Love is a powerful force.
Love will define the choices of two girls born a century apart. Choices that will impact not only themselves, but the lives of those they love.
One act of desperation in a moment of fear.
Eulie, born into slavery, had suffered at the hands of cruel men. She was haunted by the heartbreaking choice she made.
Leela, the child of a marriage based on lies, is haunted by nightmares, and dreams she can’t remember. Bullied because of her stutter, she refuses to speak. More than anything, she wants to be like other teenage girls.
When Leela goes to live in her grandmother’s Ante Bellum mansion in the segregated South, she discovers a story inscribed within the beautiful old mural in her bedroom. Lonely, she becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to the artist. Digging into the past, she uncovers a secret so shocking, it upends everything she has ever believed. But when the past and present collide, the lives of those she loves are threatened.
Will the cost of revealing the truth about her family’s past be worth the price she will have to pay?
Time slips away, and
yesterday is gone, like
memories tucked between
sheaves of white
But here is the beautiful now,
of sparkling blue
of wings aflutter
of bird song
of budding leaves
along a winding path
I trod, filling up my senses,
because I am here
in the beautiful,
and the now…
Mexican Gothic began as an intriguing mystery that eventually evolves into more of a horror story. Still, it was well written with interesting characters. The protagonist, Noemi Taboada is a strong willed society princess. Her cousin, Catalina, has married a mysterious and handsome man who lives on a mist filled mountain in a mansion steeped in gloom with a secretive family. Noemi travels there to find her cousin, Catalina, a shadow of the once happy girl. The only kind person, Francis, is the son of the husband, Virgil, a handsome man with extremely dark secrets. He is charming and at times, cruel. The head of the family, Howard, is a twisted man who leers at Noemi. He is pale and smells of a wasting decease. As Noemi searches for answers, she begins to have horrible nightmares. The walls of the mansion seep with mold and a golden glow. There is unspeakable evil in the mansion and the family who inhabits it. Francis tries to help. He’s falling for Noemi, but he is as bound to the mansion and its evils.
This is not a novel for the squeamish, however, if you love twisted horror, this is the book for you.