish mystery book.
I don’t really have a favorite “fall read” per se, but this fall I’m looking forward to reading Dracula and Frankenstein for the first time!
This sounds very intriguing! I don’t know that I have a favorite Fall read but I just got the latest Simone St. James from the library and I can’t wait to get to it!
Autumn is my favorite time of year to reread Jane Eyre.
Wuthering Heights! Gotta love those Bronte sisters. Also, Autumn/Fall in Georgia doesn’t last very long 😂
Favorite autumn read… I’d love to say one of the classics, but in reality I’m usually trying to finish up reading so that I can get to Christmas readings in December! I’m in school, so much of my reading in the fall involves textbooks…
I’ve been feeling the itch to reads some suspense ala Ruth Ware, Gillian Flynn, etc.
Stephen King’s 11.22.63
This sounds like a great Halloween read.
I like Dean Koontz in the fall- a little suspense and horror fit just nicely. This fall I’m looking forward to Sherry Thomas’ third Sherlock Holmes novel, though.
Anything by Daphne du Maurier, the Bronte sisters, or by Simone St James. Nothing too terrifying but something with its little bit of lingering darkness.
The Sharpe and Donovan series by Carla Neggers. They’re usually set in Maine or Ireland and several during Autumn. I love New England Fall weather!
Cider House Rules by John Irving or ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King.
I love Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Fall is such a great time to read!
I’ll second September by Rosamunde Pilcher
I don’t know if you can call it an autumn read but my favorite book besides the carnation series of course is summers at castle auburn by Sharon shinn
The Autumn Bride by Anne Gracie
Anything by Stephen King or Neil Gaiman
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Dracula are a must as Halloween approaches!
My favorite Autumn read is Little Women. Crisp fall air, a scarf, coffee and the women!!
I guess I’m out of the loop….I don’t read by the seasons! May have to try that! LOL
The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn is the perfect Autumn read: gothic setting, vampire overtones, spunky independent British heroine–this one’s got it all!
I also have to second (third? fourth?) du Maurier’s Rebecca, which is also perfect fall literature!
I tend to read more in categories than to a strict theme. This autumn just gone (I live in the southern hemisphere) I went through a determined effort to knock some books off my toppling ‘to be read’ pile. I tackled a lot of the shorter books on my list, to maximise the effect. There was a lot of Lemony Snicket and Neil Gaiman, and some fluffy romance books. Not that it did much to dint the pile – just bought home 2 books from the op shop today (oops!)
My fav autumn read is Bertrice Small’s A Dangerous Love.
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Autumn is prime Barbara Michael’s re-reading time for me.
Ooh, this sounds good! I read Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley which feels like the perfect autumn read – history, mystery, some windswept locations, and romance!
I have several, but for the sake of brevity will name just two: Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery and Jackaroo by Cynthia Voight.
This sounds perfect for the fall!
Getting ready to read The Drowned Village by Kathleen McGurl. Loved all her books! Have loved yours Lauren my favorite is still That Summer.