The House of Crimson & Clover continues in the tenth volume, The Secrets Amongst the Cypress.
Time is a perilous wheel when turned by untested hands.
Amelia and Jacob have landed in a very familiar where. The when, on the other hand...
Jacob’s first time using his time travel ability sent them to 1861 Louisiana on the eve of the Civil War. But with no luggage or invitation, and a weak cover story, they find themselves at the mercy of Amelia’s ancestors.
As the strange and terrible dynamics of the nineteenth century Deschanel family come to light, Amelia and Jacob are each drawn into the family’s complex web, challenging long-held truths. These revelations place them in grave danger from those around them… but also from themselves.
Amelia’s deep emotional wounds drive her further from Jacob and into the strange world of enigmatic Victor, who knows way too much about her.
Jacob has demons of his own. His inability to save Amelia from her pain leaves him cynical and weary, quickly losing sight of who he is... and who he is desperate to become.
The hands of time have taken hold, and the clock is ticking.
If they don’t find a way to return to their time soon, they’ll be stuck in the past forever.
The House of Crimson and Clover Series
This is the recommended reading order for the series.
Volume I: The Storm and the Darkness
Volume II: Shattered
Volume III: The Illusions of Eventide
Volume IV: Bound
Volume V: Midnight Dynasty
Volume VI: Asunder
Volume VII: Empire of Shadows
Volume VIII: Myths of Midwinter
Volume IX: The Hinterland Veil
Volume X: The Secrets Amongst the Cypress
Volume XI: Within the Garden of Twilight
Volume XII: House of Dusk, House of Dawn
The Saga of Crimson & Clover
A sprawling dynasty. An ancient bloodline. A world of magic and mayhem.
Welcome to the Saga of Crimson & Clover, where all series within are linked but can be equally enjoyed on their own.
For content warnings, please visit sarahmcradit.com.
Time Travel to the Saga’s Beginning
The Secrets Amongst the Cypress (SAtC) is Sarah Cradit’s eighth installment in her House of Crimson and Clover series. There are approximately nine tangential short stories that explore various characters and their relationships. As with the rest of the books in this series, SAtC cannot be read as a standalone. The arc of the story line is complex, and the breadth of the characters, time lines and parallel plots becomes more involved with each new installment.
SAtC is primarily a story about Amelia and Jacob. Previously I would have said that Ana and Finn were my favorite characters in this series, however, SAtC has changed my mind! I loved the rich development of Amelia and Jacob both as individuals and as a couple. Without giving too much away, in a prior book, it was revealed that that the two are Cerridewen and Cianan, who are destined to rebirth and rediscovery on their path to be the ultimate hero and heroine of the story. Their trials and tribulations are difficult, but they grow as individuals and a couple as they fight the good fight.
Time travel is effectively used to convey how Amelia & Jacob fit into the legacy as well as to provide the history behind the story. Ms. Cradit’s extensive research on the time period and geographic area is obvious. How Amelia and Jacob attempt to unobtrusively fit into 1861 is sometimes humorous. The rich details, character development, and story background make this fast-paced story highly entertaining. SAtC didn’t advance the plot as much as I expected, but it provided great set up for the next installment.