DARKER STILL (Magic Most Foul #1) by Leanna Renee Hieber 320 pages -Paperback- First published November 1st, 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire***eARC obtained from NetGalley***
Love at first sight, in every meaning of the word. That’s what young Natalie felt when she first gazed upon the portrait of Lord Jonathon Denbury. But to fall in love with a painting? Foolish. Especially after discovering the subject on the canvas is believed to be dead. However, Natalie feels a strange connection to the piercing blue eyes within Denbury’s portrait. Without warning, Natalie tumbles into a world of things she never dreamed possible. The stuff stories are made of. But love means anything is possible, and being a mute for as long as she can remember, can Natalie communicate to the right people to help her release the soul trapped in the painting?
At first I was a bit hesitant after finding out the story was written in a sort of Diary format. I thought the book could be done just as well without it, but that was my only negative thought regarding the story. The author created a love story that even with impossible odds was believable. I was kept guessing who was good and bad throughout he book and happy with he ending. The descriptions used of the dresses were a dream to read. I loved picturing the times of lace, corsets, ribbons, and taffeta. A quick read that holds promise for a successful sequel!
FOUR out of FIVE Stars!