**Dark Shadows**by Jana Petken*5-Solid Stars

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Dark Shadows, is the first five-star book in Jana Petken’s exciting Mercy Carver series. This meticulously crafted and riveting tale had me captivated from the very first page. It takes place during the 19th century, in London, England and Virginia, USA.

Mercy Carver never knew her parents, only of them. Her father had brought shame upon the Carver name. And because of his suicide, Mercy, was brought up by overbearing grandparents. They schemed behind her back and sold her out to Big Joe. Today was Mercy’s eighteen birthday, and she knew that she’d have to marry big Joe at the end of the day, but she was going to have some fun first. Mercy was going to cross the forbidden London Bridge and have tea, disguised as a lady who came from money. Yes, this was her day, and she planned on fully enjoying herself, before, she was stuck behind a store counter and in Big Joe’s bed.

Mercy had no idea that her secret undertaking would bring her into the bowels of a brothel where she would meet the very devil herself. Mercy’s savior would come in the form of a handsome Virginia plantation owner, Jacob Stone. He would take her to America. But Jacob had a secret, a secret that would break Mercy Carver’s heart and have her running from the devil once again.

Dark Shadows is a magnificently crafted, and all engrossing novel with non-stop action. I love it when a book is so compelling, written with realistic characters and situations that I lose all track of time while reading it. Dark Shadows is such a book, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves historical fiction. I’ve read two solid five-star books by Jana Petken and plan on working my way through all of her works. Dark Shadows is over five hundred pages, and I read it in two days. That should tell you something about the book. Don’t miss out on discovering this talented author.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

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