Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Tainted Harvest by E. Denise Billups, hosted by Digital Reads Book Tours. Read on for more info and my review.
She escaped servitude for a worse fate. Now she wants everyone to know what happened.
Simone Doucet is searching for a meaningful life. As a travel writer, she’s searched but hasn’t found a purpose yet. She accepts an assignment that takes her to Magnolia Sunrise, a historical bed-and-breakfast on the bluffs of Natchez, Mississippi. Soon, frightful images of a young slave girl, Delphine Randolph, haunt her every evening. Are the dreams related to the assignment? Will she find answers in Natchez?
The first night at the B&B, a ghostly visitation transports Simone to 1863, antebellum Natchez.
Through spectral eyes, Simone sees Delphine’s history. Her servitude as a wet nurse to her master’s wife, rape, and forced pregnancies, her daring escape, and early demise inside a Civil War contraband camp known as the Devil’s Punchbowl. Delphine wants everyone to know what happened to her at Magnolia Sunrise and inside the Union soldier’s encampment. She won’t stop haunting Simone until she TELLS HER STORY.
But why has Delphine chosen Simone? Will this awakening bring a new purpose to Simone’s life? Or more untold mysteries to be discovered?
Tainted Harvest by E. Denise Billups is the first in the Simone Doucet Series. Having read most of this author’s previous work, and absolutely loving every one, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this. I absolutely love following authors that I may not have met without this blog. E. Denise Billups is so talented, and once again, she shows it with Tainted Harvest!
This is a very powerful, paranormal story. I was hooked iimmediately, and couldn’t set this one down. As usual, with this author’s books, I was up late to finish it!
I really enjoyed the mix of historic times and current times. It was an emotional read that had an air of dread around it. This is a short read that packs a punch, and I can honestly say, I’m so excited for the rest of this series.
Easy five stars. Don’t miss this one!!
Thank you to Digital Reads Book Tours for the copy of the book and the opportunity to honestly review this book on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.
E. Denise Billups is an author with a rare mixture of southern and northern charm. She was born in Monroeville, Alabama, and raised in New York City, where she has worked in finance and as a freelance columnist and currently resides. A multi-genre author of fiction, she has published four novels—Keepers of the Gate: Twilight Ends (Book 1), Kalorama Road, Chasing Victoria, and By Chance. She has also written several supernatural short stories, including Off the Grid, Ravine Lereux: Unearthing A Family Curse, The Playground, and Rebound. As an avid reader of magical realism, mystery, suspense, and supernatural novels, she was greatly influenced by authors in these genres.
Currently, she is working on book two of her trilogy, Twilight Ends, a paranormal historical fiction, and book two of Simone Doucet Series to be released in 2022.
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