The Storm and the Darkness: The House of Crimson & Clover Volume I

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Sarah M. Cradit - Fiction - 426 pages

Two brothers. One light, one dark. Ana is drawn to, and afraid of, them both.

“With impeccable pacing, Cradit shifts effortlessly between these various points of view, demonstrating superb psychological insight and a compassion for even her most damaged (and frightening) characters. Her talent for creating atmosphere rivals Daphne du Maurier.”- Christopher Rice, New York TimesBestselling Author of The Heavens Rise

“This story will make you fall in love, shock you, keep you in suspense and make you stay up all night (warning) just so you can find out what happens next… tight and masterful.”- Ionia Froment, Amazon Top 100 reviewer

“Cradit's writing is poetic prose.”- Becket, Bestselling Author of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles: An Alphabettery 

Ana Deschanel made a terrible mistake, one that not even her magic can fix. The only chance of protecting all involved is to flee New Orleans for the solitude of the remote North Atlantic.

Summer Island, Maine (population 202) is not the tranquil escape Ana envisioned. The locals are distant and cold, especially her neighbor, the reclusive veterinarian Jonathan St. Andrews. Her only lifeline is the eccentric caretaker, Alex, who conveniently shows up at all the right moments, warning her she’s completely unprepared for a Summer Island winter. As the storm approaches, Ana may soon be cut off from the rest of the world.

After a surprising encounter with Jonathan’s diametrically different brother, Finn, Ana braves the storm to return something he lost, only to slip and fall on the jagged shoreline. The St. Andrews brothers find her in the nick of time, bringing her to their home to ride out the blizzard.

Ana comes from a family of powerful witches, but her own gift—healing—has never worked when she needed it. As both the storm and Ana’s condition worsen, the St. Andrews brothers learn there are more sinister forces at work, closer than they ever imagined.

With no help from the outside world, they must find a way to protect themselves from both the storm and the growing darkness that looms across the island.

From USA Today bestselling paranormal author Sarah M. Cradit comes The Storm and the Darkness.This novel is the first installment in the bestselling witches family saga, The House of Crimson & Clover

Amazon Reviewers:

"Tight and masterful." 

"Darkness is sexy."

"I absolutely love this world."

"Superb psychological insight." 

"I can't get enough of this series."

"It only takes a moment to become entangled in the lives of these characters - but it will take a lifetime to get over the effects!"

"If you haven't started this series, go, right now, start reading. They are that good."

"Get ready for an awesome ride."

Dive into the secret, ancient, powerful world of two New Orleans families, the Deschanels and the Sullivans...

The House of Crimson and Clover Series:

This is the recommended reading order for the series.

The Storm and the Darkness


The Illusions of Eventide


Midnight Dynasty


Empire of Shadows

Myths of Midwinter

The Hinterland Veil

The Secrets Amongst the Cypress

Within the Garden of Twilight

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.

Series List: 

The House of Crimson & Clover Series 

The Seven Series 

The Midnight Dynasty Series 

Vampires of the Merovingi Series 

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Sarah is the USA Today and International Bestselling Author of over forty contemporary and epic fantasy stories, and the creator of the Kingdom of the White Sea and Saga of Crimson & Clover universes.


Born a geek, Sarah spends her time crafting rich and multilayered worlds, obsessing over history, playing her retribution paladin (and sometimes destruction warlock), and settling provocative Tolkien debates, such as why the Great Eagles are not Gandalf's personal taxi service. Passionate about travel, she’s been to over twenty countries collecting sparks of inspiration, and is always planning her next adventure.


Sarah and her husband live in a beautiful corner of SE Pennsylvania with their three tiny benevolent pug dictators.



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